STAFF REVIEW of WRC 10 (Xbox Series X)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
by Heather Webster

WRC 10 Box art I’m so excited about WRC 10! I have always been a fan of console racing games and can still remember the first time I really got into the racing genre. I was playing my friend's original Xbox, you know the original one that came out in 2001, and was playing Project Gotham Racing, sitting there for a full 8 hours. No snacks, no bathroom break, just fully involved in playing and thoroughly enjoying it!

So, when given the opportunity to play and review WRC 10, I got so excited that once I started playing, I was dreaming about playing it when I couldn’t. That hasn’t happened for me for quite a while but goes to show how enjoyable it was. WRC 10; also known as WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship, is a racing/simulation video game developed by French developer Kylotonn and published by Nacon. WRC 10 is the latest in the series and is also the official game of the World Rally Championship.

I’m telling you right now, if you love racing games as much as I do, then WRC 10 will not disappoint. It is full of amazing sound details, winding switchback roads, official rally cars and customizable driving conditions. Not to mention the speed, adrenaline and everything else you could ask for in a racing game. For instance, I’ll bet you never thought a video game could make you feel like you were in the car driving, but the development team really went all out on the details with hyper-realistic and ultra precise physics built into the way the engine reacts. So you can feel the force, turbo and braking of whichever car you choose to race through the vibrations in the controller, as well as the varied terrain of each track.

Followed by the insane amount of detail that went into even the minor sounds you hear while racing, I watched a developer YouTube video about how they created such a realistic sound for the game and was more than impressed. They brought the actual cars that are used in real races and that you can drive in the game to a live racetrack, attached twelve microphones to the vehicle (both inside and out) as well as well placed mics around the track to get a full 360 immersive sound experience as if you were in the car. I remember when I was really into playing Forza, I looked up the way they integrated the car sounds and found out that they took the actual cars for that game into a studio and recorded the sounds that way, which was cool, but WRC has surpassed that.

Quickly becoming known as the best of the best from all over the world, WRC 10 one has fully restored my faith in the ability of developers to reinvent and reignite my passion for a great driving game. As I took part in races to reach the 2021 season podium, I also relived and experienced the rush of racing in the past with legendary cars from WRC competitions as far back as the 1970’s in the 50th anniversary races.

Developers have added a bunch of new never-before-seen content in this new edition as well. Try your best in the four new 2021 rallies held in places like Croatia and Spain. Go through 6 historic rallies including Germany and Argentina. Do your part with 52 official teams from the 2021 season including WRC, WRC2, WRC3, and Junior WRC. And don’t forget those 20 plus legendary cars from manufacturers like Audi, Mitsubishi, and Toyota.

Start yourself off in career mode where you will experience a very life-like and complete career which consists of not only the driving but also viewing your full career information on the driver card. This includes an overall stats section, history, stunts, complications, online and offline stats, rewards and coaching. Then check out the livery editor, where you can create and design your own team and add your colours and decals to contemporary cars.

Get in touch with your competitive self and try your skills in the daily and weekly challenges, or head into the club and create your own competition, check your final scores against the rest of the community no matter what your skill level is. I love that because it means there is more inclusion. If you do want to spend more time improving your skills and getting to know the tracks better, you can complete challenges, training, or test races. I really enjoy having the ability to choose the time of day and type of weather for each track as well, making for some very unique and challenging races.

There is a great selection for multiplayer between playing online with friends or other people in the world. There is also a great splitscreen option so you can play local with someone beside you on the couch. I had the most fun with the ability to play splitscreen both with my wife and my friends. We picked a great track and chose to play winner gets next, so whoever had the best time at the end of the race got to play again and someone else got a turn. We had a lot of fun doing this. Something I did notice that kind of took away from the local match option was when the second player is selecting their car, if they back out of the category it requires them to select an Xbox player account every single time. I haven’t gotten the chance to play any of the online multiplayer options yet though due to lack of online players, so hopefully down the road the community will grow.

In the livery you can create custom paint, use premade decals, or create your own to showcase your own style. The graphic design that was put into this game are so realistic that you feel like you’re there. I was impressed that when any damage was done to the track, if you restarted the race all the damage was still there.

WRC 10 is absolutely amazing! The biggest downside is the learning curve, but the effort is well worth it when you take the time to master its handling. You can choose your tires and their position to suit the track and or your driving style and well as choose between auto and custom settings of the braking, suspension and other fine tuning. The amount of customization that is available for the player makes WRC 10 easy to get into regardless of your skill. Now we just need the ability to use a steering wheel instead of a controller and this would be an even better simulator.

**WRC 10 was provided by the publisher and reviewed on an Xbox Series S**

Overall: 9.5 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 10.0 / 10


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