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World Rally Championship 2001 (PS2)

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      04.02.2003 23:47
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      Fact: World Rally Championship re-creates the rallying experience more effectively than any other rally game for the PS2 so far… There are 14 rallies, each consisting of 5 stages, and all of them are entirely unique- stretching over 500km end-to-end. When you consider that 12 tracks is considered to be generous for a racing game, WRC’s achievement is colossal. WRC is probably the best advert the motor sport has ever had. The licence is used effectively, so what you see on the screen closely resembles the TV coverage. It’s realistic too. If a corner tightens faster than you expect, or a patch of ice sends you spinning into a barrier, then tough. Rallying is very unforgiving, and after all this is a rally simulation. The controls are just like any other racing game. You can tell by just playing the game that they have spent a lot of time perfecting the graphics and they included every last detail. I recommend this game to all racing fans and lovers of the PS2

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        20.07.2002 18:06
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        The World Rally Championship lasts from January - November every year, and rally events take place all over the world, from places like Kenya and Cyprus to Finland and Monte Carlo. A number of drivers compete in one of a number of cars, including the Ford Focus, Skoda Octavia and Subaru Impreza. And WRC for the PS2 is the official game of the motorsport. With it's official licence, this game has all of the real drivers, co-drivers & constructors from the 2001 season (other than Colin McRae), which is always a good thing and it is always one of the first things you notice in a game. Developers Evolution Studios have made great use of this licence to create an overall well-rounded rally game that can compete with the best of them. As soon as you begin you first race, the thing that strikes you the most is the game's superb graphics and realism. The cars are modelled brilliantly, as are the courses, and the car responds to different types of surface realistically. For example, the car will speed along the flat, tarmac stages easily, but when you reach one of the bumpy, gravel stages it is a whole different story, which requires a more technical approach to win the race. The cars even take damage and pick up dirt throughout the races, and heavy damage affects the car's performance - damaging the steering will cause your car to veer to one side and things like that. The handling feels great and there is always a small sense of achievement whenever you slide perfectly around a tight hairpin bend. Of course it doesn't always work like this, and if you take the corners too quickly you will go tumbling off the track, losing those valuable seconds. Now - the bad points. There aren't really many of them, other than the very (and I mean very) long loading times and the fact that the game can be a little too easy. You should find yourself cruising to first place in the final championship standings, and maybe you should try one of
        the other rally games if you are looking for more of a challenge. Another thing to remember is that this is not like the F1 games where you have all the cars racing at the same time, and you are on your own on the courses, with the clock as your only opponent. But still, for £20 this game is well worth it, and a great introduction to the world of rally cars for the beginner.

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        11.07.2002 01:39
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        There was a big hype for this game when it was due out, they said it was better than Colin McRae rally as it was developed by Sony. I held off for abit, to be honest I have never been that interested in Rally Games as they are not that big and they do get abit boring. But I found on on auction going for about £15 so I bought it because it said on the back "fully animated driver and co-driver Deformation and damage to car and progressive mud, dirt, dust damage on vehicles Authentic physics for driving and collision". I got it and started to play on it and found it not to bad to bad...but then things started to kick on and 1. I found it far to easy. On the medium and hard modes I have won all the rallys and nearly all the stages and the 'damage'...erm...ok so you roll off a hill in Monte Carlo but it puts you back on the track with a damaged car which doesn't perform aswell as it should. Why? You should be out of the rally if that happened. The damage isn't as good as McRae rally 2 as the back window and rear lights only get smashed...there is no dragging bumpers etc. The graphics though are pretty good the cars are ultra realistic and sound just like the real thing...what with the Subaru making that fire cracking sound as you down and up change. I would say though that no matter what car you drive...whether its a Ford Focus of Skoda Octavia...your still going to win so there is no performance difference. But back to the graphics the spray bought up on dust and gravel is great and you can feel the holes in the road through your pad. I would say though that its missing one thing...and that is a water splash...they show it in the videos on the disc but you don't get to drive through any on the game. The load times are quite bad to be honest. You could be waiting about 1 minute for the stage to load which is a lifetime on a PS2 I can tell you. I think that should be changed alot. But for the money I paid
        for it then I don't mind it at all. If your paying the full wack then I don't really think you should buy it as it does get abit boring after a while as the stages aren't that long and they are all mainly the same for each country..e.g. Sweden will be all snow and the corners mainly the same. Alex

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          19.03.2002 17:54
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          I bought WRC in a package, by chance. It was the first game I played on my PS2, and it was fantastic. You can pick any of the WRC teams and drivers to compete in 1 rally, a season, or a time trial, plus much more. Nothing is missed out and the attention to detail is superb, all the cars and sponsors are there (because it is an official WRC licensed game). I have always liked racing games, but never rally, this changed my mind and now I am addicted. The online features are fantastic. In the game there is a challenge option, if you gain a license you will get a password to enter on the WRC website. Each fortnight after that, you can go to the website and get a code, enter this into the game and you will get a scenario, complete this and you will receive a time code, enter this on the website and you are entered into a nationwide competition with prizes. On the website you can also chat with fellow players. LOVE GAMES, LOVE THIS BUY IT!

