World Rally Championship (video game series)

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World Rally Championship
Genres Racing
Developers Evolution Studios (2001-5)
Traveller's Tales (2005)
Milestone S.r.l. (2010-)
Publishers Sony Computer Entertainment (2001-5)
Black Bean Games (2010-)
Platforms PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita
First release World Rally Championship
30 November 2001
Latest release WRC 4: FIA World Rally Championship
25 October 2013

Two series of video games with official license of World Rally Championship have been released.

The first one has been made by Evolution Studios between 2001 and 2005. It consists of five original games released for the Sony PlayStation 2 console, and one Sony PSP port, all based on the World Rally Championship using official drivers, cars and tracks.

The second one started in 2010 with the release of WRC: FIA World Rally Championship by Italian game developer Milestone, this time for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Games[edit]

World Rally Championship (2001)[edit]

World Rally Championship was released for PlayStation 2 on November 30, 2001 in Europe and March 21, 2002 in North America. The game features FIA licensed cars, stages and drivers from the 2001 season and has a career mode allowing the player to work through the World Rally Championship season. The game also features damage simulation in the form of visual damage as well as performance damage if the player crashes.

WRC II Extreme (2002)[edit]

Main article: WRC II Extreme

WRC II Extreme is the sequel to WRC World Rally Championship and was released in Europe and Japan on November 27, 2002. It contains teams, drivers, cars and rallies from the 2002 WRC season. It also includes "extreme" cars designed by the teams. The main soundtrack to WRC II Extreme was produced by the Chemical Brothers. Additionally, the tracks "Come with Us/The Test" and "Star Guitar" from the Chemical Brothers album, Come with Us (2002) were also used in the game.

WRC 3 (2003)[edit]

Main article: WRC 3

WRC 3 is the second sequel to WRC World Rally Championship and was released on November 21, 2003 in Europe, and May 27, 2004 in Japan. It contains teams, drivers, cars and rallies from the 2003 WRC season. It also contains Extreme and Concept cars, designed by the teams.

WRC 4 (2004)[edit]

Main article: WRC 4

WRC 4 is the fourth installment of the WRC World Rally Championship series and was released on October 22, 2004 in Europe and April 7, 2005 in Japan. It contains teams, drivers, cars and rallies from the 2004 WRC season. It also contains Extreme cars designed by the teams, S1600 cars and Group N4 cars.

WRC: Rally Evolved (2005)[edit]

Main article: WRC: Rally Evolved

WRC: Rally Evolved or WRC5 is the last of the series for the PS2. It was released exclusively in Europe on October 28, 2005.[1] The game includes teams, drivers, cars and rallies from the 2005 WRC season. It also contains Extreme and Concept cars designed by the teams, S1600 cars and Group B cars from the 1980s.

World Rally Championship (2005)[edit]

In 2005, British game studio Traveller's Tales and SCEE[2] developed a new WRC title for the PlayStation Portable based on WRC: Rally Evolved, which had recently been released on the PS2.[2] The PSP port was jointly released by Sony Computer Entertainment (EU/JP) and Namco Bandai Games (NA) on November 18, 2005 in Europe, March 9, 2006 in Japan, and April 18, 2006 in North America. It is known as WRC, WRC: FIA World Rally Championship and World Rally Championship in the UK, Japan and the US, respectively.[2]

Like its predecessor, World Rally Championship is based around the 2005 season and features 30 fully deformable 2005 WRC, Evolution and Extreme spec cars.[2] In championship mode, players have the opportunity to play through the entire WRC season as any one of the 17 official 2004 registered drivers from the six official manufacturers, participating in 16 official rallies spanning five continents and 16 countries.[2] Additionally, there are 19 bonus stages and downloadable content available to users.[2] In addition to championship mode, there are also quick rally, time trial and single rally single-player game modes.[3] World Rally Championship also supports various ad hoc multiplayer modes, such as wireless time trial, turn-based time trial, turn-based single rally, and turn-based championship.[3]

However, unlike the PS2 version, the PSP remake does not include damage simulation—though visual damage to the vehicle can be seen.

WRC: FIA World Rally Championship (2010)[edit]

WRC: FIA World Rally Championship was released on October 8, 2010 in Europe and April 14, 2011 in Japan. It is the first game to be officially licenced by the WRC since 2005's WRC: Rally Evolved, and is the latest game to bear the WRC licence. It is also the first official WRC game to be released on Xbox and PC. It features the official cars, drivers and co-drivers from the 2010 season and from the three support classes: Production World Rally Championship, Super 2000 World Rally Championship and Junior World Rally Championship.

A downloadable car pack, featuring Group B rally cars from the 1980s, was released on the day of the game's release.

WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship (2011)[edit]

WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship was released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in October 14, 2011 in Europe and February 16, 2012 in Japan. It is the second installment in Milestone's rebooted WRC series and is the official video game of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship, featuring cars and rallies from the 2011 season, including support categories.

WRC 3: FIA World Rally Championship (2012)[edit]

WRC 3: FIA World Rally Championship was released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and PC on October 12, 2012 in Europe. It is the third installment in Milestone's rebooted WRC series and is the official video game of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship, featuring cars and rallies from the 2012 season, including support categories.

WRC Powerslide (2013)[edit]

Main article: WRC Powerslide

WRC Powerslide was released on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and PC.

WRC 4: FIA World Rally Championship (2013)[edit]

WRC 4: FIA World Rally Championship was released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC and PlayStation Vita in October 2013 in Europe. It is the fourth installment in Milestone's rebooted WRC series and is the official video game of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship, featuring cars and rallies from the 2013 season, including support categories.

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