Xbox One Review: DiRT Rally 2.0

Does DiRT Rally 2.0 go off the beat and track?

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 truly focused off-road experience yet, including a new authentic handling model, tyre choice and surface deformation.

Rally games have never been my strong point, I’ve always been more of a Mario Kart racer myself but that’s besides the point, the point is that I have played numerous rally games over the years with little success, but can DiRT Rally 2.0 welcome me in with open arms or drive me over a cliff? Sadly, it’s the latter…

Simply put, DiRT Rally 2.0 isn’t designed for beginners, it’s quite a tricky difficulty curve to it that can be unforgiving, something that will no doubt come as a disappointment to newcomers looking to see what the fuss is about. That being said, the game is definitely the most authentic rally experience I have played to date and is definitely built for long time fans of the series and genre of racing.

The game has a good number of locations to drive through including New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia and the USA. There is a good varied selection of events and championships in both the single player career campaign and in a competitive online mode. It would have been nice to have a few extra locations and the career mode is a bit unimpressive overall, but despite that…it’s one hell of a racer, especially in terms of visuals.

The game supports 4K and HDR, while looking stunning and running at a steady framerate. The level of detail in the courses and vehicles is nothing short of amazing, Codemasters have done a good job in making the game look as realistic as possible.

The Verdict

Despite a lacklustre career mode and lack of locations, DiRT Rally 2.0 still has plenty of content to get your teeth stuck into. It’s hard as nails though and will likely put off newcomers, while clearly keeping the main fanbase happy with it’s level of realism.

Score: 8.0