- Publisher: Deep Silver
- Release Date: Nov 6, 2020
- Also On: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 77 Ratings
User score distribution:
Positive: 16 out of 77
Mixed: 25 out of 77
Negative: 36 out of 77
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Apr 24, 2021It's bright, it's fun, it's loud, it's beautiful. Gets repetitive with tracks and cars after a while, but the constantly changing weather feels amazing. There's plenty of game to keep you entertained.
Mar 13, 2021With the recent updates to the game, it has made great improvements. It finally fixed my issues with my controller, and gave us more controller options for deadzones and sensitivity settings. However, the game still needs work when it comes to optimization, physics, and difficult curve before I can recommend it.
DiRT 5 is a mixed bag. Essentially, the best way I can describe it is thatWith the recent updates to the game, it has made great improvements. It finally fixed my issues with my controller, and gave us more controller options for deadzones and sensitivity settings. However, the game still needs work when it comes to optimization, physics, and difficult curve before I can recommend it.
DiRT 5 is a mixed bag. Essentially, the best way I can describe it is that it's a more grounded, watered down version of their previous game, ONRUSH. (Codemasters Cheshire, who made DiRT 5, was originally named Codemasters EVO, who made ONRUSH 2+ years ago) However, it fails at what I wanted from a more arcade styled DiRT game.
Firstly, the driving physics and handling aren’t great. They feel somewhat floaty, and the handling is way too easy. I turned off all the assists, and I had an easier time controlling these vehicles than other, more arcady racers, like Gas Guzzlers Extreme. I’m talking about on keyboard too, which I’ll mention why I’m using it over controller in a later section. I honestly rather have an arcade racer like this challenge me with vehicle physics and handling rather than with ♥♥♥♥♥♥ rubber banding AI...
Secondly, the crashing physics suck. They got them right in ONRUSH, but yet in DiRT 5, hitting other vehicles feels like bumper cars. I’m not talking about ‘takedowns’ in ONRUSH, but it generally felt better bumping and hitting cars in that game. I know this ain’t a vehicular combat racer, but I want it to feel good for those rare times I end up smashing into players, or hell, they end up smashing into me.
Thirdly, the 3rd person camera is terrible. Again, they got in right in ONRUSH, yet in this game it jerks around at every little hit & bump. Also, it tends to clip on objects if they fly past it, causing the camera to jerk into the car. Could we just have the great 3rd person camera from ONRUSH, please?
Fourthly, what I didn't mention originally was the difficultly. Its weird, because some events can be really easy, yet others, like the Sprint ones, are really hard on the same difficultly setting. I turned it up multiple times, and I'm still really pulling out ahead in standard races but falling behind in others. I don't get what's wrong with the difficulty.
Another reason why I’m still giving this game a negative review is because it's plagued with some of bad technical issues. I don’t care that it's a ‘live service’ model game, or that it is being worked on for current gen, next gen, and PC. We are paying $60 USD or more for a game that should have been released in a polished state. Let's start with the PC issues:
•No window options (Windowed, Borderless, Exclusive Fullscreen, etc): You got to use ALT + ENTER to get into fullscreen, but it seems the game only runs in a borderless windowed fullscreen, so you don’t even get the performance boost of running in exclusive fullscreen.
•Forced TAA anti-aliasing: The worst anti-aliasing method ever, which makes the game look blurry AF and causes ghosting on the vehicles. It boggles my mind there is NO WAY to turn this off, or atleast, use a different AA method...
•Terrible optimization & pitiful graphics: My system is 5 years old (my specs are on my Steam profile), so I don’t expect it to be able to handle high settings, but I can’t even maintain a locked 60fps on all medium settings with the resolution settings all on 1080p. On all ultra low settings, I couldn’t even get a stable 60fps in a Gymkhana event in the Cape Town Stadium! For ♥♥♥♥ sakes guys! This game ain’t even that graphically impressing! ONRUSH looked not only better than DiRT 5, but also ran better than this on the PS4 Pro...
Like I said in the edit, while some of the issues that I originally listed were solved, but this game still needs more work before it can be really good. Its just still just too average mechanically and gameplay wise...… Expand
Nov 14, 2020its a fun game, but is not a good arcade racing game, nfs heat has better physics and the car rating system (S,A,B,C) doesn't match how the cars actually drives, again its fun, not the best, buy it on sale
Dec 16, 2020I am not a long term fan of Dirt series so without comparing to previous entries - it's a fun and colorful arcade racer without too much depth. Tbh that is exactly something I was looking for. I have not experienced any crashes or bugs so far (20hrs in). Graphics are good (but not "next-gen" for sure), performance could be better.
Feb 22, 2021Średniawa. W porównaniu do Dirt 4 lub Dirt Rally 2.0 jest to mrówka. Grafika ładna ale to nic nie daje. Zero fabuły oraz liczne bugi. Polecam kupić Dirt 4
Nov 10, 2021Interessante, mas com pouquíssimo conteúdo. Esse jogo é o sinônimo de repetição.
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LEVEL (Czech Republic)Apr 12, 2021Dirt 5 is a dead end. Its driving model is unnecessarily simple and career is reprehensibly austere and boring. On the other hand, famous series’ weather is absolutely thrilling, which sets the atmospheric standard for all future racing games. [Issue#310]
Jan 26, 2021Dirt 5 is a fiesta of mediocrity, from its disappointing career mode and boring time trials to DOA multiplayer.
Dec 8, 2020Dirt 5 drives in a completely opposite direction to Dirt Rally 2.0. The driving model is disappointingly simple, and the career is just plain boring. At least there are many cars to choose from and hours to spend in the track editor. And the best thing about this game? Its weather effects are simply breath-taking.