Show off your style and win the FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 season! Experience the 2013 season with the drivers, cars and courses of the WRC, WRC2, WRC3 and, for the first time, Junior WRC championships.
User reviews: Mixed (366 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 25, 2013
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Show off your style and win the FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 season!

Experience the 2013 season with the drivers, cars and courses of the WRC, WRC2, WRC3 and, for the first time, Junior WRC championships. Take advantage of an improved graphics engine and unprecedented realism that lets you develop new driving styles on surfaces that are more lifelike than ever. Play online against your friends morning, noon and night on one of the 78 available courses, each tougher than the last.

• The official 2013 FIA World Rally Championship videogame
• 65 official cars and colours
• 78 courses in 13 different countries
• An incredibly authentic and immersive career mode
• All weather conditions and road surfaces
• Online multiplayer mode for up to 16 people

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows®XP™ SP2, Windows®Vista™ or Windows®7
    • Processor: Intel™ 2.4 GHz or similar
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® Geforce 8800 GT or AMD® Radeon™ HD 3870 or above (has to run Pixel Shader 3.0) with at least 512 MB video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows®XP™, Windows®Vista™, Windows®7
    • Processor: Intel™ Core 2 Duo / AMD™ Athlon 64 X2 or above
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9000 series or above, AMD® Radeon™ HD4000 or above (has to run Pixel Shader 3.0) with at least 1 GB video memory. Laptop versions of these cards are not fully supported.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
There something special about a good rally game. This game is no DiRT but it stands on its own merits and with all this nonsense about GFWL breaking my copy of DiRT 2 (and being removed from steam) Showdown being rather.. not what I want. This stands as a good substitute.

- Has an interesting career mode, taking contracts and such.
- Persistant damage between races which I found to give a subtle and unique sense of immersion
- Great audio from engine sounds to co-pilot voicework

Something tells me this series has more popularity in other countries.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll get back to pretending I'm not pacing around the living room in unabated anticipation waiting for a DiRT 4 annoucement.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I'm a huge rally fan and for me, this game ticks some boxes but is lacking in key areas.

Gameplay experience is generally good, I play in the hood view and its easy to get enjoyment from the sense of speed it creates. The car set up option is also good and fairly thorough.
The handling of the cars (I use a controller) is, although, a bit sloppy and I would've liked the kind of percision evident in games like the DiRT series.

My biggest problem and the most frustrating thing about this game is the pace notes. If you arent very familiar with rally outside the gaming world, perhaps this wouldn't seem like a big thing. The pace notes in game are HORRIFICALLY inaccurate and vague. The developers clearly gave little thought to individual stages and instead recorded all the notes and threw them in haphazardly into the rallys with little thought. Many of the corners in game tighten and are rarely mentioned, to get out of recording specific stage notes, there is a chicane (left/right or right/left) note and a very vague Turn Left/ Turn Right junction note with no specific severity of bend. Without a course map it becomes extremely difficult to successfully navigate a stage as crests and tightening corners are never mentioned and its largely left to guess work.

I could go on about the various problems with this game but the fact of the matter is if youre looking for a decent rally simulator with good gameplay, great graphics, and decent gaming experience, buy DiRT.
This game has a long way to come before it can compete.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
For my (as casual rally ganre game player) this was pretty nice experience within one complete career mode - cars, courses, audio and career was really nice and fun to play through, but reading through others reviews seems like I am one of few people who like this game, interesting. ^^ However, I can recommend this, I liked it!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
65/100

Pro:
- Official championship (teams/cars)
- Career
- No annoying unskipable career agent nor a story mode and other nonsense
- Decent enough car setup options
- Decent damage applications
- Decent voices and sounds (pace notes)

Con:
- Repetitive lazy copy&paste stages (tracks)
- Some very unrealistic tracks (Mexico) with wrong pace notes to compliment it
- Insane amount of hairpin corners and often way to tight
- Mweh physics and car handling
- Mweh graphics

I bought it @ 75% off and for that price it's an okay rally game, but just don't expect a full realistic rally sim (anno 2014 the first one still has yet to be made).

Compared to very old rally games such as the Colin McRae WRC series and even the old V-Rally this modern 2013 game has little to no improvements to show for. In Fact, the tracks in Colin McRae (10 years ago) were much better and so was the car handling and feel of realism. This rally game is an uninspired game with little to no love from the developers, it's just made for the $. Anno 2013 they could have delivered so much more then the old rally games, but amost non of that is presented here.

Overall it is still a fun race game and worth to spend at least a couple dozen hours on if you ignore the cheesy factors, hence it's still a thumbs up.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Great rally game, up with the likes of dirt and Richard Burns Rally.
8/10
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
This doesn't feel nor it looks like a proper WRC title, nonetheless a game made in 2013.
The graphics are bad , the gameplay is even worse! The controls lack responsiveness and the car feels plasticky. I regret my purchase! I would definitely NOT recommend this garbage.

2/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Pretty decent rally racing game.

Visually good enough, sounds good too, believable tracks and car handling.
Input handling is quick and precise like is necessary as well.
Plenty of setup options for cars as well.

