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DiRT Rally is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 10.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Publisher: Codemasters
  • Developer: Codemasters
  • Category: Sports , Racing

Product Details:

DiRT Rally captures the essence of what makes rally unique - that sense of trying to remain in control, as you hurtle along dangerous, undulating roads at breakneck speed, aiming to squeeze everything out of your car whilst knowing that one crash could irreparably harm your stage time.

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Dirt Rally

Taking The Hard Road To The Top
by Matthew Kato
Concept:

Codemasters puts out its first rally-only title in a long time


Graphics:

The regular rally racing is gorgeous, but I encountered dropped frames during the multi-car rallycross


Sound:

Listening to a car game usually gets old fast, but I don't think I'll ever get tired of the cacophony of an engine popping and crackling, the crunching gravel, and screeching tires


Playability:

It handles well enough that you know your failures and success are yours alone


Entertainment:

Dirt Rally isn't deep in every area, but the gameplay alone makes this my favorite rally game


Replay:

Moderately High

It's easy to approach a rally game as if it's another racing title. Speed, fighting for control, and a strong competitive spirit rule both, but rally racing is a different breed. If the focus of regular racing is primarily the finish, then rally racing is a marathon where you die and are reborn a million times before you reach the end. Corners aren't the only place where you gain or lose time. Every second is an attempt to conquer a growing fear. Victory at the finish line - and knowing the dangers you pushed past to get there - is an exhale of relief as much as jubilation.

To tap into the moments that make rally racing so exhilarating, you need a game that isn't just about sliding around hairpin turns. Dirt Rally's superior car handling communicates the vibrancy and challenge, creating an unparalleled experience. Dirt Rally isn't alone in translating velocity, physics, weight transfer, traction, and other intangibles into a video game package. However, the way it taxes these elements every second you're on the course in a flurry of ever-changing demands is what elevates the genre.

For example, I get a little air coming over the crest of a hill, which is not a fist-pumping moment. Being that the crest itself is at a slight angle, I have to prepare my takeoff angle before I go airborne, and once I land I'm immediately trying to gather the car back up and get ready for the bend ahead. I'm on light gravel so I shouldn't expect too much of a slide or spin of the tires, but I also have to flirt with when and how much brake I apply versus maintaining speed. Throw in a rock on the outside of the already-narrow bend that will likely destroy my car if I'm not careful. This isn't some big setpiece in a "boss battle" of a track; it's just a typical sequence you have to deal with that feels wonderful in your hands.

The co-driver is good about calling out what lies ahead through a sometimes complicated lexicon (but when he says "Don't cut" for a corner, that's a clear directive). You cannot ignore any of it, nor listen to all of it. The sweet spot occurs when you get into that auto-pilot zone, internalizing the next 100 or so yards while also focusing on the danger at hand. This is gaming as tense and demanding as you've ever known it.

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Built by Codemasters and road tested over 60 million miles by the DiRT community, DiRT Rally is the ultimate rally experience. It captures the essence of what makes rally unique like no other game - that sense of trying to remain in control of your emotions, as you hurtle along dangerous, undulating roads at breakneck speed, aiming to squeeze everything out of your car whilst knowing that one crash could irreparably harm your stage time.

Every stage tests you differently, as you race on the edge of control across varying surfaces in a range of environments such as snow, ice, tarmac and dirt and as you tackle a variety of weather types. As the car suffers attrition, you need to account for mechanical damage whilst your dedicated rally team tries to keep you competitive with time-limited repairs. Stages string together and each rally becomes a marathon-like test of concentration and skill as you trust in your co-driver, chasing that ever-elusive perfect run.

DiRT Rally also includes officially licensed World Rallycross content, allowing you to experience the breathless, high-speed thrills of some of the world's fastest off-road cars as you trade paint with other drivers at some of the series best-loved circuits, in both singleplayer and high-intensity multiplayer races.

