WRC 7 will be officially released tomorrow, but we have been playing the game for almost a week now, on PC and PS4 Pro. We therefore have tons of videos to share with you as well as a full verdict and our usual +/- section. We also remind you that we will be live playing the game tonight from 9:00 to 9:40 CET.
Is WRC 7 more accessible than DiRT Rally? Obviously, as it reminds more of the original Colin McRae games than anything else. Does it mean the game is just an insipid arcade racer with no finesse to it? Hell no! With this third attempt in the WRC franchise, developer Kylotonn has proven us their talent when it comes to making solid rally games that can be fun and still demanding in many respects. Stages are particularly well-crafted, which adds a lot of tension when behind the wheel of the 2017 WRC cars. Not only is WRC 7 a real pleasure to play, but it is also very nice on the eye this year, with environments that often look better than DiRT 4's, if not always. Of course, console players will probably be a bit disappointed by the 30 fps locked framerate, but it is never detrimental to gameplay and the choice to finally propose a smooth experience was the right one in our opinion. The last 2 games had unlocked framerates and that's something we could never truly enjoy. With all the positives we find in this year's edition, it is then all the more frustrating to see WRC 7 has more or less the same shortcomings than Codemasters' rally titles, with a number of stages per country that is a bit stingy, even though it can be explained by the choice to make longer ones instead of a wider selection of short tracks. Ever since we played WRC 5, we felt the French studio's work was really promising, so we're happy to see we were right. Each year, the franchise gets better and better, and this time, the leap is clearly a lot more impressive. You and our fellow colleagues may disagree of course, but we've had a real blast playing WRC 7 and we can't wait to try it with a wheel. What a great end of year for car racing games fans!
On the plus side
Much improved graphics
13 destinations et 52 stages and super-stages
The right balance between simulation and accessibility
Smooth on PC and PS4 Pro
Good driving sensations with a gamepad
Rumble feedback is as it should be
Engine sounds don't disappoint
Very nice lighting effects
The journey only rally can offer
On the downside
The copilot still doesn't sound natural enough
Driving through puddles is disappointing visually
Some XB1/PS4 players will bitch at the 30 fps (and they'll be wrong)
Too many old wheels are still not compatible on PC
4 stages per country "only"
Loading times are longer on consoles
Replays still unable to pick the right camera angles