Find all the cars, all the drivers and all the official rallies of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship in THE racing simulation standard. Realistic driving on different road surfaces, dynamic damage, day/night system, weather… Experience all the sensations of rally racing in WRC 5!
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Mixed (338 reviews) - 52% of the 338 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 8, 2015

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WRC 5: the best rally simulation.


Find all the cars, all the drivers and all the official rallies of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship in THE racing simulation standard. Feel the impact of the different road surfaces on how your vehicle handles thanks to a brand new physics engine that faithfully recreates the sensations of driving on gravel, snow, asphalt, dirt, ice and sand. Experience the spirit of the 13 rallies held around the world! Drive both night and day in sunshine, rain and snow.
Learn the basics with the new Rally School mode, perfect your skills in Career mode, customise settings, compete against other drivers online and become a true rally champion!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel® Core i3 / AMD Phenom™ II X2
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800 GTX / AMD Radeon™ HD 5750
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Soundcard
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 7 / Windows® 8
    • Processor: Intel® Core i5 2500 / AMD FX 8150
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX780 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Soundcard
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Mixed (338 reviews)
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PolishGuacamole
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
You need to have a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ beast of a pc to play this game and have it look close to decent. THe only way i could even get 17FPS was to put all the graphics on low and the resolution to 648. I got it to feed my nostalga of play the original game on PS2 but with the settings i used it looked like i was playing the PS1.
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veelq
( 37.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I had a lot of fun playing this game. It gets some funny glitches, sometimes some less funny ones. The most important to me is that game is very enjoyable and runs smoothly. Yes and it has Robert Kubica :-)
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Bootis
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
As of 2016-06-26, the game has been patched really well; it looks great and plays great.

I've already played through it on console but bought it for my PC during a recent sale. I'm glad I did because it looks much better, and this version also seems to have been patched the most, as it runs better than on console.

WRC 5 has the toughest stages I've yet to play in rally game, and I've played most of them; from early Colin McRae and Richard Burns to the latest Sebastien Loeb and Dirt Rally. WRC 5 has some seriously demanding stage designs, which is a fantastic thing. The tracks are narrow and you have to use your intution and perception a great deal.

Visually the game looks really good, the lighting effects in particular. The various weather effects and day-night settings looked very nice as well. It's a highly immersive game in terms of visuals. Because of the night racing and rain/snow effects, WRC 5 is more representative of the real-life WRC event than Milestone's versions of WRC.

The physics is on the sim-arcade side. It is definitely more sim-like than the previous WRC games and the Dirt games, as it requires more technical skill to handle the car. However the game is not a "hardcore" sim in the same way Dirt Rally and Sebastien Loeb Rally are. Whether that's good or bad depends on what kind of game you are after. I like every type of rally game, whether arcade or sim, so I did not care that much about this matter.

You get three classes of cars to race with, and all countries are represented. There's both a Career mode as well as a Championship mode. So there's a great deal of content in this game. I've probably spent around 50 hours on my console version.

What adds to the replay value is the sheer difficulty of the game. Not only the technical difficulty of the stages but also the difficulty of paying attention to your co-driver. It is very easy to make mistakes in this game, which can be very punishing. To me this is true to the real-life WRC, where a single mistake could make you loose an entire Round. The game is harsh but fair.

Part of the game's mantra is that you really need to use your intuition, and I think that's the perfect way to describe this game in a summary. Blaming the co-driver and stage designs is very easy, but if you play racing games for the challenge they are lame excuses. It's a tough game, with technical stages and great visual immersion.
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FatalMistake465
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Meh.....could have done with another year in development. And longer stages.
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BlueBaron
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
An excellent game for the causal rally fan. Works perfect with Xbox controller. Nice visuals. Lots of setup options. Not as in deapth as other rally games or car selection.

Overall it's a fun blast and I'll give it 7.5 out of 10 :)

P.S. Can work with low spec PC !!!! That's a Plus+++
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Vukth
( 41.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Same good old WRC...

