Although EA SPORTS WRC’s driving physics are influenced by the now four-year-old DiRT Rally 2.0, Codemasters has dispensed with its proprietary Ego technology in favour of Unreal Engine, in theory allowing more detailed visuals and stages over 30 kilometres in length.
All of the 2023 WRC season’s rallies are represented, (the Central European Rally arrives as a free, post-release DLC), with the drivers, teams and liveries of the WRC, WRC2 and Junior WRC classes included – that’s an impressive 78 cars and 200+ stages.
There are online modes like Clubs; where you can set up and enter online rallies using EA’s companion Racenet app; and Moments, where you take on curated rally scenarios aiming for the fastest time on the leaderboard.
One of the current Moments replicates Colin McRae’s chaotic attempt at the 1992 1000 Lakes in Finland, where the Scot’s car disintegrated gradually throughout the event after a series of crashes. Fitting, as this is the outfit that created the Colin McRae Rally titles through the ’90s and ’00s.
Like F1 Manager 2023’s Race Replay mode, except with a rich vein of historic WRC cars and stories to choose from, Moments has the potential to throw up some intriguing ‘what if?’ rally situations, with more set to be added regularly.
From the main menu, you can also customise your driving avatar, choose your favourite rally car (featuring all the big hitters from the ‘60s to the present day) and even build your own rally challenger using the Builder mode.
This new addition allows players to construct a Rally1, Rally2 or Rally3 car from scratch, choosing the location of the engine and selecting from numerous cosmetic and mechanical components, with better parts unlocked during the game’s career mode.
The end result can look like the aftermath of an OEM parts warehouse accident, but it does keep you invested in the fate of your team and its bespoke car. And let’s face it, the WRC needs more cars, so why not make your own?
It’s EA SPORTS WRC’s career mode where players will spend most of their time, electing whether to begin in either of the three available classes. There are plenty of events to sink your teeth into here, with players’ WRC commitments interspersed with invitational rallies and opportunities to upgrade their burgeoning team.
You can hire engineers, a team-mate and even buy new cars, all while staying…