Countless racing games are published each year, but only a few manage to feel like more than an incremental release which adds new cars and a fresh coat of paint. Codemasters manages to polish each of their games until it becomes a sparkling jewel, no matter at which of the dev’s series we are looking at. The latest entry comes in the form of Dirt Rally 2.0, available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
The beauty of nature, the sounds of the engines immerse players in the world of Dirt Rally 2.0
Codemasters harnessed the power of the environment to deliver a memorable racing experience. Water splashes naturally, mud flies under your wheels and the thick clouds of dust contribute to the feeling that you are controlling a fast rally car. A day/night cycle adds a bit of style as the same track can look wildly different when you approach it in an unusual moment of the day.
In Dirt Rally 2.0, engines sound great, especially when you are racing. The only issue is brought by the voice of the guide, which is helpful but will often ruin immersion as all the voices tend to sound the same.
Looks and sound are important, but the handling of the vehicles represents the core of racing games. While most games work well with a controller, a fully-featured steering wheel with foot pedals is undoubtedly the best way to experience Dirt Rally 2.0.
Codemasters remains the leaders in the racing games industry with Dirt Rally 2.0
A lackluster career mode represents the only drawback of the game. It lacks the feeling of a strong identity that is encountered in other games. In Dirt Rally 2.0, players can opt for any of the available drivers, and they won’t feel any significant differences between them.
A welcomed layer of realism comes in the form of car damage which transfers from one event to another and can lead to a pricey repair bill. Players have access to a rich selection of vehicles and locations which should keep busy for quite a while. On the other hand, the multiplayer section is a bit minimalistic, with single races and a series of optional challenges that can be completed each day or each week.
In conclusion, Dirt Rally 2.0 offers an excellent racing experience for veteran and new rally racers alike, proving that Codemasters remains “the King” of racing games.
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