Rallying isn’t just stunningly difficult, it’s terrifying. Barreling down narrow stretches of bumpy, loose-gravel roads lined with huge rocks, trees or sheer cliff faces at speeds nearing 140mph is approximately as butt-clenching an event obviously. It’s a sport that will require pure talent, but those that do it professionally manage do so with the same elegance and grace as a dancer performing a heavily choreographed routine. Watching them respond to their co-drivers calls with a flick of the wheel plus some fancy footwork could be mesmerizing. And with WRC 7: World Rally Championship, KT Racing has delivered a good and focused test of off-road skill that, despite a few rough edges, puts you firmly in those dancing shoes whether you’re ready or not.

For the unfamiliar, Rallying is some time-trials stepped on three days, with everyday consisting of several stages. By the end of the function, the driver with the speediest time across all three days takes home the championship points and the glory. Set on treacherous, narrow roads that may incorporate snow and ice, tarmac and gravel, teams make use of co-drivers to describe the street ahead using pace notes. It’s a hardcore, challenging sport that will require total concentration as missing a call may easily start to see the car launched violently off the street. WRC 7 leans hard into this mentality, taking it more towards the simulation end of the spectrum, and it shows.

Cars themselves could be a real handful. Without assists, which there are few, you’ll must be together with your braking and steering, which feel very sensitive by default. Turning down the sensitivity helped alleviate this somewhat, but despite having the assists on, you’re still set for a huge challenge. Some more player assists like stability control, or more robust effects put on the kinds already available, could have gone quite a distance in making the overall game feel more accessible.

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In a period where video games give attention to making themselves pop with fancy special effects and further side content, WRC 7 requires a more direct method of both its presentation and gameplay. All of the real-life teams, cars and sponsors are represented over the three tiers of competition; Junior WRC, WRC2 and the WRC, providing you the entire gamut of options to decide on when taking on an individual rally stage, a whole three day event or a complete custom championship.

You can jump right into a multiplayer rally, but it’s likely that you’ll have to find some friends with the overall game to get the most from it. Otherwise your best option for many who want to check themselves against others is via the leaderboards and the task mode, which picks an automobile and track combo and challenges you to place down your very best time in comparison to others. The difference between this and the typical leaderboards being that you potentially earn the most points for your first attempt, and fewer points for each and every subsequent shot you take. It’s by far the simplest way to really get your multiplayer kicks.

Each one of the 13 different rally spots out of this year’s World Rally Championship are represented, plus they are easily the stars of the show. From the densely lined, snowy forest roads of Sweden to the rocky, sun-drenched gravel of Argentina, each of different locales and stages includes a real feeling of character that, while proving an unbelievable challenge, also serves to visually satisfy. Special stages are deeply filled with foliage, adding an excellent and detail to the surroundings seldom observed in other rally games. Despite some minor shadow pop-in and objects in the length lacking finer detail, it’s hard never to be impressed by the average person character of every venue.

Without quite as awe-inspiring as the many locales you plow through, each one of the game’s 55 different team cars have all been modeled to accurately reflect their real-life counterparts. Slightly less spectacular will be the cockpit interiors which, while matching the bare-bones structure of a beastly rally car, neglect to surpass the finer degree of environmental detail. Similarly, weather effects can be found but unspectacular, particularly if driving in snow, which never manages to adhere to your windshield.

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WRC 7’s mainstay game mode may be the career, which enables you to create a driver and sign them up to team in the Junior WRC category with the target being to go up up through the ranks. If you prosper enough, you could possibly be given an early on shot for an individual rally at a team in another of the bigger tier championships. Even better, earn an excellent finishing spot in the championship and rival teams from the other categories will swoop in and try to sign you up for next season.

There’s no upgrading your team, car parts or skills. You certainly are a driver, and that’s what you’re here to accomplish; drive. Your performance can transform your team’s morale, which influences how proficiently they perform car repairs in the service area towards the end of every day. Team morale can be influenced by how you match their favored method of racing: some want you to go all-out, pushing hard to go as quickly as possible without an excessive amount of cause for concern about damage. Smaller teams, though, might want you to protect the automobile, asking instead that you make sure you bring it home without trouble.

Although this is a good idea in theory, used it doesn’t show a lot of an impact, if any, and it will be good to see more regarding consequences for either failing or succeeding in sticking with the game plan. Consistent with this, car damage is forgiving both visually and mechanically, regardless of the simple which you’ll end up rolling end-over-end after clipping an embankment. If you beat it up enough, parts will eventually fail or fall off entirely, however the cars can generally have a good beating before you have to worry too much.

For all its minor faults and bare-bones nature compared to others, WRC 7 continues to be a satisfying, but seriously challenging rally title. It’s not the most welcoming game for newcomers, and even experienced racers will see a number of the rougher stages tricky. But ultimately, that’s also the idea. Rallying isn’t easy, and KT Racing took that much to heart.