WRC 3

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WRC 3
Developer(s) Evolution Studios
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Series World Rally Championship
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release
  • EU: November 21, 2003
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

WRC 3 is a racing video game developed by Evolution Studios and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 2003 as a part of the World Rally Championship series. The game was released for PlayStation 2 on November 21, 2003 in Europe, and later on May 27, 2004 in Japan (where it was published by Spike).[1]

Teams and drivers[edit]

WRC 3 features 17 drivers from 7 teams. Although Mitsubishi did not participate full-time in the championship this season, they appear on every event in the game and are therefore eligible to score team points in championship mode. Likewise, Hyundai appeared in each event despite withdrawing from the championship in real life towards the end of the season.

Team Cars Drivers
France Peugeot Total Peugeot 206 WRC
Peugeot 206 Extreme 03
Peugeot 406 Coupé
Finland Marcus Grönholm
United Kingdom Richard Burns
France Gilles Panizzi
Finland Harri Rovanperä
United Kingdom Ford Motor Co Ltd Ford Focus RS WRC 03
Ford Focus RS Extreme 03
Ford Fiesta Rallye Concept
Estonia Markko Märtin
Belgium François Duval
Finland Mikko Hirvonen
Japan Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC2003
Subaru Impreza Extreme 03
Subaru B11S
Norway Petter Solberg
Finland Tommi Mäkinen
South Korea Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai Accent WRC3
Hyundai Accent Extreme 03
Germany Armin Schwarz
Belgium Freddy Loix
Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport Škoda Fabia WRC
Škoda Fabia Extreme 03
Škoda Superb Sonic
France Didier Auriol
Finland Toni Gardemeister
France Citroën Total Citroën Xsara WRC
Citroën Xsara Extreme 03
France Sébastien Loeb
Spain Carlos Sainz
Japan Mitsubishi Motors Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII WRC
Mitsubishi Extreme Evolution Max II
Mitsubishi Pajero Dakar
United Kingdom Alister McRae
Finland Jani Paasonen

Because Colin McRae had his own video game series at this time, Sony could not acquire the license for him to appear, and he was not replaced. The Citroën team therefore had two drivers instead of three.

Rallies[edit]

All 14 rallies from the official 2003 WRC calendar appear on the game.

  • Monaco Rallye Automobile de Monte Carlo
  • Sweden Uddeholm Swedish Rally
  • Turkey Rally of Turkey
  • New Zealand Propecia Rally New Zealand
  • Argentina Rally Argentina
  • Greece Acropolis Rally
  • Cyprus Cyprus Rally
  • Germany ADAC Rallye Deutschland
  • Finland Neste Rally Finland
  • Australia Telstra Rally Australia
  • Italy Rallye Sanremo - Rallye d'Italia
  • France Rallye de France - Tour de Corse
  • Spain Rallye Catalunya - Costa Brava (Rallye de España)
  • United Kingdom Wales Rally of Great Britain

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 70/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
CVG 7/10[3]
Edge 6/10[4]
Eurogamer 6/10[5]
Famitsu 32/40[1]
OPM (UK) 9/10[6]
Award
Publication Award
OPS2 Silver[6]

The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[2] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one eight, one nine, one seven, and one eight for a total of 32 out of 40.[1] In the UK, Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine said that the game challenged Colin McRae,[6] and listed it in their top 100 games.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c IGN staff (May 26, 2004). "Gaming Life in Japan". IGN. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "WRC 3 (ps2: 2003): Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ CVG staff (November 14, 2003). "PS2 Review: WRC3". Computer and Video Games. Archived from the original on May 26, 2008. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ Edge staff (December 25, 2003). "WRC 3". Edge (131): 123. 
  5. ^ Reed, Kristan (January 15, 2004). "World Rally Championship 3 [sic]". Eurogamer. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "WRC 3". Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine. Future Publishing (40). December 2003. 

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