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Published by: Codemasters / Genre: Driving & Racing / Release date: 2007-06-15

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      10.03.2010 19:57

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      A great game, if you liked previous games in the series you will love this.

      Personally I have enjoyed playing this game much more than I thought I would do. This game focuses on givind you the impression of actually driving a car realistically rather than on giving you an experience which you will find fun like games such as SEGA rally. However, I found that the two things seem to follow each other hand in hand. It is imporant to remember though, this is really for serious gamers, it's kind of the Gran Turismo of the rally world.
      The best thing about DiRT is the variety of events there are to partake in, these range from buggy races up to big rig hill climbs.
      The graphics are very true to life, and it is only after looking at DiRT 2 on this site that I realised it was not fully up to date. Terminal damage is possible, and the difficulty level you choose decides how easy this is to attain.
      The controls are very easy to use, the right trigger to accelerate and the left to brake and reverse.
      The only downside in this game for me is that the amount of skill needed to complete different stages is very inconsistent, even when played on the same difficulty setting.

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      03.12.2009 11:16
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      Best rally game ever

      Colin McRae Dirt is in my opinion the best rally game in existence.
      The game play and the graphics are so much better than the previous Colin McRae and other similar games.
      I remember my first rally game; it was V Rally on the PS1 over 10years ago. Then you couldn't stray far from the track, not much damage to the car and obviously the graphics compared to now very pretty poor so it's amazing to see the advances since V Rally and the earlier Colin McRae games.

      Dirt is all about getting your car from point A to point B as quick as you can with out wrecking your car, sounds easy but you would be wrong.
      This game is very fast and you need to pay attention to what you're doing, not like other racing games such as need for speed where you just drive into what ever you want without consequence.
      The attention to detail in this game really is something special. Every tree and every rock has its place and has to look exactly as the designers wanted it to, nothing looks the same.
      Every surface you can drive on feels different, like tarmac you will feel the grip and on the dirt you will feel the back kick out.
      To be successful playing this game, you need to master the handbrake turn. This can be risky at first but once mastered it will be your best weapon, especially around the tight hairpin corners.

      The amount of cars you can get in the game are also pretty good.
      There are a vast array of different vehicles to choose from, like Subaru, Citroen and other vehicles such as Lorries.

      The main area of the game is Career mode, which is set out like a pyramid. There are a number of races at the bottom of the pyramid where you start off, and completing this row will unlock the row above, which has a race or 2 less than before and so on until you reach the top.
      Each race will require a certain car, could be 4WD or 2WD and might require a certain make of car.
      You will earn credits after each race which are used to buy cars and different car designs.

      This is a very good game, by far the best rally game and in the top 10 list for my favourite games of the year.
      Just can't wait for Dirt 2!

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      15.11.2009 00:39
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      Well rounded fun rally game with lots of extras

      Dirt i played very recently, i know its the older game and all, but i borrowed it from a guy i live with becuase i was bored and it definatley sorted that out. In fact i am now totally hooked on the campiagn mode of this game.

      Dirt is really the best way to some up this fantastic rally racer, dirt by name dirty by nature. what i love most about this game is the wide variety of difffrent races you can do, previously not touched by any other rally game. For example you get all your normall races like circuits, and poitn to point and old fashioned stages in cars like hatchbacks, just like you see on tv; but there is also dune buggy racing and huge trucks this adds a whole new aspect to the game and you have to complete adjust your driving style with almost every race you enter.

      It is very realistic and has adjustble setting of hardness for every skill level, you even have to repair your car inbetween stages which costs you time depending on what you fix and how much you fix it, just like in real rally.

      The graphics are absolutley stunnning and addictive fun gameplay lead this to be a well rounded racer, and i will soon be heading out to buy the sequal so expect a review of that as well soon.

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      19.07.2009 14:24

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      Good game could be improved but still a great buy

      Colin McRae dirt is arguably one of the best games in the series. It brings new angles to the game with many game modes. Ranging from buggie races to truck races. There is a great amount of diversity in the game suiting every players driving style. The damage to the cars comes across as being reasonably realistic but not over the top which is great.

