WRC Generations Review – IGN
With a Scandinavian WRC license transferring itself to EA in 2023, WRC . generations It may be the last official effort KT Racing has developed for the time being — and the studio has certainly filmed the works in it. The culmination of a seven-year stint in the series, the WRC Generations combine impressive effects and superb handling with the most generous selection of rally stages I’ve seen anywhere, and the result is the best and most comprehensive rally game in the KT era. However, last year’s WRC 10 held that title earlier, and most of the generational improvements to it have been largely iterative.
WRC Generations features a whopping 21 rally locations, including all 13 events from this year’s official championship, plus eight additional rallies – those are the locations that aren’t included in the 2022 calendar but why not? I’ve played rally games that have reached fewer countries than the reward sites in Generations alone. It towers even on the excellent Dirt Rally 2.0, which eventually expanded to 13 locations after the DLC was completed.
Veterans of the series will notice that a lot of the same stages are repeated from previous games, but I like having them all here in one package with consistent features. Having said that, I miss my beloved Australia (last seen at WRC 8) and Poland (last seen at WRC 7), which are evident in their absence. KT Racing has already let fans know they won’t be added later, which is unfortunate, although it seems a shame to me to think so much about the abundance of countries that she did making the pieces.
The new Swedish theaters are a highlight, and are easily among the best-looking in the entire series. Snow in particular is uncannily realistic as it traverses at high speed, with roads lined with sloping piles of soft clumps as plowed edges encroach back onto platforms. It looks very cool at night too, and it’s a great generational illumination display, from the glare of campfires to the way headlights cut through the woods. A mixture of wide-open blasts and incredibly narrow canals, Sweden has been very strong for generations and is now one of my favorite places—although snowy gatherings like Sweden and Monte Carlo don’t rank high on my list of favourites.
It’s worth noting that on the new consoles, Generations offers a choice between a 1080p/60fps performance mode and a 4K/30fps graphics mode, and after spending time with both, I’ve settled on the previous mode. Even at quarter resolution, the stages are still rich in detail, and I didn’t notice any screen tearing – which has been an occasional concern for this series in the past. As with WRC 10, slowing down to inspect the roadside elements up close reveals some mystery (and I wouldn’t put cars and fairly average damage modeling in the same class as Forza, GT, or even dirt) but in the generational movement is an otherwise brilliant racer And lifelike with powerful lighting effects.
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There’s still an excellent cadence to dealing with Generations, which has been pretty good for a few installments now. Loose gravel driving is still preferable; Dancing through corners and feeling the weight of the car on the cusp of getting out of control are great things – as is the feeling of your car being held at the perfect moment as you lay it sideways at the top. The handling of the asphalt feels a little less viscous than previous years too, which makes generations feel a little less shivering at times. This makes liking a console easy, and it’s good news for those without a wheel. It’s still very responsive, but it doesn’t seem to explain the steering input on the console so aggressively.
KT Racing’s use of the PS5’s tactile triggers is also top notch – especially under heavy braking – although it probably got a little over-ambitious, making a lot of crash noises through the DualSense speaker. Things usually look more like a box full of stones than a car crash. The DualSense is a great controller but a poor substitute for a headphone or a real sound system when it comes to the rough textures and melees that a modern racing game demands.
Like WRC 10 and WRC 9 before it, Generations has once again forced us to start our careers in a WRC 2 or WRC 3 feeder series. This makes perfect sense from a realism point of view and for anyone who chooses Generations as their first WRC game, but it still doesn’t make sense from someone who did The same thing last year. It seems arbitrarily strict to force us to train annually for a chance at racing in the main series. If you’re not going to check my save data, can you at least take my word for it because I know what I’m doing?
WRC generations screens
However, KT Racing has completely changed its approach to the Privateer career option, which allows you to build your own team and design your own car. In WRC 10, the Privateer mode was locked behind completing all the historical events in its Anniversary mode, which was absolutely insane. In Generations, it’s mercifully available right away, and I’ve found it certainly helped renew my enthusiasm for more seasons in small leagues. With the Generations Sticker and Decal Editor (which functions similarly to those available in Forza Horizon 5 and Gran Turismo 7) I was able to craft a modern homage to a ’90s Repsol Escort for Carlos Sainz, and I felt more ownership over a career advancement in a car that I can relate to more effectively. Right.
A bit of trial and error is needed in the bodywork editor, as you need to leave room for generations to automatically put in official rally logos and competitor details (and if you don’t, things will overlap and look terrible), but overall it works fine. Best of all, unlike WRC 10, Generations allows us to share and download builds from other players. Even if you don’t have what it takes to master the technical tools of the Car Body Editor – namely he is Something that requires patience – you can rest assured that rally fans around the world will be producing perfect historical replicas and hot new covers for all of the cars before you know it. Many of the Generations’ historic cars are missing legacy sponsors, but there’s no way you’ll lose them for long now, fans have the tools to fix them up and spread them out for everyone.
Torquing ’bout generations
WRC 10’s slightly early 50th Anniversary mode may have celebrated the series’ birthday a year ago, but it still brings with it the most historical content since KT Racing started adding classic cars in WRC 8. While Generations lacks a similar retro-focused independent mode, It keeps the actual cars. So it’s pretty much the same group of world championship-winning cars, with a few extras – including noteworthy additions like the 1979 Ford Escort MkII and 1980 Fiat 131 Abarth. Marcus Gronholm’s Drivers’ Championship – 2002 Peugeot 206 Drivers’ Championship winner is here too, albeit tied in with a pending pre-order DLC at this point.
It’s still a very good listing, although disappointing that generations haven’t been able to file a little More new models in this past hurray. It sure was nice to see the Focus from the first generation and second generation Impreza, for example. Synergy, even, given the name of the game and the fact that they will be the older brother and the younger brother, respectively, of the models who be over here. The Dirt Rally 2.0 has these cars and more, and the garage there has been handy for generations despite its baffling lack of Toyota.
If you like the new stuff better than the old stuff, you’re in luck, too, because the 2022 WRC series saw the debut of WRC’s new Rally1 hybrids, all of which are included in Generations. The Rally1, which now features a 100-kilowatt hybrid unit paired with the 1.6-liter turbo engine that has powered WRCs over the past decade, is very exciting to drive generations thanks to the electric boost. Essentially, having the hybrid power up our sleeves gives the Rally1s temporary bursts of 500 horsepower, with more bursts possible after power regeneration while braking.
Just like in real life, Generations allows us to choose from three pre-stage power planning modes – a strong but short boost, a balanced option, and a less effective boost that lasts longer. I can definitely feel the extra oomph when it was available, and it’s an attractive challenge to delve into this new aspect of the cars and get that extra power on the road.
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