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Race: The Official WTCC Game

aka: RACE: The WTCC Game

Critic Reviews 81% add missing review

GameSpot (8.8 out of 10)

Overall, there's plenty of fun to be had with Race, and if you're partial to serious racing games, like the idea of experiencing an authentic re-creation of touring-car racing, and own at the very least a steering wheel peripheral, you won't want to miss out. If arcade racing is more your preference or you have no plans to invest in pedals et al any time soon, you might find it a little less appealing. However, for what it is, Race excels as a benchmark PC racing title.

Jan 5th, 2007 · Windows · read review

Out Of Eight (7 out of 8)

Out of the suite of realistic racing games, RACE: The WTCC Game is more approachable than most. The game features a type of racing that hasn’t been specifically covered in other titles, and brings in the solid physics, graphics, and AI from other SimBin titles. The game looks good (especially the car models), sounds good, and it provides a thorough representation of two seasons of WTCC action. The physics of the game are credible and the AI provides a good challenge. Human competition is available over the Internet (although almost all of the servers will be using Pro skill settings, so beware) for those adventurous souls. RACE: The WTCC Game is yet another solid entry in SimBin’s library of quality race simulations that is geared towards a more general audience and the adaptability and relative simplicity of the title ensures that it will appeal to those who enjoy more realistic driving.

Feb 2nd, 2007 · Windows · read review

YouGamers (87 out of 100)

RACE 07: WTCC is the most enjoyable PC racing simulation to date. The non-WTCC car classes and fully customizable race weekends give the game a sandbox feel, though the graphics engine is showing its age. Integration with Steam and improved netcode give the online play new life. From weekend warrior to race sim fanatic, it's an enjoyable and addictive experience, and the inclusion of more street courses and expanded car classes hint at a less confining theme for future SimBin titles.

Oct 24th, 2007 · Windows · read review

PC Games (Germany) (86 out of 100)

Wer die WTCC bisher nicht kannte, muss sich nicht grĂ€men. So ergeht es vielen, die keine Rennfanatiker sind und nicht jedem Motoren- und Platzkampf hinterherjagen. Aber die WTCC bietet vor allem aufgrund der erstmals in einem PC-Spiel umgesetzten chinesichen Strecke Macau unheimlich viel Spannung. Macau ist das Pendant zu Monte Carlo, dem Mekka der Formel-1-Fans. HĂ€userschluchten, enge Kurven, fordernde Schikanen - ein Paradies fĂŒr Rennfahrer. Bei aller Spannung ist Race auch unglaublich realistisch, was Profis erfreut. Einsteiger finden durch die schwach motorisierten Boliden ebenfalls schnell Anschluss an die Spitze. Der Umfang hĂ€tte jedoch grĂ¶ĂŸer ausfallen dĂŒrfen: Ich vermisse eine richtige Karriere. DafĂŒr gibt es aktuelle Saisondaten und passend zum Wettersystem erstmals Scheibenwischer! Sauber!

Dec 15th, 2006 · Windows · read review

PC Action (Germany) (86 out of 100)

AnhĂ€nger von Rennsimulationen brauchen eigentlich zwei Dinge: Race und das dazugehörige Lenkrad G25 von Logitech. Damit fahren sich BMW, Mini Cooper und Peugeot 407 so wirklichkeitsnah, dass Sie sich wundern, warum sich die Umgebung nicht bewegt. Schade jedoch, dass der Fuhrpark derart ĂŒbersichtlich ist. Auch zehn Strecken sind nicht gerade ein ĂŒppiges Programm. FĂŒr den Nachfolger wĂŒnsche ich mir noch mehr zusĂ€tzliche Karren und vor allem eine hĂŒbsche Umgebungsgrafik.

Nov 22nd, 2006 · Windows · read review

Gameplay (Benelux) (85 out of 100)

Klasse! Het kenmerkende realisme van SimBin past ook perfect bij toerwagenracen, maar los wel die hikjes op, ja?

