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  • Summary: The WRC license is back and even better this year with WRC 9. Take part in the Calendar's 3 new rallies and challenge the community with the customisable league system. Then dive into the skin of a co-driver with the astonishing co-op mode.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 7, 2020
    90
    Overall, WRC 9 is one of the most realistic racers that I have had the fortune of playing recently. It is full of great graphics and a level of realism I would want for many of my other games. Be careful as you drive down these back roads and paths as you race against the time of other drivers and have fun with it.
  2. Dec 17, 2020
    87
    WRC 9 is a step up from its prequels and it does exactly as advertised. The game has tons of content that you can immerse yourself in. There are tens of cars, dozens of tracks, different countries and championships, giving a huge replayability value. While there are ample positives, there are also some major negatives. The main issue is with the control scheme which seems to favour wheel users over gamepad/keyboard. It's not a deal-breaker but it was definitely a frustrating experience for me to master the mechanics using a controller. But once I was comfortable with WRC 9 on a controller, there was no looking back.
  3. Sep 7, 2020
    82
    WRC 9 is best game in the series and is getting closer the king of the genre: Dirt Rally 2.0.
  4. Sep 1, 2020
    80
    While it's not exactly a kick in the pants, WRC 9 manages to build on the solid foundation of WRC 8 and simply give players more to do, which is never a bad thing. The WRC license is a big deal and the roadmap for post-release support looks promising with new rallies slated to arrive by year’s end. It certainly won’t win any beauty contests and rough edges abound, but when things come together, it can turn your knuckles white with fear. Isn’t that what we want from a rally experience in the first place? 8/10 hay bale chicanes.
  5. Sep 15, 2020
    77
    WRC 9 checks nearly all the boxes for a racing game and most importantly excels in the areas of rally racing and fun. For WRC 8 owners, having to pay the full game price for small improvements will probably seem steep. The differences between the two games adds up to the amount of content often found in a DLC. Especially as is often done by other racing sim games. For new players, however, WRC 9 is an easy purchase.
  6. Sep 8, 2020
    75
    WRC 9 driving model is demanding and devoted to simulation, but unfortunately not free from imperfections, mainly attributable to the physics engine, which makes it artificial at times.
  7. Sep 25, 2020
    60
    This year’s rally arcade is just too similar to the previous game. A few details have been added, but overall, the content isn’t especially rich - which isn’t helped by the strict connection between the game and the official license.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. Dec 14, 2020
    10
    CodeMasters is review-bombing WRC because it's a much better game than anything they've done since DiRT Rally 1, or even DiRT 1.
  2. Nov 5, 2020
    9
    Usually, I don't do reviews, but this game is amazing and absolutely underrated!

    Bear in mind you will maybe have to tweak the steering and
    Usually, I don't do reviews, but this game is amazing and absolutely underrated!

    Bear in mind you will maybe have to tweak the steering and camera settings, if you don't, the car "turning" capability might feel weird. Oh boy, but once you find that proper setting and you get the feeling of the car it's so fun and challenging!

    Of course, having more tracks would be amazing, the graphics optimization still isn't perfect, the interior cameras are too "dark" and hard to see the track, the engine and exterior sound still needs some tweaking but I find everything is on a proper track for a great and realistic rally game.
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  3. Sep 8, 2020
    9
    Great physics, feels awesome to drive on both wheel and controller. Graphics are nice and well optimised. The career mode is very fun andGreat physics, feels awesome to drive on both wheel and controller. Graphics are nice and well optimised. The career mode is very fun and almost addicting. Stage design is superb! Audio is also great altho the cars don't sound quite as raw and angry compared to the real ones. Online is simple, fun and stable. Altho whenever someone leaves the lobby the game unreadys everybody in the lobby so that needs fixing. All and all it's a solid game, definitely recommend. Expand
  4. Oct 23, 2020
    5
    Luxurious racing tracks, but not perfectly worked out cars, dirt water, of course, this is not ideal, but you can still play it......
  5. Sep 9, 2020
    4
    I give you a 4, I had fun failing around the tracks. I can't decide if I'm a rookie with bad reflexes or the car just simply won't turnI give you a 4, I had fun failing around the tracks. I can't decide if I'm a rookie with bad reflexes or the car just simply won't turn whether I go fast or slow. It feels like the car has only weight with no traction whatsoever. The graphics are OK for this kind of game, but the sounds are very cheap. The optimization is simply non-existent, though I fixed the frame-pacing by changing to fullscreen. Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2020
    4
    WRC 9 is the ninth installment (since its reintroduction in 2010) of the official licensed WRC racing (despite the fact that rallying is aWRC 9 is the ninth installment (since its reintroduction in 2010) of the official licensed WRC racing (despite the fact that rallying is a competition and not racing) video game series. For the past decade, a new game in the WRC series is coming out every year. And that usually spells trouble. Changes from one year to the next are usually marginal and minuscule. I personally find this concept to be unforgivable and unacceptable. But lets look at the positives first. The game does not look awesome, but the graphics is decent enough (although it is pretty bad when compared to lets say Dirt 2.0). Car models are pretty enough. The sound is a different story. I do not know why this is, but in every single rally game the cars sound like awful. There must be some technical problem, which I do not understand that is preventing the developers to make the car sounds more realistic. The number of cars is pretty low, but that is a problem of the WRC organization and not a problem of the game. They also added few historic cars this time. The stages are mostly the same as in the previous years. The overall length of stages is grossly misleading. I have nothing against running the same stage both ways (that is something commonly used by amateur rally organizers around the world), but cutting up the stage and presenting the segments as additional special stages, that is pretty lame. I also have a problem with the pacenotes. I do not know whether an actual rally driver checked or made the pacenotes for this game, but I doubt it. The pacenotes in WRC 9 are a description of the stage rather than a description of how to drive through the stage. That is a common beginners mistake, but I believe an official WRC game should not make such a mistake. The career mode is pretty straightforward and entertaining for the 15ish hours it takes you to become a world rally champion. No microtransaction and no SJW crap.

    Overall an average game for rally fans, but when compared with Dirt 2.0, it really looks pathetic. Final verdict: 44 %
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  7. Sep 19, 2020
    0
    This game is not worth buying.
    WRC 9 game is just a joke.
    The cars do not have a steering feel/ no such weight feel. it feels like a boat
    This game is not worth buying.
    WRC 9 game is just a joke.
    The cars do not have a steering feel/
    no such weight feel. it feels like a boat sailing on an ice track. Controller tried too.
    The controller cannot play at all. Being the worst rally game I have ever played, the same is the case with other wrc games The PS2 wrc extreme was the last decent wrc game. Even in a V-Rally 4 arcade game, a better driving feel than in this rubbish pile. WRC should take the model of Dirt / 2.0 model of how the driving feel is made good for both steering wheels as well as the controller
    Career is practically the same as WRC 8.
    The game is rubbish that goes by the name of the WRC. Maybe it was time to give the game to someone else who knows how to make game
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