DiRT Rally 2.0 is a very challenging and realistic video game. There is no 1-player mode where you can start without creating a profile and just play the time-trials. These online games now are marketing genius, but bad for consumers, in that once, before online gaming, all the features, bonuses, and easter eggs were already on the disc and you simply had to reach a certain point to unlock them. Now, you have to have a Playstation account, and they have you by the hairs because, in order to use all the features, they nickel and dime you to about $500 or so, $1.99 or $2.49 at a time.
Rallycross is good head to head racing but unless you just keep doing that over and over, racing on the courses just gets a bit boring and lonely, to be honest. There just aren’t any other cars around.
Too Hard For Beginners
There is a huge learning curve. In fact, I’d say it has the biggest learning curve in any game I’ve ever played. You’ll have to do some research on rally terminology because you’ll be screwed if you don’t know what your co-driver is saying.
I did my first race in a Stratos and crashed about 50 times. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll really like this game if you like racing games in general. As far as realism goes, this is second to none.
You will crash. A lot. Start with a slow or a 4 wheel drive car.
Stages can vary in length from a few minutes to well over 10 minutes and an entire race will take up a significant amount of your time. The car list is amazing, it was cool to see such a wide variety of cars both old and new.
The tracklist is just as good, including a practice area to get the hang of the driving mechanics.
The sound design is breathtaking – especially in headphones. The cars gurgle, roar, crack and hiss. The scenery makes realistic noises based on the speed at which you travel along it and based on the type of surface. The crowds cheer and whoop – their cries fade into the distance as you zoom past.
Different Gameplay Modes
Career mode is split up into sections. Ai racing, and Leaderboard challenges. Ai racing is just racing against the Ai, but unlike quick race, you must look after damage and pay for part replacements or new cars and upgrades. Leaderboard challenges are the same, but you race against real people and only get one shot.
Is It Worth Giving A Try
Overall, if you want to get the best simulation like experience, this game is definitely for you, but if you just want a nice fun easy experience, like Forza Horizon, this game is definitely not for you.
Before you complain about how hard it is to play this game, ask yourself this: What does driving a car feel like? Because that’s what it feels like to play this game. Driving a car requires practice, time, and focus, and if you want to be good at it, then add a commitment to the list. This game is hard I’ll admit because you have to drive a car with a controller in a literal sense. But that’s what makes it great.