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  • Summary: DiRT Rally 2.0 dares you to carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage. You will need to rely on your instincts with the most immersive and trulyDiRT Rally 2.0 dares you to carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage. You will need to rely on your instincts with the most immersive and truly focused off-road experience yet, including a new authentic handling model, tyre choice and surface deformation.

    Power your rally car through real-life off-road environments in New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia and the USA, with only your co-driver and instincts to guide you. Race on eight official circuits from the FIA World Rallycross championship, complete with licensed Supercars and support series. Develop your team and cars around race strategies, and progress through a varied selection of Events and Championships in both a single player Career Campaign and a competitive online environment.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Feb 23, 2019
    92
    DIRT Rally 2.0 is the definite rally simulator. Codemasters refine the already great formula, giving us an indispensable piece of work if you're a fan of racing games.
  2. Mar 1, 2019
    90
    DiRT Rally 2.0 is a game you’ll love. It has everything we adored in the original and only expands on that further with incredibly enjoyable racing, a steep learning curve and plenty of great sounding rally machines to take to the track in.
  3. Feb 18, 2019
    87
    DiRT Rally 2.0 is the new master of rally simulation, despite its unimpressive career mode and the low number and variety of rally locations.
  4. Feb 24, 2019
    82
    Codemasters has managed to fix in DiRT Rally 2.0 some errors that its first game accused. The title is positioned as one of the best exponents of its genre, thanks to a demanding gameplay, but accessible to the newest. It would be a round product if its technical section had not been so neglected, because today something else is required.
  5. Mar 26, 2019
    80
    DiRT Rally 2.0 nails everything it sets out to do. Players need to know going in though that this is a brutal game, unforgiving at times. Even with the easy option this is still no pushover. I had to earn every victory I achieved and that is certainly a turn-off for players looking for an arcade-like experience. Codemasters continues their trend of excellence and maintain their spot at the upper echelon of racing game design.
  6. Feb 21, 2019
    80
    Another dose of rallying heaven and hell, DiRT Rally 2.0 is hard-as-nails, uncompromising and bloody brilliant.
  7. Feb 19, 2019
    70
    The sharp difficulty and rough edges of Dirt Rally 2.0 give way to a rewarding racing model, with a surfeit of meaningful options for the obsessed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Mar 3, 2019
    10
    Great sequel to Dirt Rally. I've been having a blast learning the tracks and vehicles.
  2. Feb 26, 2019
    10
    Great game. Better than Dirt Rally in every way. There are some issues with Racenet and the ffb is a little light but I have confidence thatGreat game. Better than Dirt Rally in every way. There are some issues with Racenet and the ffb is a little light but I have confidence that Codies will sort it all out. Expand
  3. Feb 3, 2021
    9
    One of the best rally sims I've played. It's an improvement to the original DiRT Rally in almost every way, I can't recommend it enough to rally fans.
  4. Jul 18, 2020
    8
    I've just downloaded this from Game Pass and I stepped into it very gingerly. I'd heard tales of how legendarily difficult it is; howI've just downloaded this from Game Pass and I stepped into it very gingerly. I'd heard tales of how legendarily difficult it is; how punishingly realistic; and while I play a lot of racing games the times when I've turned my hand to the sim end of the market, with games like Assetto corsa, I've been brutalised by the difficulty of even driving a car in a straight line never mind competing in a race. So I expected to bounce off this in a pretty dispiriting way.

    My first few minutes were spent resetting the controls to the Forza layout(I can't drive without it) and readjusting the audio so that your co-driver is inaudible and the menu music is quiet. Since there are so many games on Game Pass this was one of those titles I expected to muck about in for half an hour or so and then delete a few days later when I turned to something else. Basically I just wanted to test how good the rally cars sounded - Codemasters are the undisputed champions of videogaming car sounds and their recent(and underwhelming) arcade racer GRID was almost worth buying on the strength of its insane engine and exhaust notes. So I took an Alpine out for a spin in the free roaming area*, tested out the chase and cockpit views, drank in the raw, grating gurgle that it makes and then had a look elsewhere in the game. I saw the time trial option and selected some other car, a Nissan I think. Then I took it out for a spin on a Spanish course. Because it's now my habit as a relatively seasoned videogame racer I left all the assists off, set it to manual sequential(clutch still escapes me), and dove in. Straight away I was surprised. I did better than I expected. I smoked the car to pieces and rolled it over repeatedly, sent it flying over inclines and into ditches, but I could at least control the car with my analogue stick, which I was half expecting to be impossible(most sim racers swear by a racing wheel setup). I think I ran it again. By this point I'd forgotten about testing engine noises altogether, I was just having too much fun.

    Not long after I started a championship, again expecting to get savaged by the AI and my own incompetence. But again I was surprised: this game is punishing, no doubt about it. One mistake can cost you twenty places in a rally run. One mistake can total your car. Clip a rock, just a tiny rock poking into an otherwise open straight and you're at a 45 degree ange, drifting into a bank and then flipping through the air like a gymnast before landing upside down in a forest clearing. But the handling is more forgiving than you'd imagine. There's none of the wheel lock that you find with simulation road cars, where once you start spinning out and losing traction, even sightly, you're basically f***ed - in Dirt Rally 2.0 there's always at least a chance to wrestle back control of your car if you end up going diagonal.

