Game review on Xbox One
Nick Staunton-Mckenzie / Thu 15th Jun 2017
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DiRT 4 is a rally themed racing game, developed and published by Codemasters. The sixth installment in the DiRT series and follow up to 2015's critically acclaimed DiRT Rally, DiRT 4 is available from June 9th, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
DiRT 4 features a career mode, starting with you competing in amateur rallies in the backwoods of Michigan, America and progressing to the top stages of the world rally championship all around the world.
Career mode also features events such as Retro Rally, where players can race the most iconic rally cars from multiple decades; and Land Rush, where players can race speed karts, buggies, and 4x4 trucks across a dirt circuit full of jumps and sharp turns. DiRT 4 also features RallyCoss for the first time in the series. Endorsed by the World RallyCross Championship, RallyCross will test players by racing across gravel and paved surfaces at high speeds.
DiRT 4 continues to showcase the driving mechanics and physics that have set the series apart from all other racing games in the genre. Specifically, smooth controls, a detailed tutorial that teaches the player all the ins and outs of how to craft the perfect race no matter the type, and the in-game co-driver that alerts you of the track ahead of time so that you don't go from a rally car to a crashing airplane.
DiRT 4 also features a Multiplayer mode, where you can test your skills against other players across the world, and the Joyride mode where you can just drive around the DiRTFISH academy and make up your own fun. In a first for the series, DiRT 4 also gives players the chance to drive a randomly generated track in Freeplay mode; and through driving this track, you can create your own rally stage for you and your friends to race against each other. All this adds up to this being possibly the best racing game of the last five years.
DiRT 4 is beautiful, I don't think I can put it any other way. The graphics and attention to details so small that the everyday player wouldn't notice are amazing. Codemasters have shown that the recreation of every country's roads matters to them, and they want to make sure that they get as much right as they possibly can.
DiRT 4 doesn't only have great attention to detail when it comes to road signs; Codemasters have also put an amazing amount of effort into the design of cars and environments. Tracks and surrounding environments react to the movements you make during the race, giving a smooth and responsive ride. Throughout all my hours of playing, I didn't come across any graphical glitches.
DiRT 4's audio is mostly what you would expect from a racing game. The cars sound realistic, the ambient sounds of the forest and Australian outback are life-like, and the crowd sounds add another layer to the immersive feeling of the game. The soundtrack is amazing, with songs from The Hives, Wolfmother, and Queens Of The Stoneage all featuring.
DiRT 4 does a lot of things right when it comes to the gameplay and overall feel of the game, arguably perfectly. I may be spouting a lot of love for the game, but that is because DiRT 4 is just leagues ahead of others in this genre.
Everything from driving to the team customization is improved on in DiRT 4. I suggest that anyone who is into racing games should definitely give this game a try because I feel this is the best racing game of the last five years.