      In the single career mode you work your way up different levels till you reach the top, each level increasing with difficulty and speed. The many races you can do offer great diversity whilst keeping the true spirit of the game alive. The graphics from the game have been improved increasing the realism of the game. The only downside is that the game can get a little repetitive but as the speed of the cars increase you are less likely to notice.

      Overal this is a great game with few flaws. If you want a fast paced racing game this is the game for you. The many types of races are guaranteed to match every players needs.

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      15.05.2009 19:52
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      An exceptional game, well worth getting, a brilliant tribute to colin mcrae

      I personally think that this game has some of the best graphics I have ever seen on an Xbox 360 game. Therefore, its no wonder that it has become an Xbox Classic.

      Aside of the graphics is really realistic gameplay. When I say realistic, don't get me wrong, its not bad to play, its actually very good. Although the game does take a bit of getting used to (as I found out), once you've mastered it, its not as hard. The hardest part is trying not to crash, as if you want to go flat out you really need to pay attention and be pin point accurate with the turns.

      The career is the perfect length, not to long, but not to short either. It took me about 13 hours to complete 100 %. The way the career works is that there is 11 levels in the pyramid. Each level of the pyramid has an event in it, the higher up you get, the more races are involved in one event. The same goes for the way the cars are unlocked, the higher you get, the better the cars. If you are working through the career, I recommend that you try and complete the events in order. Because once you reach the top of the pyramid, its annoying seeing the 80% career completion.

      Online play is quite good, there can be up to 8 racers in the one match, the way that it works is dependent on times. Everyone starts off at the same time, once the first person is finished a 30 second counter starts, if you are outside that you're time will be a DNF (did not finish). Another nice touch to the Xbox Live side of the game is the world times, which gather the best times in the world and put them into a leaderboard. However, as I got higher up on them, I noticed that several people had hacked the game. For example: on one of the tracks I am 23rd in the world. However, 1st place is still 18 seconds ahead of me, I mean I couldn't have got a second quicker if I had spent the whole night on it.

      Anyway, overall I strongly recommend this game especially because of the graphics but also because of other factors such as good length, real life race tracks, awesome gameplay and not to mention that the car choice is very good (it ranges from dirt buggies to rallycross cars to massive trucks). Just to finally emphasaise once more, if you do get this game, watch the intro all the way through, the graphics are truly unbelievable.

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      23.10.2008 14:14
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      A must have game for anyone who enjoys racing.

      "If In Doubt, Flat Out", the late Colin McRae's most memorable quote of his career.

      The Colin Mcrae games have been around for years, I used to play them on the Playstation 1 and will never forget the abnormality of being off the track, going through gates and dirt tracks and racing in the snow, through fords, something no other rally game could compete with.

      Colin McRae DIRT really lived up to it's expectations and set yet another benchmark for any other rally game to compete with.

      The game is all about getting from A to B in the quickest time possible. Handbrake turns round hairpin bends, narrow bridges, being on two wheels, wheel spins out of turns, driving into tree's and HUGE jumps are just the norm in this game.

      The game is fast, really fast! You need 100% concentration to play this game so tell your partner and kids to be quiet, or lock yourself in a dark room to appreciate the quality graphics and gameplay this game delivers.

      The only challenge in this game is the clock and yourself. You have to beat the clock, time's are set from the competitors which you want to beat. Play safe, or play aggressive, the overall leaderboard will tell you the results.

      The handling as per usual is immense, great simulation of physics and they have really got the oversteer right this time. Braking too early or too late results in the wheels locking or losing precious time, hitting a bump will lose control and you even notice a difference between dirt and tarmac.

      The graphics are utterly breathtaking! As the stages progress your car gets dirtier, windows crack, bumpers fall off and when you roll your car upside down and your RADIATOR falls out, you know you've done something wrong! I like the fact codemasters have spent time making the crowds and surrounding envrionment something special too, not just the typical V-Rally style 2d trees and crowds which do repeatative waves!

      Multiplayer is brilliant. Challenge your friends to beat your time and take it in turns to break records. I personally have a laugh every now and then and see who can cause the biggest carnage!

