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DiRT Rally (PC) (1 user review)

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DiRT Rally (PC)
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Night drives at 300 km/h

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So you think you’re the god of the combustion engine when you can cruise at 210 Km/h on the N2 with your golf gti, while dragging a cigarette? Try to do that on roads that were designed for a Bell tractor and has more nature in a KM radius than a survivor episode. Rally is a not a sport for the weak. You must have the reaction time of a chameleon on steroids and be able to duck through nature’s obstacles at speeds that will make light speed seem possible.
Though we all cannot be race drivers not even mentioning driving a 400hp hatchback through the most exotic places on the planet . Places where the pensioner hangs out for a break. We can however enjoy this in a game.
Codemasters has always been behind top racing titles like Race driver and the Colin McCrea rally games, but they started to lose the plot when they introduced Gymchana into the mix (DIRT 3). Trying too hard to suck the arcade fan into the title, the genre slowly turned into a plastic China remake. Many fans of the proper rally scene hunted somewhere else for a bit of simulation and something that has some chest hair and the choice was very limited.
Lucky Codemasters came to their sense and introduced Dirt Rally with a whole new look. What made this title such a shining example of perfection is the way they executed the Beta. Everyone had feed back into the game and they released content once a month. Not only did it feel like the game got any better, the thrill of finding a 1 gig download with new features in the steam update library was like getting a surprise gift around a Christmas tree. They listened to the public and this is the title where the fans and developers finally married.
Dirt Rally is the most difficult rally game you will ever play, and that is fine. For the first time you will experience what the true veteran experience in the real world would experience and MAN, is this fun. Break neck speeds with nature trying to tease you into making mistakes. Unreliable surfaces that require proper setups, weather and nighttime affects that messes with your concentration. The game consists of cars from 14 different car manufactures and has 36 stages from real world locations. The damage one occurs through a rally can make or break you. You will have punctures and a radiator spitting in your face if you’re not careful and this can influence your victory, drastically. What is even more of a magnet is that there is proper rallycross in the game, although I found the servers a bit empty. There is the daily challenges that ads life to the game way beyond finishing the career, that challenges you to beat the world and you have only one chance. The inclusion of team management is a bit limited but can assist in allowing you to upgrade your car components cheaply and fast. Having the perfect crew means you can repair your sloppy driving at pitstops faster than you would without any crew. This has it’s own economy and except for winning money in races to buy new cars, you need to extend the contracts of your crew which slowly ticks out. These are all extras to spite and spoil but the biggest driving force is the challenge of beating the times set by ai drivers without hugging a tree or playing chicken with a rock. Doing this is rewarding enough making this a fun and addictive title. If you are still deciding to pick this up then my review has lost its true reason. Just remember 2 things, for the price you get the funfactor and you will get more even long after you have finished a very tough career. This will remain a challenge for years to come as you may finish a career with a easy go lucky vehicle until you start driving a new one, then things change again. This is worth every hard earned cent you have on your credit card.

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