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Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
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  1. Jun 6, 2017
    92
    Accessible yet tough and grimy yet gorgeous, Dirt 4 sets a new standard in rally racing – and its well-considered career mode and endless stages inject it with tremendous stamina. Absolutely stonking brilliant.
  2. Jun 6, 2017
    92
    The first Colin McRae Rally was released almost twenty years ago, but DiRT 4 shows that Codemasters is still the best company in the genre of rally games.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Feb 8, 2018
    90
    Once you strap yourself into the rollcaged bucket seat of Dirt 4 it’ll be extremely tough to extricate yourself from it anytime soon. [September 2017, p69]
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Aug 9, 2017
    90
    Finishing a race carries as much emotional punch as entire other games. [Aug 2017, p.94]
  5. games(TM)
    Jul 7, 2017
    90
    The variety keeps you in the game and that, in time, enables you to master the feel and potential of the cars on offer. Best of all, improving is enjoyable - you never feel as though you're playing simply to get better. You can't ask for more from a racer than that. [Issue#189, p.76]
  6. Jul 7, 2017
    90
    After the success of DiRt Rally, Codemasters is back with a vengeance. DiRT 4 is a testament to everything the company has learned over the years, the best DiRT game to date and one of the best racers of all time.
  7. Jun 23, 2017
    90
    The sensation of rubber recklessly drifting across the sand, of splattering across your face and a grumpy Scotsman calling out the course before you as you violently swerve around corners. Rally racing is mental stuff and Dirt 4 captures that manic joy perfectly. The full fearless package of graphics, guts and glory.
  8. Jun 20, 2017
    90
    Dirt 4 manages what very few racing games do. It’s driving is challenging yet accessible, and it pairs this with an almost endless amount of content. The career mode is robust, and the stages are varied and beautifully designed, but the ability to create your own unique tracks using Your Stage is what sets Codemasters’ game apart from every other rally game that has come before.
  9. Jun 12, 2017
    90
    DiRT Rally was the entry point, the entrée if you will, ahead of the main course of DiRT 4. While sim die-hards may still prefer the former it’s hard for me to go back given everything on offer here. The simulation underpinnings are still there and the cars will still spit you off if you go over the edge but everything is much more pliable and far friendlier to those of us driving on a gamepad. There’s more to see, more to do and more importantly, it’s much more fun!
  10. Jun 11, 2017
    90
    I've never been more charmed by a racing video game and I could not recommend any other more than Dirt 4, to anyone of any ability. Dirt 4 is a joy.
  11. Jun 8, 2017
    90
    Codemasters strikes again! Technically great and filled to the brim with content, this is quite simply one of the best rally games ever made.
  12. Jun 7, 2017
    90
    Dirt Rally was an amazing title that simply lacked features. Dirt 4 doesn't merely fill some of those holes; it gives the franchise a rich backdrop that makes the game the best in the series. It also has a new identity beyond the multiple racing disciplines. Codemasters has given us a feast that spurs our appetite for the kind of hasty danger you can never get enough of.
  13. Jun 6, 2017
    90
    From the comprehensive career mode to the fun of Rallycross and Joyride, Dirt 4 is one of Codemasters’ best. And it’s the best rally game by quite some distance.
  14. 90
    The latest in arguably Codemasters cornerstone racing franchise; rally racing on PS4 just doesn’t get better than Dirt 4. It simply doesn’t.
  15. Jun 6, 2017
    90
    If Dirt Rally's punishing difficulty alienated longtime series fans in any way, this commitment to accessibility should help to bring them back, and the near-infinite possibilities of Your Stage should keep them playing. Dirt 4 is a shining example of Codemasters at their brilliant best.
  16. Jun 19, 2017
    88
    DiRT 4 succeeds at taking the series to another new level which almost makes this one of the favourite ones I’ve played in the series. The gameplay mechanics work extremely well and I had no issues with the DualShock controller while I controlled these powerful off-road vehicles. Furthermore, there’s a plethora of modes to play, heaps of cars and lots of different areas that make this title some excellent value for money. Lastly, it’s not just as a rally game as the developers have added lots of fun modes and vehicles to help expand the gameplay. Then you have the daily and weekly challenges which just expand the scope of the game, including the ability of playing it in either two modes, gamer or simulation!
  17. Jun 7, 2017
    87
    DiRT 4 is a great racing game thanks to its sophisticated physics, gameplay mechanics and precise controls.
  18. Jun 6, 2017
    86
    Codemasters has managed to offer a game for both newcomers and expert drivers as well, which is a must for DiRT 4 to be really enjoyable. The learning curve is easy to handle, the game offers enough content in several styles and even though the most exigent will always want more realism, it's completely on par with the expectations.
