DiRT Rally 2.0 DEALS
As loyal readers will know – I love my Formula One very much, and have done for the last 19 years or so, but do have an interest in motorsport whether it be 2 wheels or 4, on or off-road. Which brings me neatly onto the Dirt Series by Codemasters. Which began in 1998 as Colin McRae Rally which really utilized the name well with technical input from the great man itself and prides itself on realism. Now, fast forward 21 years and 12 games later to the latest offering – Dirt Rally 2.0, the sequel to the hardcore and wonderful Dirt Rally.
So, like the previous game its focused on rallying and rallycross, which while doesn’t sound like much, however, it does pay dividends behind the wheel because it’s bloody great fun to drive from front-wheel drive VW Golfs GTIs to a nearly 600hp Audi Quattro and rallycross cars from the FIA World Rallycross Championship as well and compared to Dirt Rally which came across as an axe murder who was off his head on meth from behind the wheel.
It’s still an axe murder but is calmer and approachable but will still lop your head off for the slightest mistake which does help and encourages newbies. With a new weather modelling system which weather differences will affect the levels of grip, and depending on the running order for the stage will also determine grip levels as the road surface is built from multiple layers.
Then as more and more cars drive through the stage will break up those layers and will affect grip levels. Which does make things interesting and will require maximum concentration to keep it on the road and if you do fuck it up (and you will at some point) there are no rewinds and damage isn’t just cosmetic so if you would want to waste precious time changing tyres to fix a puncture or worst try and finish a stage or two with a seriously broken car.
Coming back to the grip situation, at each service intervals where you can make repairs and set up changes. Which while helpful to play around with if you’re looking for very quick stage times, but this isn’t what I would call easy to understand system compared to the last game where it was simplified but can be adjusted fully if you investigate further. You can also choose the compound of tyres you going to use – from the softer faster tyres that may struggle to live long enough to the harder more durable tyres that aren’t as grippy. This does make things interesting in a strategic sense where risking softer compounds for shorter stages may seem viable, but if you’ve got 2 or 3 stages ahead of you, then maybe more durable tyres would be used in your best interests.
In short, the gameplay side, this game is brilliant and fun to drive, and it further cements Codemasters reputation when it comes to driving experience which is probably the best in the business if you are looking to have somewhat realistic, madly fun and yet approachable time behind the wheel.
Now the content itself, with 6 locations and up to 72 stages to blast your way through in your rally car or 8 locations from the FIA World Rallycross Championship to hoon about in your 600hp monsters. With 50 or so cars from the world of rallying and the World Rallycross Championship to choose from does seem like a lot to normal people but there are some notable absentees including more modern cars like the Ford Focus or Citroen C4 and even locations like Monte Carlo and Finland. Which will be rectified somewhat as there is DLC planned which will add new cars and locations from the previous games, which does look bad somewhat when it could easily be added at the start like almost all DLC in today’s day and age.
In terms of game modes, there is the My Team mode where you effectively run your team with engineers to maintain and upgrade your cars, and events to partake in from career rally and rallycross events and timed exclusive events which seem like a lot but as a whole doesn’t really entice me that much or do a lot for the game, this comes across more “bare-bones” than before and less focused – a backwards step from Dirt 4 in my books which allowed much customization from livery, sponsors, and a sense of progression.
Aside from this, there is the historical mode where there are multiple championships to work through from Group B to Group A, which is a fun experience to work your way through. Also includes the 8 rounds of the World Rallycross Championship which is more enticing than the My Team mode, and Custom Race (which is where the Online Multiplayer is housed) and the time trial mode where you can practice rallying and rallycross in a carefree environment. In short, as game modes go while the My Team mode is rather bare bones, the rest does make an effort to make up for its shortfalls.
Other aspects to mention, it looks really gorgeous from the locales to the dust thrown up from the tyres and lighting. The cars also look great as well and sound wonderful in all their natural aspirated or turbocharged loveliness. Online is fine enough though not as populated as it can be, and no major bugs and glitches to report from my time with the game.
Dirt Rally 2.0 carries on is realistic beginnings with a realistic and yet still engaging and fun to throw the cars about the multiple rally stages and rallycross tracks which there is a lot to choose from but some notable absentees in well-known cars and locations from both disciplines. But the My Team mode is rather scarce and not enticing to play through. The other game modes while fun doesn’t really offer a lot of options to keep playing. So, as a driving experience is second to none in the business. But as a game, it lacks the depth to keep coming back time after time like games such as Forza and even the F1 series.
DiRT Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0 carries on is realistic beginnings with a realistic and yet still engaging and fun to throw the cars about the multiple rally stages and rallycross tracks which there is a lot to choose from but some notable absentees in well-known cars and locations from both disciplines. But the My Team mode is dull and unengaging and their isn't enough fun game modes to balance this out.
- The brilliant and fun hardcore driving experience
- Lots of stages and rallycross tracks to use
- Looks and sounds wonderful
- Notable cars and locations not added in the game at first
- My Team is dull and unengaging
- Not a lot of fun game modes