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wrc5headNormally we’re not into Racing games, I actually dislike them a lot, but our guest reviewer Isa “Scylom” El Chafei is a huge fan of driving games. Here’s his take on the recently released WRC 5.

WRC 5: FIA World Rally Championship was released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on the 16th of October 2015 and will be released on Xbox One on the 23rd of October 2015. It is the first instalment on next generation consoles and was developed by Paris based Kyloyonn. WRC 5 is the official video game of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship, featuring cars and rallies from the 2015 season, including support categories. This game featured British indie rock band Bastille’s song “Pompeii” in its intro.

To sim or not to sim

The game is called a driving sim although it didn’t really feel like a real sim it had all the sim elements in it but it didn’t feel like a real sim don’t get me wrong, they gave a lot of options for instance the tweaking in an engine to give it a little bit more power or changing the tires for different traction. The problem of sim games is that it takes a lot of time to make, and the developers had none of this. The game feels very rushed and you can see it in the frame drops and graphics although it still looks nice most of the time.

Expectations

My expectations where a little bit to high could I blame myself? No, because it was the first real rally game for the ps4 and I really was looking forward to play a real rally sim, not only did I expect to see a lot of cars I expected more colours for instance the menu felt very empty.

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Gameplay

The gameplay is fun, with some frame rate issues and minor bugs. But the game comes at its best when it’s raining the mud that splatters against your car or the dust you leave behind when you drive down a mountain side, even the damage looked realistic. The most fun was watching myself in the replay it looked pretty awesome. Another issue was that when you drive of a mountain you spawn back that wouldn’t be such a major problem only if they wouldn’t show it in the replay mode.

Is it any good?

Yes the game has a lot of positive sides it has a e sports option so you can play against other people online and claim your trophy, the driving felt realistic I really needed to spend some time in the garage to optimize my car.

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Kevin "Method" van Dongen

Ain't no thing like me, except me. I am the biggest half behind this website and love to write about my deep love for fighting games, (J)RPG's and Destiny. Really do not like Call of Duty and absolutely love pizza.