I played every WRC game since the series started. As a long-time follower of the series, the same formula that follows each new WRC installment can be again applied to WRC 5. Now, before i get into details, if you are a casual guy that doesn't know anything about rallying, don't play this, or don't expect to be any good. If you're a Richard Burns/rally sim crybaby, go away. This is not a simulation, it's not meant to be, but nor is it a casual game. If you're a NFS driver, you will suck at this.

The game doesn't offer more than it did before - WRC/WRC-2/J-WRC authentic cars, and relatively well done rallies of this year. They drastically changed some rallies compared to last year's, for better or worse (it comes to personal preferences and taste really). Each rally has 6 stages minimum (3 rallies have 7 of them). Gameplay is slightly more realistic/improved compared to the previous installment, but not very significantly, nor does it need to be in my opinion. What i think that WRC series desperately need is paying a bit more attention to details and possibly putting some more content there. I don't know whether developers of the WRC series are undermanned or lazy, but the game, like others before it, is unpolished in some minor details that can irritate certain fans of rally games. I, for instance, am fan of fast, gravel/dust/snow/ice rallies with tight roads. In short, i am a fan of fast and challenging rallies. And there are challenging rallies in WRC 5, i just don't enjoy most of those like i did with first versions of Rally Mexico, Jordan and Finland (although there's nothing wrong with WRC 5's Mexico and Finland rallies).

What annoys me the most about this game? Two things, very minor maybe, but important to me. First: i love dodging rocks and bottlenecks. There are very few bottlenecks in this game, and the little rocks that lie scattered on the edges of roads of Sardegna, Catalunya, Argentina, and Mexico, do not have "hitboxes" at all. Which means you can run over them like nothing happened. Now don't get me wrong, these rocks are small, but they should still pose a discomforting factor if you run over them at speeds of 200 km/h. Second: Penalties. While i'm all for penalties for cutting certain spots too much, several the penalty "spots" became awful penalty traps for making minimal cuts for curves that really logically demand making those small cuts. I'm not talking about cutting a curve 10 meters deep. There are some spots in Rally Mexico and Germany that are completely ridiculous not to cut ~2m deep. You get penalties for that! also for some hairpins, which you don't even cut all that much. Also, car restart suffers from the same problem somewhat. While this all forces you to drive more carefully and precisely, most of the things i did to get penalties and car restarted on stage are completely ridiculous.

Content is again bleak. In order for WRC to become a game that offline people wouldn't get bored with, it needs more content and immersion in career mode. The original WRC had a potentially great extra content: retro rally cars! Especially the 80's and 90's group! These cars were significantly faster than WRC cars today, but were much harder to control. They would pose a fun challenge in career mode. Maybe make a storyline, you start off as a nobody in local 70's WRC cars' competition. You get spotted by someone and get a shot at J-WRC. And it goes upwards from there. Maybe also make a way to upgrade your cars. In the beginning you get worse contracts in less successful teams, you get a car with a bit lesser stats than the other ones, and upgrade it's elements (breaks, gearbox, steering, suspensions etc) by beating speed challenges for example. That way you make it more competitive, etc. Similar to the old Colin McRae game. There has to be something. Otherwise it just depends on whether you have a buddy to compete with or not. I sure wouldn't buy it if my friend wasn't up for it and didn't ask me, because i did this 4 times over and again. Can't unrecommend it, though, i don't know whether you played WRC's before or not. Also, why don't the brakes show up in the car damage indicator?

