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Rev up and Race with EA WRC

EA SPORTS WRC is a new title from EA, giving the player the excitement of rally racing to your gaming console. EA has released several racing games this year, from NFS to F1, and this game aims to capture the intensity of World Rally Championship (WRC) events.

One of the standout features of EA SPORTS WRC is its authentic representation of rally racing events and locations. The game boasts a diverse range of environments, from winding forest tracks to challenging mountainous terrains, providing players with a true-to-life rally experience. My first track was on snow and you could definitely feel the difference between the slippery ice compared to the asphalt. The attention to detail extends to the cars as well, with a roster of WRC vehicles, each handling differently and reflecting their real-world counterparts. The controls are very intuitive, at least if you select beginner, and one of my favorite features on PS5 was the adaptive triggers reacting to turns and the terrain. When making a turn, I had to push the trigger harder to complete the turn, and I felt each bump in the controller.

EA SPORTS WRC introduces features that elevate the gameplay experience. The inclusion of a dynamic weather system adds an extra layer of challenge, as players must adapt to changing conditions such as rain and snow, impacting both visibility and traction. The Career Mode has been revamped to offer a more immersive progression system, allowing players to build their rally legacy from the ground up. Additionally, the game includes a robust multiplayer mode, enabling players to compete with friends or other racers worldwide from either Xbox of PlayStation pool of gamers.

While EA SPORTS WRC has a lot to enjoy, some players may find the learning curve steep, especially for those new to rally racing. The game's tutorial system could be more comprehensive in guiding players through how to not only learn to play, but on how to succeed. The first tutorial was more of a Complete Track without going Out of Bounds, which is fine, but there were no tips and I felt like I was on my own. Not being a racing game expert myself, I would have liked the option for some tutorial or tips, as I find in other EA titles (UFC5 does a great job with this).

For families looking for a racing game suitable for all ages, EA SPORTS WRC offers a mixed experience. The game looks great but the realistic simulation aspects and challenging gameplay might be better suited for older kids and teens. I would not recommend this game for younger audiences because unlike arcade racers, once you go out of bounds, which children and newbies like myself will do, it resets you which makes for a disjointed experience for little ones whose attention is already challenging to capture.

EA SPORTS WRC is going to be a great title for rally racing fans, as well as fans of simulation racing, as opposed to arcade racing. Fans of EA’s F1 Racing title will feel more at home and I can see gamers who use the steering wheel controllers to get right into this title. This game was definitely made with the racing fan in mind, but that doesn’t mean more casual fans wont enjoy their time as long as they have patience and know what type of game they are getting into. Good luck out there and stay between the cones and houses!


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