Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  1. Nov 2, 2020
    Dirt 5 is similar to Project CARS 3 with its arcade racing style - just with a larger focus on rally racing. The style absolutely works in Dirt 5, offering up accessible rally racing to anyone interested in getting behind the wheel. Of course, the drive is what you make it. So should you want to become a master racer to take on other skilled players online, that option is also easily available to you so long as you're willing to put in the time.
  2. Nov 9, 2020
    Dirt 5 is a breath of fresh air into the franchise. Bringing in new and relevant influencers from car culture into the game, and having a blast behind the wheel, it’s a game for any gear head. The gameplay is fresh and uplifting to be apart of. You can take it as seriously as F1 or any other racing game, but you can also just sit down and have a fun enough time just running around and braking everything. The depth and diversity of the career mode is something that can keep anyone around to play with such a wide array of races to choose from. My only real knocks are that the customization for cars is slightly limited livery wise and that the HUD takes a bit to fully grasp. Other than that, Dirt 5 is a game for any car enthusiast to pick up and go have a ball with.
  3. 91
    The fifth entry in the DIRT series is another brick in the wall of a franchise that delivers solid, accessible and brilliant arcade gameplay with gorgeous tech. Can't wait to see this on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
  4. Nov 20, 2020
    Dirt 5 is possibly the best Codemasters game to ever be released and can stand on par with its simulation focussed sibling Dirt Rally 2.0. A visual and auditory treat, this game defines the end of the racing games on the PlayStation 4 and it's done so with a flair befitting of the Dirt franchise. This is a must have racer!
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 15, 2020
    If only it had Dirt 2’s crash damage, this would have scored a perfect 10. Even without it, this is a superbly playable, varied, and visually gorgeous racer. [Issue#182, p.141]
  6. Nov 8, 2020
    If you are a fan of racing simulations, Dirt 5 may not be the best option for you, but as an arcade racing fan, Dirt 5 is one of the best choices you can have. The stunning visuals alone could be worth the price.
  7. 90
    DIRT 5 is the fun one in the DiRT family now – this is the racing game you boot up when you want to have a great time without really thinking about much else. It’s funny, coming from the seriousness of DiRT 4, to see just how much has changed in three years.
  8. Nov 3, 2020
    Despite DiRT 5's boilerplate customization and being a tad too eager to punish its players at times, it exceeds as a true step forward for its genre in the ways that matter most.
  9. 90
    Even with an enhanced version on the horizon that includes 120 fps with the arrival of next generation consoles, Dirt 5 delivers a fantastic off-road racing experience full of content that will keep you busy not only on the track, but also off with the addition of the new Playgrounds arena editor. Considering there is a free upgrade to the next-gen version as well, there is no reason not to go ahead and pick this one up if you were at all interested, especially if you are a fan of the franchise.
  10. Nov 2, 2020
    If you’ve been itching to get back in the driver’s seat, DIRT 5 is what the doctor ordered. Despite a lackluster career mode that fails in both connecting to the player and building tension, DIRT 5 succeeds where it matters most. Driving. This is the best representation of off-road vehicular shenanigans I’ve ever had the joy of playing. Mastering my skillset and conquering each course was as fun as any racing game over the last five years – I attribute much of this to each class of car being as certifiably entertaining as the last.
  11. Nov 2, 2020
    Dirt 5 is the perfect synthesis of what an arcade racing game should be. It's fun, colorful, fast and immediate and, we're sure, will remain for a long time in the heart of players.
  12. Nov 3, 2020
    Dirt 5 provides a more approachable racer that acts as a decent successor to Dirt 4 and Dirt Rally while taking on the series in a few different ways. Diehard series fans might miss some of the more simulation aspects from the series, but Codemasters definitely found a healthy balance of the two offerings. Sure, you might not be blown away by the graphics, but you won’t go wrong adding this fun racer to you next-gen launch catalog.
  13. Nov 2, 2020