It's solid fun for rally and racing fans and price is not too bad either.
Just remember to disable "hand-holding" in the options as first thing.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
If you're here looking for Dirt 2/3, it wont be like that. It kind of reminds me of Dirt 1. Back to the roots of what rally is all about. Graphics are a bit dated, but the game as a whole is pretty awesome. I recommend it to any rally fan!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
If you like 1st person racer's , this worth looking at , not Dirt 3 but if you can get it on sale
do so!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
A couple bugs that need to be fixed, but other that this is a pretty solid racing game. Very similar to Dirt 3. 7.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
after playing this game for a while i do say i like this one a nice simple easy game to get in to lot of fun to play graphicly its not the beat rally game out there but i still would recomend this to all hard core rally gamers ther are a few setup options for the car and and you can damage the car in race but you can repair it at certain points in the rally also has the same feel as rally championship from the windows 95 days but a more updated version i will give this game 7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Still playing it, almost a year after release.

For me, the graphics look good and the sound is authentic. There's no silly challenges, just simple honest to goodness rally racing.

It's no Richard Burns Rally but it defintely picks up where the Colin Mcrae games left off. Dirt was good but went in another direction entirely. This is good fun and challenging. Along with Insane 2 (which is a bit like a quick and dirty copy of motorstorm) are are my two favourite racers.

You can pick up and play for 5 minutes or easily spend an hour or so enjoying some finger twitching rally fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Not a bad game, I've played WRC 2 on a 360 and its at least as good as that in most areas. Sure graphics and sound are a bit dated, but gamplay is great which is what matters
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Well designed tracks, believable physics and intuitive handling top the list of positives for this latest WRC title.

Some sound issues (eg. your engine sounds like a blowfly on cocaine) and a serious glitch that hangs the game load screen when exiting Quick Stage rallies serve as all-too-easily-but-still-not fixed nuisances in an otherwise solid racing title.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 8
Third person view suck a.s.s,but first person (behind the wheel) is PERFECT!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
I thought I was going to be very disappointed with this game when I first ran it but how wrong could I have been. It is simply a blast to play. Graphics are excellent. Cars drive really well. I did have to load a MOD to improve the feedback a little bit from the standard default settings to give the wheel a bit more feeling. The only draw back I can see at the moment is that there is no online game play - or I have yet to find it? Such an improvement on WRC which failed for me in all aspects of game play, graphics and wheel support. Give it a 8 out of 10 overall.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Love it. Reminds me of the days that i played Colin McRae Rally :-) Graphics could have been better, but not on my grahic card. I were worried that my r7 240 card wouldn't handle it. Grahips could been lots better, but the most important part is that it runs smothly, and the draw distance is good:-) (A tad bad graphics usually don't ruin games for me, but bad draw distance does).

Tracks are windy and challenging, and it feels like i'm driving a rally car. And unlike wrc world rally championship, this game got more realistic stages, and this game seams more realistic thanks to good draw distance :-)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
If you own a laptop, do research before buying. I have a high end Asus (not new, though) and the game tells me it uses Intel chipset instead of GeForce GT 650M. As you may suspect, graphics look very meh. Tried to adjust resolution by hand and it partially worked, indicating that maybe the nVidia chipset is partially supported, but it remains unclear. Even if you don't care about the graphics (afterall, ten years ago this would be the best looking racer in the world even on low setings ;)), I also encountered huge graphical glitches (namely, sideborders jumping into the road and blocking the view).

Otherwise the game looks amateurish, but ok (tried just a few stages though). Simmilar to CMR-DIRT series. Just don't expect the polish of the Dirt or the realism of Richard Burns. I expected the stages to save the day, but the ones I saw were very arcade like - short and twisty. In fact, they would look realy weak in Dirt 2 and that says a lot... Unless there are at least 10 minutes stages in there, it is NOT a WRC game. I sincerely don't care about the authenticity of logos and driver names. All in all, happy I bought it on sale, coz it would be 30 euros pretty much wasted.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Overall impression: There are few games that fill the rally niche these days, and this game does a good job of staying true to the rally format but it does have some shortcomings. I only recommend this game if you are a hardcore rally fan and tired of all the extra crap in dirt 2 & 3. If you can power through the frustrating control issues (see below) its still pretty fun if you get it cheap (humble bundle for $10 - I wouldn't pay more for it)

Pros:
solid rally format & career
adjustable car settings - front & rear suspension, transmission and bodywork (downforce)
mostly supports force feedback wheels
multiplayer (?) I don't really do the multiplayer thing..

Cons:
Force feedback is a bit weak / throttle response only recognizes the pedal at 90% so it is mostly full throttle or none
Even though linearity is adjustable you can't disable it completely so the wheel is very unresponsive at high speeds
graphics are sub-par for this day & age
enabling v-sync in game created horrible lag with the steering wheel controls, forced on through radeonpro
"statistic upload" at the end of every stage (6 stages in a rally) fails and has to be canceled every time.
support appears to be mostly french speaking

Specs: AMD R9 290 w/ Fanatec CSR wheel, CSR Elite pedals & sequential shifter
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
good but so many bugs

3/5
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