Sharp right turn into a WRC 5 trailer with a classic VW in the lead

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WRC 5

I’m not the biggest fan of the WRC games developed by Milestone. And that’s because those games have pretty much failed to capture the glory and the excitement of one of the greatest sports known to mankind, outside of my idea to fund the Jaeger development program with state money that would otherwise have been wasted on hospitals and pensioners.

Rally racing is a ridiculous sport, in the best way possible. You’ve got a souped-up vehicle with plenty of horses under the hood, a track that is narrower than a professional model’s waist-line and a safety buffer on the course that is made up of actual human beings with the survival instincts of lemmings.

How these events aren’t a bigger attraction already, is beyond me.

Anyway, a great sport deserves a great tie-in game, right? And in the 2000s, Rally racing had plenty of them. Colin McRae Rally, V-Rally and Richard Burns Rally were just a few of the good ones. But it’s the Sega Rally series that I have the fondest memories for.

That series of games managed to combine both technical cornering with exhilarating pushes through the straight and narrow. The kind of game that the WRC ones have failed to be. Instead, they’re boring, lifeless simulations of a white-knuckle sport of kings.

Mind you, that’s an opinion based on the first three games. I never played the fourth one, as I had managed to jump out of a window just as Geoff was going to throw a review request of it at me.

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I’d hazard a guess and say that WRC 4 was pretty much the same game yet again, because the trailer for the fifth game isn’t doing the series any favours as it shows off an overclocked Volkswagen Polo R:

WRC 5 takes a hard left this October on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita and PC.

Last Updated: October 12, 2015

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Is the Polo really overclocked or is that just what the software tells you?

    • Bagel

      His nerd is leaking

    • Marc O Polo

      Not the first time the Germans have been caught flying about gass emissions

  • Hammersteyn

    Emission DLC sold separately

  • oVg

    Cool game for the vita. I got Platinum for WRC 4. Cockpit view is far to small for the screen but whack it onto bonnet view and you have a sweet driving game on the go. Once you nail the handbrake power slide its actually a good driving game.

    • Rock789

      Totally agree. I got WRC4 on the XB360 for cheap (think it was R99) on a whim and damn, was I surprised. Went in with no expectations, but remembered the awesome rally games of old (like Colin McRae on World Rally Championship – never really enjoyed Sega Rally… WAY too arcadey for me), which it reminded me of… And I seriously enjoyed it. Graphics were a little dated, but I don’t subscribe to the whole “if it looks bad, it must be bad”. It looked ok, but the most important thing – car handling – was pretty much spot on! As you say, was Scandinavian flicking cars into corners in no time. Truly a really fun game. Will give WRC5 a go sometime (once my backlog has recovered somewhat).

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