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Colin McRae: DiRT (PC DVD)

Platform : Windows XP
3.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Wide variety of off-road and rallying disciplines including Rally, Hill Climb, Rally RAID, Rally Cross & the CORR desert series
  • Photorealistic tracks painstakingly recreated from real-world location photography and satellite data
  • Incredibly detailed models of 46 licensed vehicles bring the action to life
  • Online play that allows 100 players to compete against one another
  • Stay in control or watch as your car dramatically crashes into a barrier and barrel-rolls, crushing every panel and spewing debris across the track
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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Platform: PC | Edition: Normal
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  • ASIN: B000NG37AG
  • Release Date: 15 Jun. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,155 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

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Product Description

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. There’s 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 game’s also far less parochial than before, with plenty of officially licensed international rally tracks and competitions.

As exciting as all this may be though the game’s trump card is clearly its graphics. After what seems to have been an endless series of next gen disappointments this is one game that clearly could never have been done on the older consoles. The level of detail is incredible, both on the cars and the environment, but what really impresses is how interactive everything is. Pranging your car not only damages it realistically, but whatever you’ve hit as well, from roadside barriers to other racers.

The game’s other great triumph is ironically also it’s only serious flaw. The car handling is superbly realistic, but so much so that it actually makes getting anywhere in the game extremely difficult without an awful lot of practise (and ideally a good steering wheel controller). At least you can go online for a match against others at the same skill level as you though, which does help to avoid too much frustration and helps you appreciate what is probably the best next gen racer so far.
Harrison Dent

Manufacturer's Description

Colin McRae: DIRT is the most diverse and exhilarating off-road racing experience ever with sensational gravel, mud and dirt events the world over. Events include the series' intense point-to-point races and takes players further off-road than ever before.

Race in challenging heavyweight 850bhp cars, drifting on the loose gravel and high-speed blind corners of Hill Climb events along perilous cliff edges. All 12.4 miles of the world famous Pikes Peak International is included, with over 150 precarious turns to negotiate through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

How about engaging in multiple car races with Dakar-style trucks and super-powered 4x4s on the toughest desert terrain in Rally Raid competitions? Then there are Rally Cross events, switching between dirt and road racing, where the competition is always tight, fast and collisions with your opponents are inevitable. Colin McRae: DIRT also offers a dedicated mode for European, International and Global rally championships featuring official 2WD, 4WD, Classic and RWD rally cars.

Colin McRae: DIRT delivers the wheel-screaming exhilaration of off-road racing with the next generation of the series' sublime car handling and physics system and a devastating new damage engine that ensures players experience every bump in the track, every loose rock, every inch of shifting dirt through the reactive environments.

With an incredible range of off-road vehicles, thrill-packed tracks, modes that make the most of online multiplayer, and more varied events than any other single-championship rally game, Colin McRae is a bigger, faster, wilder racing experience.


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The game is great, lots of different types of rally racing to choose from the career mode will need sometime to compete. I personally do not have any problems with playing on it with my laptop which only have a ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 one advise would be make sure you have the latest card drivers for your computer and leave at least 12.5 GB of hard disk space because the game needs a lot of space! Overall it is not like some people say you need a super computer to run it if it is jerky try turn down the graphics to Low and the detail is still amazing.
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By now you can probably gather that yes, as a new title, this game doesn't perform well on less than high-end PCs - however you shouldn't be too worried about this; the options are scaleable like every other PC title.

What you should be worried about is that this is a fairly hard-core rallying sim, and it's actually very difficult. If you approach this game like an arcade-style racer (e.g. Need For Speed or Burnout), you'll spend the whole time doing endless doughnuts and crashing. The cars have more than a token nod to modelling real performance-vehicle handling, and as such, are pretty difficult to control; don't even think about using the keyboard for this. Get an Xbox 360 controller and try that at a minimum; it'll work perfectly with your PC.

