WRC 6

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Realistic rally-racing game made for fans of the sport.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Only by driving safely as well as quickly will you win these races.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players must drive carefully, listen to other people to win.

Ease of Play

Standard driving controls. Realistic physics may prove difficult for inexperienced drivers.

Violence

While there are car crashes, you never see driver, navigator getting hurt.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that WRC 6 is a racing game that's safe for all ages, though younger gamers may find it frustrating or boring. While it has typical driving-game controls, the physics are realistic, which may make this too difficult for people accustomed to more arcade-like driving games. There's no sex, violence, drugs, or naughty language in the game itself, but online communication in the game's multiplayer modes isn't moderated, which may expose players to inappropriate content. Parents of teenagers either learning to drive or new to driving will want to stress vehicle safety.

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What's it about?

As a racing game, WRC 6 doesn't have a story. But it does have a career mode where players have to join a team and race their way through the official World Rally Championship season. As the official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship, this has 14 official events on accurately recreated tracks, as well as real drivers and teams. But while most racing games have you compete against other drivers in real time, this rally sim -- like the sport itself -- instead has you driving each point-to-point lap on your own, with their times later compared with their competition's to see who finished the fastest.

Is it any good?

Though it does a good job of bringing rally racing to game consoles and computers, not all gamers will appreciate this real sport's unique approach. Like real rally racing, WRC 6 doesn't have you competing against other drivers at the same time. Instead, you drive these point-to-point races on your own and later compare your times with your fellow drivers' to see who finished quickest. Races are also held on narrow, curvy tracks that include both closed roads and dusty trails, and you're told which way they curve by your helpful navigator. In deference to those who aren't professional rally drivers, the game does allow you to adjust the settings so it can be played as a simulation or as something a bit more forgiving, though never to the point where it feels like an arcade game.

Of course, it's because of rally racing's unique style that many fans of racing video games won't enjoy this as much as one where you beat someone else to the finish line in real time. Others might wonder why you sometimes drive on dirt roads but don't ever go off high jumps or why you have a navigator telling you what to do. Still others may not be amused that you have to be mindful of your car's condition; blowing a tire, for instance, adds 30 seconds to your time. But if you enjoy racing games more as a test of your driving skills than real-time competition, WRC 6 really does a good job capturing this unique motorsport.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about motor safety. What does this game teach us about driving carefully?

  • Talk about taking advice. Rally drivers rely on their navigators, so what does this show you about listening to other people, especially when they know what they're talking about?

  • Families can talk about real rally racing. How much do you know about real rally racing? Would you like to know more?

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