Don’t confuse this with the 2003 PS2 game from Evolution Studios. This WRC 3 comes from Milestone and it isn’t exclusive to a Sony console (it’s on the PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS Vita). It also sports a subtitle, Fia World Rally Championship. All of this is cool, but you’re probably wondering — is it worth my time? Well, read the review to find out.
Title: WRC 3 Fia World Rally Championship
Platforms: PS3, PC, PS Vita, Xbox 360
Release Date: March 26, 2013
- Pick Up & Play – You won’t have any trouble controlling the cars. WRC 3 controls like every other driving game on the market. The physics aren’t the best around, but they get the job done. The driving doesn’t feel like a simulation or overly arcadey. It’s somewhere in the middle. Not too realistic, not too over the top.
- Modes – WRC Experience, Road to Glory, and Multiplayer. The WRC Experience includes, Single Stage, Single Rally, and Championship. Road to Glory is the game’s career mode, and multiplayer is self-explanatory. Most of your time will be spent in Road to Glory. It’s not extremely long, but it’ll leave you feeling satisfied.
- Pimp Your Ride – You can customize your ride. The options are paint, vinyl, engine, aerodynamics, gearbox, suspension, and brakes.
- Do Over – If you mess up you can hit triangle and rewind. This comes in handy because you’ll misjudge a few turns. Don’t panic — you don’t have an unlimited amount of rewinds. You still have to learn the track if you want to come out on top.
- Tracks – The tracks are based on real world locations and they provide the right amount of challenge. There are tons of hairpin turns, hazards, and road conditions.
- Soundtrack – We get it – the kids like dubstep! But that doesn’t mean it should be in every game. It works sometimes, but not here. It’s just here to pander to teens and trend hoppers.
- Vanilla – There’s nothing broken about this game, but the racing leaves something to be desired. I never hated the experience, but I did want to replay Codemasters’ Dirt series. It’s hard to enjoy a good rally game after playing three great ones.
- Looks Dated – The graphics are a mixed bag. The cars look okay, but the backgrounds are subpar. I almost wrecked when I saw the poorly rendered trees.
- Hot Mess – The UI is ugly. Road to Glory has weird pictures of the racecar drivers in the background. The art is out-of-place. They should’ve gone with a minimalistic UI design because the “collage of drivers” is jarring.
This is a good rally game, but it many not satisfy hardcore fans of the genre. Still, it’s worth a look if you’re looking for a cheap rally experience with a decent campaign and solid handling. Just don’t expect amazing graphics, music, and production values.
Good – This game probably won’t win any awards, but it’ll keep you entertained, and at the end of the day that’s all that matters – it’s worth a look.