      The game for me scores 9/10, and the ONLY reason I have not marked this 10/10 is because it cut's out too soon if you go off the road. I want to see the car tumble down the hillside I just drove off!!!

      An incredible game, I really hope that they continue to make great games with the recent events surrounding the late colin McRae.


      ~ In tribute to an inspirational Colin McRae and son who changed the face of motorsport racing. Your personality was unique and like no other. May you both rest in peace.

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        09.09.2008 20:45
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        A good game that's worth a look at

        Colin McRae: DiRT is the latest in the long line of Colin McRae branded games (it's such a shame that he's no longer around to enjoy them with us) and this one is similar to the other ones in basic format: you race rally cars at impossibly high speeds around a low-friction track (such as a dirt one), trying to finish in the best time.

        DiRT has added a few other features, and you no longer have to race simple rally cars: trucks etc are now available to race. You can also race on tarmac, which makes for a nice change.

        Career mode consists of many different ralleys, such as the classic rally cross, but also hill climbs among other things.

        The graphics of the game are very good, and I think that the developers have captured the engine note very well (unlike other racing game manufacturers). The actual gameplay is much like other McRae racing games, and is very good (although in my opinion sliding your car around corners is a little too easy in the game!).

        Overall this is a good game that is well worth buying if you're into games of this sort of genre.

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        06.09.2008 12:22
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        Same old stuff that just does not tickle the parts you need tickling..

        Come on people it is time to be really honest about this game, i know every person has their own opinions and views on the game but being a complete computer and console junkie and with well over 25 years experience on playing games i can safely say that this game has not impressed me at all and to back me up the price you can now buy this game for on ebay really speaks for itself. Luckily i had this game bought for me when it first launched on the shelfs so i havent wasted any of my pennies, and having played all the other previous colin mcrae games i was expecting something a little more different or exciting from the usual gameplay but to my dissapointed after the first hour of playing this game i was personally speaking, bored and im not ashamed to say it, i did actually say to myself in my head this is just the same old stuff, okay you could say there are points and views in this game that make it stand out from the previous colin mcrae games but in all honesty this game did noting to tickle the parts i wanted to be tickled.
        I ended up being so bored i was just going flat out around the courses with shear and utter boredom trying to salavage something out of this boring game with a spectacular crash just to let some frustrating thoughts out about this game but even that did not excite me because the car still survives and your left limping back to the pits and the boredom gets worse.
        I did after after a week of owning the game eventually sell on ebay for an amazing 6 pounds and this for me did really sum the game up a treat for me as like i say the price you can buy it for now speaks for its self, i am sorry for being as honest as i can about this game and i know there are people who will love it but when you play games everyday for years on end you do see other elements to games other people with less experience dont notice as it can be all new to them but like i say for me personally speaking it has not pressed any of the correct buttons unfortunately and i would not really recommend paying full price for this game, buy it on ebay for 5 to 10 pounds and then at least if you get bored with it like myself, you have not then wasted to much money.

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        22.08.2008 02:17

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        Like it.

        Colin McRae dirt is an off road racing game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 console.

        In this game you start off at the bottom of the pyramid of races, there are loads of events to take part in. Unlike previous games which just featured rally this game has many different events like racing buggies, truck racing, rally cross.

        Each of these race types is sufficiently different from the other to keep the game fresh and interesting as you work your way to the top of the pyramid. As your working your way up you can buy new cars with winnings you earn by completing all of your races.

        The graphics in this game are top notch with excellent lighting effects and superb car details.

        The only disappointment here is multiplayer, you do not actually see any of your rivals while you are racing.

        You can get this game for 20 pounds which I recommend you spend as it is an excellent choice.

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        16.08.2008 10:05
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        So good for fans of rally driving.

        I just bought this game in CEX for £15 second hand.
        I used to own the computer rally game a few years ago and I really enjoyed it, so when I found the XBox 360 version I had to buy it.

        You start off at the bottom of a pyramid of races, to move up you have to come in the top 3 of each race.