Nov 24th, 2006 · Windows

4Players.de (85 out of 100)

Ja, auch Race hat mir vor allem aufgrund seines tadellos genialen FahrgefĂŒhls und einer weniger populĂ€ren, aber durchaus spannenden Rennserie einige spaßige und aufregende Stunden am Lenkrad beschert! Allerdings macht sich SimBin mit Race selbst das Leben schwer, denn das aktuelle Projekt muss sich mit der hauseigenen Vorzeige-Simulation GTR 2 messen. Doch genau wie die recht schwachbrĂŒstigen WTCC-Boliden nicht bei den leistungsstĂ€rkeren GT-Rennern mithalten können, scheitert auch Race daran, den Atari-Racer zu ĂŒberflĂŒgeln. DafĂŒr hat sich bei der PrĂ€sentation mit sterilen und weniger vorhandenen Strecken, Papp-Publikum und langweiligen Boxenstopps einfach zu wenig getan - auch das Schadensmodell sowie die KI-Routinen hĂ€tten weiter verfeinert werden mĂŒssen.

Nov 25th, 2006 · Windows · read review

PC Powerplay (85 out of 100)

Trotz neuer Rennserie und Detailverbesserungen kann Race seine Verwandtschaft zu GTR 2 nicht leugnen. Kenner freuen sich ĂŒber realistischen Regen, Steinschlag oder Scheibenwischer. Ob die aber den Kauf rechtfertigen, hĂ€ngt davon ab, wie sehr Sie sich fĂŒr den Rennsport und besonders fĂŒr die WTCC begeistern können. Ich jedenfalls mag Race, denn es simuliert eine wenig bekannte Serie und nutzt dafĂŒr eine noch ausgefeiltere Technik als GTR 2. Als SahnehĂ€ubchen gibt's obendrauf auch noch den Mini-Challenge und die WTCC-Oldies. Ärgerlich: Die lieblos ĂŒbersetzten und angepassten deutschen Bildschirmtexte der Goldmaster-Version. Bus zum ersten Patch bleibe ich definitiv bei den englischen Originaltexten.

Nov 22nd, 2006 · Windows

Playfuls (8.3 out of 10)

Race: The Official WTCC Game represents a partially successful attempt, which momentarily will hold us captives into the girths of gameplay, through novelty and decency. Still, within the entire ensemble I've perceived a "surprising" lack of finishing. It's not an acute sensation, but more like an impression. The impression of a low budget product, a transition between more advanced projects, a presence impossible to be washed away. And that's a shame, because the game makes use of almost every necessary ingredient to honor the real championship. Well, here lies the "rubble": "almost" is the keyword I was looking for.

Dec 19th, 2006 · Windows · read review

Eurogamer.de (8 out of 10)

Mit RACE - The official WTCC Game ist den schwedischen Entwicklern erneut ein ĂŒberdurchschnittlich gutes Rennspiel gelungen. Allerdings stellt sich die Frage, was einen Fan, der bereits GTR und/oder GTR 2 besitzt, dazu animieren soll, es zu kaufen? Neue Features sind rar, lediglich ein fĂŒr AnfĂ€nger deutlich zugĂ€nglicheres Gameplay sticht hervor. Eine neue Lizenz? Hmm, ich konnte auch mit den Ă€lteren Modellen der GTR-Reihe sehr gut leben. Wer noch keine der SimBin-Simulationen sein Eigen nennt und eine aktuelle Rennsimulation auf hohem Niveau sucht, wird mit Sicherheit nicht enttĂ€uscht. GTR 2-Besitzer können hingegen getrost bei ihrem Liebling bleiben, da Race im Gesamtpaket eher hinten dran klebt.

Nov 21st, 2006 · Windows · read review

GameStar (Germany) (80 out of 100)

Obacht, Blasphemie: Formel-1-Rennen haben fĂŒr mich die Dynamik einer Kaffeefahrt! Zu viele chancenlose Teams, zu wenig Überholmanöver. Im Gegensatz dazu fasziniert mich die in Race simulierte WTCC. In der RealitĂ€t wie im Spiel erlebe ich im Sekundentakt dramatische ZweikĂ€mpfe, die eigentlich unfairen Ausgleichsregeln konfrontieren mich mit spannenden Rennvoraussetzungen, Stichwort Zusatzgewicht. Und exotische Strecken wie Macao stellen mich vor ganz neue fahrerische Herausforderungen. Auf der Simulationsseite macht Race also alles richtig, als Spiel versagt es jedoch: Kein Karrieremodus, staubtrockene PrĂ€sentation, eine einzige Meisterschaft - meine Motivation muss ich allein aus dem Beherrschen von Strecke, Gegnern und Autos ziehen. Wem das (wie mir) genĂŒgt, der fĂ€hrt mit Race auf der Überholspur, vor allem dank der exzellenten Multiplayer-Rennen. Allen anderen empfehle ich das meiner Meinung nach immer noch beste Simbin-Rennspiel GT Legends.

