Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
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  1. Sep 25, 2019
    90
    WRC 8 is not a game for novice racers, which may be a turn-off for some. But for those who live for the thrill of the unknown as it relates to hitting the road and tearing up the track, it's a stupendous celebration of vehicular matter.
  2. Oct 1, 2019
    85
    WRC 8 is super challenging even if you’re an experienced driver. I recommend taking your time to learn the courses. It will lower your frustration levels and add to the overall replay value of the game. Again this is definitely going to be difficult for the casual racer but well worth the effort to “git gud”. Wheel users will get the most out of this game as the normal controller just does an ok job.
  3. 85
    WRC 8 is finally a true match for the Dirt series with its authentic presentation, engrossing gameplay, and varied selection of vehicles and circuits.
  4. Sep 17, 2019
    84
    WRC 8 is a rock-solid rally racer that’s now looming very large in the rearview mirror of current off-road kingpin Dirt Rally 2.0. It’s still not quite as beautiful or broad as the latter but the additions made on top of WRC 7 – particularly the dynamic weather and the vastly improved career mode – are real gamechangers.
  5. Sep 3, 2019
    82
    WRC 8 managed to correct the course, and blend very realistic physics with a new and improved engine, taking a huge step in quality for the franchise.
  6. Oct 2, 2019
    81
    While I’ve been out of the loop for many years on rally games overall, WRC 8 has sucked me back into the fray, eagerly awaiting to see what improvements the inevitable sequel will bring. WRC 8 improved on nearly every aspect and should be considered if you’re looking for an actual FIA World Rally Championship simulator; it’s even quite fun to boot.
  7. Sep 3, 2019
    81
    A clear improvement from the previous chapters of the series, starting from the interesting brand new career mode, and finishing on the dynamic weather.
  8. Sep 11, 2019
    80
    If you’re a fan of WRC, want a new racer to keep things a little exciting and fancy pushing your car through some of the finest tracks in the world, then WRC 8 is probably going to be a good buy for you.
  9. 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.
  10. Sep 3, 2019
    80
    Great looks, improved physics, dynamic weather, and a more in-depth career mode mark a positive step forward for the WRC franchise.
  11. Sep 3, 2019
    80
    It’s a pretty impressive rally game then, WRC 8. Sure, it doesn’t play or look quite as good as DiRT Rally 2.0, but its career mode does a lot to make up for that. There’s a real nice variety to the events that it lets you take part in, and its crew management aspects are implemented wonderfully. From the moment you start your career you’re engrossed, and the rally action is just as demanding and exciting as it should be. Even if you already have DiRT Rally 2.0 in your life you should probably consider making a little bit of room for WRC 8. And if you don’t, well, you now have two great rally games to choose from.
  12. Sep 23, 2019
    75
    Apart from its defects, WRC is a highly recommended title for all Rally fans who want to enjoy a more comprehensive official championship thanks to its management options and the amount of content it features.
  13. Oct 21, 2019
    70
    We’re not quite into PES vs FIFA territory yet but if WRC 8 is anything to go by KT Racing are on the right track. WRC 8 isn’t perfect and there’s a few, unfortunate failings that hold it back from perhaps being the overall winner. However, if multiplayer competition doesn’t swing things for you then WRC 8’s single-player components are compelling. Those disillusioned by Codemaster’s recent outing may find the challenge and the subsequent thrill of success in WRC 8 a more compelling package.
  14. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Oct 12, 2019
    70
    A fully featured, officially licenced rally simulator, but it lacks flair and personality. [Issue#183, p.90]
  15. Sep 30, 2019
    70
    I was posed the question before I began – “could WRC dethrone DiRT this year?” WRC 8 certainly boasts engaging, fun and challenging gameplay. The vehicles handle with a sense of realism, they sound fantastic and the variety in locations and stages is second-to-none. Sure there’s still some work to go from a graphical perspective, but it’s not something that would impact replayability if you’re a rally/racing fan. So is the answer to the question a ‘yes’? Not entirely.
  16. Sep 20, 2019
    70
    A competent entry to the WRC series by Kylotonn Games, and the handling model has improved a lot since their previous outing, however, the title is let down by some oddities and bugs that can sometimes make gameplay more effort than it needs be. Choose this if you want a decent rally experience, without the harrowing difficulty that DiRT Rally will put your way.