        You can start off as a rookie, or be adventurous and go up the levels of difficulty. I started off as rookie for a few races but found I was winning too easily so now I am on the second difficulty of driving.

        When you win races you get given money, you can use this money to buy new cars or improvements on your exisiting cars.
        In the actual races I find the cars quite easy to control, as long as you listen to the directions from your copilot. The copilot is really a great part of the game, and you get really into listening to the fast directions, and they help you get better times.

        I particularly like the races where you are against the clock as opposed to actual other cars racing at the same time. This is because you can work on taking corners better and also listening to the copilot.

        The graphics in this game are excellent. You really feel like your driving the car and there is the choice of viewing from inside the car, which makes it very real and like you are really rally driving.
        I also like the graphics on the main menu, its quite pleasing on the eye.
        I recommed this game to people who like driving games. However the driving style isnt to go as fast as you can, its to take the corners well and work on skids so you have to not be a speed freak!
        Its suitable for ages 12+ and its best played on quite a big screen to get the full effect. Prices range from £15 second hand to £20 new.

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          26.07.2008 16:15
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          a very good game, but does require concentration in later stages.

          Colin mcare spent a long time creating his games, and it always showed. if he didnt like something he would make it clear to codemasters, which is why this game is so succesful.

          as many know, colin died in a helicopter crash. But his game still lives on, and what a fitting tribute.

          the game itself:
          When you first start playing it the beggining levels are quite laborious. you are not even partly challenged, but to be quite honest, you expect not to be challenged in the first few races.

          when you do get further into the game, you begin to realise that even the smallest of mistakes can end in disaster. colin mcrae was well known for pushing hard when racing, and clipped the corners many times. im glad to say that when you do clip the inside corner in the game, you do go flying if your not careful. and your car CAN be damaged.

          another bonus to this game is that its not just the good old peuget 206 and subaru's going around on different tracks. there are buggy's trucks and hill climbs. you name the car, if its off road then its probably here.

          it is a fun game, and when you get the feel of the game, you are able to have so much fun. but it does require a lot of concentration if you want fast lap times.

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          10.06.2008 21:20
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          Rest in peace Collin.

          The first thought that came to my mind when I brought this was 'it's a shame he died'. Last year in September, Rally Driver Collin McRae died with his 6-year old son in a Helicopter crash. It's a shame he died, not only because he is a talented driver, but he was a great man overall. He also has worked with Codemasters for 10 years to create fantastic rally games. DiRT is the first game to debut on Microsoft's next-generation console, after making an impact on older consoles like the Playstation and the Playstation 2. The series has always been about hardcore rally racing, all about time trials and getting to the end of the course quickest. But with DiRT, it has off-road racing as well as timed racing. If you have seen the screenshots, you'll know that this game looks incredible, but is it enough?

          -(The Controls)-
          DiRT controls like your standard racing game, where you hold down the right trigger to accelerate and the other trigger is used for braking. The face buttons are used to look back, gear down, gear up and handbrake. You can change the camera view with the left bumper, look around with the right analog stick and steer with either the D-Pad or the left analog stick. There are also three other control schemes if this doesn't appeal to you, and you can also use the Force Feedback wheel to play if you want to be immersed. The cars handle fantastically. It all depends on what car you're driving, as a fast car is going to have slightly loose handling, yet a big rig is going to struggle to turn. They also vary depending on how the performance is, as a car could be nimble but be loose at the end of the car. The handling is fantastic, and you can change the control scheme if you don't like it. Cars can feel a bit floaty at times, but this does lead to some spectacular crashes.

          -(The Gameplay)-
          DiRT is a Rally racing game taking place in a variety of locations including the UK, USA and Japan. There are six racing disciplines. They include Rally, the standard time trial, Rally Cross, the European racing events and Rally Raid where you race against other people in the USA. There is also Hillclimb, CORR, and Crossover, which are well explained by Travis Pastrana with a touch of the Y button at the menus. Each event is different, forcing you to use a type of car on a different track, though most of the time you're in Rally races, which means that people who hate Time Trials should avoid DiRT. The type of events seems limited, but there are lots of events to go around. It's just a shame the events aren't balanced well enough as it's mostly Time Trials.

