Slip slidin’ away. You know the nearer your destination the more
you’re slip slidin’ away...
Yay! Finally we have a slice of
Codemasters’ ace racingness hitting now-gen. Except that we don’t,
while we do.
What the smeg? Well, if you’re expecting a slick
arcade-styled racer like their last-gen efforts then you’re in for a
However, if you’ve been craving a slick,
realistic and – inexorably linked with that last one - really
fucking hard rally simulator, then you’re in for a pleasant
Despite bringing rallying from the 1960s to now,
over six courses ranging from the tarmac of Monaco to the snowiness
of Sweden (where, of course, if something gets in your way you
baulk, baulk, baulk), and most any serious rally car you could
desire, there’s no instant gratification here.
Want to get
hooning in the latest Ford Fiesta? Tough titties, you’ve got to earn
that little beauty. This means amassing coinage by grinding through
myriad multi-session rallies in basic wheeled weapons like the
original Mini Cooper. Sure that’s cool, but over and over and over
when you want to be going twice as fast can be a drag.
when you get that dream machine you’ll understand the adage “be
careful what you wish for”. Yeah there’s all manner of funktastic
modern tech, but hitting these tracks at twice the speed (or more)
At least you have your trusty navigator barking
warnings as to what lies ahead, although he’s so monotonous that you
can tune out – like when driving with your mum as a passenger -
which will likely result in you hurtling down a cliff. At least Mum
hasn’t led us to that – yet.
Add hill climbs, rallycross and
online challenges and there’s lots to get to grips with.
While we still crave a new
DiRT Showdown with which to do our (Ken) Block, DiRT
Rally rams it home that good things come to
those who wai- erm, grind.