Summary: DiRT Rally maybe very inaccessible to many because of its deep rally car mechanics. However, critics are saying that those who commit to the game are in for a fantastic time with gorgeous aesthetics and visuals. But again this should be for fans of rally car racing already
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Codemasters goes hardcore with this no-frills, punishing off-road sim, resulting in its best game in years.
Dirt Rally transcends its simplistic presentation to offer one of the most engaging and dramatic representations of the motorsport yet.
It's not a sim, but it's the best rally game in years.
There's a specific corner during one of the German stages in Dirt Rally where your co-driver will supplement his flurry of warnings with a professional request: "Be brave." It's a slight left kink, framed on both sides by half-buried stones. To be honest I'm not certain what it is about this corner in particular that warrants the added advice – there are plenty of deceptive corners in Dirt Rally you can take faster than you'd expect – but "be brave" potently sums up how you need to approach Dirt Rally. Dirt Rally is a brilliant looking and incredible sounding racing sim that feels absolutely outstanding, but it won't tolerate the timid.
An honest, often brutal celebration of rallying that will exhilarate racing fans but intimidate newcomers.
One of the best driving sims of the new generation, and although it still lacks content in some areas the console versions are just as good as the PC.
Dirt Rally isn't deep in every area, but the gameplay alone makes this my favorite rally game
Dirt Rally's arrival on consoles lets more people join in Codemasters' celebration of this brutal motorsport. [OpenCritic note: Richard Wakeling separately reviewed the PC and PS4 versions.]
DiRT Rally is a realistic, beautiful-looking off-road racing simulation that's really exciting to drive. Its high level of challenge and unforgiving nature means it won't appeal to everyone, but for those who want to experience the trials and tribulations of rallying, it's an absolutely brilliant game.
Dirt Rally gets Codemasters back to their roots, with a game that focuses on rallying through and through. It's tough and unforgiving of your mistakes, but that's what rallying is about and it makes getting to grips with the car's handling, measuring your approach to a stage and coming out on top all the more satisfying.