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Is WRC 8 the ultimate driving game? No, that is evident. But it is the best simulator we can find right now on Nintendo Switch
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WRC 8 is a fantastic leap forward from WRC 7, with a revamped career mode for aspiring drivers to sign a team, manage crew members and level up skill trees to become the best team in the dirt-rallies.
There are some issues within WRC 8, and they're not small, but the game is otherwise so good that it's easy to overlook them. For all the times your engine switches to stealth mode or a fence post sends you into low Earth orbit, there are hundreds of times when you are blissfully guiding your car into a drift around a dusty apex in Argentina, or masterfully twisting through a series of highly technical corners during heavy rain. The vehicle handling is so good — and that is so important for a rally game — that even with its flaws, WRC 8 is likely the high bar that other rally games should aspire to.
When I first got my hands on the Nintendo Switch version of one of the best racing simulators of the year, I really got excited. Too bad this quickly turned to frustration and disappointment. This version doesn't offer the same level of quality at all and suffers from missing modes and terrible technical performance in handheld mode. Yes, there's plenty of content to keep you entertained but it's not the best racing simulator on the system. Perhaps it's worth picking up when it's down to a lower price but at this point, it's not really worth your time or money.
If the career mode is an example of how to do an in-depth competition and its gameplay is challenging and fits perfectly with what is expected of rally simulators, the was the game was converted leaves a lot of gaps to fill. Its low quality performance when running on the Switch screen is the most difficult to handle, while the lack of multiplayer is simply unacceptable and the player's interface is confusing. This version of WRC 8 will attend to purists who can look beyond the flaws but others will be rather put off.
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Despite the drawbacks, I still find WRC 8 on Switch to be a cool experience for race fans who are craving a more raw, complex experience. It's nice that the KT Racing team sees so much potential in the Switch considering the fact it has yet to skip bringing any of its recent projects over. Here's hoping the team's support continues and their mastery over Switch hardware continues to improve.
While packed with content, WRC 8 is a rally sim that struggles on the Switch due to poor presentation and the console's inherently unresponsive controls.
WRC is overall enjoyable despite the steering issue. Managing the career mode and/or just doing the season is a fair amount of content and gameplay to take part in. Unfortunately, steering being a huge mechanic in the WRC8 makes it speed past the finish line a little behind the other racing titles already on the Switch.
WRC 8 just isn’t suited to Switch.
WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship is far from perfect, the technical part has shadows and lights, although the developer has opted for a fairly stable performance, which is ultimately what we need for the game to provide a satisfactory experience. The multiplayer facets of the title have also been sacrificed, but its single-player content is still very complete and will provide us with many hours of entertainment, especially the Career mode. In addition the game is fully configurable to be demanding with the expert and friendly with the new user to the genre. Kylotonn is on the right path with his journey on Nintendo Switch.
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