With all the racing games out there, there aren't many that still tackle the Rally circuit, and perhaps none are as efficient and fun as World Rally Championship, which has now been brought to your PSP!
As has been successful in other games, WRC has the great "ghost car" system to indicate how well/poorly you're doing, and it also makes you feel as though you're racing an opponent when doing Time Trials which is welcome. Those expecting an easy ride will be surprised, though, because this game hurls quite a sufficient challenge at the player, if not through its stellar ghost players then through its controls. The controls definitely require you getting acclimated; they're not as intuitive as I would have liked, and generally I found myself switching to the D-pad despite the implication being that the analogue stick should be much better for this sort of thing (I found it almost hyper-sensitive).
Visually, there's a lot to like here. The frame rate remains consistent, and the tracks are especially well designed, throwing a lot at you like a crazy obstacle course at times. There are some nice elemental effects, and the vehicles look lovely in the rain, and a nice selection of camera angles was also a welcome addition. Aurally, there's a lot of no-name soft rock music, which makes the races more adrenaline-infused, but there aren't enough of them and so repetition occurs quite frequently.
For a PSP racer that's a little different, this definitely does the job for those with a more technical mind to their racing, and for those who want a more challenging race. My only real complaint is the lack of a customisation mode with regard to the cars, which would have been the icing on the cake!
World Rally Championship is one of the most well know rally franchises in Europe and this game for the PSP is great too. If you like high speed racing games then you'll love this one. PSP and the games market in general is flooded with racing games there are not too many rally-based games for the handheld machine. So with not too much competition what is this game like?
World Rally Championship comprises the basic single rally races and time trial events if you want some quick action and racing. Also there is a good multiplayer setup. So if you race on your own as said you can either have single races and time trials or launch into an entire championship season. If you go for the season mode then it is quite a large career, featuring 16 rally events at locations right across the world, like Japan and Mexico to Europe. There are various difficulty settings too. You can play as a Novice and you race in just two stages per event. Professional level give you three stages to race per event and Expert and Extreme gives you all four stages so you have the ultimate challenge.
Rally racing in real life is just you and your co-driver so is a fairly individual sport anyway. The co-driver will shout out directions and orders to you as you try manfully to steer the car in difficult terrains. You are in more danger from the turns and course than from other drivers. Basically you have to clock the best time for each stage to win the event. In the game there is this but also the element of racing against other cars so as long as you beat them all you will win the stage regardless of time. Depending on the difficulty level you can finish in a certain position in the race to progress through each section. If you don't progress you have to race that stage again until you do.
I found the game pretty challenging and has quite demanding game play. There is little margin for errors or mistakes as even in the lowest skill settings you are bombarded and knocked around. The tracks are very hard at times also as they should be to reflect real life courses. It is very difficult at times to know when there is a sharp bend coming as it creeps up on you so quickly. I would recommend starting on novice level and working your way up and progress that way.
The graphics are impressive and the unique terrain is illustrated very well from course to course as you move through them. The fact there are so many as well keeps you interested for a while. The designs of the cars are extemely detailed too and realistic. The terrains are realistic too and the car will handle different in different terrains and other different conditions. For example, it can be hard enough keeping the car on the track in snowy conditions, let alone dealing with hazards and other drivers you encounter. The sounds is dominated by the voice of your co-driver in each rally and different cars make different noises too.
This rally game will keep you amused and challenged for a while and is well worth getting if you're into your racing games
I picker World Rally Championship up as I am a huge fan of rally racing and wanted a game that would provide me the chance to play a great game on a handheld console and went into this not holding out too much hope of the game living up to the experiences I had of these games on other consoles but was blown away by the amazing graphics that this game managed to provide (especially on the PSP) and decided that it was best to give the game a full chance before judging it anymore before playing it a bit. The game has a fantastic amount of depth for a game on the PSP as you still manage to get 16 official rallies as well as 19 bonus stages to add to the fabulous team line-ups and brilliant looking cars you truly feel that you are getting a lot for a PSP game but that there must be a downside so I continued on with the game and was amazed by the brilliant controls and amazing sound effects that made the game fully immerse you (even on such a small screen).
All in all I would recommend this game to any who love rally racing as the game is as good on the PSP as on any console.
World Rally Championship for the PSP was released in 2005. You can play the game either single player or multiplayer.
The game is one in the series and the first one to be released for the PSP. The main game comes with 16 rallies across the world and you can download up to 19 more if you wish.
All the main teams are there for you to select and play as and you can unlock upgrades for each car as you progress through the game.
The main part of the game is the career mode where you select your driver and try and win as many championships as you want or you can just select a track to race on if you want either for fun or just to practice.
The soundtrack is not that good and there is not a big selection of tracks either they soon get annoying and repetitive.
The graphics are detailed and the levels of the detail on the cars is pretty impressive for the PSP and the game runs smoothly as well.
The AI is pretty good and the game is pretty hard to play and the controls are not the easiest to use but you can soon get used to them, although on the harder levels where you can unlock most of the content you have to be a pretty good driver to win the races.
You can play up to 7 players online if you want to race against you friends.
Value for Money -
A fun game to play for rally fans, fun to play and easy to get into with pretty goood graphics and lots of stages and cars to race with worth buying
My rating 7 out of 10
I borrowed this game from a friend who recommended it to me. The game is good bu has some negative points. The game is very good if picked up on the cheap.
The graphics on the game are very good with some fantastic detail. The graphics are very realistic. The game does experience a little slowdown. This can be a pain in the races when trying to overtake someone. The controls are very simple and also easy to use.
The game is very fun with alot of modes but the game doesn't offer anything extra than the standard races. The modes don't really change the gameplay at all. This makes the game repetitive and I got bored after a week or two. There are not many options to choose from.
The game also has a rubbish soundtrack which repeats over and over again until you hate it. The commentary is rubbish and will sometimes repeat in the same race. Also, the camera will sometimes leave you wondering where your car is.
Also, the game is very hard but will get very boring. The controls aren't very responsive.
Overall, a good game only for die hard rally fans. Otherwise, it is ok on the cheap.