Sorry to say this is still not the rally game we die hards have been looking for. The fact it got simultaneous release on the consoles raised a prickle of suspicion then on installation everything is done via keyboard, no mouse control - quick and nasty conversion. It took me a while to figure out how you set up the control options to recognise the joypad and there's no obvious way to exit back to Windows (it's actually Alt-F4 thanks to help I received on a forum).The front end UI is awful.Got it running - one bright note is the only copy protection I can see is that the disc must be in the drive.
Wasn't expecting Crysis 2 graphics, but they're not even as good as Railworks. Sound is not very good either - the Citreon sounds like a GTA SA Slamvan.
Car handling is pants, on a par with GTA Vice City if that, zero physics and no analogue feel at all. I can't see that changing the car setup makes much difference either. Hardly any car manufacturers to choose from - Ford, Citreon and a token Sub. I want to drive a Corsa!
Gameplay is arcade, career mode is little more than an imitation of the Dirt pyramid system. The AI competition makes no mistakes and even on medium level with what I regarded as a good drive, I am struggling to place in the top ten. Unfortunately that means you can't unlock any new levels and end up stuck playing the same track over and over trying to advance. None of the tracks appear to be real world, just generic 6 - 7km incarnations to cater for the 5 minute attention span of the lowest common denominator.
Think I will be loading up Rally Championship (or Richard Burns) for another go and sampling the delights of Hafren Sweetlamb or Pundershaw in all their technical 20+ mile glory. Is it too much to ask for a "proper" rally game?