Nov 2006 · Windows

Gamigo (7.9 out of 10)

Dass die Entwickler von Simbin mit Race: The WTTC-Game erneut eine realistische Fahrsimulation in spielerischer Perfektion aus dem Hut zaubern verwundert nach GTR 2 kaum noch. Wie im großen Vorbild bietet Race umfangreiche Einstellungsmöglichkeiten und ein tolles FahrgefĂŒhl, welches sich dank der besonderen WTTC-Autos merklich von anderen Rennspielen unterscheidet. FĂŒr ein Vollpreisspiel hat Race allerdings einen zu geringen Umfang. Obwohl es als nette Beigabe zur namensgebenden lizenzierten WTTC-Meisterschaft auch noch einen Mini-Cup und die historische WTTC 87 gibt, sorgt allein der geringe Streckenumfang von lediglich zehn, immerhin gut ausgewĂ€hlten, Kursen fĂŒr WertungsabzĂŒge. Hinzu kommt der Verzicht auf einen Karrieremodus und die aus GTR 2 bekannnte Fahrschule. Von daher hĂ€tte man Race vielleicht lieber als Addon zu GTR 2 verkaufen sollen.

Dec 18th, 2006 · Windows · read review

PC Zone (1993-2010) (7.2 out of 10)

The engine noises sound flat and samey, although much of this is down to the fact that you're literally driving half the car that you were in GTR2. In fact, we'd say that much of RACE suffers from coming after its sibling, with the lack of power and lesser graphics often combining to make it feel like much less of a product. While there's still a decent driving model underneath, it's hard to see RACE appealing to fans who've driven Simbin's other titles, and so, this time at least, the hare comes out on top.

Dec 18th, 2006 · Windows · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (14 out of 20)

Difficile de succĂ©der chronologiquement Ă  un monument comme GTR 2. On se gardera donc de l'assimiler Ă  une suite puisque c'est davantage le moyen d'intĂ©grer le cercle GTR en douceur, grĂące Ă  un pilotage moins technique mais tout de mĂȘme prenant. Le contenu un peu faible, le solo dĂ©cevant et la bande-son un peu juste sont en dessous de ce que SimBin est capable de proposer mais le bilan est tout de mĂȘme correct. A conseiller surtout aux joueurs multi.

Dec 13th, 2006 · Windows · read review

Computer Bild Spiele (3.24 out of 6)

Grafisch braucht sich das Spiel nicht vor der aktuellen Rennkonkurrenz zu verstecken. Das heißz nicht, dass es perfekt wĂ€re. Hier wĂ€re noch deutlich mehr drin gewesen. Auf der Rennstrecke tummeln sich zwar bestens detaillierte Autos, die nach zu heftigen Kontakten perfekt modellierte BlechschĂ€den davontragen, aber abseits der Pisten wirkt die Umgebung leblos und menschenleer - und das sogar, wenn ein öffentliches Rennen tobt. Jubelnde Fans, hektische Boxencrews und Sportjournalisten mit blitzenden Kameras, kurz alles, was fĂŒr packende AtmospĂ€hre sorgt, wird schmerzlich vermisst. Alles in allem reicht es daher nur fĂŒr einen "befriedigenden" Platz im Simulations-Mittelfeld.

Jun 6th, 2007 · Windows

Player Reviews

Enjoyable to a point.....
by greenmangroup (12)

The Good
I have been getting back into racing games lately and was given told that this was a good game.

It took me a bit to get into this game but once I gave it a really good go it was hard to put it down. I did find this a fairly easy game to get the hang of, it was more of an arcade racing game then I normally like but still lots of fun.

The graphics were very well done as was the sound; it really gave a good sensation of speed.

The handling dynamics were very well done; I have been in real tin-top racers and found the feel and characteristics to be close to the real thing. e.g. throw the car into the corner too much and you will spin.

The Bad
The game was fun to a point. This point was when the crashing started.

