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  • Summary: DiRT Rally features 39 of the most iconic and relevant cars from yesteryear through to modern day, representing the cars that the players want, and the ones that make the most sense for the surfaces they race on. Six rallies with over 70 stages. Head to the muddy paths of Wales, the dustyDiRT Rally features 39 of the most iconic and relevant cars from yesteryear through to modern day, representing the cars that the players want, and the ones that make the most sense for the surfaces they race on. Six rallies with over 70 stages. Head to the muddy paths of Wales, the dusty trails of Greece and the icy tarmac of Monte Carlo. Take on the legendary hillclimb of Pikes Peak, the snowy thrills of Sweden, and the epic scenery of Finland. DiRT Rally has the iconic locations to test your nerve and delight your senses. Race at the Lydden Hill, Holjes and Hell tracks in six of the fastest off-road cars and take on your friends in bumper-to-bumper multiplayer racing. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Apr 19, 2016
    95
    Codemasters returns to glory with the rally game we all have been waiting for. This is probably the best game in its genre since the days of the original Colin McRae Rally franchise.
  2. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 7, 2016
    90
    The most exhilarating driving game Codemasters has created in years, and undoubtedly the best rally game on PS4. Dirt Rally is an essential addition to any committed rally enthusiast's collection. [Issue#122]
  3. Apr 20, 2016
    90
    Codemasters have crafted an almost perfect racing game with Dirt Rally.
  4. Apr 9, 2016
    86
    Dirt Rally is a must for rally fans with precise controls and realistic physics, one of the best contemporary games among other racing games developed by Codemasters. Even it is a difficult game, the core mechanics works well to give us an experience full of adrenaline, challenge and learning on every race.
  5. 85
    This is the game rally fans have been waiting for. DiRT Rally boasts a simple title that reflects its deceptively simple goal: to be the best rally game, or even the best racing game, released to date.
  6. Apr 19, 2016
    80
    It’s testament to Codemasters’ calibre as a developer that they have so successfully revitalised a sport that’d been forgotten in games.
  7. 70
    If you're a hardcore rally racing fan then DiRT Rally is the best game that Codemasters has made. That said, it doesn't do a great job of helping new players get into the hang of things, which is very disappointing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 78
  2. Negative: 11 out of 78
  1. Feb 18, 2017
    10
    Got this game around release, and even though I enjoyed it quite a bit in the beginning, I ended up trading it away long before I was doneGot this game around release, and even though I enjoyed it quite a bit in the beginning, I ended up trading it away long before I was done with it. Maybe its also relevant to mention that I am by no means a racing game fan - I rarely play them.
    Anyway, with the release of the PSVR version I had to buy it once again, which I did yesterday and I must say this this is one of the most incredible gaming experiences Ive ever had. Wow! It really feels like you are inside the car.
    Non VR: 8/10
    VR: 10/10
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  2. Mar 4, 2017
    10
    You really have to focus to decently play this game, but when you get in the zone, boy does it reward you. The cars handle great and there areYou really have to focus to decently play this game, but when you get in the zone, boy does it reward you. The cars handle great and there are just enough stages to keep it fresh. The collection of cars is really complete. The graphics are ok, not great but not bad either. But it's the physics and feel that make the game excel. The handling is pretty realistic without being boring. You have to learn how different surfaces (gravel, snow, asphalt etc.) change the cars driveability. It's not the easiest game if you never played racing games, but if you really sink your teeth in it, it rewards you a lot. Expand
  3. Apr 6, 2016
    10
    This game absolutely rocks! I like racers, first off...but am by no means an aficionado. I don't own a racing wheel and can't tune a oneThis game absolutely rocks! I like racers, first off...but am by no means an aficionado. I don't own a racing wheel and can't tune a one stringed guitar, much less a complicated, high performance race car. I typically enjoy the arcade racers ranging from NFS to Drive Club. I tend to shy away from sims because of the inherent frustration factor.

