Planned release on old and current generation consoles on September 2, 2021, WRC 10th is undoubtedly an episode eagerly awaited by all rally enthusiasts. Especially after the brilliant performances of the previous two previous ones. During this time of the Summer Game Festival, Nacon offered players the opportunity to do their first kilometers on this new work via a demo, which is unfortunately only available on Steam. In addition, only the “Quick Play” mode was available, with only three events available. Nevertheless, the opportunity to measure the temperature of this tenth version of the official game of the World Rally Championship and to prepare a preliminary report.
An episode with gigantic content!
This year is very special for the license as it marks the 50th anniversary of the World Rally Championship (WRC). Fifty years in which sometimes completely crazy racing cars drove the streets of different countries around the world. Licensed requires, one of the key strengths of WRC is that it has all the teams, drivers, cars and events for the 2021 season. We can distinguish between the four new races in the calendar: Estonia, Croatia, Belgium and finally Europe, which is celebrating a comeback. I also had the opportunity to try three of them on this demo, one on gravel and the other two on asphalt. But I’ll come back to that later.
When it comes to game modes, we find ourselves on familiar territory at first glance. With the classic solo, we have since unanimously celebrated the traditional Carrière WRC 8th, as well as “Quick Game” and “Season”. The first novelty, however, You have the option to create your own stables and paint jobs to take part in the competition. It will be interesting to check whether the latter, for example, is at the level of what we are in the series of. know Forza Motorsport and horizon. As for multiplayer, it’s not fancy with the same genres as the previous games. However, we will continue to notice the presence from the start of the “Co-Pilot” mode. As a reminder, this is an addition in WRC 9th which allows two players to each take on the role of one of the crew of a rally car. You can access the various temporary challenges via the “Life” submenu. The one entitled “Coach” offers you various suggested tests at the wheel of a specific vehicle and / or at a specific level according to your performance in the game.
A good start
After this overview of the gigantic content that is available to us in WRC 10th, is at the heart of this preview: the gameplay test. What is the great strength of the saga for me WRC For two years it has been the side of the simulation with the little onions and the absolutely amazing driving experience. Indeed, since WRC 8th
On a graphical level, however, we can see a lot more than in an unfinished version. This overview allowed me to see textures that are less fine and precise than in WRC 9th and particularly presenting aliasing and clipping. In fact, many elements of the decor such as tufts of grass, trees and other stones appear at the last moment. I also noticed on the Spanish stages that I could cover in rainy weather that the wet road was filling up in front of me. When I looked a little further, I could see what appeared to be dry asphalt. Finally, at various times, I saw a couple of drops in frame rate that sometimes resulted in a slight screen freeze, but nothing bad. Obviously, these small flaws should definitely be addressed with the release of the game.
What can we conclude from this first approach? WRC 10th ? Well, for my part, I’ve found that the sensations I’ve known for two years in this saga are still there. However, a few details caught my attention and reminded us that we were actually dealing with a demo. Both in terms of gameplay and graphics, even if it was clear on this last point that it was an unfinished version. Still, my opinion is positive and I’m even confident about the potential of it WRC 10th, although undoubtedly it will be difficult to dethrone the previous episode which for me is the best rally game ever.