KEY FEATURES

  • ICONIC RALLY CARS - DiRT Rally boasts 39 of the most iconic and relevant cars from yesteryear through to modern day, representing the cars that the players want, and the ones that make the most sense for the surfaces they race on.
  • SIX MASSIVE RALLIES WITH OVER 70 STAGES - Head to the muddy paths of Wales, the dusty trails of Greece and the icy tarmac of Monte Carlo. Take on the legendary hillclimb of Pikes Peak, the snowy thrills of Sweden, and the epic scenery of Finland. DiRT Rally has the iconic locations to test your nerve and delight your senses.
  • OFFICIAL FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CONTENT - Race at the Lydden Hill, Holjes and Hell tracks in six of the fastest off-road cars and take on your friends in high intensity, bumper-to-bumper multiplayer racing.
  • UPGRADES, REPAIRS, SETUP AND TUNING - DiRT Rally delivers depth in areas beyond driving - elements such as repairs, upgrades, and setup & tuning add a rich and strategic dimension to your rally experience.
  • CHALLENGING, UNCOMPROMISING HANDLING MODEL - A new physical simulation conveys the character of the compelling selection of cars as well as conveying the nuances of the game's high fidelity racing surfaces.
  • TEAM MANAGEMENT - Hire and fire your crew members each of whom which will have different skills, improving repair times for different parts of the car. Teach them new skills as they gain experience and work together as a team to improve your performance in events.
  • RACENET LEAGUE SUPPORT - Get together with friends and run your very own racing league. Join or create unlimited leagues and run them how and when you want.
  • DAILY, WEEKLY AND MONTHLY RACENET CHALLENGES - It's you versus the entire DiRT community in a series of one-day, week-long and month-long challenges to earn in-game credits to improve your car and team.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good game, but... OK, so I haven't played a racing sim in several years...not since owning an XBox 360. So when we got our PS4 a couple weeks ago I grabbed this game. It has cool graphics...very impressed over what was available a few years ago. The opening "game" while downloading a huge update was a blast. Then getting started in to career and other things are easy to do, but you have very limited options available at the start...ONE car and NO money! Alright, so you get started racing and find out how tough it is to earn money after damaging your vehicle...just try not to ding it up when you are new to the game, I dare ya. Anyway, I have played about 10 to 12 hours total and don't have much to show for it...and, FYI, I have done some real amateur racing and many sim racing games over my long years. Bottom line, I will continue to play and try to rack up some money but the "I gotta have this game" is wearing off already. Also, there are no cheats to get cash that I am aware of either...you have to work at the game just as in real life...not sure that's what I want to waste my time doing!! I just purchased The Crew and Driveclub as alternatives.
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not very good Only bought this for the playstation vr and didnt like it at all played once and will not play it again
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very addictive! When I first played Dirt Rally it was a blast! The first car I drove was a 1960's Mini Cooper. I next drove a ford . Once the update was complete I bought a Mini Cooper. The pre-owned games sound glitched for a minute,also the picture glitched for a sec 5 days later. It is a great racing game! I would recommend it to gamer's that like to race!
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best racing game so far It's difficult game but very realistic and after a while you are getting used to it ... The best racing game so far
Date published: 2016-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best One of the best games out there... I do not have any complains about this game... It is difficult but you getting better and better ... Me personally I like that it is not easy and it takes some time. very realistic and cover most of the cars :) Definitely the best racing game so far
Date published: 2016-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not for Dirt fans... for Colin McRae fans! Finally Finally real rally racing is back! I've been sick of the Dirt games, they did not capture what I loved about rally racing for so long. We are finally back to what made these games great in the first place. For those of you who loved the Colin McRae games, welcome back! With Codemasters acquisition of Evolution studios (the creators of DriveClub) Only great things are ahead of us. The best visuals on the console market with the best simulation racing around! Don't listen to the 1 and 2 star reviews of this, it really is a 8/10 game, I just gave a higher score to try and balance out the average, from the ridiculous people below.
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great game for rally enthusiasts. This is a full on simulator, great graphics, full HD 1080 at 60 fps. If you don't like rallying or are not willing to put on the hours to be good at this game don't buy it. Otherwise, this is the game rally fans have been waiting for years!
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A step in the right direction for hardcore racers I have always enjoyed the dirt series as well as the older Colin McRae games but the further along it went the more arcade like the game began to feel until it finally reached the point of Showdown, which I disliked and never actually owned myself. This goes much closer to the sim direction and does not do as much hand holding as the last few games (no more rewinds or adjustable difficulty). Unfortunately sometimes the AI doesn't vary much and it feels like every series has one particular driver who rarely/never finishes lower than 1st but the close wins/loses you can experience keep it exciting and keeps you working to improve your times through every stage
Date published: 2016-04-15
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