          The main mode of play is the Career, where you are introduced to a huge Pyramid full of events and races. The pyramid is split up into sections with one event, which you can earn a maximum of ten career points in the event by coming first. As you earn points, you can go up to the next Tier, and keg going up the pyramid until you reach the top which is Tier 11. That's the career in a nutshell really, it's all about moving up the pyramid until the top. That said, you can decide on some things. If you do well at races, you can actually skip some of the boxes and just go onto the next Tier though you'll miss out on money needed to buy cars for special events. At first, there is usually just one race in each box, but as you go up the Pyramid, you'll find that the number of events in each box increases.

          The career mode is addictive as ranking up and earning lots of money is rewarding, but the career mode isn't exactly hard. No matter what difficulty you are on, you can still earn 10 points from each event for coming first. This means you could blow through the career quickly. But really, you'll want to go on higher difficulties as the easier difficulties are simply boring. On the easiest difficulty, the enemy A.I. is a cakewalk and you don't really get penalized for crashing and damaging your vehicle. But if you're on the difficulty after the easiest, cars can be damaged to the point of where you can't finish the race. For example, I nearly finished a Rally race when I crashed into a pole so hard my wheels fell off. I was a bit frustrated, but had no problem retrying the race because it was so enjoyable.

          Your car can be damaged in up to nine areas from Wheels to Engine to Bodywork to Suspension. Most of them can cost you a race win if you damage them enough, and as you ramp up the difficulty you must be more careful otherwise you'll fail immediately. You can also adjust settings to change the parts of the cars. You can change the stiffness of your suspension springs, change the transmission and make it so that your car has less chance of rolling. You can also apply default decals to your cars to change their look, but the customization ends there. The game can feel a bit shallow as it doesn't have the depth of something like PGR4 in races or modes.

          The car list is also on the low side, but this is made up for by two things-variety and fun. There are 46 licensed vehicles in DiRT, and the variety of cars here is astonishing. From Rally cars to big rigs to Buggies to even Vans-you're sure to find something to like here. Sadly, you can't use every car on every event-specific cars are used for specific events. It's a shame too, as having a big rig going up against a buggy and a rally car would have been a treat. That said, making you use specific cars for each event means you can adjust to the different style of each car, and the game never gets repetitive as one minute you're in a rally car and the next you're smashing into a wall with a Big Rig. It would have been nice to have more cars, but it's a minor issue.

          When you compete in the career mode you can replay the races from the career mode to beat the times set on each race. You can also compete in tournaments where you race a series of events with multiple races in an attempt to get the best time on each rally. There are three tourneys, and sadly the last of the three is a mix of the first two tournaments. That said playing through these tournaments can be fun. Yet, you play through these events during the career mode meaning you'll feel a sense of Déjà vu as you slog your way through the multiple races. At least you can select between long and short, meaning that you can have more or less events.

          The only mode of play left is the online component. At first I was ecstatic, as on the back of the box it stated that this game supported a 100 player online mode. I thought 'how the heck can you fit 100 cars onto one track?' Then disappointment rushed through me as the two modes of play came up onto the screen-Rally and Hillclimb event. These are both time trial events, where you go through a deserted track by yourself as you try to beat other people's time as you race simultaneous, though by yourself on the track. It's a cruel joke of a multiplayer, bragging about 100 player multiplayer when really this feels like leader boards, which the game also supports. You can't choose the track or car either as you vote on it in the lobby. Plus, I struggled to find a game as other people obviously twigged how much this component sucks. Plus, there isn't any split-screen multiplayer too, which is lame.

          Don't let this mode put you off DiRT though, as the game is just plain fun in its single player modes. Events like when you go behind the wheel of a big rig to get the fastest time you can as you drive up a hill are great moments, as are when you overturn your car for the first time, win your first event and crash your buggy for the first time. It's fun all the way, and it never sacrifices fun to add depth or anything like that.

          DiRT is rated 12+ for language, if the back of the box is to be believed. That said I never heard any swear words throughout the whole game. There were plenty of car smashes though. But really, there is little to offend here and anyone can get into DiRT.

