The Colin McRae series takes a leap forward and includes other forms of off-road racing including buggies, trucks and rally cross. The pyramid style of unlocking later challenges works well, there are heaps of vehicles, it's great to look at and the sense of speed, physics and realistic damage give it a real sense of driving on the ragged edge. One of the best racers on the Xbox 360.
With great graphics and instant playability this game's overall score is only slightly hampered by the vehicles floaty feeling, some minor frame rate issues and a lack of racing in an online mode with other players on the same track at the same time.
All in all, this is the game that just might finally put the name Codemasters into gamer's minds that haven't enjoyed their past successes like Colin and Pro Race Driver. DiRT isn't too simish or arcady but finds that nice blend that goes down smooth everytime.
Another example where the game gets caught in the middle is with online. True to rally racing, you don’t race against others, only their times. I can’t imagine most online players want to play this way.
The original Dirt is a good game.
The game plays well,with good physics and competitive **** is no limited use flashback feature like the 2nd and 3rd game,which is frustrating when you have to restart a long **** variety of racing is **** game does give out way too much prize money though
The graphics are nice,with a smooth framerate.
The sound design is good,but the soundtrack,and the in-menu announcer will irritate you so much.
Overall,the original Dirt is a good game held back by far too much prize money,the irritating announcer in the menus,and the poor soundtrack.
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.
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.
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.
Vite fini, vite oublié... Dirt, c'est du macgerbale dans un bel emballage : très beau, toujours fluide, partie sonore très réussie, replays corrects. Mais le contenu est creux : conduite très arcade et insipide, les voitures de rallye qui freinent comme des Formule 1... Seule la grande diversité des épreuves permet de tenir le coup jusqu'à la fin ! bref, du Codemasters standard si l'on peut dire, du jeu jetable.
Summary(Formerly known as "Colin McRae Rally 2007" or "CMR '07") After a two-year break for the series, Codemasters Studios' designers have created a reinvigorated McRae experience. The new Colin McRae title goes beyond the series' point-to-point rallying to deliver the most diverse selection of extreme off-road competitions. Sensational grave...