DiRT Rally – Overview and Review Roundup [non-vr]

Codemasters return in fine form

DiRT Rally



DiRT Rally

Platforms: PC, Playstation 4 and XBOX One

Release date: April 5th, 2016

DiRT Rally Review Roundup

Push Square – Review Score = 9/10

Developed by driving game specialists Codemasters, this entry ditches much of the glamour trappings and novelty tack-ons of recent racing games and gets back to thrilling high speed basics. Get a corner wrong here and there’s no “rewind time” function to save you from the vehicle damage and lost seconds – you’ll simply slip down the rankings with your stage time in ruins.

Already the rally driving sim of choice for those looking for an authentic, turbo-charged, hair-raising experience on the PC, it’s a pleasure to report that this PlayStation 4 port is everything that we could have hoped for. The controls may take a little time to get used to, but they’re tight and with practice will become second nature. There are a great range of classic rally cars to acclimatise to, spanning the “60s boxes” which feel very spartan to drive right up to the super-charged current rally champions, each packing unique handling quirks which, in an RPG-like element, can be ironed out the longer that your crew of mechanics have to “learn” the vehicle.

Eurogamer Italy – Review Score = 9/10

Dirt Rally console is basically a perfect porting of the best rally game on the market, and also definitely the best Codemasters effort in years.

The Games Machine – Review Score = 9/10

DiRT Rally is probably the best rally simulation ever made, and its debut on console strengthens the good driving model developed by Codemasters. The gameplay is incredibly deep, challenging and realistic, the controls are precise and smooth (even with a gamepad), and the game never goes below the 60 frames per second. A truly unique driving experience.

Playstation Lifestyle – Review Score = 8.5/10

As screenshots and videos can attest, DiRT Rally is a beautiful-looking game. If you’re in the cockpit view, you can really only catch glimpses of the outside world that Codemasters has crafted. Take the camera out behind the car for the best view. Included in these virtual landscapes are sweeping vistas, arid prairies, and forests so dense that you easily get lost staring into the abyss of tree trunks. The world around you looks so good, it’s a shame you have to whiz right on by the sights. Or at least, you have to try to whiz right on by.

You see, DiRT Rally is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an easy game. This is a simulator, first and foremost. You’re told as much when the game boots up for the first time, as a matter of fact. There are in-vehicle assists, such as ABS, traction and stability assists, but these only help so much. With tracks that have unpredictable routes which you can only learn by driving through them repeatedly, DiRT Rally does not hold your hand. Having said that, posting times within the podium level was relatively easy during my playthrough, but securing that top spot was a challenge, requiring that I ran through a stage perfectly. DiRT Rally has a learning curve that casual gamers may never be able to overcome, which is unfortunate if anyone was curious enough to try the game out, only to get frustrated in the early stages, not knowing that practice really does help in a game as seriously realistic as this.

VideoGamer – Review Score = 8/10

DiRT Rally is not DiRT 4. You might already know that, and the fact that it isn’t called DiRT 4 is a big clue, but if you’ve just discovered this game exists, I thought I’d give you a little warning. DiRT Rally is a hardcore sim. You’re not going to pick this up and feel like a pro after five minutes, sliding around hairpins as if physics forgot to activate properly.

Right off the bat you’re presented with a screen of car setup and handling options. Purists will want to go without any of the assists turned on, but I am not one of those people. I opted to turn most of them on to some degree as I’m not going to sit in front of the game with a steering wheel, logging 10 hours a day. Even with these options, such as Traction Control and Stability Control, turned on, DiRT Rally is not an arcade racer. I’ve warned you again.

Out on a track for the first time (or endless number of times) and the key words are ‘losing’ and ‘control’. The game includes numerous tutorial videos that give an overview of how not to be a terrible rally driver, but as informative as they are it’s essentially like showing someone Top Gun and asking them to fly a fighter jet. There are bound to be issues. Telling you about weight distribution is one thing, but applying it when hurtling towards a cliff edge 90 degree bend is something else entirely.

