- Publisher: Bigben Interactive
- Release Date: Sep 15, 2017
- Also On: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings
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Positive: 22 out of 44
Mixed: 12 out of 44
Negative: 10 out of 44
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Oct 11, 2018WRC 7 has a very solid foundation to be a good, even a great rally game, but it lacks polish in some crucial key areas.
First off, the handling and car physics are very good and a big step above from previous entries by Milestone and Kyloton. Sense of speed is great once you build it up. Cars are well modelled and sound good too. Only weakness still remaining are the crash physics,WRC 7 has a very solid foundation to be a good, even a great rally game, but it lacks polish in some crucial key areas.
First off, the handling and car physics are very good and a big step above from previous entries by Milestone and Kyloton. Sense of speed is great once you build it up. Cars are well modelled and sound good too. Only weakness still remaining are the crash physics, there's just no feel or sensation when you mess up the car, rolling your car over isnt that satisfying, the damage on the car is not apparent at first, even after bigger impacts, it rather builds up over the stage/es but it still feels rather insignificant in terms of how beat up the car looks and feels. Still, once you damage key components of your car, you do feel it and it changes the way you need to drive, its just the visual sensation of crashing thats missing.
Also on PC, atleast in my experience, the game has an issue that would be game breaking for many people, during the stages game can often stutter, freeze for even up to 5 seconds and often causes you to crash, lose control and eventually lose the stage. I searched for a fix, i saw people on Steam forums having the exact same problem, but in the end i found no solution and had to suck it up. There's also the traditional optimization problem of bad frame rates, it varies rallly to rally, but in one country you can be having 60 fps, in next you might have drops below 30 fps negatively affecting your driving performance. Guess thats why they locked it to 30 fps on consoles, which doesnt do a fast paced rally game any favors.
A big strong point for WRC 7 are the rally events. All locations feel unique, each has their own characteristics and they look beautiful, distinct from each other, as they should. Roads feel believable, they arent artificially widened and require skill, precision and control, road sides will punish you if you try to extend your line too much, it simply feels proper and rewarding. The extended stages are a pure treat and a challenge in endurance. There's also plenty of options for time of day and weather. However an issue lies in the fact that each event only has about 4 unique stages and during the rally they repeat. You have to complete one stage even up to 3 times depending on event, developers didnt even bother to make you drive them in reverse which would've helped them to not feel as repetative. Also there's an issue in stages where you drive against another car, which is the opponent car can finish before you, but you still come out on top in time sheet and win the stage, its very immersion breaking.
Its also nice that podium celebrations after each rally, if you make it into top 3, have returned, though i still feel they could be improved with more sense of occasion, same with end season podium, Evolution Studios did this quite well back on PS2 WRC series. Also cinematic replays could use some improvement, there's too much onboard camera action in that mode, not enough roadside camera action.
In the end its a still a decent rally game experience even with its faults. Hopefully if Kyloton ever gets to make WRC 8 they get their stuff together because they were really onto something potentially great with this one.… Expand
Oct 30, 2017If you liked Codemasters' Dirt Rally, then you'll love WRC 7 and it's a lot better than Dirt 4 is. Forget the past WRC releases because this game is an improvement and is very underrated. It also has better wheel support and FFB.
Get it on Steam while it's on sale (Halloween sale).
Jan 15, 2018+ Looks good
+ The real WRC cars
- Frame rate stutters
- No analog handbrake
- Damage does not seem to affect driving much
- No old school rally cars
- Just not as fun driving it as DiRT Rally, look at Steamcharts player amounts and it is reflected.
Apr 14, 2020Five is not a bad score, it's representing what it means to be average, and that is sometimes just enough. To start my review of WRC 7, I want to mention that things have gotten quite much better since their past two titles. I feel like Kylotonn has realized their weaknesses, and started working on them and It can be seen as a better end result. It is sad however, the tough developmentFive is not a bad score, it's representing what it means to be average, and that is sometimes just enough. To start my review of WRC 7, I want to mention that things have gotten quite much better since their past two titles. I feel like Kylotonn has realized their weaknesses, and started working on them and It can be seen as a better end result. It is sad however, the tough development time leaves them with very little time to realize them. Still, comparing this to the atrocious WRC 6, it feels like a good upgrade, something that isn't an insult to the official license and all the fans of the series. I have persisted to have faith in them, even when they have failed my expectations twice.
