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WRC: FIA World Rally Championship 3

For: PS Vita

More of a rallying moan than a cry

Product: WRC 3: FIA World Rally Championship 3 | Developer: Milestone | Publisher: Black Bean Games | Format: PS Vita | Genre: Racing | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
 
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Okay, troops: the PS Vita is in dire need of some great games for the Christmas period. The kind of games that will make teenagers and adults alike want to stick the fledging handheld on their list to Santa.

In other words, games that are unlike WRC: FIA World Rally Championship 3. This won't be featuring on any regular wishlists, let alone a Christmas one.

It's a hollow shell of a racing game, serving as the perfect example of what happens when a rally title thinks that it can get by on driving mechanics alone.

Well, Really Crap

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WRC 3 attempts to woo you with official cars, drivers, and courses, and at first glance it looks like it might just work.

The racing action is fairly in-depth, with plenty of options to fiddle around with and courses that look pretty swish. The car handling, while far from perfect, is solid - it really feels like the kind of game you can master if you stick with it.

But you won't want to stick at it, because there's nothing to WRC 3 at all. Where you'd usually expect some kind of Career mode, there are simply several empty shell modes that are each the equivalent to the racing genre's Quick Race, but on different scales.

Whether you choose to do a single race, a single rally, or a single championship, it all feels the same, with no discernible way to progress through the game.

For this reason, WRC 3 is an incredibly dull and monotone experience. Compared to the console version (which itself isn't great), this is a cut-down port with no love injected into it at all.

What a load of Red Bull


Even if you can look past this and find meaning in WRC 3, there are plenty of other areas of the game that will continue to bring the experience down.

There's no tutorial or explanation at all, so we spent a good while trying to work out how the hell to not come last. There's just no easy way into the game, and in the end you'll find yourself going in the options and turning all the assists on.

The car damage modelling works well, and rewinding time to avoid crashes is a nice feature - even if it proves incredibly laggy. But none of this means very much, since you can repair the majority of damage at the end of each race.

Throw in sound effects that appear to have been recorded in a baked beans can (including a strange popping noise that occurs throughout play) and a soundtrack that's as generic as they come, and WRC 3 really isn't a package you'll want to pick up.

If you really want a racing game for Vita, pick up the far superior Need for Speed: Most Wanted. If you want a realistic racing game, F1 2011 is your man. WRC 3 is not the racer you're looking for.
 
WRC: FIA World Rally Championship 3
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Mike Rose | 8 November 2012
WRC 3 is roughly thrown together, and lacks any of the basic requirements of fun
 
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@BoardkilL | 21:39 - 30 December 2012
While I do agree with several of your points, I disagree with your conclusion.

Sure, WRC 3 feels like a pretty empty game, and there really isn't much to find here except pure racing. Simple menus, no story mode and a pretty crappy sound track. Some might find that kind of dull, but sometimes I prefer it that way. It's about getting your rally car to dance through the corners and slide perfectly around hair pins - shaving seconds off your stage times.

You mention NFS:MW as a better alternative, and while I have only played that game on Xbox 360 (and liked it ok), I find it a bit too "noisy". There is little focus on actual driving, and more on just messing around in something vaguely related to real cars.

While the physics in WRC 3 aren't superb, they are vastly improved over the previous to WRC games on pc, ps3 and Xbox 360 (which were utter crap). The handling feels fairly realistic, and for a rally fan or fairly hard core racing fans, I reckon WRC 3 on Vita is a must have.

Turn off all the assists and it's a pretty darn good rally game. Give it a couple of stages of practice and you should be able to fight your way to the top of the lists.

The on-line multi player is a lot like the "career" mode, except you're racing against other players, plain and simple. After having completed the rally championship in all three classes of cars you'll probably be about done with single player. You can still try and get a few of the trophies in single rally or single stage events, but you'll most likely want to go on-line and race real people - it's a bit more challenging that way.

All in all; Sure it's a pretty stripped down (and cheapish) game, but it has nice physics and fairly realistic handling. For a racer that really should matter more than all the fancy stuff other racing games have put into them to hide the fact that they're not really that good at the racing part.
 
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