    Dirt 5 doesn’t come screaming around the corner as a definitive next-gen spectacle, but it’s still pure racing junk food with a confident swagger that I’m happy to gorge on any day of the week. It’s a V8 hooligan with a devil may care attitude, familiar to wrap your thumbs around, and a fantastic distraction when you’re looking to get some mud on your face.
  14. Nov 14, 2020
    Dirt 5 is not a complicated game. And while racing purists may want a game with more meat on its bones, that is to its credit. It is almost old-school in its focus on delivering a breathless parade of rough-and-ready racing. And if you have a next-gen console to show off its extra bells and whistles, then all the better.
  15. Nov 10, 2020
    Dirt 5 is an arcade racing game that ticks most of the right boxes. The races are fun and flashy, but also varied and reasonably challenging. The impressive weather effects also elevate the experience. Outside of the races however, there is a clear lack of content. But at the same time; If you want an entertaining rally game that is easy to pick up - Dirt 5 is a great choice.
  16. Nov 9, 2020
    It seems the idea here was to make an accessible, stunning, and fun-focused racing game that opens the door to new players as the next generation begins, and in that regard, Dirt 5 knocks it out of the park. Its driving is exceptionally precise, making players feel like a master behind the wheel, while the sheer variety of gorgeous, globe-hopping tracks with treacherous terrain to conquer create a wonderfully diverse gameplay experience. It runs out of steam towards the end of its campaign and lacks much meaningful vehicle progression, but on the whole, this is one of Codemasters' most confident racing packages to date.
  17. Nov 8, 2020
    DIRT 5 strips away the more serious elements of the franchise and puts all its eggs in one, arcade cabinet shaped, basket. At times a riot, in other areas a little repetitive and lacking in finesse, it nevertheless delivers on the concept of an adrenaline-fueled off-road racer. It’s a game that makes you sit forward in your seat and savour the joys of jumping a Dakar Rally Peugeot 3008 over a ravine.
  18. Nov 5, 2020
    A wonderful arcade experience, that offers a lot of variation and fun, though not necessarily innovation. The career mode’s lack of progression is DiRT 5’s main drawback, but besides that we can recommend it to anyone who enjoys arcade racers.
  19. Nov 4, 2020
    Dirt 5’s story has a solid foundation and stellar voice acting, but it ultimately fails to capitalize on its potential.
  20. Nov 3, 2020
    I’m a big fan of Dirt 5. It’s not going to garner the praise of a Gran Turismo or a Forza, but it’s exactly the kind of game I was after. It’s fun, easy to get into, full of variety, looks pretty, and features cars that slide beautifully around corners. Dirt 5 is a feel-good game at feel-bad time, which is about the best time for it to exist.
  21. Nov 2, 2020
    Dirt 5 it's a fun and entertaining arcade racer that had born between two generations and, while we're waiting to see the PS5 & Xbox Series X version, that's something that you can feel. It's fun, made for everyone and with a ton of content, but there are problems with textures, mantaining the 60 fps in performance mode and long loading times.
  22. Nov 2, 2020
    That lack of challenge and sense of progression won’t be for everyone, and might even put off Dirt veterans, but Dirt 5’s a varied and beautiful racing game that’s a blast from event number one.
  23. Nov 2, 2020
    Codemasters takes the fun road for its new Dirt: it’s not the best in the series, but it’s exciting to play, even considering some technical issues on current-gen consoles.
  24. Nov 2, 2020
    DIRT 5 sees the franchise drift back to an arcadey experience, and it's a great success. Despite some technical issues here and there, this is a rock-solid off-road racing game from top to bottom. Brilliant handling, festival-style presentation, and a wide variety of ways to play make this one of 2020's standout racing games. If you've missed the showy style of DIRTs 2 and 3, you're in for a treat.
  25. Nov 2, 2020
    Overall, DIRT 5 is a blast. Aesthetically pleasing and with extremely fun gameplay, the title is only held back by its odd frustrating moment and a campaign that feels a little on the brief side.
  26. Nov 5, 2020
    The big disappointment comes from the lack of inventiveness of the title, whether in the course of the career or in the articulation of the modes of play. The body of DiRT is rather nice this year, but the engine needs a supplement.
  27. Jan 8, 2021
    The new instalment of the Dirt franchise is full of energy and style but lacks in some aspects that made the previous iterations so attractive.
  28. Nov 29, 2020
