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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 surprisingly good representative of its series. It is a good thing that Kylotonn has listened to his community and made improvements in many areas, because it really created a well-balanced rally racing game that should satisfy both arcade and simulation fans. The varied career with the challenges and the extreme weather conditions make you happy, the innovations such as the dynamic weather during the races and the skills tree also help to diversify. The improved driving physics also give the title more driving pleasure, as you can finally feel and weigh the different surfaces even with a controller. So if you can get something out of sport, you should definitely grab it, because it is easily the best part of the series so far.
Review in German | Read full review
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.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
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.