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  • Summary: The most complete and authentic official WRC simulation yet. New physics for all surfaces, a completely redesigned career mode, dynamic weather conditions, 50 teams, 14 countries, 100 tracks, weekly challenges and an eSports mode.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 12, 2019
    88
    There are some issues within WRC 8, and they're not small, but the game is otherwise so good that it's easy to overlook them. For all the times your engine switches to stealth mode or a fence post sends you into low Earth orbit, there are hundreds of times when you are blissfully guiding your car into a drift around a dusty apex in Argentina, or masterfully twisting through a series of highly technical corners during heavy rain. The vehicle handling is so good — and that is so important for a rally game — that even with its flaws, WRC 8 is likely the high bar that other rally games should aspire to.
  2. Sep 30, 2019
    85
    The graphics, sound, presentation, and force feedback all blend together to create a wonderful sense of speed and the sense of ever present danger that immerses you in the world of rally racing. Rally racing is tough. One misjudgment and your hopes of a podium finish are dashed.
  3. Sep 17, 2019
    84
    WRC 8 is the most in-depth rally sim to ever wear the official license.
  4. Sep 4, 2019
    80
    Kylotonn tooks its time to cook its WRC 8, and it’s all for the best. Deeper and prettier than any of its predecessors, WRC 8 as a great career mode and looks good. It also plays better, with sharper driving.
  5. Sep 9, 2019
    80
    WRC 8 is an amazing racing sim, but don't expect it to hold your hand.
  6. Sep 17, 2019
    77
    Kylotonn takes a big step. The driving physics are decent and the stages are not only splendidly designed but also challenging.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 28, 2020
    60
    The WRC game series slowly improves. Career, dynamic weather and generally better driving experience will make you happy in this new instalment. However, they have to work on a better atmosphere and presentation, and most importantly the creators must deliver much more content. [Issue#298]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Oct 5, 2019
    10
    I like it more than DR 2.0.
    It looks more realistic than DR2.0, FFB feels better too.
    Sounds aren't that good but there is a roam for
    I like it more than DR 2.0.
    It looks more realistic than DR2.0, FFB feels better too.
    Sounds aren't that good but there is a roam for updates. I'm really suprised by their new camera settings what gives the game a new dimension.
    The game works well, nothing is missing here.
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  2. Sep 24, 2019
    10
    Finally we have a conqueror to Dirt Rally 2.0.

    I am glad that they did care with career, which is really good. People who swear at this
    Finally we have a conqueror to Dirt Rally 2.0.

    I am glad that they did care with career, which is really good.
    People who swear at this game are more surprised by their success from wrc 7.
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  3. Sep 12, 2019
    9
    Id like to start off with that this game runs super smooth and is optimized very well. I'm running this with the graphics as high as possibleId like to start off with that this game runs super smooth and is optimized very well. I'm running this with the graphics as high as possible at 4k on a Ryzen 7 1700 with a GTX 1080ti while locked in at 60fps easy. My computer doesn't even break a sweat. Under 50 degrees cpu temps. Hats off to the developers. Anyways, The tarmac simulation in WRC 8 is outstanding. Compared to real tarmac stages I've run, I can't see it feeling any better in a video game. The stage and environment design is top notch and feels almost 1:1 scale. Definitely the best in its class at the moment. The graphics might not be as polished as Dirt Rally 2.0 in some aspects but who really has time to look at bushes when you're flying downNarrow path at 100+ mph. The career mode is super in depth and intuitive and adds a whole new level of gameplay. The testing area in all it's freeroam glory is also a very nice touch. The only thing I really wish this game had, and I realize it's a WRC game, is a larger selection of cars but honestly. This game coupled with Dirt Rally 2.0s Rally cross and car selection makes for a Rally duo that will satisfy for a very long time. WRC 8 is a fantastic and fun game. Recommended it is seriously a blast to play. Expand
  4. Sep 16, 2019
    7
    Finally the WRC brand has delivered a more in depth and interesting game for those of us who find the Dirt Rally series a little bit tooFinally the WRC brand has delivered a more in depth and interesting game for those of us who find the Dirt Rally series a little bit too hardcore (especially for gamepad users). The presentation of the career mode appears to offer some fun but as to how much it affects the car performance is yet to be seen as I progress. The only real problem I have with the game is the poor optimization. On a I7-7700k at 5.0ghz with a 1080Ti I would expect to run this at least as good as Dirt Rally 2.0. The graphics here are not on par with that game yet I see big dips in FPS down to the 30s and even lower on every stage. I don't expect to have to remove all post-processing features to still get this. Maybe it is in need of a driver update with nVidia? If they manage to improve this then I will increase my score to an 8. Expand
  5. Sep 11, 2019
    7
    If this game had the graphics & car list of Dirt Rally 2.0, this (WRC 8) would probably be the best rally game ever made.

    I love the real
    If this game had the graphics & car list of Dirt Rally 2.0, this (WRC 8) would probably be the best rally game ever made.