It’s fair to say that practice makes competency in DiRT Rally. Whether or not you’ll ever be perfect is unknown, but I reckon few will truly master DiRT Rally at its most challenging. Once you’ve got used to how unforgiving the game is, though, it’s very possible to enjoy yourself thanks to a never ending edge of your seat feeling, your car perpetually moments from disaster, dancing on a thin line between excellence and flying out of bounds.

Playstation 4 Trophy List

You Did Rally Good
Unlock every Trophy in DiRT Rally.
Ultra Rare
Hot Coffee
Apply a Perk to an Engineer.
Unlock an upgrade for one of your cars.
Full House
Hire Engineers into every slot in your Service Area.
Ultra Rare
Genius at Play
Achieve a Team Rating of 70.
Ultra Rare
I Am the 5%
Win a Rally event in headcam.
Fill three of an Engineer’s Perk Slots.
Ultra Rare
Business at the Front…
Fully upgrade a FWD vehicle.
…Party at the Back
Fully upgrade a RWD vehicle.
Moar Wheel Drive
Fully upgrade a 4WD vehicle.
Ultra Rare
Does Your Mother Know?
Win a Championship in a 1970s vehicle.
Ultra Rare
So Last Year
Win a Championship in a 2010s vehicle.
Ultra Rare
When Jon Met Paul
Win an Event in the Subaru Impreza 1995 with the DiRT 3 livery applied.
Very Rare
Maximum Attack
Win every stage on a 12 stage event with all assists off.
Ultra Rare
Spirit of the Rally
Finish an event after heavily damaging three or more components.
Ultra Rare
Born to Run
Become Champion at Masters level in Championships.
Ultra Rare
Fully upgrade a vehicle in four different vehicle classes.
Ultra Rare
Mondays Be Like…
Crash your car so badly it ends your rally.
Absolutely Brilliant
Finish a Stage with the fastest time in Championships.
Nailed It!
Roll your car, land on your wheels and carry on.
Faster Chief
Unlock the Crew Chief’s 5th level of skills.
Little Light
Win a Night Stage in Championships.
Very Rare
Any Given Sunday
Complete a Weekly Event.
Complete a Monthly Event.
Ultra Rare
Easier Said than Done
Finish in the Top Tier of an Online Event.
Fire Spitting Monsters
Win a Championship in a Group B 4WD vehicle.
Ultra Rare
Pass the Sauce Ari
Fully upgrade the Peugeot 205 T16 Evo 2.
Ultra Rare
Going up in the World
Buy a Hillclimb car.
DiRTy Dancer
Win an Event at Pikes Peak (Mixed Surface) in the Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak.
Ultra Rare
Propane & Propane Accessories
Win a Championship in a Hillclimb vehicle.
Ultra Rare
Take Your Pick
Win a Hillclimb Stage where both of your Run times are faster than any other.
Ultra Rare
Monster Energy Supercharge Award
Be first into the first turn in the Final of an FIA World Rallycross Event.
Ultra Rare
Good Spot
When the spotter recommends you take the Joker on the first lap, do so and then win the race.
Fully upgrade a Rallycross car.
Damn This Kid Is Good
Win the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Ultra Rare
Racing Stripes
Score 200 heats points in a Championship Rallycross event (fastest in all 4 heats).
Very Rare
Circuit Trained
Finish in the top tier of a Rallycross Online Event.
The Fun Starts Here
Compete in an Event in PVP.
Investment Vehicle
Win an Event in PvP with a car that you own.
Whose House?
Win an Online Custom Championship in PVP.
So Serious
Complete a Joker Lap in PVP without losing a position.
Win a Championship in a 2000s vehicle.
Ultra Rare
Complete a Season in Leagues.
Very Rare
Self Made Millionaire
Earn a total of 1,000,000CR in Custom Championships.
Ultra Rare
Hello? Is It Me You R Looking 4?
Win a Championship in a R4 vehicle.
Ultra Rare
The Only Way Is Up
Finish in the Top Tier of a Hillclimb Daily in Online Events.
Very Rare
Finish in the Top Tier of the Owners Club Daily in Online Events.
Ultra Rare
A Whole Lot of Cheddar
Win the maximum return on your stake in a Wager Event in Online Events.
Ultra Rare

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