With Codemasters increasingly using the Dirt series as a platform to explore their gymkhana obsession, the field has been left open for a proper rally game to come in and nab its populist crown. WRC3 may be wearing the official FIA licence, but it’s not that game.
As the sales of slavish motorsport simulations wilt, SBK X has looked to the kart racer as its saviour. But an accessible, frivolously unchallenging arcade mode does not a good kart racer make. SBK’s much trumpeted attempt at mass-appeal only manages to strip away any feeling that you’re riding a bike.