The World Rally Championship is quite the spectacle. It offers racing in some of the most ferocious settings the world has to offer. It’s based not only on speed, but also on the driver and co-driver’s bravery and commitment. There’s no run-off, no gravel traps, no armco. It’s just a very fast car, the road and real-world elements. Like trees. And trees aren’t nearly as forgiving as a gravel trap.

All sounds a bit crazy really. We wouldn’t want to risk it, that’s for sure. We like our face the way it is, not bent around a Birch. There is a way you can get close though. From the comfort of your home, no less. How fancy does that sound? All you need is a PS4 or an Xbox One and you’re away. Or at least you will be when WRC 6 hits the shelves in October.

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Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy?

The game, developed by Kylotonn Games follows on the heels of the hugely successful WRC 5. This version builds on that game, but brings in all current drivers, stages and cars. You could, in theory, play it alongside the real-life stages as they happen. That would be pretty damn cool.

Over the years, Kylotonnhas honed a physics engine that, while incredibly demanding and difficult to master, is ultimately rewarding. This is not a ‘plug, play, walk away’ game. No, just like the real sport, this needs time and skill on your part in order to master it. It’s a challenge – a rare thing in modern day gaming.

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…caught in a power-slide, no escape from hitting a tree.

If you’re into your gaming, this is a definite must-have. The detail, as you can see, if off the scale. The cars handle like the real thing, the conditions vary, the damage is realistic and the challenge is always present. This is about as immersive as racing sims go. Just don’t blame us when you lose three weeks of your life by playing non-stop!