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