What creates the better part of this title are the handling and stages, which both have been greatly improved with time. The more arcade feeling is what makes this game bearable to play. It's fun, it's simple, it's something unique in the modern rally genre. Intentional or not, I prefer that this isn't a simulator. The handling feels rather responsive and even when playing with a controller, I can feel the car and the way it behaves. This is a bare minimum of what should be done, but I really do appreciate that it doesn't just feel like floating around, like driving a boat. Only greater negative on the handling comes from frequent physics glitches, that can launch you rolling and ruin your stage, or even a full rally. Improvement is needed, but for once I can say that I'm satisfied enough what the developers have offered us and that is the same for the rallies that are included in this years version. The other better half has gotten a brand new feature, a longer stage to each of the 13 rallies and that is a welcome surprise. I personally wish there was overall more stages to these rallies, but I'm glad that the ones they've made are mostly alright, or even better. I find that majority of rallies make for an experience that is fun even after dozens of repeats and hours of high-speed action. Then there are sadly some that feel wrong, and from my perspective as a Finnish resident, they don't necessarily even represent the country they are from in a good fashion from the rally point of view, and at times even the geography itself.
In the end, license can either work against you, or be your friend. With rallies, Kylotonn has received a diverse set of beautiful locations, but the car selection, It's not perfect, but luck was on their side as 2017 season had some great competition on both WRC and WRC 2 classes. It gives the player enough to choose from, to at least find one or two comfortable cars to compete with, and perhaps even something one can fall in love with.
Another positive point comes from the simplicity, that creates an addictive trap for the player. It's not hard to learn to stay on course, which is something that I can really appreciate after many long hours with more simulator-based games. Mistakes are often forgiven, the difficulty can suit all kinds of players. Setting up your preferred rally experience is easy, it's part of why this game is so simple. From the A.I difficulty, to just those few assisting features and even vehicle setup, it's all child's play.
The core is something that makes future seem full of potential, but in the current timeline, it's still full of the the nasty. It's probably a little disrespectful to say it in such a way, but WRC series has felt like a large scale student project in its graphical department, which is one large lacking part. They've finally made some improvements that make for a passable end result, but passable compared to what Codemasters have been able to produce is well, poor. It's like, everything needs improving. Gladly, the performance is quite alright, which is some justification for the graphical side. If I was a little let-down by the visuals, the audio is where this dips deeper. I'm disappointed, it's like a bland meal. It can pass, but better should be expected. If it wasn't for the okay co-driver, it would easily be the worst con here. It takes us to the boogeyman, greatest negative that there is. It's really that difficult, sigh. Even in the past, it's rare to find good examples, but I feel like modern rally games really do lack a good career mode to keep players invested in the product. I believe that by utilizing the license in a form of real-world events could be nice, for their future. I can see interviews, rivalries, rally tests and real sports hype, some champagne on the podium as things I'd like to see. More narrative, more meaningful career is what is needed, make it interesting. If it wasn't for custom championship, I'd have barely any reason to keep playing. There the restrictions have been lifted, you can throw any of your disliked rallies away and just have some fun, where this game shines the brightest.
In conclusion, the game still needs improvements, but the core holds some potential, and I can find myself recommend WRC 7.… Expand
Jul 9, 2020Why the 6/10 ? Simple: way, way, WAY too many bugs.
Having been a passionate player of Dirt Rally, WRC7 certainly feels like a downgrade. At first launch, the game proposes a driving test to assess your performance and advise a difficulty level and settings (like automatic or manual gearbox). Since it was the first time playing this game, I got a score of 40, and the game advised meWhy the 6/10 ? Simple: way, way, WAY too many bugs.
Having been a passionate player of Dirt Rally, WRC7 certainly feels like a downgrade.
At first launch, the game proposes a driving test to assess your performance and advise a difficulty level and settings (like automatic or manual gearbox). Since it was the first time playing this game, I got a score of 40, and the game advised me the easiest set of parameters, which is a real joke knowing I have spent 90 hours on Dirt Rally. After being thrown in the menu of the game, I went back to the test and easily got a 94 scores within like 30 minutes, and got advised a completely different set of parameters. In my opinion, this proves the test to be utterly useless.
Gameplay-wise, WRC7 definitely feels like an easier, more arcade rally game compared to Dirt Rally. It still probably takes a bit of time for a player new to rally games to get used to the responses of the car, but for experienced players the gameplay will quickly feel simple. Cars are rather stable (they don't drift out of control) compared to those in Dirt Rally; drifts feel nearly the same on every type of surface. That is baffling for a rally game.
