Review: DiRT Rally 2.0 Game Of The Year Edition (Steam)

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.

Pros:

  • DiRT Rally 2.0 has crisp highly detailed graphics.
  • 110864mb download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • VR support for Steam and Oculus headsets.
  • Graphics-Resolution, Display mode, aspect ratio, refresh rate, v-sync, multisampling, anisotropic filtering, TAA.
  • Quality preset including custom.
  • Includes all DLC for Liveries/Tracks/Locations/Events/Cars and seasons.
  • Profile creation- Name/nationality/choose from 9 preset avatars and your race number.
  • Controller- Rebind buttons, Tweak dead zones and sensitivity, Vibration and feedback. Has a handy check input reports feature.
  • Full Racenet support (optional)
  • Online leader boards- PC only or multi-platform.
  • Rally racing gameplay.
  • DiRT Rally 2.0 supports daily/weekly/monthly race events.
  • My team (career modes)-Events-races/events, Hire/fire staff and buy/sell/upgrade/tune cars in the garage.
  • Full team control and you are free to build the team how you see fit. Every member of staff affects something, Could be how long a repair takes to how much extra power you get.
  • Two careers- Rally and Rallycross.
  • Freeplay – Historic/rallycross/custom/time trial.
  • Weather-Rain/snow/heavy rain/dry/overcast and day/night cycle.
  • Realistic improved handling.
  • Service area(before a race)- Shakedown/repair vehicle (manual selection or auto)/tyre selection.
  • Pre-race flyover.
  • Fully voiced co-pilot.
  • Historic races-4 tiers: Classic/80s/modern/Present day.
  • DiRT Rally 2.0 uses a difficulty- Slider from 0-100 and hardcore damage on/off.
  • Historic events also boast cool archive footage of the era(tier) you are playing.
  • Loading screens show the map, details on the conditions, weather etc.
  • Manual starts (optional) hold handbrake then release on the lights.
  • Assists- Clutch override/transmission/auto repairs/antilock brakes/off throttle braking/windscreen wipers auto/launch control/stability/traction/time control braking.
  • DiRT Rally 2.0 boasts improved animations and character models especially for the stewards and crowd.
  • Clear HUD showing race progress that also shows green/red depending on your split time and shows an icon for the class leader.
  • Six driving views- 2 in the car, bonnet, bumper, behind and far away.
  • DiRT Rally 2.0 maintains a strong cosmetic damage model from doors falling off to lights smashing.
  • Reset to track button.
  • Edge of the seat driving action.
  • Gorgeous locations.
  • 50 odd cars to unlock from the classic cars of yesteryear to the new beasts of today.
  • Locations are not just beautiful but are also a lot more vibrant and colorful this time around. You get to visit New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia, and the USA.
  • Deep tuning model, You can do as much or as little as you want for each stage.
  • The official game of the Rallycross championships.
  • Fun to play, The driving is just some of the best.
  • Enviromental effects are a lot more refined, Get blinded by the sun, See nothing when driving through a forest at night, Snow/ice is even more treacherous.

Cons:

  • No benchmark test.
  • No explanation on what all the assists do.
  • Few graphical glitches like lighting going all over the place or a tree appearing and disappearing.
  • No driving school! Obviously but I miss driving school so much.
  • Each car is so different and unique that a learning curve approach is needed every time.
  • Some very long races.
  • Cannot reset to track until the prompt comes up and that can take a while.
  • Few instances of invisible walls or debris.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Sound - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
9.2/10

Summary

There is no denying that DiRT Rally 2.0 elevates its game and brings a much tighter more robust experience than ever before.DiRT Rally 2.0 improves in every way from handling to tuning to team management to a brighter palette of colors. For me, it is like a greatest hits collection with a splattering of tightening up. It uses the 2.0 tag in its title and that for me accurately describes it. 2.0 means you get the classic Dirt experience but also get a host of new locations and events. It at launch doesn’t support VR in any way but I heard it is indeed coming. So let’s wrap this up, DiRT Rally 2.0 is a lot of fun and so many improvements have been made that the game in a lot of ways is the definitive one but without VR at launch and the 2.0 tag confusing people to think it is just a rehash, DiRT Rally 2.0 is a rally game for anyone with the hardcore more than catered for thanks to the many amounts of DLC added. This is the comp[lete package.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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