WRC 10 is a rally simulation game and is available on PS NOW. The handling of WRC 10 does build on the great work set in the previous titles and for me still remains the benchmark for modern rally titles. WRC 10 adds a great feeling of weight to the vehicles and as a result, momentum feels more dynamic, and force feedback has been improved with a more detailed feel.
The racing simulation feels more or less the same as last year’s entry as the pace is quite variable across different surfaces so as a result never feels as well balanced as it could be and it just feels like it’s an area the developers feel if it works it works. One odd point is that the AI settings have no effect on the pace of historic events. The career mode is great and has some excellent stage design, and challenging stage lengths and overall, it is a very well-developed and well-rounded career mode.
There are 2 new features added to this latest entry and the first is the tire strategy which is a fundamental of the real sport and has been missing from rally titles for too long. It’s not a perfect implementation as you are forced to pick your tires before you can see the stage details and lengths but is a great addition to the career mode.
The other new feature is that full-length rallies can now be run with shakedowns and there are 14 stages plus durations available which adds massively to the depth and challenge when combined with the tire strategy before each stage. This iteration also adds the 50th-anniversary mode and events which really are great but only some of them can be accessed by that mode to start off with and the rest then only become available when you unlock them in career mode.
Even if you do unlock them in the career mode it can sometimes not unlock in the 50th-anniversary mode even if you completed them a number of times. To be able to run your own team in career mode you have to finish up the 50th-anniversary events which quite frankly is an absurd barrier to put in place particularly as it renders what is a basic but solid livery editor pretty much pointless.
Both the 50th-anniversary mode and team mode has been locked behind utterly absurd and nonsensical design choices which should have been available from the start. Despite the absurd design choices made to WRC 10’s structure, what can’t be denied is the level of content on offer with license series. You kind of expect the current crop of cars, stages, and locations to be the offering and that be pretty much it but with the 50th-anniversary content running beyond cars but also including both unique locations and bespoke versions of stages.
In current events we have got a massive amount of content and not only is the out-of-the-box content sizeable there is a ton of DLC with plenty of cars, new historic events, new historic cars, new stages, etc. all of which is free. This game really does deliver a lot of eye candy as some of the new stages are even more exceptional than in previous games.
The one thing that can’t really be argued is that as a standalone product WRC 10 offers great value for money. This game adds a ton of new content to the series and if you are a fan of rally or driving simulation games, I would definitely recommend WRC 10.
WRC 10 has been permanently added to the PS NOW library.
*Requires an active PS NOW subscription to play this game.
WRC 10 has plenty of great events, modes, and cars. It also includes tons of historical content which is always great to see if you are a fan of rally games and this game really does deliver a lot of eye candy as some of the new stages are even more exceptional than in previous games.