    I love the real world courses & amount of content, love the deep campaign mode, the handling & physics, UI, dynamic weather etc. But having put many hours into both games & no matter how much i enjoy this game (it's still a very good game & worth getting), i miss the beautiful graphics & wide range of cars that you get to experience in Dirt Rally 2.0.

    (Edited this review after going back to Dirt Rally 2.0 & better comparing the two games)
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  6. Oct 20, 2019
    7
    This game is no-doubt forward step from WRC 6-7, but for me - backward step from V-Rally 4, produced by Kylotonn past year. For me, first ofThis game is no-doubt forward step from WRC 6-7, but for me - backward step from V-Rally 4, produced by Kylotonn past year. For me, first of all, car physics and handling aspect is important, but for others we can mention the same. For example, picture is also better, than in previous WRC, but worse, than in V-Rally.

    So, in physics we see return to the origins of WRC5, only spoiled by modifications of two following versions. Now it became more sophisticated and advanced, but in the same time - still also spoiled. And I think, that developers spoiled for purpose, playing up to previously created community, preferring not rally, but "mad hotlap" gameplay type (in V-Rally everything was quite proper with it).
    Really good I feel myself with R5 cars (WRC2), but when I try higher class.... here you feel, that car moved not by tyres, but by jet engine, and also turns not by tyres, but by invisible hand. And yes, here we see "Dirt Rally effect", first time in the Kylotonn series: car sometimes accelerates, turns and brakes even directly in air, in flying position after jump. Of course, its not the result of necessity to simulate more powerful engines: in SLRE monster 1000hp hill-climb cars does not behave in such way.

    The problem is in fact, that in this new game car dont lose grip at high speed, it sometimes lead to jerk-type acceleration, producing undrivable drift, but its also produce fantastic drivability in most cases. The rule of fast moving here is "never release trottle and cut turns in most possible way"... while in real life and good simulatirs, like RBR, SLRE and also V-Rally 4, just free sliding by wide lines with slight corrections by gas pedal give advantage and solves all, as well as earlier braking before turns and so on.

    And, as a result, not physical intuition, mastership needed here for win, but long track sucking: the game made for tarmac lap racers, which bored with their usual tracks and wants something more hot. But this "more hot" is NOT rally, where, in real competitions, you drive each stage only ones, and all that chapito tricks, making succes here, in game, are absolutly excluded and impossible. Since we see here old WRC6 mad and ugly tracks, used for many years, -it make most type of avaiable competitions sensless. For WRC simulator we need 300 km in each location, generated by engine just before run, with 50 km of specials. It would be really great, while to produce again the game with 3 stages per location - its absolutly in vain. Time for such generator is gone! In Dirt4 first step was made by Codemasters, V-Rally 4 also made it's contribution, but now we need quality world with really flexible road net, each time new. Realistic traks, without specially made traps behind each turn and knoll, and realistic physics at level of SLRE or at least V-Rally4, - it will make the game really good.

    On the other hand, career regime in this game, at least with eatable R5 cars physics, can bring real enjoyment. Generally feelings here is better, than in new Dirt Rally, car is not holded by rubber springs (substituted metal railway from DR1) and can move quite free.

    Bad news are in the fact, that not only cheaters still feel themselves free here, but, looks like, developers and portal administration play up to them also. We see fantastic time in online leaderboards, but also in weekly challenges a half of top list is beeing fullfiled with evident cheaters. For example, if you'll download leaders ghosts, you sometimes can find, that they goes along entire track with 6 gear. But the most interesting, that its not so easy to download these ghosts: looks like, portal administration blocked this option for some users or even countries! Me ocassionly found, that I can download these ghosts while special software enabled (this software I use for access some sites, blocked by our goverment: it substitute location data and so on), otherwise I recieve message "check your internet connection". Its very similar, that developers made it for purpose. Generally, they made everything for destroy community: now we have not any working forum, where somebody will explain us problems and tell, for example, when promised live match will start to work. Interesting, that in September I found in facebook personal message to me, where WRC8 team offered me to share with them information about possible cheating in esport competition they organize. I wrote them, that first of all I need ghosts, aviable for pursuiting in game, for analyze their behaviour... and as a result we meet situation with ghosts described upper. Now I really suspect, that this competition is totally corrupted: it even similar, that some built-in cheats presents in the game, and affiliated participants recieve access to them, winning then with that 6th gear runs in esport as well as in challenges.
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  7. BFV
    Sep 12, 2019
    0
    WRC 8 is bad bad bad.
    -No gysnc support, framerate fluctuates so much, forced to play at 60hz....
    -crappy graphics -Crappy FFB -Crappy
    WRC 8 is bad bad bad.
    -No gysnc support, framerate fluctuates so much, forced to play at 60hz....
    -crappy graphics
    -Crappy FFB
    -Crappy damage
    DR2.0 is the king, WRC 8 is for the noob drivers who drive on a rail to feel good, Dirt rally 2.0 is for the high skilled drivers, 900° H shifter, clutch, and let's master the Group B cars :)
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