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POSTED 15/6/17


DiRT 4

Codemasters



Keep movin’, movin’, movin’, gradually improvin’, keep them wheels a-movin’, DiRT 4!

Why the Bob’s Country Bunker throwback? Well, the team guy in your ear for the trerck sections of this here racer sounds just like the Good Ole Boys’ lead singer and driver of the Winnebago, Tucker McElroy.

OK, so we get distracted easily.

Following all the excitement for DiRT Rally’s release last year came an almighty collective whine: “It’s too bloody hard!”. Well, try driving for real in a rally car sometime and get back to us, OK? It was a truly great game, but of course not for those who want to have a fun blat about a dirt bowl without it feeling like an all-too-hard simulator.

So, say hello to your new little friend, Sunday drivers, as DiRT 4 pleases both kinds – drivers AND arcadesters (or ‘simulation’ and ‘gamer’). You want it tough? Cool, you got it. You just wanna have fun? No problem, Cyndi, you can dumb it down as much as you want and still have an absolute ball.

Seriously, this place has got everything – save for Disco Pants & Haircuts.

Standard rally, the aforementioned trercks in ‘Land Rush’, rallycross, ‘Historic Rally’ (yay Minis!), a full-on career incorporating those four things we just mentioned along with team management, myriad tweaks and assists, Ken Block-styled stunt tracks and challenges (‘Joyride’), comprehensive multi-platform leader boards, team management and the biggie – ‘Your Track’.

WTF is ‘Your Track’? It’s basically a procedural track generator. WTF x2? Uh, it makes up new courses every time you use it, based upon parameters that you tweak. OK, so you may not have full track editor control, but it also saves you getting bogged down in minutiae so that you can do what the game’s made for – race!

DiRT 4 is one seriously superb racer. Now go, and don’t come back... until you’ve redeemed yourselves.

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