WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship Reviews

WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
IGN
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2020

WRC 9's incredible stages make it easy to recommend to series first-timers, although it's not a huge leap from WRC 8.

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8 / 10
Aug 30, 2020

At last, Kylotonn has delivered on the promise of authentic driving experience, and for a rallying game, I think that is the single most important element.

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8 / 10
Sep 1, 2020

Building on the foundation of last year's game, WRC 9 fleshes out the experience with new features and content.

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7.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2020

WRC 9 is far from the best games of the genre, but keeps his multiples options and modes to be enjoyed by all kind of players.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2020

WRC 9 on PS5 adds a new layer to the gameplay thanks to the haptic feedback, with improved visuals that're noticeable from the start.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2020

Although it feels a slight step backwards from last year, WRC 9 is still an impressive rally game that fans will love.

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80 / 100
Dec 17, 2020

WRC 9 is a beautiful game that will speak to the enthusiast. There are a plethora of modes, and the career offering is packed with plenty of ways to customize your experience. The only issue I have is I don't see myself returning to it often because of its esoteric nature. I'm not the target audience, and while that's okay, new players may feel a bit excluded.

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Ken McKown
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2020

WRC 9 is a nice update and yet another game taking advantage of the new hardware. Most likely overlooked the game when it initially came out. If you enjoy simulation racers this is definitely one to put on your radar. The Series X enhancements are a nice addition to an already solid rally game.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2020

Though the breadth of the upgrades that the PS5 brings to WRC 9 is expected and somewhat unambitious to an extent, the truth is that developer Kylotonn has provided a delectable coat of polish to what is already considered to be one of the finest rally games in years. If you've got a PS5 and you want a rally racing sim to cut your teeth on, they don't come any better than WRC 9.

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8 / 10
Nov 24, 2020

While it's perhaps not the graphical powerhouse we would use to showcase our new console to friends and family, WRC 9 on PlayStation 5 runs at a consistently smooth 60 frames-per-second at 4K resolution, and marks a significant improvement over its last-gen underling. However, it's the game's use of the haptic feedback technology provided by DualSense that really takes centre stage here, potentially offering a transformative experience for players who choose to play with a controller.

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77 / 100
Sep 15, 2020

WRC 9 checks nearly all the boxes for a racing game and most importantly excels in the areas of rally racing and fun.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2020

WRC 9 is a mature, democratic and very fun rally game. A driving model suitable for everyone, with cars that finally bite the dirt and a very solid technical realization, ensure that the Kylotonn title is easy to recommend to those looking for a complete rally experience without too many of the burdens of a true simulation.

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Chris Wray
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2020

WRC 9 is yet another step ahead for the WRC series from KT Racing and Nacon. However, unlike last year's outing which was a massive leap, this seems to be content to simply refine. In keeping with that, the visuals, audio, and general racing have seen improvement, as have the physics, and although there are a few bugs here and there, they're fewer and further between. There's no doubt that WRC 9 is a strong contender and should certainly be on the list for anybody who wants a great rally game.

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8 / 10
Sep 2, 2020

WRC 9 is a mean, brutal, no-nonsense racing experience that will have you both feeling like a driving artist and peasant all at once.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2020

WRC 9 is the complete rally package - tough but rewarding handling, astonishing representations of the real world rally stages, and a wealth of gameplay options. Many hours of non-blinking fun are to be had for racing fans, with a free sexy upgrade to the PS5 version on the horizon.

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6 / 10
Mar 19, 2021

The improved frame rate makes WRC 9 a better experience than WRC 8, but it still suffers from a number of issues through no fault of the developer, such as a lack of analogue triggers and a reduced rally count. However, the extremely distracting nature of the scenery, which is constantly drawing itself in right in front of you, makes it difficult to get properly immersed in the action. It's probably the best rally game on the Switch so far, but for fans of the sport, the wait continues for something truly brilliant on the system.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
A.K Rahming
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2021

It's still nice that Nacon and its studios are supporting Nintendo Switch with the likes of WRC 9, but I hope future entries can try even harder to maximize the hardware's potential.

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8 / 10
Sep 23, 2020

WRC 9 feels more like a big update than a deep evolution of the series. It is a little and already a lot because the game has sufficient quality to justify its purchase. As long as you are already a fan of the discipline. Either way you don't really have a choice if you want to drive in a virtual WRC championship.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2020

WRC 9 continues to give the Dirt series a run for its money. This year saw a safe update to the series, with extra content being the main new feature. If you enjoyed WRC 8, picking up WRC 9 is a no-brainer. If you skipped out on last year's entry, however, it can be had for a cheaper price these days, and by the time you've seen all that game has to offer, WRC 9 will then be an even better deal. This is the off-roading game to play while we await DiRT 5 later this year, when the competition should really get interesting.

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7.5 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2020

WRC 9 is currently the best rally experience you can get this year, but there's still room for a much deeper and more detailed career mode.

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