developer: Kylotonn / KT Racing
publisher: Nacon / Bigben Interactive
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
WRC 9 is the ninth part of a series of racing games dedicated to rallying. The release was taken care of by the Nacon, which is in charge of the brand, while the studio Kylotonn is behind its creation (i.e. the authors of several previous editions of the series, as well as such titles as V-Rally 4 or FlatOut 4: Total Insanity).
In WRC 9 we take part in rallies, fighting for the victory not only in the WRC championships, but also in WRC 2, WRC 3 and Junior WRC competitions. In addition to the fifty official teams from the 2020 season, the game features fifteen cars that somehow made their mark on the history of the World Rally Championship. There are three new rallies available, i.e. Safari Rally Keyna, Japan Rally and New Zealand Rally.
Compared to WRC 8, this game stands out primarily due to its improved driving model. In an effort to make it as realistic as possible, the authors bent on issues related to the work of car suspension, braking and mass transfer on different types of ground and under different conditions.
The pillar of WRC 9 is the career mode, where we try to become the world champion in rallying. At the same time we manage our team, which consists of a staff of mechanics, engineers, medics and meteorologists. Although it was based on the solutions developed for the previous part of the series, the whole has been extended with greater possibilities of control and staff development or a handful of new events on the calendar. Moreover, there is an extensive multiplayer waiting to be tested here, where we can try our hand at fighting other players.
While working on the WRC 9, the authors spent a lot of time on the sound design, making the individual cars sound realistic (headed by a whirring of engines). The graphic design has also been improved, and thanks to the FIA license, we can see on the screen not only real drivers and cars, but also advertisements of sponsors promoting themselves through rallies.