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Mixed or average reviews- based on 86 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 62 out of 86
  2. Negative: 12 out of 86

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  1. Apr 30, 2013
    I have only played this recently and that may be a small part of the poor score. It looks dated but to be fair was not bad at all graphically. I thought that the car handling was solid enough and felt responsive. The main gripe I had was with the Career Mode. It uses the same tracks and cars and setups repeatedly and it just got really tiresome having to play through to the end. After a while you get some much money you can buy the best car and then just blitz races without any care. The AI of the opponents is not up to much and they just follow in a procession until the end of the race. I found the game a real slog and could not motivate myself to fully complete it. I ended up having to play it over several months. Having a quick blast then leaving it when it started to get boring. A game should be a joy to play and unfortunately this wasn't. It has a good game in there but its so hard to enjoy it. Expand
  2. Mar 12, 2013
    Dirt continues to deliver the excellent single player experience associated with the Colin McRae series combining the usual superb handling with a number of new race modes and greater variety of vehicles. The multi-player, both on and off-line, is a disappointment with very few options available but fans of previous entries will find plenty to entertain them here.
  3. Jul 23, 2012
    Out of all the DiRT games this is definitely the most technical and least simplified version (in theory). You can tune to very fine details all aspects of the vehicle, and must spend money to repair damage, which encourages clean racing. Tracks are fun, arcade and yet technical, with plenty of pre-race data such as surface type and even a short briefing avaialble beforehand. In race, proper rally co-driver terminology is used (such as 1-6 to indicate angle of turns). There are 5 difficulty levels which can be chosen separately for each event, with a higher reward for harder difficulty obviously. The presentation is slick, but the menus and general navigation is best in this one, and looks very polished and modern. When you jump into the game however, things aren't as great as they first seem. The technical tuning setups look pointless when the braking, handling and graphics seem so unrealistic and childishly arcade in some aspects. Lighting and environments are good, but texture detail is very much lacking, with just about everything - including shadows - requiring much more anti-aliasing to even look presentable. Nevertheless, you do get manual transmission, can change controls and interior view. Inside the car everything look very bland with very little detail at all. Framerate is choppy at times too. The disparity in graphics between sandy landrush circuits and trucks (which look hideous) compared with the woodland jungle rally courses and cars like the Renault Clio & Subaru Impreza (which look impressive even in 2012) are too large. But the game does do a fantastic job of talking you through everything so you're not left confused- not that it would ever happen due to the smart GUI. It's also good that at the end of each event a leaderboard is shown so you can see how good or badly you did compared to world record and where you rank. Progression is very simple, and achievements are even more straightforward. However, compared to DiRT 2 and DiRT 3 this is much more arcade-feeling despite it being more technical. It's still a good game, just not a great game like DiRT 2 or mind-blowing like DiRT 3. As a starting point though, the foundations are solid and are evidently improved upon in DiRT 2 and evolved in DiRT 3. Still worth playing even if you've played the other two, as it has better, more varied tracks which are not only more technical but fun, satisfying and intense too. In terms of variety overall it beats DiRT 2 and even DiRT 3 in the rallying part, since DiRT 3 tends to deviate a bit more with Gymkhana and in DiRT 2 you have gate crasher (which definitely isn't rallying). Here you get the lot- from massive rigs on rough surfaces in the desert to agile rally cars like the Peugeot 307 being driven on very tight, technical mountain roads in Spain and Japan. For its time it's by far more fun to drive on than Forza 2, but that's the only thing this game really excels at. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. So don't let Dirt's pointed non--"PGR"-ness stop you in the slightest--if all you care about is great gameplay, it's easily one of the best 360 racing games yet. [July 2007, p.74]
  2. 84
    When you can count every leaf on every piece of brush across a three mile track, that's a major graphical accomplishment. If only every aspect of DiRT matched the graphics and presentation, it would be among the top racers on Xbox 360. DiRT still hasn't fixed Colin McRae's longtime use of a central pivot for turning and the racing feels floaty at times.
  3. The core racing is thrilling yet accessible and the amount of content on offer will keep players enthralled for some time. Some inexplicable frame rate problems and a lacklustre online multiplayer mode prevent this from being a classic.