  17. Sep 12, 2019
    70
    Overall, WRC 8 screams mediocrity in every turn, something akin to a budget title, but still it’s sold for a full price. It’s not a bad game by any means but not that great either. At its best, WRC 8 can be nice enough to hop into now and then but nice isn’t enough when there’s a superior rally racing game available. As of writing, there are four rally events left in the world championship so there’s still room to get excited whether Ott Tänak can keep up his top form or will Sébastien Ogier make a late-season comeback and continue his winning streak. In video games, the competition is already over, though, as WRC 8 has to settle for a distant second place behind DiRT Rally 2.0.
  18. Sep 10, 2019
    70
    The best installment in the Bigben-Kylotonn WRC era has come a little late to the party, but it makes a great founding stone to build a brighter future for the franchise, solving most if not all of the driving and physics issues.
  19. Oct 23, 2019
    35
    On the surface WRC 8 would look like a game made for rally fans, but it misses the mark by miles and with there being so many other fantastic rally and racing games already out there to choose from, I can only recommend that you go looking elsewhere.
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  1. Sep 4, 2019
    With a beautiful handling model, much-improved visuals and a savvy use of the official licence, WRC 8 is a triumph. [Eurogamer Recommended]
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. Sep 4, 2019
    8
    WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship developed by KT Racing and published by BigBen Interactive introduces one of the most realistic andWRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship developed by KT Racing and published by BigBen Interactive introduces one of the most realistic and challenging rally games out there. WRC has one of the most dynamic weather systems, thrilling tracks, and routes with some unpredictable turns you and your co-driver will experience road gripping thrilling adventures across over 100 stages involving 50 teams with many well known vehicle manufacturers including Ford, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Lancia and many more. Experience amazing stages and extreme conditions as you play WRC, be it Career or Championship you and your crew will have to make it through together, as you manage your team and crew members. Manage your research and development as you continue your career upgrade your vehicle reliability, performance or manage your team members skills make sure you plan ahead week by week of your upcoming rallies impress your vehicle manufacturers with reputation as you complete tryouts with vehicles and other teams enjoy racing in this incredible game from junior bracket with 180hp to the mid tier WRC 2 at 280hp and to the big leagues of WRC experience these machines with 380 brake horse power as they pull you around wraps and bends. WRC 8 continues in a long time fantastic series and continues to improve year over year by offering an amazing experience in an off-road game, like myself I do sincerely hope you enjoy this game. Rise to the challenge! Full Review »
  2. Sep 9, 2019
    8
    WRC 8 is above all a superb rallying game, if you love the WRC you'll love this game. It is also a real step forward for the series in everyWRC 8 is above all a superb rallying game, if you love the WRC you'll love this game. It is also a real step forward for the series in every area including graphics, accessibility with the voice-over tutorial, car handling, tuning, team development, career structure and most of all playability.

    So why just an 8/10? Well, there are some small issues that would need to be resolved. The game has caused several Xbox One X full system power off crashes, these seem to be related to the voice over tutorial kicking in but I can't be certain. Car handling is much improved over WRC 7 but there are still occasional moments when the car reacts in a strange way, the handling isn't as consistent as Dirt 2.0. Default gamepad handling is too twitchy but can be improved by turning sown the sensitivity. Some wheel peripherals are reportedly not recognised by the game (eg Sparco TSS Handbrake). The Career mode has some bugs, I have achieved medium-term objectives that I didn't have in the objective screens and at the same time been told I failed other objectives which again were not those assigned by the team. Luckily none of these factors spoils the game too much.

    Quite possibly the most unexpectedly improved game so far this year, previous iterations have just churned out the annual update with a few new cars and slightly better graphics. With WRC 8 they've given us a complete package and a game that has that just one more go addictiveness.
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  3. Oct 1, 2019
    9
    Absolutely fantastic rally SIM. This is a leap forward for the official WRC games, so much has been improved since WRC8. I played on an xboxAbsolutely fantastic rally SIM. This is a leap forward for the official WRC games, so much has been improved since WRC8. I played on an xbox one x. Although framerate is only 30fps, its very smooth and responsive. Graphics are great to. The level of simulation in the driving makes it so fun yet difficult to master. Fantastic stage design with dynamic weather gives an experience better than dirt rally in my opinion. If you like rally or racing sims in general just buy it, you won't be disappointed. Full Review »