    Anyway, I think I placed something like seventh on my first attempt at one of these tracks, and that was enough encouragement for me. I've been playing it ever since.
    It's one of those pure-skill games that certain gamers will love: gamers who love that feeling of slowly learning the nuances of a system of enormous depth and subtlety. Every time you drive it is a constant struggle: there are no moments where you can relax as you hare down a straight, like you can in GT Sport or Forza. Every single centimetre of track constitutes a threat to your time, and you must adjust your drive on a constant basis.

    The track-racing emphasis on maintaining geometrically perfect driving lines is not so important in Dirt Rally 2.0, and losing traction is not just acceptable, it's often crucial. These are all mental readjustments for someone like me. The one and only rally game I played was an Xbox(original Xbox) rally game, Rallisport Challenge I think, and every racer I've played before and since has been tarmac-centric.
    Anyway, in the same way that I was sure that I'd love Sekiro from the moment I pulled off my first parry, I was similarly sure I'd love this game when I first completed a track without damaging my vehicle. The feeling of wrangling your car through a tortuous course is exhilarating..

    I'm a newcomer so I can't judge this game against previous incarnations. As a result plenty of hardcore fans will feel differently, in the same way that even though I love Forza Horizon 4, if I were to review it here half of said review would be complaints about how FH4 has failed to implement things that hardcore supporters of the franchise have been asking for. I can understand if there are complaints of that nature about this installation of Dirt Rally, it's just I'm not qualified to make them.

    All I'm qualified to do is judge this as a standalone racing game - and on that front it is absolutely imperious.

    *I do wish Codemasters would get their act together and make a proper open-world racing game to rival Forza Horizon - if anyone has the knowhow to pull it off it's them.
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  5. Feb 26, 2019
    8
    Dirt Rally 2.0 is the newest installment to the series does not disappoint. Bragging more realistic tire wear and physics along with life likeDirt Rally 2.0 is the newest installment to the series does not disappoint. Bragging more realistic tire wear and physics along with life like handling, you can really feel your choices matter more than ever before. Presentation wise the game was pleasing on the eye and very smooth, each stage feeling unique and authentic while delivering their own challenges. The sounds of the engines are pleasing and seem to have improved over the last installment. The navigator (Co Driver) seemed to enjoy yelling out his instructions and delivered them flawlessly, alas my execution of them not so much. As we've come to expect there is plenty of content to shake your racing wheel at, both online and offline. Feeling nostalgic? Try getting to grips with some old school cars and work your way up from the 60s to modern day, maybe you just want a bit of a mess around, then pick your own custom tournament with a good selection of customization options so you don't need to play the same one twice. Though you competitive natured lot out there, you've not been forgotten, get stuck in to the daily / weekly challenges and see how you stack up or rev your engine in the online modes! All in all, I may not be a huge rally fan but I had plenty of fun racing around, spinning out and rolling my cars, I even won a race or 2 once I got in the zone. What's been delivered has been spot on and gets a solid GO! from me. So with this being said it easily earns a recommendation from me. Fans of the series a definite purchase, new comers come join the fun. Expand
  6. Feb 26, 2019
    8
    Good, but buggy. Hopefully they will fix these and with more time I can come back and up the review. Of course may go down too as I get usedGood, but buggy. Hopefully they will fix these and with more time I can come back and up the review. Of course may go down too as I get used to things. Hope not! Expand
  7. Sep 27, 2019
    1
    Le Dirt Rally 1.0 était déjà mauvais mais la version 2.0 est encore pire ! d'abord, pourquoi cacher des championnats derrière la barrièreLe Dirt Rally 1.0 était déjà mauvais mais la version 2.0 est encore pire ! d'abord, pourquoi cacher des championnats derrière la barrière Racenet ? je suis sur ma console, je veux pas créer des comptes tiers à n'en plus finir, surtout chez ces branques de Codemasters !

    Ensuite, où sont passées les bagnoles WRC normales ? on a que les versions Rallycrotte... et c'est tout. Bon, le choix de véhicules reste néanmoins assez varié, des vieilles jusqu'au Groupe A en passant par des modernes... mais pas WRC. Pas assez d'argent pour payer la licence chez Codemisère ?

    Ce n'est pas le plus gros souci cependant : le plus gros souci, c'est le comportement routier. Les voitures font en effet n'importe quoi... parce que Codesamère a fait n'imp' ! avec ou sans les aides mais c'est évidemment encore pire sans. Tout de même aberrant d'arriver en freinant dans un virage serré... et de terminer en tête-à-queue.

    La physique des caisses est complètement pétée, encore pire que dans le premier... si on fait très attention, on finit avant-dernier ; si on appuie, la charette vole dans le décor (elle se prend pour Apollo 13). Entre les deux, bah c'est la crevaison aléatoire... On observe d'ailleurs ce même phéomène dans les conneries de courses de Rallycrotte : l'IA passe à la corde et la bagnole embarque tellement dans le moindre virage qu'on dirait un bateau ivre (un pétrolier au bas mot).

    Bon, il reste les effets sonores réussis et une qualité graphique tout-à-fait satisfaisante mais ça ne fait pas le compte, non, non. Le jeu est à revoir, entièrement, messieurs de chez Codemerde !
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