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I've never been a fan of driving games. They always did my head in because i couldn't get the hang of it and i could never come first. Even in Grand Theft Auto, on the missions where you had to race, i hated them and avoided them if i could. BUT since i've had my PS3 i've downloaded about 10 different driving game demos (motorstorm, Dirt, F1, Burnout Paradise, Need for speed pro street etc). Out of them all, two appealed most. Dirt and Motorstorm. Two very different games. Motorstorm is mostly set in the desert in the USA, with a huge variety of vehicles (trucks, bikes, large rigs, buggies, cars etc), a banging sound-track and forgiving game-play (if you go off the track or destroy your vehicle you just get a brand new one placed back on the track). Dirt on the other hand is primaririly a rally driving game. Its fast, rough and unforgiving (there's terminal damage which will lead to you losing the race.) In the end i opted for DIRT.
DIRT is beautiful.
Not just graphically, but gameplay too. There's variety, which is important. You get rally races where you are racing against the clock on a straight tracks (no laps), "Hill climbs" where you have to race uphill or death defying roads, Rally-Cross, where you race another car on a track that crosses over, he starts one side, you the other and its kind of figure of 8. You can't over take, only pass him. Then there are full on races with loads of vehicles fighting for first.
The locations are varied, worldwide. Deserts, dirt roads, wet roads in England, mountain roads in Italy.
At the end of a race, if you are online, your time is compared with other players worldwide and you can compare your best time with the world best.
There are different views/camera's. You can see behind the car, inside, on the bonnet, etc etc. Its cool.
Car damage is quality. Cars get dirty, scuffed broken, terminally damaged.
Work through career mode and you earn money with which you can unlock all sorts of vehicles and "Liveries" (paint jobs).
There are loads of different game modes including an online multiplayer, BUT otherwise its only 1 player, which sucks as there is no split-screen action to have with mates
The Co-driver is awesome calling out turns, (e.g. left 1, right 5 over bumps) the numbers correspond to the tightness of the turn. The lower the number the harder the turn. On some levels where the co-pilot isnt there, its hard and you miss him. Trying to drive while looking at the map aint easy...
DIRT really captures the elements of WRC and Rallying well. Its impressive and immersive. DIRT2 seems to be more commercial and less forgiving, so illl continue to sing the praises of the original game.
in the end, given i dont like driving games as much as First Person Shooters. I'd give this baby. 4/5.
It would get a 5 if there were multiplayer modes.
Sadly this will certainly be the last edition from Colin Mcrae's series of motor racing games. Although, in my opinion this game is certainly the best Colin Mcrae game of all time.
* Graphics *
The graphics on this game are absolutely stunning, so stunning that it could be mistakeable for real life. The best aspect of he graphics by a large margin are the vehicles themselves, specifically the vinyls, the detail in the them is amazing.
* Vehicles *
Not only is the range of vehicles very vast but there is a great variety of classes such as the rallycross class which is home to legends such as the Lotus Exige and the corr pro class which is home to vehicles such as the Toyota Tundra.
* Tracks *
As you may know, rally games are well known for their wide range of tracks and rally stages. This game is no exception. There are crossover tracks, rallycross tracks, buggy tracks and obviously the origional rally stage of which there are very many.
'High Speed, Adrenenaline Fuelled, Off Road Racing'.
This quote is found on the back of the game and it isn't wrong.
Like previous Colin McRae games, this does not disappoint.
On the PS3 the graphics are excellent.
With a number of differnt race disciplines, this game is like no other 'off roading', rally game.
There are loads of differnt cars to race, along with buggies, 4x4's and even trucks.
There are also a number of ways of playing the game.
Career mode. This is by far my favourite type. It entails the full range of standard vehicles to race. It has 5 different race levels: Rookie, Clubman, Amateur, Pro-Am, and Pro. As you progress up the difficulty rating you earn morecash per race. More cash means better cars.
Rally mode. This is just the standard rally racing. There are still a number of different vehicles to choose from, but you are only limited to cars.
This game is also online compatible, so you can race friends or people on the other side of the world.
Me and my partner bought this game last year (2008) but I've only just had the chance to play it so I though I would write a review on it.
We purchased it for £34.99 from our local Games store and thought it was pretty decent value. Had already read a lot about it on the internet and it seemed to have good reviews therefore when this game was purchased, it was done so with a specific purchase in mind.
My favourite feature of this game is that fact that you play off-road or take part in rally's against other players. In addition, the graphics are great - very realistic. Another nice thing about this game is that if you select the option, you can see the car being damaged in crashes, which is quite cool!
In addition to the fab graphics throughout, I especially like the options menus, lots of smoothly floating boxes allow you to select what you want to do with great music to go with it being played in the background.
The only negative comment about this game that I have is that two people cannot play at the same time.
What can you say about the legendary, late, great Colin McRae, a giant of Rallying who deserved a longer life then he had, having lost his life in a Helicopter crash.
I remember Colin McRae Rally being released on the original Playstation many moons ago (I still have my copy to this day). As the Playstation has evolved though PS2 and now PS3 Colin McRae games ahve figured on each generation.
Therefore it was with a great degree of anticipation I bought DIRT, so it pains me somewhat to say that I am disappointed with what I got.
As usual the meat of the game is participating in the World Rally Championships, there is also a carrer mode which pitches you into various cars at various levels which is in effect a very clever teaching system.
However I feel that the graphics are a let down even to the extent of occasional slow down on screen, the modelling of the cars is nothing spectacular either especially when compared to the like of Gran Turismo and even Motorstorm.
One excellent feature though is the damage modelling, doors and bonnets fly off, windscreens shatter and it is possible to roll the car. You have the ability to carry out limited repairs in betwwen the stages and this does add to the games enjoyment.
Overall not a brilliant game, I just was disappointed with what I got.