Pros: slightly improved gameplay and perhaps graphics, possibility of changing weather conditions and periods of day
Cons: same thing over and over.
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DOOMJESUS
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
seems like a pretty solid racing experience to me. definitely has drit rally beat in terms of content and user interface.
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NigsNuts
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Thought I'd give it a try as it was on offer and I'm really into driving games. What a steaming pile of s**t! (Based on my first experience). I would suggest to anyone that likes driving games to steer clear of this one!!! I'll be looking for a refund immidiately.....
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Keith Evans
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Prefere DIRT Rally to be honest
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Slim Pickens
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Don't be fooled by the early reviews or negativity. The developer has obviously patched this title. If you're a hard-core rally fan, then you won't be disappointed. I was surprised at how well this played. Arcade my ♥♥♥♥, this is great and I had no problem setting up my ancient momo wheels and pedals. I also use this in conjunction with my xbox 360 wireless controller. The latter only to navigate the gui and the wheel/pedals to race. The physics/damage model is superb and the stages feel great. The variety of locations and cars is nice. Graphics wondeful. I can race my 2016 sti and thats awesome. I think people just need something to complain about or are technically challenged because I haven't had a single problem and believe this title is a must-have for lovers of this genre. This is another rally sleeper that has matured into a very good simulation.
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Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
You need to have a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ beast of a pc to play this game and have it look close to decent. THe only way i could even get 17FPS was to put all the graphics on low and the resolution to 648. I got it to feed my nostalga of play the original game on PS2 but with the settings i used it looked like i was playing the PS1.
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184 of 231 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2015
Better than WRC 4? Yes, better than Dirt:Rally? Never. If you don't want to learn the learning curve of DiRT Rally then you will probably enjoy this one as it's really easy to get the hang of it. When it comes to performance, don't expect CM quality either, it's buggy here and there. I didn't like the sound either.

It does have some cool online challenges with physical prices and a year long challenge that runs along the 2016 WRC season.

I'll most likely play online for a couple of weeks, get the achievements and go back to DiRT Rally.
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127 of 155 people (82%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
+ OK graphics.
+ Varied and challenging tracks.
+ Good semi-arcade handling.
+ Clean user interface.
+ Nice repair system.
+ WRC license.

- Most car engines sound like a blender.
- Can barely hear the sound of tires on road.
- Can barely hear the sound of DOWN gear shift. Even if you go from 6th to 2nd gear in 1 second, there's just silence.
- Some corners have weird reset-on-track spots.
- Lack of a proper "TV/spectator camera" in replays -- the broadcast view lasts no more than 3 seconds before it changes to some other random angle.
- Some awful textures.
- Strange and annoying frame rate inconsistency. The fps count says 60, but the whole scenery seem to move at 20fps.
- Unbelievably buggy menus -- framerate limit and some controller buttons rebinding just don't register.
- Sometimes the co-driver keeps completely silent... No pacenotes during an ENTIRE stage is a real game breaking issue for a rally game.
- Poor wheel support (no DFGT or G25? Seriously?)
- No semi-automatic shift -- a feature EVERY other racing game offers.
- No v-sync for DirectX 11.
- Loading times during car selection -- Playstation 1 limitations, we meet again

Sorry, Kylotonn.
Maybe next time.

P.S.: a game at this development stage shouldn't be released on Steam without an "Early Access" label.
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101 of 133 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
If and when this game gets patched (The previous dev Milestone NEVER patched any of their games, ever!) it's gonna need a lot of fixes to the handling, the sounds, the FFB on the wheels, older wheel support and many more things, it might be a decent game. Until then, DO NOT BUY THIS. Buy Dirt Rally instead if you want a better rally experience.
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96 of 137 people (70%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
A Rally game without support for Logitech G25.! That is absolutely unbelievable. And there is no mouse support.
God was I stupid to buy this game.! But luckily there is something called a refund. Now I am feeling a little better.:-)
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58 of 79 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
Even though WRC 5 makes improvements on WRC 4, it's still a very sketchy title.

The following is my judgement whilst keeping in mind that it's supposed to be a sim-cade game, and not a DiRT Rally challenger as far as gameplay goes.

The physics are a bit wonky, engine behaviour is strange, general car behaviour is largely inconsistent on a lot of stages (in the context of rally), and the pacenots get so behind at times it's impossible to drive a stage fast without knowing the stage layout by memory; it's a problem when pacenotes aren't recorded specially for a stage.

The stages themselves feel a bit lifeless, and some of them are quite wide-open and boring. The video settings for a PC title are lacking, and the performance of the game itself is disappointing due to poor optimisation for the platform. The sounds have improved on what was in WRC 4, but they're still pretty bad, especially for the co-driver and some of the general car sounds.

I'm sure this game will improve when people release physics mods, etc. for the game, but until then, I'd just like a good product out of the box, and for the game to run well on PC.
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45 of 58 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
Let me preface this by saying I'm not an absolute hardcore sim-racer - I don't have a wheel or a racing rig, I just play driving games using an XBOX One controller. PCARS, DiRT Rally, Race 07, etc, etc - I own and play them all.

