Special Stages: WRC 3 Adds Boss Battles

On the rare occasions that I play a racing game I often think ‘you know what this needs? A boss battle or two.’ A Formula One game in which, suddenly, everybody else has a monster truck and their sole desire is to squash you. A street racing game with a tank or two blowing the roads and buildings to bits. A Nascar game with a track that occsionally bends to the right. Well, upcoming rally game WRC 3 actually has boss battles. Really! It says so in this press release: “the Boss Battle – in total 7 – will try the players abilities through a special head to head mode. They will have the chance to race against the boss driver of the track trying to reach the first position.” Below, a video that explains nothing.

A car will be involved. Perhaps words will reveal more than moving images. Here’s the lowdown on the new modes, straight from the horseless carriage’s mouth.

• Drift Contest: Coloured poles are positioned along the road and the driver is awarded points to drift the car as near to them as possible.
• Rally School Contest: The player has to race on a section of a Special Stage trying to keep the car inside the cones.
• Crash & Run: Negotiate with the tracks hitting the bonus points and avoiding the minus points.
• Gate Contest: Reach the finish line avoiding obstacles along the track. Obstacles consist of a series of gates, some of them fake which can be easily destroyed and others that are far thicker, slowing the car down when hit. Every gate has an indicator that shows if it’s a fake or not. However, the indicator is only activated when the player is very close. It’s all about speed and reflexes!
• Survival Contest: Your car will degrade as the clock counts down, the only way to pass the challenge is to reach the finish line as fast as possible whilst passing over Repair Kits that will give the car a bit of health back.
• Top Rally Contest: The player races through a Special Stage driving to beat his opponent who is in a “Special Vehicle”. Beat the vehicle to earn the highest points.
• Combo Contest: Mixes two or more mechanics from the other challenges.

Finally, the Boss Battle – in total 7 – will try the players abilities through a special head to head mode. They will have the chance to race against the boss driver of the track trying to reach the first position. This final stage race will allow access to the next track on the career mode.

Not the boss mode I had hoped for, I’m afraid.

While admitting that the career mode is intended to make the game more accessible to newcomers, Milestone’s game director Sébastien Pellicano says, “We can assure hardcore gamers that this won’t change the nature of the WRC license itself.” Phew!

If you wish to know more, perhaps take a look at Jim’s thoughts on an early version of the game.


  1. Neurotic says:

    As long as they don’t get GRIP to do the boss battles, should be alright.

  2. Tridae says:

    It puzzles me why this game is being covered on RPS so regularly. It brings absolutely nothing new to the offroad rally racing genre nor does it improve on anything that’s been done before. It doesn’t help that the graphics look like they come straight off the PS2 either. DIRT 2 has been out a while. . how have the devs not taken some notes from its awesomeness?

    EDIT: I just realized they have taken notes – all those ‘boss battle’ modes can be found in DIRT2 already, WRC just makes it seem much less exciting.

    • Joshua says:

      RPS folks talk about stuff they like. Apperently, a rally game that focusses on the actual rally championships (as opposed to Dirt’s jack-off-all-trades approach) is something one of the RPS writers is really, really wishing for.

    • MrLebanon says:

      you had one beast of a PS2 i guess

    • Jason Moyer says:

      All indications are that this is going to be the best rally sim we’ve had in quite some time, so I don’t see what the big deal is in seeing some coverage of it here.

    • Miltrivd says:

      This is a rally game tho, not many are left. DiRT not being one of them.

  3. Aardvarkk says:

    I loved Split/Second for the terrain destruction. Watching the airport tower collapse right towards you was outstanding.

  4. MAXLD says:

    The problem with WRC3 is not a matter of bringing anything new, much less worrying about improving anything with “DiRT” on it’s name. The last two major rally games to date are Colin McRae 2005 and Richard Burns Rally. DiRT series is nothing more than a exploit on USA kids audience.

    The real issue is that WRC series should be what rally fans want, a proper rally game, but it always fails to deliver it. BlackBean is too amateur for it, budget is awfully low, graphic engine is crap, sound is mediocre, driving is always quite awkward (inc. understeer overdose on WRC2), the roads are pretty much about “large medium left, large medium right” and with awkward jumps, co-driver dialogues contradicts the times being made, IA times very inconsistent, etc, etc…

    About these boss battles and modes, all I can say is that will be a decent addition if the driving is good, which probably isn’t … never is, specially in the second game. To be precise on rally stages and those modes, one has to feel in control of the car and to have a decent amount of anticipation of the car’s behaviour, which is something non-existent specially on the previous game.

    Hope the game turns out to be much more decent, but for what I’ve seen on videos so far, it doesn’t look like it. I’ll wait for the PC demo to test it, but I’m not optimistic.

    • SominiTheCommenter says:

      Don’t forget the wub wub on the trailer. Worst sin of all!

  5. dsi1 says:

    If WRC doesn’t pick up RBR’s torch maybe a BeamNG game can… that rally video they released earlier this week looked like fun.

    • Jason Moyer says:

      I can’t believe I haven’t heard of BeamNG. Watching the video on their website, the steering movement is hilarious (I hope that’s because they’re using a gamepad or something) but the actual driving looks fab.

      I’m not expecting WRC3 to pick up RBR’s torch, but I’d be happy just having something on the level of DiRT. There are 3 rally sims ever that IMHO are worth bothering with (Rally Championship 2000, RBR, DiRT 1) so having a 4th would be sweet. Of course my dream would be to have the full British Rally Championship as depicted in RC2000 (or a similar, lengthy real-life rally championship) in an RBR quality sim, but I’m inclined to think that’s never going to happen in my lifetime.