          -(The Graphics)-
          The most noticeably excellent area of DiRT is its graphics. Without question, DiRT is one of the best looking racing games on the market. The car models look identical to their real-life counterparts, with lots of detail seen in the actual cars. What's more impressive is how these cars break apart. As you smash into walls and other objects, the parts of the car will fall off like bumpers, doors, hoods, windows and more. It looks incredibly realistic and seeing your car in a complete mess has never looked so good. But the cars aren't the only things that break apart beautifully. As you travel through stunning locations in the dirty of the UK, the sunshine of Italy and the rainy tracks of Japan you'll notice there is lots to destroy in the tracks. Signs, bushes, poles, fences and other objects break apart and are left on the track as you continue your trek through the race. Other detail like going through mud leaves dirt on your car and the beautiful lighting which not only makes your car shine, but also leaves a haze in daylight, really make DiRT stand out visually. Sadly, it's clear this is too much for the system to handle, as the frame rate can chop up, especially during races with other cars. It's minor though, and DiRT is an overall beautiful game.

          -(The Sound)-
          The sound in DiRT is great, though not quite up to the quality of the graphics. There is never any music during gameplay, only during the menus and at the end of races. It's decent, but there is so little of it it's not very noteworthy. There are also some helpful voiceovers in menus and during gameplay, where Travis Pastrana will guide you through the races, cars and menus. During rally races you'll hear a co-pilot guiding you through the track and his words are helpful so you should listen. The only real sore spot in terms of voiceovers are at the end of races where your co-pilot or Pastrana will spurt out a nasty one-liner that grates after hearing the same few repeated. Really, the sound effects take centre stage here. Cars roar as they cross the roads, with fantastic engine sounds. The sounds change as you drive on different surfaces, and the crunch of when you crash into a corner is oddly satisfying.

          -(The Replay Value)-
          DiRT falters here a bit. The main career mode feels like it takes forever to complete, but in actual fact, it may take you less than 10 hours to complete with all the points. You'll have to replay it once to earn all the cars, unless you are on the hardest difficulty already. Whether you want to do that will be up to preference. If you are an achievement whore, you probably will. Speaking of which, the achievements are a decent selection. There are 49 in total, and thankfully only three of them come from the online multiplayer. This means that you can try an attempt to get the 46 of them left, which will give you about 940 gamer points. You can earn achievements from winning a number of races in a row, buying a number of cars and earning all the points in the career mode. Sadly, you could earn most of them on your first go if you're good. The multiplayer may keep you busy for a few matches, but it isn't exactly enticing.

          -(The Score)-
          Controls=10
          Gameplay=9
          Graphics=9
          Sound=8
          Replay Value=7
          Overall Score=8.6

          -(The Ending Comments)-
          DiRT is a fantastic racing game as a whole. The thing that will immediately strike you is the graphics. They are absolutely stunning from the incredible car models, to the fantastic environments and lighting, to the excellent destruction of cars and environments. It can chug at times, but you can't deny that it is a beautiful game. Once you get past the graphics you find that DiRT also plays excellently too. From the fast paced rally races, to the bashful truck events-everything about DiRT is fun. It's not particularly deep, with a limited selection of cars and tracks, but its damn fun. The online play is a bit of a joke, stating 100 players online except you don't actually race against anyone. It's a slight blemish on an otherwise excellent game-if you love Rally games, or racing games in general then DiRT is a must own.

          -(The Extra Info)-
          This was published and developed by Codemasters.
          This was released on June 15th, 2007 and is also on PC and PS3.
          This is available from Amazon from £13 in the used and new section.

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            04.06.2008 14:39

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            A good all round game, worth a buy for those hardcore racing fans.

            I got this for Christmas 2007 and have played on it constantly ever since, it rarely comes out of the Xbox 360. The great thing about this game is that you don't as in other previous Colin McRae games drive a selection of 5 or 6 world rally cars around each of the events to win the championship and complete the Game. There are several modes, Career where you enter each event working your way to the top of a pyramid, or you go to Championship mode where selecting a catergory race National international or Global events, you have to them in this order to unlok the next in line. Also there are to custom event and multiplayer modes. In the career moe you can choose from Rally cross, WRC in classic, 4WD, RWD or FWD cars. There is T1 and T4 which is cars similar to those which race in the Paris Dakar desert rally is you didn't know. And hill climd, which features the Suziki Eskudo Pikes Peak car for those of you who are familiar with Gran Turismo.