    Dirt 5 revives what made the original series so successful. Fun right away without wasting time on adjustments and improvements of all kinds. He thus honors his illustrious arcade ancestors with a very nice rendering. It is thus easier to forgive missing functions that have now become classic in racing games.
  29. Nov 20, 2020
    Within the entire franchise, Dirt 5 is a somewhat odd man out with even more focus on arcade. One that lets you race nicely uncomplicated, but at the same time is quite limited. The audiovisual potential should mainly be exploited on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S.
  30. 70
    Dirt 5's condensed career feels light on variation but the carnival presentation and slick pacing helps stave off some of the tedium. Whilst there's plenty of vehicles, they don't all feel like winners. The course creation does give you something else to pursue after career is over. I've had fun racing around the well-designed courses but I can't help feel this is compromised and a little narrow in scope. If an arcade racer is what you're after, this works nicely.
  31. 70
    Difficult to love due to some glaring racing game omissions and zero innovation, DIRT 5 nevertheless entertains with its simplistic arcade handling, fine circuit designs and some delightful visual treats.
  32. 70
    Loud, brash, brightly coloured tracks with a rousing selection of cars and racing styles in a game that’s much more about fun than serious simulation.
  33. Mar 2, 2021
    As great as Dirt 5's presentation may be, the gameplay is lacking. It looks and sounds incredible at times, but there isn't too much engaging content here to challenge players to do more and perform better as the driver. That changes if you're primarily racing against friends online or offline, but as a single-player experience, it feels flat once you peek under the flashy hood. It's fun for a few races at a time, and it's easy to jump in, but it's even easier to drop once you've had your fill.
  34. Nov 20, 2020
    Despite all the next gen fuzz and the well executed marketing plan, Dirt 5 can't be more than a mediocre racing title from an otherwise extremely talented team. A racing game with a problem at its core: an extremely dull and boring driving experience.
  35. Nov 19, 2020
    Obviously, PS5 and XSX versions of the game will look better but that doesn’t change the shallow gameplay. The recent Project Cars 3 was too arcadey for its own good and DiRT 5 follows on the same easygoing tracks. The game is just too meh all around. Winning races is always fun but if you don’t need to put any effort to it, it just isn’t all that rewarding or exciting. If you want your racing games easy-peasy, then go for DiRT 5 but those who crave for some real challenge are better off sticking to other, better titles.
  36. Nov 5, 2020
    DIRT 5 is a new terrain for Codemasters and it’s hard to say that it follows in the line of the previous series. This is meant for casual players to pick up and play and have fun. In this regard, it mostly works.
  37. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 25, 2020
    In a game called Dirt, dirt has no effect on car’s behavior, and neither does snow. Only ice forces you to make adjustments to your driving. [Issue#250, page 53]
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  1. Nov 2, 2020
    A new studio in charge sees Dirt retain some of its old swagger in a fun, frequently beautiful but occasionally hollow arcade racer.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 136 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 136
  2. Negative: 59 out of 136
  1. Nov 7, 2020
    This is the worst game in the Dirt series. The graphics are ugly. The game looks exactly as cheap as Grid 2019. Gameplay, A.I and physics areThis is the worst game in the Dirt series. The graphics are ugly. The game looks exactly as cheap as Grid 2019. Gameplay, A.I and physics are bad. I'd rather play Dirt 3 / Showdown than that horror. Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2020
    Come on, racing games should have little bit highers standards by now. Forza Horizon 3 did it better in 2016.
  3. Nov 18, 2020
    First of all, I understand that DiRT is more casual and DiRT Rally focuses on hardcore rally fans, so the problem I have with DiRT 5 is notFirst of all, I understand that DiRT is more casual and DiRT Rally focuses on hardcore rally fans, so the problem I have with DiRT 5 is not because "it's not DiRT Rally". When Codemastes came out saying that they now have two different teams making DiRT and DiRT Rally games, I thought (and I still think) that it's the best thing to do since they're both different games with different purposes.

