Delayed for a pretty substantial amount of time due to concerns regarding the overall quality of the game, the PC demo for Milestone’s Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo dropped today, featuring one stage set in Monte Carlo, and three very different rally cars to test out. Weighing in at just over 4 GB, the download is a small glimpse of the title set to be released in a little over a week, serving as an alternative to the excellent DiRT Rally. However, the impressions of the demo are rolling in fast and furious, and they’re not good. Citing everything from framerate problems, a lack of support for common toy steering wheel setups, clunky menus, and no triple monitor functionality, sim racers giving their impressions of the title appear to be describing little more than a lazy console port.
The port was so lazy, that as Reddit user djfil007 pointed out, the demo includes the wrong Readme file – one which advises you on how to configure your PC for Milestone’s MotoGP 14.
This is disappointing, as very little will be changed within Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo between now and the game’s release in seven days time. Those left unsatisfied with DiRT Rally and hoping Milestone’s newest title will offer a more fleshed-out experience are unfortunately stuck with DiRT Rally, for better or worse. To magnify the level of disappointment, Kylotonn’s WRC 5 shipped with approximately the same amount of missing functionalities necessary for a PC racing sim in 2016, and you’d think Milestone would have learned from the mistakes and shortcomings of their competitors.