Race the WTCC
The exciting WTCC championship which is exploding in popularity all over the world. Race's most striking feature is that it displays a wonderful attention to detail. Clearly it's a game that's been developed by racing fans, and if you follow the World Touring Car Championship in real life, you'll feel right at home as soon as the game is loaded. The game has an official license from the sport's governing body, the FIA, so all of the driver and vehicle data is correct as of the end of the 2006 season.
That means that it's possible to race as one of a whole host of real-life drivers--world champion Andy Priaulx included--in a range of car models. Alfa Romeos, BMWs, Seats, Chevrolets, Peugeots, and Hondas are all in there, lovingly re-created from the suspension upward. They all look just like the real thing, and it's fair to say that no two cars drive in quite the same way, whether that be from the differences between front- and rear-wheel drive, the weight of the car, or the number of gears. Jumping between any two vehicles, you'll find a subtly different experience. Something that adds to that feeling of variety is the fully modeled car interiors--with seats, windows, and dashboards all accurate--and you'll even find fully functioning windscreen wipers that will clean away dust on a dry day or wipe away water on a wet one.
Weather plays a big part in the game and can be set to dry, rain, heavy rain, or changeable, and it's possible to see the weather conditions vary as arace progresses. The conditions on the track have a massive impact on how you need to drive, and if you want to stand any chance at all in wet races, you'll need to get your racing line just right, not to mention your braking zones and acceleration points.
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.
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home/Pro
- Processor: 1.7 GHz Intel
Pentium 4 or 100% compatible
- Memory: 512 MB RAM
Hard Drive: 2.5 GB free space
Accelerator: DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with 128 MB memory
Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible
- Input Keyboard and Mouse
- DirectX Version 9