Codemasters after DiRT Showdown which focused mainly on arcade racing back in 2012, they wanted to get back to their roots of racing, so they have made and released DiRT Rally. I want to say that it’s one the best Rally games ever made and you haven’t experienced anything like it before.
Having said that, let’s take it from the start.
DiRT Rally is an authentic, realistic, rich Rally game. Your driving builds a relationship between yourself and the road that you have never seen that before in any videogame. Dirt Rally captures that realistic feeling of a Rally driver, it’s a very unforgivable game, every slight turn or corner can turn into destruction, every slight jump can become your “nightmare”. It’s an unforgivable game, but rewarding after you get the hang of it. The main objective on Rally is to have the best time in the track, in order to get the first place. The game features everything that you need to experience Rally like never before. You won’t be alone driving your car to finish, but you will have a co-driver as well who will be giving you directions and warnings while you are driving, you really should depend on him in order to finish the races if you do otherwise, you will end up possibly in a crash or in a cliff. If you can’t hear your co-driver don’t worry, the directions and the warnings that your co-driver gives you are on your HUD in the upper screen while you are driving, you can choose if you want the directions early, normally or later to be given at you from the menus. You have also a team crew who setup your car accordingly how you want it and fixes it as well, you can also manage your team by getting contacts who have different perks for your team each, but you should pay them with your credits that you earn by completing events. In the game there are some tutorial videos that are strongly recommended to watch before you start playing the game. It introduces you to the game and the narrator explains to you the chemistry of Rally and cars.
DiRT Rally modes include Career, it consists of championships which include different stages and tracks, it also includes Hillclimb the historic Pikes Peak in USA. The game includes a huge surprise as well which is FIA World Rallycross Champioship. There are also Online events that you can take part and win other online player times, there are also PVP events, which you can race with others at the same time, you can also play Rallycross online with others as well, plus you can play custom championships with friends or with other people online. In Dirt Rally every car is licensed, there is a huge variety of cars like 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 2000’s, 2010’s, 4WD, RWD, Group A, F2 kit cars and R4. There are also specific cars for Rallycross such as Rallycross Classic, Rallycross 1600’s and Rallycross Supercars. There are also specific cars for Hillclimb and a Modern car. You can also attach a huge variety of liveries on your car. You will have to purchase your cars with the credits that you earn by completing races. In some locations you will be racing on are Greece, Monaco, Germany, Wales, Finland and Sweden. In Rallycross you will be racing in England, Norway and Sweden. You will be also driving in every possible terrain and weather.
The only negative thing, but a good thing as well in DiRT Rally is that it’s really a hardcore game, and it requires patience to get the hang of it, but when you do it’s really a rewarding experience, it’s just fantastic. There are no assists such as rewind, so you could correct a mistake you made, there are no dynamic lines as well to see where to brake and accelerate. The game is very hardcore from the beginning. It’s going to be a challenge for Rally fans.
Dirt Rally made me experience something that I couldn’t before. It’s an amazing Rally experience that you will not easily forget. It’s fantastic to play with a controller, it should be amazing with a wheel as well. The visuals are just gorgeous and the sounds just marvelous, the cars sound like they supposed to be. It’s really realistic and that’s incredible.
Codemasters made another game that it’s one of the best in its genre. It’s a very nice game for people who want a challenge and love Rally. It’s a hard game, but I don’t count that as a reason not to enjoy it. I really enjoyed playing the game and I will continue to do so.
I give DiRT Rally a 10/10, it’s one the best Rally games ever made.
***Reviewer’s note: I have spent 15 hours playing the game. The game copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of the review.