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WRC 7 Hands-On Preview – Rallycross Greatness

There are many different types of petrolheads – your straight up car lovers, your muscle car fanatics, the JDM crowd, and the rally folk, just to name a few. Rallycross is a popular style of racing which occurs on a closed, multi-terrain circuit. Usually, rallycross is done with cars which have AWD (all-wheel drive) such as the Mitsubishi Evolutions, Subaru Imprezas, and Ford Escorts. Two people typically occupy a rally vehicle, one driving, and the other giving pace notes, a system that informs the driver of what to expect in terms of terrain intensity and different types of turns.

Kylotonn possesses the official license for the WRC, meaning they are the official game developer for rallycross. Although most popular in Nordic countries and Australia, the community continues to grow throughout America and the rest of the world. The community wanted to see more realism from the WRC games, and with WRC 7, it shows that the developers listened.

WRC 7 does an absolutely phenomenal job of showing the difference in terrain and vehicle wear-and-tear. Even just using a standard PlayStation 4 controller, the controls, and haptic feedback adjusts accordingly (and instantly) when you start to swerve off the asphalt and into the dirt or start driving down a hill. This is definitely a game for the simulation crowd, as it is not forgiving (however, there is a mode for beginners which evaluates the way you play and sets you to go from there).


As the rally season in the real world starts, the game will update with events which directly correlate with the WRC season. You are also given the ability to create your own type of championships to put your skills to the test. WRC 7 will also be a great party game, giving players two options for multiplayer: traditional split-screen for two players, and a hot-seat for up to eight (one player at a time, going down the line to see who has the best time).

WRC 7 will feature tracks from all thirteen official countries of the WRC – Monaco, Sweden, Mexico, France, Argentina, Portugal, Italy, Poland Finland, Germany, Spain, the UK and Australia – and have new “epic” stages which can be as long as fifteen minutes each (unless you’re bad at the game like I am, and it’ll take you half an hour). Each country will have different times of the day and weather conditions, as well.

WRC 7 will be available for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC this fall. Are any of you looking forward to the game? Please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.