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This review is from: Colin McRae: DIRT (PS3) (Video Game)
I am a massive fan of rally games and have enjoyed playing Dirt.
It has everything that is to be expected from the genre, the options to play through career, tournament or single races is standard nowadays. The grand total of less than 50 vehicles is not fantastic, but respectable.
The vehicles have been well created and the detail of damage is of a good standard with body parts and trim flapping in the wind after a bump or two. The landscapes are detailed and realistic and the layout of tracks are also well thought through offering a range of challenges from fast corners and long straights to tight twisty tracks in the Japanese mountains.
There are issues with the game, firstly there is no weather variation which has such a big impact on all motor sports, but especially rally. And the main problem for me is that I just did not connect with the feeling that I was driving a rally car. The change of terrain from gravel, tarmac or dirt made very little difference in the handling and the vehicles seemed to glide over the terran rather than grunt and tear their way through it. It felt more like handling a hovercraft at times. Further to this the co-driver could sometimes warn of a hairpin, once you have slammed into the barriers (ie a bit late) and on other occassions pre warn you of the next 20 upcoming bends all in one go that you completely lose track. And the last complaint is that the scoreboard appears in the top right corner of the screen at every time split, which means that if you have any right hand turns coming up - you will not be able to see it!
That said the range of tracks and vehicles on offer, the good graphics and equally competent audio makes this a good arcade game to pick up and play. But for hardened racing fans I would have to advise Race Driver - Grid is the better and more complete game.