RACE - The Official WTCC Game

Format: PC

5 021290 028999
Age Restrictions: 3+
24 November 2006

Experience all the hard hitting and intense action of the WTCC championship, the fastest growing official FIA world championships in the world.
RACE recreates the official 2006 championship with all of the cars, drivers and locations, including several official tracks and cars never before seen in the racing game genre. Recreating the WTCC championship in intricate detail...

RACE is officially endorsed by the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and is based on the WTCC 2006 season, featuring more than 30 different cars on 10 different tracks from all over the world. Also including WTCC 87 where historic touring cars gives a true blast from the past, featuring two classic race car modes from the '80s. And Mini Challenge Cup with instant action featuring 30 different Mini Cooper S's.

For fans of realistic driving games RACE could well be a bit of a disappointment. Firstly the cars are nowhere near as detailed as they could have been (both inside and out). It also takes an evolutionary step backwards as far as gameplay is concerned.

The cars are incredibly simple to control and there's none of the excitement that comes with some of the more hard-core racing simulators. Not only that but, being WTCC, there are very few rear wheel drive cars for you to choose from. This is fine if you prefer front wheel drive vehicles, but if you don't you could find yourself getting increasingly frustrated with the handling of some of the cars.

While this all sounds a little negative, to be honest I did enjoy this game a little more than maybe I should have. There are some nice additions - for starters there are several real tracks that you won't have played anywhere else. And for a fun - pick up the controller and belt around the course - offering, this isn't half bad.

Pete Boomer

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