Kyloyonn Games/Bigben Interactive
Is it rally so strange?
If you think car games are all the
same then you’re likely the type who drives at 20km below the speed
limit while glued to the right lane of the freeway, mobile phone to
ear until you can get to some traffic lights to leave five car
lengths between you and the car in front. In other words, a fucking
WRC 5 is a rally game. There’s no jamming
down the accelerator full-time and sliding around corners with
impunity. It involves subtlety, and listening to your annoying
sidekick barking directions lest you make friends with a deep ravine
on your point-to-point journey.
The officially licenced game
of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship, this means that the real
cars – highly modified Ford Fiestas and numerous shitboxes (OK,
sprung, we drive a Fiesta ST in real life) - are let loose on the
real tracks. Yep, it’s travelogue time (hi Phil!), as you race
variously from Sweden to Mexico, Australia to Finland, Finland,
Finland and beyond, with many a varying road surface along the way.
The key to a good rally sim is finding the sweet spot between
pick-up-and-play and realism that doesn’t crush any teensy sliver of
fun like a bug. Like a bug we tell you! Handling is absolutely
Unfortunately, WRC 5 flails. While
difficulty can be adjusted from crayon-in-ear to
just-go-and-drive-a-real-rally car, it all feels too floaty. A bit
irritating. A lot not fun. Plus your navigator is a twat. If we had
a dollar for every time he intoned “That was dodgy” then we’d be
able to throw him an incredibly lavish funeral... or live at the pub
long enough to become intimate with cirrhosis.
We know what a
good rally game demands. Is WRC 5 exhilarating? Is it ace?
Does it at least look really pretty? We say no, you say yes (and you
will change your mind...)