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            25.01.2008 18:19
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            Great graphics, pick up and , deeper gameplay for those that want it, recommended.

            I am an avid gamer who has been playing games since the days of early Atari consoles and have always enjoyed the thrill of the racing game. Colin McRae rally games have been around for sometime and are often thought of as simulation games. Tricky to drive, lots of fiddling about with settings etc just to be able to reach the end of the course. One for the purist rally fanatic you might say but over the generations the realism has improved and the controls been ironed out to make the games more playable and now that Dirt has been offered as the first McRae game on the next gen consoles I thought it might be worth a play.

            The first thing that hit me about Dirt was that even though it carrys one of the most famous names in rallying, Colin McRae (rest in peace) it doesn't really feature him in the game which is a good thing in my honest opinion as celebrity endorsed games are often annoyingly bad. This isn't one of those games I hasten to add.

            *First Impressions*

            When the game first loads you get the usual adverts for the software houses, yeah yeah very nice and then you get a nice simple menu screen with a floating menu that looks like its drifting in open space, nice touch. The worst thing as a first impression is that the voice over that to be fair does a good clear job of explaining the menus etc is very american. Now don't get me wrong, thats not a bad thing in itself but as its endorsed by a scot I just though the game my have more of a UK feel about it. Not a big issue I know but there you have it. As you navigate the menu you can drift nicely to other menus deeper into the screen to get more info about events etc which again has a nice feel about it. So all in all first impressions are good, if they have taken this much time over the menu then just imagine what the game must be like.

            *Getting Started*

            With your friendly American guide starting off in the world of Dirt is pretty simple. You have about 4 cars to start off with and you can choose from a selection of races and styles of racing. The events are laid out in a pyramid with you starting off at the bottom tier and by successfully completing the events here you can unlock new events on this level and once you have unlock enough at tier one you can move up to tier 2 etc and this can be done with or without completing the whole of tier 1 although you will gain a small achievement if you do all of a tier.

            *Racing Styles*

            There are several race styles in the Dirt game which offer plenty of variety.

            Rally - The normal point to point rally stages on a mixture of surfaces including gravel, tarmac and dirt etc.

            Rallycross - This involves racing curcuits which are usually dirt and tarmac tracks against 6 to 8 other competitors who don't hold back.

            Rally Raid - This is usually bigger more pupose built off road vehicles and you race purely off road, like desert racing, some point to point and some long tracks. Other vehicles involved here like the rally cross.

            Pro Truck Racing - US style big V8 truck racing on a motocross style track with other competitors, lots of bumping and bashing in this race class.

            Crossover Racing - This is you against another car on a closed curcuit with a cross over point so you start half a track apart and both race around the same track and the quickest wins, think race of champions if you have seen that on TV?

            So plenty of types of racing to keep you going in this game with each one linking to live if you have it and at the end of each race you get to know just how many thousands of people are quicker than you in the world from the online score boards. Replays are quite good also and are shown after each event but can be skipped.

            *Controls and Views*

            Driving games always have the same controls and there is nothing new here for Dirt, the progressive steering and breaks etc are good with the analogue features of the 360 controllers and would be better with a wheel set but I haven't got one of those. The views are good with the usual chase cameras and bonnet views but you also get a great in car camera angle that shows your arms driving etc which gives you an even better feel of what it might like to be in a real race car.

            *Achievement etc*

            Those familiar with 360 games will know how addictive collecting the useless gamer points is and Dirt dishes out quite a few small achievements early on and they keep coming the better you get and higher you climb up the tiers. Clean racing also rewards you with some points but this isn't so easy to achieve early on.

