It’s a weird situation I was in when playing World Rally Championship 6. It was one of the most fun rally racing games I’ve played in years. It offers great options, fun stages, and one of the better career modes. Despite all of this however, I constantly compared it to DiRT Rally that released earlier this year and almost every single time DiRT Rally won. Despite this, World Rally Championship 6 does an excellent job of bringing the authenticity and fun of the sport to the controller. Visually, it looks decent, the racing model is impressive, and it is all structured in a way that encourages continuous play.
Even with a casual approach, it’s an excellent and authentic recreation of the official World Rally Championship. This will not only make it feel like the real thing but it will also bring new layers of strategy to how aggressive you approach stages depending on how many take place in any given day. There can be a single event in a day or there can be more. Regardless, you can only repair your car once a day meaning you have to be more careful on days with multiple stages. Cause substantial damage on the first stage then be prepared to struggle through the rest of the day and lose valuable time.
The career itself though is incredibly enjoyable simply due to its streamlined nature. The progression is presented to you in a clear and understandable manner which lets you know what is coming and when you should walk away for the day and finish the championship on a different day. Everything feels like you can obtain something meaningful every few minutes so you will be more willing to just keep playing. It’s that carrot dangling on a stick done so well in a rally game that I’ve never experienced in another one before. There’s no complicated structure, no branching paths, no side activities that moves you away from completing championships. It’s concentrated and a pure rally career which is all it needs to be.
One of the most impressive aspects of the locations and tracks on offer is that the Super Special Stages are replicated on a 1:1 scale. They feel just as enjoyable as the standard rally locations on show which is a testament to how well the actual rally tracks are designed by the team that everything fits in together really well.
A fun and simple rally game. 3/5
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