WRC 7, like most rally games, really shines when you play it with a wheel. For the Thrustmaster TX and T300, the default force feedback isn't terrible, but it's pretty light and doesn't make you feel like you are connected to the road, creating an overall lifeless experience.
Thankfully, the game provides a great deal of customization when it comes to the force feedback settings. I found a nice balance that increases the details felt without making the wheel overly heavy. It turns a lifeless wheel into a very responsive one.
In this guide, I will show how to correct both of these issues by setting the proper values in game and in the Thrustmaster Control Panel, if playing on PC.
Thrustmaster Control Panel Settings
WRC 7 automatically sets the wheel rotation based on the value you set in-game, so you can leave the value in the Thrustmaster Control Panel at the maximum. Be aware, though, that it modifies the Thrustmaster Control Panel value directly, and it hasn't always reset the value when I've exited the game.
|Rotation||900° (TX) 1080° (T300)|
|Overall Strength of all forces||75%|
|Auto-Center||by the game|
Spring is not used by WRC 7, so the value actually doesn't matter. Some games require Spring to be on for their force feedback to work, so I keep it at 100% as a general rule.
Damper is used for the Shock Absorber Force.
BOOST should always be turned off. For an in-depth look as to why, see my BOOST Force Feedback Analysis.
WRC 7 Settings
In Options > Controls > Steering Wheel > Settings:
|Steering Dead Zone||0%|
|Max Wheel Angle||540|
In Options > Controls > Steering Wheel > Force Feedback and Vibrations:
|Force Feedback Level||50%|
|Level of Force Feedback Vibration||100%|
|Shock Absorber Force||0%|
Force Feedback Level is the overall strength of the force feedback.
Level of Force Feedback Vibration controls the overall strength of the vibrations.
Spring Force resists the wheel turning, but lightens the wheel when you lose traction.
Shock Absorber Force acts like a filter for the force feedback, smoothing out the spikes. I turn this off, but if you find the force feedback too jerky, feel free to turn this up to smooth things out.
Constant Force provides feedback about the track. This is how you feel bumps in the road. This can be a very jerky force, so you don't want to raise this too high.
Friction Vibration vibrates the wheel when you are off the track.
Engine Vibration vibrates the wheel when you are near the redline and when you shift gears. I find this just turns into noise on these wheels, so I turn it off.
Impact Vibration vibrates the wheel when you hit objects on the track.
Much of the fun of a rally game comes in how connected you feel to the car. If you don't feel as if you can control it well, the game simply isn't fun. It can feel more like guesswork than actual skill when you are speeding around corners. Once I got these settings dialed in, and with a little practice in how the game physics work, I was able to drive very naturally. I have really enjoyed the feeling of playing this game on these wheels.
Let me know if you have any comments or questions.