first of all sorry for my english :) i'm not a hater of WRC 8 (its a fun semi-arcade game to play on gamepad), but i just can believe how human "taste" can differ. I just saw comments where people were saying that WRC 8 is more challenging than DR 2, has better gravel physics so i downloaded WRC 8 to see it myself.
I know that people are diffrent but how blind you must be to write such a nonsense. I played with WRC cars on G29 and i must say that this game has no gravel physics, every gravel road feels the same, they are only changing colours from country to country, in DR 2 gravel is diffrent, its deep, it varies (ex. Australian wet mud or Greece slippery gravel with little rocks), DR 2 gives you the feeling that your car is struggling with surface, u feel the tires goes into gravel, in WRC gravel is like more slippery tarmac with dust effect and its just one type of gravel for whole game (play few stages one after one in Argnetina, Australia, Finland, Portugal - gravel has diffrent colours but its just the same texture with no deep).
Second thing is physics, theres no weight lifting while braking, no feedback, its just hard to tell why your car is doing what its doing on the road, WRC cars are floty, you just dont feel them on the road, bumps are just camera shaking visual effect, u cant feel that your tires loosing grip.
And probably my biggest concern - grip. I just cant feel the grip level in this game, there no feedback when u losing it, theres no feedback when u have it, like i said, its just always same grip level so driving feel very one dimensial (probably becasue of this that gravel is just a dusty tarmac thing in this game, u cant feel that ur tires goes into it, struggling, fighting with surface).
Dont get me wrong, im not saying that WRC is a sh.it game, its fun and all, but comparing it do DR 2 is just so off, DR 2 i still miles ahead in thermes of pure driving (talking about wheel driving). But now i know why people are telling that WRC 8 is more challenging - if u cant feel the grip, the car, when theres no weight lifting, where cars are floaty, where little rock or grass can set u into air it can be very hard to drive smoothly in this game :)