            *Graphics and Sound*

            Visually this game is great with dust and dirt flying, glass shatters and flys around the cabin when you crash and the cars crumple dramatically with body parts flying off all over the place if your careless. Sound effects are the usual affair with an absense of music in the races but I don't miss it. Some of the race styles have co drivers to guide you and if you are really concentrating they can really save your bacon although occasionally I have found myself shouting back when they don't give you a lot of warning about a sharp bend etc but you do have a little scrolling map of the track on the screen which can help you too.

            *Deeper Game Play*

            In the main Dirt is a game you can just pick up and play and get plenty to keep you going without delving deeper but for those who like to tinker there are decent levels of car settings to fiddle with to try and get that extra tenth of speed. A huge variety of vehicles which you can purchase with your generous winnings and each with a number of colour schemes to choose from which cost a few grand to collect. I believe you can also upgrade cetain elements although I haven't delved into this yet as I am only on tier 2 of the events. Crashes in races will also cost you and on the harder levels can even end the race, in multi stage events you will have to fork out hard earned credit to repair cars and the damage will also effect the performance so a nasty bang early on and your times will suffer badly. Drive with Care!

            *Overall*

            This is a good racing game, better than Forza 2 for variety and is now coming down in price making it better value than at release, I have the game on rental and I know it'll have to go back before I'm tired of it so thats a good sign.

            Great graphics, pick up and , deeper gameplay for those that want it, recommended. If i have to pick on something as a negative load times between races are a little long although the nice 3D floaty menus fill the time showing you interesting stats about your time in the game like how far you have travelled on 2 wheels and you biggest jump etc.

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              09.11.2007 02:07
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              This is a game of action and thriller with amazing graphixs. I recommend every one to play this game

              there are two kinds of people. One who pimp their rides with custom parts, no matter where they find them and change the whole look of their machines. Then, there are car fanatics who alter mechanical parts of a vehicle to smoothen its performance. They don`t give a fig about the technical aspects of racing or performance. Seemingly, they fancy their rides, adorned with different company names and vinyl of crazy shapes. For such types of car lovers, I must recommend games such as Need for Speed Underground Series, Carbon, Most wanted, Burn out and many more.

              On the other hand, some people are the true followers of motor sports like WRC (World Rally Championship) . Formula one NASCAR racing . For them, I must recommend the Colin Mcrae series of car racing games and the best in its genre is "DIRT", which is the most recent edition from this brand. Be aware as this game is for those who have the guts and are familiar with the basics of car racing. In simple words, this game is for the professional rally drivers or those interested in professional racing. There is lot more to do in this part as compared to the other ones, especially the career mode.

              Game play is very realistic. ! you have to do lots of power sliding on the light somers and chicanes must melt down the rubber and fly like the wind. For this, you must smooth and steady ! At the same time, you must listen to your navigator very carefully throughout the track, in case you want to beat your opponents. This game has both simulations as well as the arcade aspects, which will be a great experience for the gamers and that`s what I call a true rally. Career mode is like a bulk of fun. It consists of different nature of rallies like crossover, Rally cross, Rally road, CORR,Hll Climb and Simple Rally. And the best part of the game is damage and car crash. It is so realistic that if you even pass a single wrong curve or a high crest with high acceleration, it can roll over your car many times and crash in to some tree or fall down in a pit and all your hard work will be ruined. But you might enjoy the crashing part. There is the tuning option in which you can tune your car in very depth, but be careful as this is for those who know how to do so. You must read the help menu and have to listen to your co-drivers before you start tuning your car.
              Sound tracks are average, better to listen on replays. The game`s sound effects are excellent. Overall, Dirt is some how a good collection to your library. Graphically, it is a hi-tech racing game where you can even see the dirt particles and count every single leaf on the track. The Dirt gets 4 out of 5. try it...

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            It may be tempting to think of this simply as Colin McRae Rally 6.0, but for once a game has been rebranded not to divert attention from an aging and discredited formula, but because it really is a whole evolutionary step forward for the series. ThereÆs now a far greater range of cars and race types than just point-to-point rallying, with everything from hill climbing to rally cross events included. The gameÆs also far less parochial than before, with plenty of officially licensed international rally tracks and competitions.