    When DiRT 5 was first announced, I was extremely happy to see a DiRT 2 "vibe" back to the series. At first I thought that Codemasters finally woke up and decided to bring everything that made DiRT 2 a timeless masterpiece back to the series, but hell I was wrong...

    DiRT 5 is an odd mismatch of Motorstorm, Forza Horizon and Trackmania altogether. Okay, all 3 franchises are great and all, but they're NOT DiRT! DiRT is supposed to be arcade, but not just a generic colorful arcade with crazy things happening all over the screen, it's is supposed to be an "accessible simcade", a game that focuses on actual motorsport culture but is still not hard to drive, a game that can be colorful but is still serious is some regards. DiRT 5 pushed too far to the arcade side, just like DiRT 4 pushed too far to the sim side (at least DiRT 4 was still good).

    I mean, DiRT 5 came from Colin McRae Rally, but is a game with no rally stages at all! I mean, what the hell?? There are just massive, meaningless and generic off-road tracks in this game. Also there's no mechanical damage, and visual damage is not even close to what it used to be in Codemasters' games from late 2000s like DiRT 2 and Race Driver Grid. The main menu is colorful and generic like every other game nowadays. Career mode is boring and feels like a different clothed version of the same GRID 2019's garbage career mode.

    Seems like Codemasters is becoming the EA of racing games. They used to make timeless masterpieces during the 2000s and early 2010s, but now they only make colorful generic games (DiRT 5), live services (DiRT Rally 2.0), games loaded with microtransactions (F1), games more focused on advertising than quality (bringing Donut Media and making DiRT 5 looks like DiRTs 2 and 3 when it's clearly not) and forgettable games (GRID 2019 and Onrush). Even in the graphics department Codemasters is choking big time, it's crazy how DiRT 5 is colorful and feels dark at the same time, and even the textures, I don't know, there's something off about this game's graphics.

    I really hope to see Codemasters waking up after garbages like DiRT 5 and GRID 2019. I used to trust them when it came to great quality games, but now I'm starting to drift away from their products, and it's pretty sad since I know they have a lot of talented people making games for them. I just don't understand what's going on. Why most companies are not even trying to make actual great games anymore? Instead of focusing on making great quality games and naturally bring casual players just because they want to play great quality games as well, now the companies are kicking their loyal fans in the butt and trying to bring Fortnite casual players, alienating their customers with generic games.

    I'm almost finishing, but I'd like to tell Codemasters what people in general expect from a DiRT game, especially from DiRT 6 in the future:
    - Arcade but not generic, more focus on a quality game for racing fans, if the game is good the casual fans will come naturally;
    - DiRT with no rally stages is forbidden(!);
    - It's more of a personal opinion, but I miss DiRT 2's 3D menu, seems like Codemasters left their creativity in the past;
    - Mechanical damage and impressive visual damage;
    - Beautiful graphics;
    - A complete game at launch, not a game plagued with bugs;
    - Legendary locations that feels real and authentic;
    - Challenging tracks and not wide open tracks with walls always keeping the player on the race surface;
    - Some rally/rallycross/off-road drivers from real life;
    - If you ever want to make another game like DiRT 5, just don't call it "DiRT", call it "DiRT Showdown 2" or "DiRT Storm" or "DiRT Mania" or "DiRT Fest", anything you want, just don't call it DiRT as if it belongs in the main franchise;

    Sorry if this review is all over the place, I'm just really disappointed and venting here. DiRT 5 is one of the worst games Codemasters ever made (definitely the worst DiRT/Colin McRae game) and I really hope to see a DiRT 6 in the future, a DiRT made for DiRT fans, not another generic arcade racer on the market. There's a big difference between an arcade game and a generic game. Also, there's a reason why games like Race Driver Grid and DiRT 2 are so beloved and GRID 2019, DiRT Showdown and Onrush are forgotten you know...
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