  19. Jun 20, 2017
    85
    Dirt 4 is the conjunction between arcade gamers and simulation lovers. It has a beautifully programmed learning phase and Your Stage can really evolve the way to live Rally in games, even if we were expecting e far more intense upgrade from the previous game.
  20. Jun 11, 2017
    85
    As a full package Dirt 4 is brilliant, mainly because of the options in making the behaviour of the cars exactly the way you want it to be. Well done Codemasters.
  21. Jun 8, 2017
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  22. Jun 7, 2017
    85
    DiRT 4 delivers a great rally experience, especially with the different racing types including Rallycross. Some visuals are not what we can expect in the current generation, but the driving experience is great. Also, Codemasters did a great job adding a tool that helps you randomize routes and tracks, so basically you can have unlimited tracks to race on.
  23. Jun 6, 2017
    85
    DiRT 4 works no matter whether you’re looking a hard, realistic experience, or if you just want to enjoy a good racing game. Codemasters has options for both types of players, and this game becomes a must-have for racing fans.
  24. 85
    DiRT 4 encompasses all that it means to race. To spend hours tuning your car, taking it out for a ride to test, bringing it back in to the garage to tweak some more, and repeating until everything is perfect. To have the stressors of the day simply fall away the second the red lights turn off and you are given the “GO” light. To have a perfect run and relish in your victories, as well as to have a devastating setback at the last second, but to learn from your mistakes and carry your head high as you give it another go.
  25. Jun 6, 2017
    85
    DiRT 4 is a great title, fun and scalable: the right compromise of simulation and accessibility.
  26. Jun 9, 2017
    84
    DiRT 4 is a solid racer that offers a compelling, fully customizable experience with lots of content.
  27. Jun 6, 2017
    84
    DiRT 4 is a highly-polished and well-thought-out title that could truly succeed in pulling more players towards the genre. It looks great and with the new optional arcade-style handling model, the barrier for entry is low. Even with that in mind, hardcore players are served better than ever before with increased options at the top end. If you like your racing fast, filthy, and challenging, there’s no doubt that this ticks all of the boxes.
  28. Jun 6, 2017
    83
    A great game although not a risky one. DiRT 4 makes everything right but its offering is not as deep as we were expecting.
  29. Jun 6, 2017
    81
    The innovative and tight simulation of the latest DiRT: Rally renews the traditional and relaxed arcade mood of the long-established DiRT series in a game that successfully blends the two approaches. DiRT 4 is no revolution, just an excellent recap.
  30. 80
    DiRT 4 does a remarkable job of creating a sense of speed.
  31. 80
    DiRT 4 is something of a feat: both a considered challenge and an appetizer to the world of rallying at large. It helps that the actual racing is spot on, too, with cars that handle brilliantly.
  32. Jun 7, 2017
    80
    DiRT 4 is contingent on your experience with previous games. You will see things that come back and others that do not. Design decisions with which you will agree, while another portion of the community won’t do at all.
  33. 80
    A series that was in danger of going stale has managed to take time off and re-evaluate what bedrock the foundations were built upon. Whilst more reserved in presentation, the racing recovers a serious edge that heightens the peril associated with one of motorsport’s more enticing arenas. Whilst I do miss the crutch of quick rewinds and don’t quite fancy the new Landrush mode, the majority of what’s on DiRT 4’s menu is served up exceptionally well.
  34. Jun 6, 2017
    80
    While many modern racers attempt to deliver a visual showcase, Dirt 4 instead focuses on what’s going on under the bonnet. Every vehicle – except those damn crosskarts – feels incredible, as if you're trying to tame some naughty mechanical beast. Each shunt deforms your car’s body, each lap cakes it in dirt, and you can see your driver’s head wobbling around as you drive over each bump. It’s super-convincing.
  35. Jun 6, 2017
    80
    With its strong gameplay, deep feature set and above-average visuals, the good far outweighs the bad with Dirt 4.
  36. Jun 6, 2017
    80
    Dirt 4 it's exactly what many fans of the series were waiting: a solid rally game with tons of options and good graphics.
  37. 80
    DiRT 4 relies heavily on its own procedural editor, and it shows in the long run, when you start to recognize and react to the different building blocks. Nonetheless, it's a pretty fine racing game, one that is extremely fun and addictive.
  38. Jun 6, 2017
    80
    Dirt Rally was just a glimpse of what was yet to come, with Dirt 4 bringing this long running series back with not just rallying, but more full-on wheel to wheel action alongside it. In going for a more focused style of game and a more demure attitude, it’s lost some of Dirt 3’s hyperactivity and fun, but with a limitless supply of new stages to send you car hurtling along, Dirt 4 is a rallying game for the ages.