With that said, the handling physics aren't quite right; the cars seem to have a little too much friction, and it's difficult to get my gamepad control sensitivity set just right. Sometimes, the slightest touch of the controls will send you careening around the track, and - I can't emphasise this enough - this game is pretty damn difficult. I may well skip the dune-buggy racing altogether, since sometimes it's like watching one of those little radio-controlled helicopters spinning wildly all over the place.

Get the demo, try it out, and see what you think first - the learning curve is very steep.

EDIT : There actually may be a problem with the default car setups, or the controller code the full game. Even accounting for difficulty, I've been playing around with my 360 controller's deadzones and saturation in the game, and it's still very tough to control the cars.
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I too downloaded the demo and was dissapionted with performance

my pc is: athlon x2 3800+ 1GB RAM, nvidia 7600GT, x-fi sound card.

on the demo I could only manage 800x600.

However the final release has had some work done to it and have quite hapilly run it at 1280x1024 even if with all detial down. Despite how bad it sounds having detial on minimum it is actually still better graphics than any other racing game turned up high. Do not be put of by high specs, even mid range machines can comfortable play this excellent game.
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Initially worried my PC wouldn't run it at its best- E6600 Core 2, 2GB 800mhz ram, geforce 7950gt GFX but hek, it runs like a dream on my hitachi hi def projector @ 1280 x 720 with most relavant detail settings at ultra. Read reviews that say it slows down when racing other cars - well not on my system! The graphics are simply awesome - no "draw distance" problems, superb lighting and detail - possibly (along with Elder Scrolls 4) the best graphics I have seen on the PC. Now the down side - STEEP learning curve. Just keeping the car on the road is tough - after about 3 hrs play, I cannot complete any of the rally sections, but won all the rally cross and hill climb events on tier 1 at rookie level and the next level up - the narrow tracks on the rally sections even on rookie skill level are tough to finish never mind finishing 1st!! But with a lot of practice it does get better and incredibly satisfying and a whole load of fun - which is most important! I'm playing on a Logitech Force feedback wheel - tried it on joypad and gave up fairly quickly.
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This game will, without you consent, install "hidden drivers"
These starforce drivers are not compatible with a lot of computers including mine.
When you report your problems to Codemasters you will not get any help at all, as they wont admit there is a problem with this Russian software.
These drivers will stay on your system after uninstalling game and you will need a special tool to remove them.
Leave this game alone and any other games that use "starforce"
Ubisoft have ditched starforce and its time Codemasters did the same
EDIT ON 16/10/09
Thanks to people like me pointing out the failings of Starforce
Codemasters have issued a patch to remove it from the game.
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This game is absolutely amazing. Why must a game cater for lower-end users - if they do, how will game technology EVER move forward? Speaking of forwards, the game just keeps on going and going. The game has moved slightly into the centre between US and UK, and frankly it has improved the game. Want speed? How about a dirt-happy rally down the gorgeous hills of Japan. Want a breathtaking yet scary race? Why not try the Hill Climb events, through the ever-shining valleys of America.

The damage system in the game is probably the best ever devised in a game. However, one gripe is that unlike a REAL rally, if you go too much off track, you are automatically reset, which slightly detracts from the realism. Another thing that has gone, (probably due to the fantastic - yet VERY demanding Neon graphics engine) are in weather effects - rememeber the feeling of tearing down a track with rain beating down on your windscreen? You will need to play the earlier Colin McRae games, because that has gone.

But in its place you get a brilliant array of cars, tracks, graphics, sound - but - the cliche works perfectly with this game - try before you buy, ie. the demo, because this game will need a very good system to run.

For reference, I play the game with an average of 40-45 FPS at 1280x1024, with full High sound and graphics on the following system:

AMD Athlon X2 5600 AM2

2GB Corsair XMS2 RAM

nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 320MB

In conclusion, Colin McRae is better than ever, even if the graphics seem to sway slightly towards a bias.
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