WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship (PlayStation 4)

WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship

Take control of all official drivers and cars in 3 WRC categories with improved physics for even greater realism, redesigned environments, and all-new pace notes for total immersion.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 31.64gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Rally racing gameplay.
  • Three difficulties-novice, intermediate, and expert.
  • Six driving views including bumper, aerial, and in the car.
  • Initial opening practice area with the controls shown and you tick them off as you do them. It all ends with a driving test to assess the right configuration for you.
  • Respawn to the track button.
  • Force one gear up and one gear down even if using an automatic gearbox.
  • Copilot will audibly call out upcoming corners as well as show the corner, severity (indicated by a number), direction and it will be color-coded.
  • Impressive authentic sounds.
  • Colorblind support.
  • Driving Assists-ABS, TCS, steering, transmission.
  • Damage model-visual only, low, medium, high, and realistic.
  • Broken down vehicles on roadside-on/off.
  • Can turn off the steering wheel and driver’s arms when using the cockpit view.
  • Speed units- Kmh and Mph.
  • Co-driver timings-far ahead, ahead, default, late, and very late.
  • Graphics-motion blur.
  • Hud choices-speedometer, timer, progress bar, pace notes, damage, statistics, and section-time differences.
  • Every driving view has 3 sliders you can adjust to personalize and they are-height/position/angle and field of view.
  • Can rebind controls. And set how the button behaves like sensitivity and dead zone.
  • Vibration sliders for each and every possible thing that could cause rumble to happen.
  • Permacrash option where you can fail races.
  • Two entry points-Junior WRC and WRC 3, you get to pick which one.
  • Player creation–name, surname, nationality, which entry point, contract choice.
  • Career hub-calendar, R&D, crew management, mail, objectives, statistics, standings, test area, and general information.
  • Training allows you to practice tracks and car setups against the clock and earn medals.
  • Progression-earn exp for driver level, the morale for team level, and cash.
  • Skill tree-get points from leveling up and put in one of four tree branches-team/performance/crew and reliability.
  • Weather-sun to cloud to rain to snow to more extreme weather like storms and thunder n lightning usually takes place at night!

WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship

Cons:

  • Long initial load time.
  • Doesn’t like loading without an Internet connection, had the whole process last longer.
  • Very sensitive steering by default.
  • Way too easy to roll the car.
  • Harsh penalties for using the reset to track button.
  • Slow starter with a lot of text being thrown at you as well as training after trading events.
  • A lot to take in.
  • No way to sim or skip all the team management stuff.
  • The water doesn’t look very good.

WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

WRC 9 is a rally game that for me is a sat between a sim and an arcade game, it does this by the settings and mechanics at play, you make the choices that dictate how the game is going to be. Have damage and failures on along with manual starts and you get a much heavier sim approach, turning off for arcade. The handling took a while to get used too as it felt a lot twitcher and light than I was expecting and it never really calms down, you just learn to counter-steer. The graphics are fine and the cars, in particular, look fantastic as do the courses but the little elements of the location like rain, water, mud are very low res and look out of place and kinda ugly. WRC 9 does have you wielding a lot of control of your team and in the garage hub area, you can hire/fire members and scout top talent along with a whole array of car tweaking for performance. It’s a game that rewards you if you put the time into exploring and experimenting with the menus. You can set up your Co-pilot in terms of how and when they will shout out the directions along with visual pop-ups. Overall I found WRC 9 to be a competent rally game and bursting with options but for the overall feel and driving, it isn’t on the same level as the Dirt series.

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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