Colin McRae: DiRT (PC DVD)
- 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: 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.
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Platform: PC | Edition: Normal
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. Theres 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 games 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 games 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 youve hit as well, from roadside barriers to other racers.
The games other great triumph is ironically also its 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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The layout of the game is nice but the moves are not that accurate on the corners. The game could be built a little better but still worth the money an playing. :)Published 17 months ago by Fly With Me
This game plays like a DOG Until YOU set up your steering wheel PROPERLY (see Now its
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When loading, all I got was: 'Attempt of using emulation software has been detected... '
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This PC/DVD-Rom game was very cheep "Colin Mcrae DIRT", but as I expected. it won't run,
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Any system I run this game on it runs terrible. I have GTX570 and run the game on high settings and It still runs awful. I tried on another system with 5570 it ran the same way. Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2011 by ebot
I bought this because I loved Colin McRae Rally 4, which was a decent enough (though not perfect) rally sim. Read morePublished on 12 May 2011 by Mr. J. J. Tracey