Dirt Rally 2.0 Review

Dirt Rally 2.0 review
Dirt Rally 2.0 Review Darryl Linington
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Codemasters, who are regarded as the leaders in racing games, has released Dirt Rally 2.0, the thirteenth title in the Colin McRae Rally Series and long-awaited successor to Dirt Rally (2015) and is the seventh title carrying the Dirt name in the series. It is also the official game of the FIA World Rallycross championship.

Dirt Rally 2.0 has a number of play modes, with the standard career option which gives you control over building up your garage and team as you progress. Additionally, you are able to skip the team career mode and play a number of different rally and rallycross categories, from current circuits to having the option to compete in historic championships, time trials or setting up a custom championship circuits and stages. As for multiplayer options you are presented with a series of daily and weekly challenges which you are able to compete with other players or friends in the pursuit of being top of the leader board and fits perfectly into the e-sports realm.

As for the look and feel of the game, Dirt Rally 2.0 had high standards to meet off the back of the first game and has successfully achieved this. With an initial launch of 50 cars from historical rally masterpieces to the tech-filled cars of today, including cars from the GT Rally series such as the Porsche 911 RGT and a few surprises like an Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Each rally environment has been crafted with a slightly rougher edge giving the environment a more realistic feel and offering an immersive racing experience. Bolt on realistic degradation of the rally surface based on how many cars are ahead on track, weather conditions, damage to your vehicle like a flat tire making cornering and straight-line control rather difficult.

The game is difficult and can seem rather intimidating to newcomers to the series with the initial unforgiving and brutal AI algorithms and the distinct lack of in game tutorials but the game is designed and created for rally enthusiasts. For newcomers to avoid a catastrophic crash, there are a number of assists that can be fine-tuned to suit almost any level of player and getting them just right is part of the action.

Assists include traction control, braking control, stability control which are set not just as on or off but rather off or a scale setting from 1 – 5. One feature which has become popular in racing games in the “Rewind and retry” feature is not available in the game which leaves you a number of choices, either recover yourself or opt to auto recover with a time penalty else restart the stage but use your restarts wisely as they are limited to 5 for the entire rally when playing in a series but are unlimited when playing in time trial mode. The co-driver role is well executed with his timely, clear and accurate instructions along with his eternal optimism even in the face of complete failure.

Overall, I am extremely impressed with Dirt Rally 2.0. It is a great successor to its predecessor Dirt Rally and moves back to a more realistic rally sim from the more arcade-like Dirt 4. There are a few negatives but these are minimal making this another obsession racing game like F1 2018 has become.

Reviewed by Marcel Smit
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