The driving is where WRC 7 really shines, with a handling model that feels like it has been given an extra coat of realism and speed.
The audio of the game is good, menu music suits the theme of the game but there is none to distract you during the race from the start to finish which leaves you to concentrate on the very clear and well presented co-driver instructions that guide you through the otherwise incredibly blind corners and sudden turns.
WRC 7 is still the only place you can play through a full season of proper, WRC-level rallying, but there’s not much creative spark here, and it’s all a bit one-speed.
I'm impressed with the diversity in race tracks. There are 13 different rally locations, each one with several track options.
It’s also another positive step forwards for the series, which shows that there is absolutely the potential there to turn in something special.
WRC 7’s mainstay game mode is the career, which lets you create a driver and sign them up to a team in the Junior WRC category with the goal being to rise up through the ranks.
Whether it’s tackling a sloping, bumpy straight or a slew of sharp corners, WRC 7 is a game that is quick (very quick in fact) to punish those who come in with an arcade-style line of thinking.
Much like last year’s game, the stages look a little rugged but the lighting does it’s damnedest to give each stage some scenic beauty.
WRC 7 is an intense rally game that will test the skills of racing game veterans. Car handling feels fun and intense, and you get a great sense of the car’s weight, complemented by decent force feedback, (should you be using a racing wheel) that helps make the action even more realistic and intuitive.
The WRC is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling racing leagues in the world. Just imagine barrelling down a dirt road barely wide enough to fit your car, taking twists and turns at 60mph (that’s 100km/hr for most of the world).
While WRC 7‘s career mode will be the main attraction for most players, the usual options to jump into a quick stage or create your own custom championship are also available, as well as multiple multiplayer options.
Now, I fully understand that this game has a solid arcade backbone to it. It does less than other Rally games in terms of gameplay depth and design, but what it lacks in depth in actual design, it offers up more in quick fun.