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            09.02.2002 23:30
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            • "Graphics infact everything except its got the full championship"

            Most rally games have been succsesfull especially Colin McRae Rally and others, mostly on the playstation. When I found out about this game it looked great and I thought it would be much better because its on the PS2. So I saved my money and went and baught this game. When I took it home, put it on my console it really let me down. Im sure lots of people like me who want a realistic and challenging rally game got put into buying it because of the way the game looks on the back of the box. Unfortunately the game is not exactly like that. THE GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS GAME The best thing about this game is the amount of rounds in the championship, much more than CMR2 which only has eight rounds compared to the fourteen rounds in this game. The only thing I don't like about the rounds is the amount of stages at each venue. Another good thing in the game are the cars because its got all of the world rally cars which CMR2 only had most of them. THE BAD THINGS ABOUT THIS GAME Where should I start. The thing that annoys me the most about this game are the difficulties because they dont work. I tried it on normal and I kept winning untill I finished the championship, I only finished the championship to unlock the proffesional mode which was a bit harder but still not satisfying. Another problem with the game are the graphics, now most people say they are great better than CMR2. Well I really don't think it is because if you take part in the first round Monte Carlo its just hillside roads with tarmac and a bit of snow at the side all the way through the really. If you do Kenya its just a yellow ground with wooden fences at each side. In CMR2 it was the opposite beacuse if you did Monte Carlo you would first be on a hillside in snow and then you go to lower ground where there is no snow then you drive into a little town, I think you can see my point. Another problem with the graphics is the car seems to be in a different screen than
            the road with means the car sometimes drives under the road, well not quite but the wheels seem to be under the road which also feels like the car is floating. The car handling doesn't feel realistic and the car seems to jump about where there are no bumps. well that what I have to say about this wannabe CMR2 game. I think you should wait and see if there is a Colin McRae Rally 3 game coming out or wait untill the second wrc game comes out. Thanks for reading Bye

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              31.01.2002 20:54

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              THis is a truly epic rally game. The graphics are brilliant. Gameplay exceeds that of any other racing game on any other console EVER. There is so much to do on this game. There are 81 tracks set in huge environment and 10 two player stages to compete on. All of the cars, whether you are driving on mud, ice or grass, collect dust, mud and snow and even recieve collision damage. The graphics are absolutely amazing. There are 7 cars to choose from, each one has its own characterists, strenghts and weaknesses: 1)Subura Impreza WRC 2)Peugeot 206 WRC 3)Ford Focus WRC 4)Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6 5)Hyundai Accent WRC 6)Skoda Octavia WRC 7)Citroen Xsara T4 There is loads to do on this game. There is a single race, time trial, WRC challenge mode, two player. This is enough to keep you playing for months. Overall, the game is one of the best around. Combined with the graphics, gameplay, length and the difficulty level is just right, to give the player a challenge but not be too hard to make it impossible. I would recommend it to anyone who likes driving games and maybe to anyone who likes gaming in general. Thanks for reading my opinion on WRC.

