Nacon and KT Racing have been steadily making their name known in the rally racing space over the years with their WRC franchise. Last year, WRC 9 impressed us with the improvements it made on WRC 8 and it was also the team’s first entry on the new consoles. Now they are back again with WRC 10 that looks to further build on what they achieved with WRC 9. Is this the next must-have game for rally racing enthusiasts?
WRC 10 is releasing as the sport is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the team included new content to allow players to relive that history. The first stop for me as usual in these games was the Career Mode which lets you advance through different series events like Junior, WRC3, WRC2, and the World Rally Championship. No matter which one you go with the driving itself once again feels great in this game with some improvements having been made. I really like how WRC’s handling feels simulation like but also still retains a bit of an arcade feel making it so it isn’t too intimidating like what you’d see in DiRT Rally. If you don’t like the default settings there are plenty of things you can go in and change up.
When you’re not racing on the track in the Career Mode you’ll be managing things off of it like your crew. You’ll need to recruit people for your crew and each one brings different stat boosts and perks to your team. You need to keep an eye on them though as their morale and fatigue will decrease which can mess you up. There is also an R&D section where you can spend skill points that you receive from earning XP while racing. There is a large skill tree to invest in with these skill points that will give you even more perks in your career. The team has also added a livery editor to the Career Mode this time around which lets you create your own team colors and designs for your car letting you have even more ownership over the experience. Needless to say, the Career Mode is once again in-depth and has plenty to keep you busy.
The Anniversary Mode let’s you play through 19 historical events and sit in the seat of some classic rally cars. These include the 1993 Toyota Celica, Audi Quattro, Lancia Delta, and more. It’s a bit disappointing though that a couple classic cars are locked behind a pre-order bonus. Other modes in the game include Quick Play to quickly get into any race and car you want, an open test area to practice, and online and local multiplayer options. Split-screen racing is available for local play which I really like and online matchmaking is available. This is an overall robust package that is easily worth the price and the team is committed to bringing more events and content to the game in the future via free updates.
The graphics on the PlayStation 5 version of the game are solid but not the best we’ve seen in the genre. Every part of the actual cars themselves is very detailed whether you’re looking at the exteriors or interiors. Many of the racing environments also look great with some nice lighting effects. What isn’t great is the amount of pop-in I noticed in the environment while racing through these tracks. This is still a cross-generation title so I’m hoping that things like this will become less prevalent in future entries of the game that only appear on the new consoles. There was also a bit of screen tearing I noticed while playing but it wasn’t severe and can hopefully be improved in a patch.
Performance is very solid with the option included to play at 30, 60, or 120FPS. The game looks the best on the 30FPS mode but it just feels so much better while racing at 60FPS and I personally recommend to play that way. I also need to call out the fantastic DualSense support that the team has done once again. WRC 9 was one of the titles that impressed me the most late last year when it came to using the DualSense features and WRC 10 continues to feel great in the hands. The feedback you get in the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback just feels fantastic while racing and the speaker is used to good effect too. I can’t imagine playing this game on a platform that is missing these controller features honestly. In terms of trophies players will find 47 of them here including a Platinum.
WRC 10 returns most of what made WRC 9 great and builds on it with anniversary content and more. The physics model still feels great while playing and there is a ton of content here to play through. Getting to relive the history of the sport through the Anniversary events and cars was also awesome. The DualSense support on the PlayStation 5 version is also once again fantastic and the platform I recommend you play this game on. Some areas of the visuals can still be improved on in future entries but despite those blemishes this is one of the finest rally racing games on the market.
*WRC 10 is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and PC. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.
- Great physics and handling system that has been improved on from WRC9
- Tons of content with more free content on the way
- Great historic events and cars letting players experience the history of the sport
- Livery Editor lets you have more ownership over your teams and cars
- DualSense support is once again superb
- Annoying screen tearing and pop-in