• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: May 31, 1999
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. If you're looking to hop into an intense racing experience without the hinderances of setting the vehicle up or dealing with super accurate damage than this game is for you.
  2. The system has its fair share of racing titles to be sure, but most of those games feature balloon-headed cartoon drivers or vehicles that jump over city buildings. What a breath of fresh air then, to be able to play a game on the Nintendo 64 that is at once stunning to behold and completely satisfying in its realism.
  3. This is something that shouldn't be passed up by anyone. If you are impatient with videogames or don't like GT style racing games, I suggest you at least give it a rent. Play a few hours and unlock a few cars, you'll be hooked and will love every second of it.
  4. 88
    World Driver is a welcome distraction in a genre overpopulated with stale paint-by-numbers racers. This is definitely not the right game for people with short attention spans -- but a well-crafted title for car fans and gamers looking for a long-lasting gameplay experience.
  5. WDC is the 'Tetris' of driving games. Instead of bombarding the senses with helicopters, exaggerated sunsets, and flying jumps, everything in WDC feels decisively low-key and ultimately adds to the Zen-like quality.
  6. Although WDC is lacking a few important elements of a true racing sim, it still holds its own in the genre quite well. However, for hardcore sim fans, playing this game is kinda like watching a stripper; it's fun as hell while it lasts, but you're left yearning for much more, and chances are you'll look elsewhere to get it.
  7. WDC is able to bridge the chasm between the two ends of the racing genre, arcade and sim. That, my friends, is no small accomplishment.
  8. 80
    If you can forgive World Driver Championship's speed problems, you'll find a deep, addictive racing experience. It's not nearly as polished as the PlayStation's racing gem, Gran Turismo, but it's as close as N64 owners can get without buying a PlayStation.
  9. With the two Ps, patience and practice, World Driver Championship becomes an engrossing gameplay experience unlike any other on the system. Realistic driving simulations are a world unto their own. You'll start to see white lines in your sleep.
  10. Although World Driver Championship is technically superb and looks gorgeous, it''s arcadey where it should be realistic and vice versa. The end result is that it's just not thrilling enough.
  11. World Driver Championship is a solid title with a lot of potential that's burdened by some design flaws and a driving model that will leave most players unsatisfied. Much as it offers a few new spins on an otherwise old formula, these shortcomings hold it back from true greatness.
  12. World Driver’s faults can be easily overlooked. Midway and Boss have managed to offer up a simulator that sits just this side of “arcade style” and actually do it right. Anyone with a little patience will get good at this game fairly quickly and find that it’s quite hard to put down. World Driver’s definitely a keeper.
  13. Where World Driver Championship fails is in its handling. It looks like the developers have studied at Namco's driving school as every one of the 30 cars on offer handles like the treads have disappeared from the tyres.
  14. World Driver Championship is an average racing game with exceptional graphics. The game's incredible visuals give you a sense of realism for a little while, but the second your car starts to do an excessive slide around a turn, it kind of falls apart.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 27, 2014
    8
    Graphics: 9.5 Sound: 7.8 Gameplay: 8.6 Fun/Story: 8.2

    N64 lack of decent racing games was the only negative aspect of this system. With
    good and solid graphics and a semi-realism gameplay, WDC was a great release for N64 fans. Apart the sound the game is very good. Full Review »
  2. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    This is a challenging game. One of the best from N64. The graphics are very good, with good cars and courses, extremely detailed. If you looking for a good racing game with a good career mode and hard championshing, you will love WDC. Full Review »
  3. BenjaminB.
    Apr 2, 2007
    9
    Best racing game for the N64, but you have to come along with the car handling.