Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
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  1. Racing along bumpy gravel or icy roads at breakneck speeds is a great thrill, despite some unrealistic collision mechanics.
  2. 80
    This one though is probably the most realistic driving experiences you can get, short of painting ads for Castrol GTX on your Escort and driving round Box Hill at speed.
  3. Game Informer
    75
    I had a hard time putting it down, although I'd probably pick up Xbox's "RalliSport" first if it came down to the two of them. [June 2002, p.79]
  4. 80
    It's got great track variety, quality graphics, and a bevy of options.
  5. 80
    Navigating through the twists and turns in such diverse environments is exhilarating.
  6. Games Radar
    80
    A balls-out, seat-of-your-pants ride that shows the lesser known motor sport of rallying in all its rugged glory. At the very least, the most brutal racer on PS2 yet. [PSM2 Magazine]
  7. [An] exceptional rally game--one that has no equal on the PlayStation 2.
  8. 81
    "Rallisport Challenge" may have the game beat in terms of multiplayer and graphics, but WRC PS2 gives a better representation of rally racing in the real world.
  9. In additional to being visually stunning, WRC nicely captures the excitement and the general feel of rally racing and will surely appeal to diehard rally fans and newcomers alike.
  10. Simply the best rally game for the PS2, and directly in competition with Rallisport for the hearts and minds of rally racing.
  11. 87
    Eye-numbing visuals, easy to pick up driving, excellent stage design, and more modes and secrets than you can shake a stick at, Evolution Studios have created a monster.
  12. This one should raise eyebrows worldwide as one of the real sleepers this year.
  13. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    A grueling 81 stages of the World Rally Championship await you, all modeled using satellite topography and some of the finest graphics you'll have seen on the PS2 yet. [June 2002, p.101]
  14. There’s no doubt that World Rally Championship is the best rally game on the PS2 to date, but it will also disappoint as many people as it impresses.
  15. PSM Magazine
    80
    The graphics are pretty outstanding. [May 2002, p.32]
  16. A slightly bizarre mixture of realism and fantasy. All of the attention paid to replicating the courses and cars doesn’t seem to have been applied to the actual game and its mechanics, racing takes on more of an arcade like feel, whilst there isn’t that much depth to the actual going’s on behind the scenes.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. NeilW.
    Aug 27, 2004
    8
    This is a good game.. Though i think the handling is too free. its too easy to take corners.. graffics I would have hoped to be better.. but This is a good game.. Though i think the handling is too free. its too easy to take corners.. graffics I would have hoped to be better.. but all on all this is a great fun game to play.. but ive played better. Full Review »
  2. FrankH.
    May 13, 2003
    9
    Best rally game I have ever played to date. Definitely a keeper!
  3. KylanP.
    Oct 17, 2002
    9
    Super game play, and breathtaking environments.