The car control does not give a real feeling of driving a rally car. Very few impacts of the wheels on the ground are simulated which makes the driving really smooth, like we were controlling a hovercraft and not a car.
I notice several problems in the communication of the co-driver: some indications are given all in a row independently of the speed of the player. As a result it becomes difficult to anticipate multiple turns in a row.
Many elements modeled in the game has a weird physical response. For instance, vines are rock-solid in the German Rally...
The career mode is filled with useless features, such as the team's morale (no influence whatsoever on your career, just a performance metric in disguise), gimmicky chats with your competitors or press headlines. These are useless, when not wrong (once got a "As planned, Baltifru does not rank 3rd or higher" headline after finishing the Rally of Catalunya 1st).
I've faced a few problems with the interface. For example for the driving test, if you destroy your car, you're just sent back to the main menu, with a loading time. If you want to retry the test, you then have a second loading time to get back in. Why not proposing a "retry" option straight away ?
I should also mention that the game doesn't handle alt-tabbing very well, and regularly crashes with logs ready to be sent when... closing the game !
Finally and probably the worst: I experienced various, very surprising (yet crippling) bugs:
- When I first launched the career mode, I had right away a time recorded (I'd say 20 minutes or so) for the first rally. I first thought it was a trick from the devs to make the first season unwinnable, but then I got harsh critics from the press after only 2 or 3 special stages and I was like wtf... I started a new career and it started with 0 min for everybody. Huge bug !
- I once crossed the finish line and the stage didn't end !! (second special stage in Rally Sweden) I did the stage again the exact same way and the stage ended...
- Last but not least, the bug that convinced me to quit the game and give this negative review: the car spawning diagonally to the road at the starting countdown
Even without bugs, the game is already much below Dirt Rally. With the bugs... it is simply an average game.… Expand
Aug 16, 2020This is a good game, not a perfect game!
I do have framerate issues even on a high end PC, but visually the game is great looking and the sound design is good enough. Ryzen 5 2600x RX 5700-XT Samsung CGR5 144hz What i really like is the handling model, since i do not own a steering wheel, this game feels great with a controller. This game is much better than Dirt Rally if youThis is a good game, not a perfect game!
I do have framerate issues even on a high end PC, but visually the game is great looking and the sound design is good enough.
Ryzen 5 2600x
Samsung CGR5 144hz
What i really like is the handling model, since i do not own a steering wheel, this game feels great with a controller.
This game is much better than Dirt Rally if you use a controller.… Expand
Jan 23, 2019First of all this game exactly an amazing rally game because when I play this game I say that: Now İ am a rally driver.WRC 7 has great graphics but not good optimized well so it can because of fps drop but not all maps.fps drops consist in Australia map. So if you collect everything, the game is nice but it's nice to have a few patches to fix but it's nice.İts good for me either
Jan 24, 2022Got the game on Amazon Gaming. Spent hours trying to figure a bug where the xbox controller can't be remap and the current control mapping set the START button as the accelerator. WTH?
I got it for free and I am very disappointed. I would not spent a dime on this on Amazon Gaming. As the score is not so bad, probably it means it works on other platforms.
Jan 19, 20237.5 mekanikleri gayet güzel sens of speed de bir hayli var ama junior olayı devvam ettiği için 5 saatte bitti.
May 16, 2022This game offers you a huge variety of possibilities because you can configure nearly everything you want before getting started: car/country/race/weather/difficulty and so on.
If you want arcade racing I suggest hands off.
If you are interested in a demanding really simulation: perfect.
Sep 24, 2022I had taken the game thinking I could play online, result the servers are closed, in short I will uninstall it ...
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Nov 26, 2017WRC 7 is, much like its predecessor, a step in the right direction but is still just falling short of the mark when compared to others in its class, such as DIRT 4 and Project CARS 2.
Nov 8, 2017WRC 7 doesn’t unseat Codemasters’ Dirt 4 as this year’s premier rally game, but it definitely continues Kylotonn’s upward trajectory in the genre. It lacks the classic cars that consistently appear in other rally games and the career quickly runs out of puff, but it’s well worth playing to attack its excellent courses – especially its monster Epic Stages.
Oct 12, 2017Great game. Compared to the last year’s installment we can see improvements in all aspects. Graphics are better, penalty system is good now, nothing random will occur. But, this is still way too hard for anyone except the hardcore rally fans.