Career - 87%
Graphics - 70%
Audio - 75%
Gameplay - 76%
Replayability - 79%
It’s time to get your cars dirty and drive your way through challenging terrains in WRC 8.
There has always been a battle between the WRC game series and DiRT, recently the latter always takes the trophy but this time there are some mixed feelings. Let’s first start with the bad of WRC 8. The graphics leaves you a bit confused, the cars look great and there are some differences between the different cars you can choose to drive. The environment looks amazing from afar but looking at the detail closer to your gameplay is a different story. Crowds look like a copy and paste job and doesn’t play any relevance to what is happening close to them. The details of the road can give you some problems in terms of bumps and obstacles, they only become clearer when you get close, giving you no time to react instead you need to pay close attention to your co-pilot giving you direction. The racing feels more arcade like, and even though I prefer this it might not appeal to hardcore racers.
On the flip side the campaign mode is incredible! Instead of just a linear career that you follow, you get to control a lot more of your team and your sponsors. For team management you have to hire people to fill slots of vital parts of your team. They also don’t last forever and need to rest from time to time, adding a little more management element. Some of the people you need to apply to your team will fulfil functions like determining the weather for the races, perming physical therapy, agents, mechanics and more. This team can provide a vital role to your performance and then you still need to pay them as well. There is also a skill tree that you can use to unlock bonuses like quicker recovery time for the team, boosting money income and spending less time fixing your car during races just to name a few. This adds a lot more depth to the single player element and the game then becomes a lot more than just a Rally game.
So, as you can see the game does give some mixed signals, but I still thoroughly enjoyed playing it. I love how it is a little more arcade driving style and not as difficult as other racing games. The multiplayer modes of the game will be available at a later stage so I could not test that out.
WRC 8 bring a new flavour to team management and even though it lacks the visual appeal in a lot of places it still offer a lot for any Rally fan.
Reviewed on: PS4
Publisher: Big Ben Interactive
Release Date: 5 September 2019
Likes: Great career mode
Dislikes: Graphics could be better