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              28.01.2002 19:34
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              WRC is, by far, the best rally game ever produced on any platform. Everyone used to say you couldn?t get better than Colin McRae Rally 2, well now you can, if you happen to own a PS2. Released last November, it is a first for the producers Evolution Studios, who were previously known as Digital Imagination Design, producers of flight simulators. Not only is it their first racing game, its their first console game as well, and when you see the game, you?ll find it hard to believe. To be quite frank, the first thing you?ll notice are the stunning graphics, but I?ll get back to those in a minute before we start drooling all over our keyboards. The game benefits from a full FIA license, so it gets all the official drivers, all the official cars, and all the official sponsorship. Except Colin McRae, who is known officially known as Mr. Ford Driver (though Mr. Driver?s co-driver is still Nicky Grist). That was probably a major step in the right direction for the realism of this game, as without real-life cars and drivers the game would inevitably be lacking in something. Tracks come by the bucket full. 500 kilometres of dirt, gravel, snow, ice, tarmac and sand. Every surface imaginable, and they all feel real. The World Rally Championship spans 14 countries in total, and this game recreates each one with authentic detail. Each countries rally consists of five stages, varying in length from 3.5km to 12km. OK, so not as many stages and not as long as real life, but they are long enough and are physically and mentally demanding nevertheless. Each stage feels different. Within the countries, they all have a similar feel, but none are the same. Going from country to country, the experience is totally different. Take on the Acropolis rally of Greece and you get a pounding at low speeds, yet move to the mountains of Catalonia in Spain and you get a high adrenalin, high speed experience just inches from the side of a cliff. What this game demonstrates
              that Colin McRae failed on is gradient. You feel like you are climbing and dropping in this game like you never have before. Some of the drops are amazing (especially if you fail to make one of the turns on the hills of Monte Carlo), the climbs equally so. Monte Carlo really demonstrates this well, with hairpins akin to the Italian Job scenes, very tight and climbing while you are turning. The cars are, as far as I can tell, faithfully reproduced. Each has its own sounds and feel. The small Peugeot 206 feels completely different to the slight lumbering Skoda Octavia. They are all pretty fast, but each has its advantages and disadvantages, but its down to personal choice in the end. Car damage is a major plus point for WRC as well. Scrape against some rocks and the side of your car looks worse for ware, Fall of a cliff and although you won?t be out of the race, you?re car won?t like it one bit. The damage models are great, and look superb. Plus, damage does affect the way the car drives. Ram your wheels into rocks and your car will pull to one side. OK, now here is where you need to place a bucket under your chin. The graphics. Well, everyone though GT3 looked stunning. Well, here is another one that does so much better. OK, GT3 will always look crisp and smooth, but rallying won?t, because it doesn?t. That makes the achievements of Evolution Studios even more impressive, because the graphics are so near perfect, sometimes you will mistake it for real life. No lie. When you watch the replays, especially from a helicopter camera, there is very little to distinguish the replay of your game with the coverage of Richards Burns championship winning runs through the Welsh forests. Obviously, I can?t put game images in a review, but a look at www.wrc.com/playstation will, and you will be amazed. Official Playstation Magazine 2 gave the game 9/10. On graphics alone, I would give it the full 10. Admittedly the cars look better than the tracks, but I can?t t
              ake anything away from their looks, as they are quite simply to die for. The only parts of the tracks that don?t look great are the areas off the track, the parts you end up in if you take a tight bend at 100 mph and forget to brake! As far as racing modes are concerned, you can compete in a full season championship, a single rally (five stages of a country), or a time trial event over on single stage (essentially practice runs). In each of the competition modes, you can choose to be a novice, an average driver or a professional. While the driving doesn?t change, the times your competitors manage will increase, putting you under more and more pressure. This game has to be seen to be believed. If you hate rallying, not a problem, this will change your mind. If you hate racing, then maybe this game isn?t for you, as it does need a lot of skill, time and patience. If you have a PS2, you must get this game. As OPM2 magazine said, ?WRC has done for rallying what GT3 did for touring cars?. I couldn?t have put it much better myself. 100% recommended.

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                19.01.2002 02:00
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                I've probably got time for a quick opinion then... The fact that the Colin McRae games on the humble PlayStation were so playable makes you think that a PlayStation 2 rally game would be as much, if not more fun. It's this fact that persuaded me to buy WRC without giving it a test drive. Had I been a little more cautious though, and tried it out first I wouldn't have bought it with somebody else's money, let alone my own. Why? Well, its got nothing to do with the way it looks. In fact, it's one of the best looking racers around. The scenery on every stage is incredibly detailed and well depicted, the car models are as realistic as you'll get and the track can be seen curving off miles into the distance. WRC utilises the graphical power of the PS2 to stunning effect, making it aesthetically comparable to GT3. Which is saying something? If it's not the visuals it must be the gameplay then. Do the cars handle like a Robin Reliant being driven by a blind, one-handed monkey, after a night out on the own with George Best? Or is the driving experience a faithful depiction of the seat-of-your-pants roller coaster ride only ever witnessed from the cockpit of a works rally car? I'd go for the latter. Codemasters' Colin McRae series captured that true rally feeling first and WRC does as good a job, if not better than the flying Scotsman does. Listening to your co-driver is as important to surviving the flat-out, blacktop stages in Italy to the undulating Safari terrain of Kenya. Fast reactions are cardinal and perfect power-sliding is essential, as in real life rally driving. So no complaints there then. So what could possibly be wrong with it? Simple, every single stage takes an absolute age to load. I'm not just talking long loading times; I'm talking loooooooong loading times. It takes about three times longer to load a stage of WRC than any other PlayStation 2 game I know. And it's this th
                at destroys the experience entirely. It's a case of just getting into the action with your adrenaline pumping, then being brought back down whilst waiting for the next track to load. It breaks the action up into shards, making WRC feel very disjointed. It may sound like a minor problem, but it seriously neutralised my enjoyment of what could have been the best rally game ever. Shame that. Of course, if you don't mind wearing your fingerprints out whilst twiddling your thumbs then WRC will provide you with plenty of entertaining, challenging and engaging driving. If like me though, you'd rather play a game than watch a loading screen, steer clear of WRC 2001. Well that's about it, the next stage has just loaded?

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                  15.01.2002 05:53

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                  Superb! - Advantages: Best console rally game yet., Stunning graphics., Loads of stages. - Disadvantages: None.

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