A major feature of the new EA rally game is its career mode. With so much to do, here is a guide to best enjoy the first season of your EA Sports WRC career.
Last week, EA Sports WRC came out to mixed reviews. Whilst we enjoyed our initial time with the title, the official launch met a collection of unhappy fans due to a sizeable number of performance issues and bugs.
But with a new patch out now looking to fix said framerate and stuttering downfalls (although only succeeding partly), it is time to enjoy what the game has to offer. For many, the main focus of the title will be its career mode. In fact, EA Sports WRC certainly captures inspiration from its sibling title, the F1 franchise.
In the EA Sports WRC career mode, one takes on the role of an amateur rally driver setting up a privateer team. With help from a benefactor, you can rise through the WRC ranks, in the hopes of claiming a top class Rally Championship. However, there is much more than aiming for the top series.
Throughout a season, there are many historic rallies to compete in, with championships on the line. Success in these will also please your benefactor. You can also form a high-flying team. Rather than focusing on one’s own achievements, a team can run a second car for a teammate. Recruiting engineers and drivers can also be a big part of the game.
With so much to do and little explanation in the early hours, navigating one’s first season optimally can be tough. Luckily enough, we have completed many rounds of many championships and, most importantly, have committed some mistakes we know not to do again. So here are five tips to achieve success in your first EA Sports WRC career mode season.
EA Sports WRC Career: Focus Up
In any given week of the EA Sports WRC career mode, there can be up to half a dozen rallies to compete in. Of course, you can only take part in a single event per week. However, the scale of possibility on offer can be confusing.
This is why an important tip is to focus on just two championships in your first season. Sure, you can maximise your various benefactor budgets and run up to three cars, depending on their cost. But running too many championships will easily lead one to either miss rounds, or lose where they are.
Instead, simply commit to the pair of series your benefactor wants you to race in for your first season. This means you will get to know your opponents on a deeper level, allowing you to play more of a Role Playing Game style. By doing so, you will also feel a greater sense of progression throughout the different seasons of your career. At the end of the day, progressing and a feeling of growth is the whole point of a racing game career mode.
But the most important reason to commit to a minimal amount of series in your first season is that it will enable our next point: preparing your team.
When first starting up your EA Sports WRC career, the game puts the player as the principal of a new team. Newly formed, the squad is made up of a benefactor, Team Principal – the player – and Chief Technician.
But after completing a selection of rallies, one will discover that building up said team is important. Throughout a calendar year, the game offers opportunities to purchase new vehicles, expand one’s garage, hire engineers and grow the team’s maximum number of members.
By owning more cars, you can compete in all the events your benefactor wants you to complete. Furthermore, bringing more engineers to a given event allows for reduced repair costs and times. Therefore, in shorter service areas, having an additional mechanic onboard will allow you to repair that radiator that otherwise sends you over the allotted time.
Early on in the first season, there are few events to compete in. This is the perfect time to hire new team members and prepare one’s fleet. For example, the first of many Manufacturer Hospitality events takes place early on in the season. A good idea would be to skip this event, in lieu of hiring a mechanic prior to the first WRC event.
Start your WRC career low
Before setting up their team, the opening menu asks players where they would like to kick off their career. In EA Sports WRC, a career can start at one of three levels on the World Rally Championship ladder; Junior WRC, WRC2 and WRC.
Whilst it would certainly be fun to hit the track in the top class, with the cars’ hybrid power, it is not recommended. In fact, both the WRC and WRC2 seasons are more intensive throughout the calendar. Furthermore, the cars cost more for the benefactor.
Therefore, one would suggest taking part in the Junior WRC class for the first season. This will allow more time to build up one’s team, with fewer events to compete in. Furthermore, the slower cars will provide a great first rally experience in EA Sports WRC. This means the first season can almost be considered a tutorial season.
After completing this first year in the WRC paddock, you will better know how to navigate the career mode. This will allow for a more fun time at the wheel of the higher echelons later on.
Season 1: Keep things short
In the same vain as the previous top EA Sports WRC career mode tip, we recommend keeping the first season’s rallies short. In fact, the Difficulty screen allows players to alter event length. Whilst it would be fun to take part in full-length rallies even in JWRC, we suggest keeping things short in season one.
Part of the attraction to this game are the high-flying, hybrid boost Rally1 cars. So getting to the top class in as few hours as possible may be beneficial. In fact, quitting one’s career early is certainly a possibility after spending too much time in the underpowered Ford Fiesta.
In the Short Event Length option, the career mode sets all rallies – including historic events – to two stages. Those that venture to the Medium length will take part in five-stage rallies.
Do not be afraid to change settings
Throughout this guide, we mention that one’s first season is all about preparation. In fact, keeping the year short, joining at the bottom rung of the ladder and getting one’s team set up is all about making future seasons easier. However, this particular tip is all about making the EA Sports WRC career more enjoyable.
A new game, it will obviously be difficult to perfect one’s settings immediately. Every player will want to play the game in their own way, with unique settings, assists, difficulty and length. Therefore, do not be afraid to alter settings throughout your first season.
For example, perfecting the AI difficulty rating is sure to make WRC2 and WRC championships both challenging and fun in your future seasons. Therefore, do not be afraid to spend the first season dialling in this setting. In our EA Sports WRC bugs article, we pointed out that altering AI settings in the middle of an event can cause issues. However, in the latest update, this is one issue that should have disappeared.
Elsewhere, whilst we recommend running a shorter first season, changing event length from one series to another can be fun. For example, the main focus of your season should be the World Rally Championship. However, the benefactor does ask to compete in a select number of Manufacturer Hospitality events and historical series. So why not run these secondary events as shorter rallies than the WRC rounds?
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