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WRC World Rally Championship is a rally game that features licensed FIA cars, tracks, and drivers of the 2001 racing season. While the game has full single and multiplayer options, most of the play centers around a detailed career mode where an entire racing season can be experienced.

To start, the game allows the selection of a professional rally car (from a set of 7) and a driver. Selecting a driver also includes the co-driver/navigator that assists during the actual races. Playing an actual season involves completing 14 events in the game's 80+ tracks. Each track matches its real world counterpart and rendered in accurate terrain and weather detail - asphalt to dirt roads to rocky trails.

In addition to the normal driving controls and feedback common to most racing games, the game adds a simple car damage system that not only affects the visual appearance (muddied paint, busted lights) of the vehicles but also the gameplay. A particularly brutal race for instance, might leave the car listing and handling poorly towards the end of the event.

Two players can compete in a time-based competition.


WRC World Rally Championship PlayStation 2 Between the title screen and the man menu is an animated sequence of cars tearing through the countryside in all conditions
WRC World Rally Championship PlayStation 2 The Options tab on the main menu allows the player to configure the sound, graphics, and to view the controller setup
WRC World Rally Championship PlayStation 2 Title screen

Demo version
WRC World Rally Championship PlayStation 2 Having selected a country and a circuit the player is treated to a video montage showing what they can expect. In this scene the car that splashed the water is out of shot before the water finishes as

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Alternate Titles

  • "WRC: World Rally Championship" -- Japanese title

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Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90 Jan 07, 2002 89 out of 100 89 Dec 12, 2001 88 out of 100 88
IGN Mar 22, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
GameZone Apr 06, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Mar 29, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpy Apr 21, 2002 81 out of 100 81
Super Play (Sweden) Dec, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Mar 22, 2002 4 out of 5 80 Dec 12, 2001 79 out of 100 79


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rstevenson (855) added WRC World Rally Championship (PlayStation 2) on Apr 20, 2002