  39. Jun 6, 2017
    80
    Codemasters has provided enough meaningful upgrades for DiRT 4 while keeping the core simulation racing aspect intact. This should appease the hardcore fans while allowing people with interest in the series to take a drive.
  40. Jun 6, 2017
    80
    DiRT 4 is an impressive package that takes the strong foundation of DiRT Rally and sprinkles on a few friendly updates, such as DiRT Academy and the return of Landrush. The handling, whichever way you lean, is robust and extremely gratifying with cars that are a lot of fun to drive. The career mode gives you plenty to do, and Your Stage means you’ll never be short of new rally challenges to take on. Some very slight graphical gripes aside, this is another success story for a developer that seems to be firing on all cylinders.
  41. Jul 9, 2017
    78
    DiRT 4 is postulated as the best videogame of rallies of this generation. It has many hours of fun, many game modes and a competent online. However the technical section is not what was expected.
  42. Jun 20, 2017
    70
    With Dirt 4 Codemasters tries to cater fans of both the unforgivingly excellent Dirt Rally and the more accessible Dirt 3. It works a lot better than we initially thought, but it also leads to a somewhat lacking experience that does a lot of things right - but few things perfectly.
  43. 70
    A solid rally racer, but also a worryingly indecisive one whose attempts to please everyone leads to an unfocused game that’s lacking in character.
  44. Jun 6, 2017
    70
    Worth buying for its superb rally sim alone. But the returning racing modes are bland, frustrating and unsatisfying.
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  1. Jun 6, 2017
    Put off by DiRT Rally because it was too hard? This is the game for you. (Fans of DiRT Rally will also have fun.)
  2. Jun 6, 2017
    Dirt 4 is an authentic and innovative off-road racer, though it lacks the focus and finesse of its exceptional predecessor.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 180 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 180
  1. Jun 9, 2017
    0
    If you are a fan of dirt rally, this is not what you’re looking for. The supposed “Sim” handling is on rails and the cars have an unrealisticIf you are a fan of dirt rally, this is not what you’re looking for. The supposed “Sim” handling is on rails and the cars have an unrealistic amount for grip. When you through the back out the game steps in and assists with recovery, I matched the setting to my Dirt rally settings and it did not help. The car just seems to want to stay on the track and doesn’t have to be forced to stay on. The cars feel under powered and the sense of speed is gone. Hitting a random bump in the road and flying of track in to a tree at 100mph that’s rally that’s dirt rally. In dirt 4 when the car hits a jump or bump the physics feel heavy almost as if the track is magnetic. When in the air you can see the game forcing the car straight trying to land on either the left, right two or all four tyres as if those are the only 3 outcomes available instead of just letting the physics dictate it. The other users reviewing the game positively are newcomers and not hard-core fans, the applaud the games accessibility yet fail to see that the success of dirt rally was in its lack of accessibility. Hard-core gamers want hard-core games with no limitations in the physics to “assist” new comers, this game will never be competitive for this exact reason it’s not a level playing field. The entire gaming industry is threated by developers pandering to casuals for a quick buck instead of listening to dedicated life-long fans. It would not have been hard for Codemasters to simply add a Dirt rally handling option yet they have not….Why? because the physics don’t allow it. When I first heard of Dirt 4 I thought na it’s too good to be true this soon, I was proven right. The exact team who created dirt rally should be used for dirt rally 2 I don’t want to have to wait through another 3 of this trash before it happens. Come on codemasters you had it right with dirt rally all you needed to do was give us a few more tracks and cars and we would have been more than happy instead you pander to these scum casuals, even if you would have just gave us DLC for dirt rally I would have paid for it rather than waste money thinking this is it when it isn’t. The casuals you are appeasing will be gone when the next gimmicky trash comes along and we the real fans will be waiting as usual at the back of the queue. Full Review »
  2. Jun 11, 2017
    4
    If you're a fan of DiRT Rally, this game will offer little more than what the fun but shallow offerings from Milestone in this genre canIf you're a fan of DiRT Rally, this game will offer little more than what the fun but shallow offerings from Milestone in this genre can provide. If you feel like a fun offroad racer, maybe pick this up in a sale. Full Review »
  3. Jun 9, 2017
    2
    Sadly most everything that was good about Dirt Rally has been lost here on just another simcade rally title. The presentation and structure isSadly most everything that was good about Dirt Rally has been lost here on just another simcade rally title. The presentation and structure is abhorrent and has no connection to any form of realistic rally events. It is a shame to see so many misleading and narrow minded critic reviews on this title which will no doubt lead to its sales success. Buyer beware. Full Review »