WRC 5 is rough around the edges, but with some TLC I think the game could go from good to great. It's not DiRT Rally, but it's also not awful. It's not another Milestone travesty, so we don't have to worry about garbage like the sound dropping out after two stages.

I'll start with the bad:

- Robotic co-driver: You do get the option of a woman co-driver, but both male and female options are spliced from sound clips rather than smooth pace notes like DiRT Rally or Dirt 2 / 3. It's not bad (and the pace notes are effective), but it's something to note.
- Poor engine sounds: The cars sound like toys.
- No actual routes: The courses are approximations of the real locations. It's close, but it's not the actual course.
- Wheel support: There's a limited set of supported wheels.

And now for the pros:

+ Classes: Junior WRC, WRC 2 and WRC. You get a good selection of classes and cars, plus all the licensed drivers and gear.
+ Career mode: The team stats are slightly randomized so you get a good selection of goals to choose from.
+ Stages: 5 unique stages and a repeat per rally, usually in a 2-2-2 format. The stages aren't terribly long, but they are fun to drive. Finland's scary at night.
+ Challenge mode: The MP challenge mode is pretty fun. Time trials on a specific stage using a specific team.

Reasonably, hard-core sim racers aren't going to like this. It's a balance of arcade racing and sim racing, using a real-world license. If you want a nice introduction to rally racing, this is a good place to start. It's better than WRC 4 (which isn't saying much, admittedly, but it's a marked improvement and is a decent little racing game).

7/10 - needs some work, but is playable and fun.

EDIT 2015-10-14: Patch 1.03 helped with the variable framerate and set DX11 as the primary launch mode, rather than DX9. I adjusted the cons to remove the framerate issues and upped my score to 7/10. The game still needs work, but it's not bad.
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55 of 81 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
For the price and current state of the game, I would strongly suggest keeping your money or buying other rally games such as Dirt Rally. If the game gets patched in the future, this has the potential to be a decent game, but it's not worth the price right now.

The game is an arcade game (which is fine) but it has VERY limited wheel support and the FFB is far from perfect. Car handling and physics just feel awful, while the graphics aren't great considering I have a GTX 780 ti and i7 4770k.

The game does have some positives, with the full list of WRC rallies/cars included and car damage has been done pretty well. The stages are also decent. But unfortunately the other deficiencies of the game outweight the positives in the current build.
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52 of 77 people (68%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2015
First impressions:

Graphics: With a 4670k O/C'd to 4.3 ghz and a GTX 970 I'm getting very low frame rates (less than 60), even with all graphic settings set to LOW or OFF. This is just at 1080p. Very few options to change as well.

Sound: Watch some vids, it's pretty awful. Co-driver sounds like a robot, car sounds are very poor.

HUD and Camera Views: Standard camera views, but when you switch to cockpit view, you have NO tachometer, no speedometer, and no idea what gear you are in. This could just be a bug for the car that I was using. If you shift views in the middle of the race it will reset your current gear to 1. Why on earth would this happen? The tach is nearly impossible to see what RPM you are actually at, as the colors of the green/red only get slightly darker as you progress. You really only know when to shift if you hit the redline.

Wheel Support and Force Feedback: Just atrocious.... No clutch pedal support whatsoever (don't think H shifter either, but haven't tried yet). There are some adjustments for sensitivity and deadzones, but only a bar to move with no numerical values. FFB is quite awful, but it is there. There are 2 sliders in which you can change the strength and vibraton (?). If you completely lower the sliders to 0 then the wheel suddenly becomes a vibrating mess. In short, this game is probably best played with a controller...

Physics: About what you would expect. More arcade like but you do need to use the brakes in this game at least....

Rally school: A complete joke. Not even worth discussing. You have to do the same courses for Basics, 2wd, and 4wd. Honestly just a huge waste of time.

Overall: With only an hour of playtime so far, I'm giving this game a 2/10. This may change with further playtime, but currently its a buggy, laggy mess. Stay far away from it.
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64 of 102 people (63%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
Yeah... No support for Logitech G25. Says it all!
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