    All that in consideration, I have no idea why the hell I bought this game yesterday. In part, I found the reviews intriguing...and the gameplay vids just looked incredible. I enjoyed Dirt 3 but understand it leaned more heavily on style-over-substance side of things, drawing in us more casual gamers. Great game with fun driving gameply but, by comparison, Dirt Rally is not the same. The menus are almost spartan...minimalist compared to the NFS-like flash of Dirt 3. The graphics are not nearly as gorgeous as Drive Club. But, once I put in a few hours and got the hang of the extremely challenging, yet intensely rewarding drive physics....I was in heaven. I don't even know how to describe it....it just feels pure. All the graphical fidelity of this game is siphoned away from peripheral nonsense and focused right there where it should be in a game like this.....on the car and the dirt beneath it's wheels.

    For all you sim racer pro's, it's a no brainer, unless you just don't like rally racing at all. For you racing casual gamers, I'd say if you like thrill of racers and have been craving something a little more nourishing than the what the arcade racers deliver...give this one a go. No expensive racing wheel? Don't let that stop you. I just finished the first 60's championship series, finishing in 1st place....all with the dual shock 4 controller. And, when I unlocked the advanced settings for tuning...I didn't touch a thing, leaving everything on default settings. I'm sure I'll have to do some tuning down the road to stay competitive (thank heaven for YouTube gamer tips/tutorials!), but for now am doing just fine leaving the hardcore settings alone.
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  4. May 2, 2017
    9
    Incredibly thrilling, heart-pounding, exciting and realistic rally sim. Also very demanding and requires you to fully commit to the game, butIncredibly thrilling, heart-pounding, exciting and realistic rally sim. Also very demanding and requires you to fully commit to the game, but it's so rewarding as your skills gradually improve. You kind of feel like becoming a real rally driver as time goes by. One of the most intense racing games ever. Expand
  5. Nov 29, 2018
    8
    This is the most realistic and difficult driving simulator i have ever played. The physics and behaviour of the cars are absolutely stunning.This is the most realistic and difficult driving simulator i have ever played. The physics and behaviour of the cars are absolutely stunning. U really have to be a pro driver to compete at the highest difficulty levels of the game. There are a lot of instruction videos made by the developers, so you can really educate yourself in terms of racing mechanics.

    I do not say this about games normally because i really like a challenge, but this game was just too hard for me to progress to higher racing levels. But i do not blame the developers for this at all. I'm just a solid gamer and a good driver, but absolutely no pro so this game is not for me. But if u are a pro driver and u wanna compete at an insane level of difficulty, u must pick this one up most def.

    This is called the Dark Souls of racing games for a very good reason. And if u will play this game, u will realize dark souls is actually a cakewalk ;)
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  6. Apr 9, 2016
    7
    Bottom Line: Probably one of the best racing games that I will NOT keep playing.

    I've played every rally game on a console and this is the
    Bottom Line: Probably one of the best racing games that I will NOT keep playing.

    I've played every rally game on a console and this is the best looking one ever. The physics are great. But it is too freaking hard. I don't mind a challenge but I also always want to be able to adjust the challenge. This is the Dark Souls of racing games, except dark souls is less frustrating for me. You will find no rewinds here.

    If you love a challenge you won't be disappointed, but if you want to adjust the difficulty and have fun, this game will not be friendly. Its treating you as rally driver which is a cool concept because you must learn from every mistake...or yell at the screen in frustration as you retry the same stretch of rode for the 8th time.
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  7. Mar 8, 2017
    0
    I'm done with DR -enough hours wasted trying to tweak the cars. I am not sure what coders had on their minds- must have been "they will neverI'm done with DR -enough hours wasted trying to tweak the cars. I am not sure what coders had on their minds- must have been "they will never beat this game"--- It started off as an exciting game - only to realize I will never be able to win. Why can't the tires be picked or air adjusted? That makes the suspension adjustments completely worthless. therefore as the game. Expand

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