For Rally novices such as myself, DiRT 2.0 can be a tough nut to crack. My ultimate warning for readers is to not buy DiRT Rally 2.0 if you aren’t into hardcore Rally driving experiences, it’s not for you my loves. However, if it’s something you would like to get into then great, but DiRT Rally 2.0 likes to let players learn the hard way.
No Holding Hands on the Track!
There are no tutorials or hand-holding in this title, Codemasters have made it very clear that they expect players to have at least a little basic knowledge about Rally sims and throttle control. So let’s break it down, how does it handle?
Typical of the genre, controlling one’s vehicle is like trying to guide an elephant through a warehouse of lubricant. That’s kind of the point, right? DiRT Rally 2.0 features precision controls for a well sought after true Rally experience. In most cases, players will find themselves simply nudging their steering wheel or analogue stick is all they need to guide their car to its destination.
Weather, gound condition, tyre density/grip and throttle all have their own set of consequences in DiRT Rally 2.0. For example, if players decide to skip out on switching to a tyre with a deeper grip for an absolute mud pit of a track, they can also expect for their grip to degrade over the course of the race. This ultimately leads to a vehicle that’s in need of serious repair.
Why Does my car Take Damage Though?
Repairing one’s car has real-time effects during a players career, sometimes resulting in missed races or having to compensate with inferior equipment. For all of DiRT Rally 2.0’s emphasis on simulation and authenticity, it falls just short of the finish line on the overall polish in the game’s presentation.
Rally cars don’t take any cosmetic damage in-game, including barrel rolls. Weather effects such as rain look half-cocked and are slightly distracting, and lastly, the draw distance in DiRT Rally 2.0 is terrible. The immediate level inc track and scenery textures are spot on and really shine on the PlayStation 4 Pro, but just beyond that players will be treated to some classic Nintendo Switch fudge lens. Also, all characters look like a bunch of spud heads from a PlayStation 2 entry, but this is a rally sim after all.
The sound engineering in DiRT Rally 2.0 is simply inspiring, every rev, slide, brake squeak and trump is catered for. It really is a beautiful thing to listen too and is most certainly one of the game’s highlights. Players are also treated to a voice over for the player’s rally guide, who also features the personality and humour of a weathered tool bench.
Go On, Go On, Go On!
DiRT Rally 2.0 features over 50 vehicles to race from across various destinations From USA to New Zealand. Tracks featured in the FIA World Rally Cross are also included such as Barcelona and Silverstone. The track design demands that players pay attention, which can be therapeutic or mind-bogglingly difficult dependant on your experience with the genre. Regardless of personal preference they are well made, however, the games career mode splits these tracks into sections which leads to repeat races on the same length of a track.
Once players have had their fill of growing their own team and collecting as many vehicles as humanly possible, they can take the race online with daily, weekly and monthly challenges. Or a simple race, whatever floats your boat!
Overall Score: 8.3/10
DiRT Rally 2.0 is a hardcore Rally enthusiast title, proving that Codemasters can really deliver on their promise to fans. Everything is present to make this game the best it can be in that respect, although some of the presentational oversights/failures can break that immersion. But then again, players will be concentrating too much on the track, right?
Format: PlayStation 4 Pro (Reviewed), Xbox One and PC
Price: £54.99 (PlayStation Store)
Age Rating: PEGI 3
Release Date: 26/02/19
Review copy provided by publisher