I was half way through the championship and was left with no choice but to uninstall the game as it continued to crash. These leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth given how hooked I was on this.

As I said above, the graphics are great but the green smoke when rubbing body work was a bit underdone.

Other then the championship mode the game offers no real long term challenge, a typical floor in an arcade racer.

The Bottom Line
This game is well done and effective. I'd still play it if it wasn't for the crashing factor.

It did help me revive my interest in racing games and bring back the great memories of playing the old TOCA Touring Car games. More enjoyment might have been had on my part if I played online or in a LAN setup against friends.

Anyone looking to by this might want to wait for it to be in the budget bin, buying this at full price won't be value for money.

Jul 5th, 2007 · Windows

A mediocre racing simulation
by SifouNaS (1326)

The Good
The game features nice graphics and excellent sound. In fact the sound is better than the graphics. I'm talking about the cars sounds here, not the game's music. The car sounds are very well recorded from the originals and will make you feel right in that hot bucket seat. Every little sound detail is incorporated in this in order to bring all the excitement from the cabin of a racing car to your ears.

About the graphics, since this is a circuit based racer, the circuits have been modeled very well and look very realistic, that applies to the cars interiors and exteriors also. Specifically the cars interiors are beautiful to watch and "live" in while you race. Talking about interiors, the game has a very good interior camera which will let you enjoy the car's cockpit without obstructing your attention from driving.

The game is giving attention to realism, something that is apparently evident from the wide selection of either your controller setups or the actual car setup. The player is able to set how realistic the car handling will be and if driving aids should be applied (which better be otherwise it's a bit of a miss). It seems that a great deal of work was spent on making the cars behave like the real thing.

Apart from having the option to race on each circuit individually, or in the WTCC championship, the player can also duel the real championship's pro drivers in order to beat their best real times on each circuit.

The Bad
The car selection is quite limited to roughly a dozen of cars. The range begins with the new Minis, goes to a selection from the actual WTCC championship including the Peugeot 407, Honda Accord R, Chevrolette (former Daewoo :) ) Lacetti, Seat Leon and Toledo, Alfa Romeo 156 and 156 GTA and a couple of BMW M3s and finally for a flavour of the past a couple of models from the 1987 championship: the Alfa Romeo 75 turbo and the BMW M3 of the era. The variety is not that wide indeed.

Apart from the race to win the championship there's nothing much else to do really. The cars handle very realistically but that is usually in a computer game as you cannot actually feel the forces on your body, to translate them into messages regarding the car's direction and stability.

Regarding camera views, apart from the excellent cockpit view the rest of the play camera-views are not that great, for example the 3rd person view puts the car too near to you so that it looks quite big and therefore drawing more attention of the eye to it than the road in front.

Finally when going in speeds over 120kmh the car's cabin bounces noticeably up and down, in fact too noticeably that may put some people off. If found the bouncing irritating many times and it kept distracting my attention from my driving lines.

The Bottom Line
I have said it so many times before and WTCC the race is no exception: when simulations aim for realism the whole point of gaming excitement is lost, as you don't have any force feedback from your chair in order to "read" the car and position it accordingly. WTCC race aims for being ultra real and tends to push you more in instrument reading than an exciting ride. If you miss the spots you're ending up going on the outside of curves and eventually to the surrounding gravel.

The limited car selection adds another disappointment, you may or you may not like some of the featured cars and that brings the selection limit even lower. There are of course many skins for each car featured according to the real teams, but that is not anything to be really excited of. Very recently (June 2007) there was an add-on released which adds three types of Caterham Super 7 cars to the available playable fleet and I personally think that it is well worth checking out, since Caterham is really a dream to drive, although a bit too much on the hard side!

My opinion on this is that if you're a hardcore racer that pays attention more in getting your lines perfect than going sideways and making the crowds cheer, or if you are a WTCC fan even better, then you should get this game as it will offer you more than you can handle.

For the rest of the world and racing fans, it is just another racing simulation that does not offer anything new or exciting to dream of and it gets a bit too tedious at times that leads to a rather frustrating experience than excitement.

Jul 15th, 2007 · Windows

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Critic reviews added by Cantillon, Scaryfun, CalaisianMindthief, Patrick Bregger, Xoleras, Sciere, Wizo, Jeanne, jaXen, Martin Smith.