Graphics - 89%
Audio - 92%
Gameplay - 96%
Replayability - 85%
Codemasters have been making games and racing games for ages, and Dirt is probably one of the more successful rally series out today with Dirt 4 they try to make it even more successful.
I’ve always liked rally games but more in an arcade style rather than simulation and with recent rally games the developers really try to push the career/simulation side, which is great as there is a big market for the enthusiasts but in trying to fine tune this style, the developers lose sight of the fun side.
Luckily with Dirt 4 this is not the case, it is one of the most fun rally games I have played in a while. From when you start up the game it starts teaching you how the game works, how rally works and customizing the gameplay to your style. Apart from the tons of assist settings you can change, the game has two major different styles arcade and simulation. The simulation is great but for this style you really need a proper racing setup, steering wheel, racing seat and space. It is definitely a great mode and they keep improving on this year upon year but for me, I like the arcade racing style.
For me, it was very special how the game makes sure that the gameplay settings are correct and that the player is happy with it. When I started my career, I also found it very cool that the tracks started off a lot easier and found it to increase gradually. This is a great way to get a player invested as you start them off with great wins and then they get ready for the more challenging races and tracks.
Rallycross makes a debut and is fully licensed with FIA World Rallycross Championship. It adds another extra depth to the game and will add hours of extra play. Joyride is back from Dirt 3 with some great mini multiplayer modes. Landrush is also back from Dirt Rally where you can race with buggies and stadium trucks. You also build and manage your team, making your repairs happen quicker, getting better sponsors or daily operations.
Dirt 4 is an awesome racing game and one that I will be playing for a while, it grabbed me from the start and made me feel that the game will customise to how I want to play.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Age Rating: PG
Estimated RRP: R879
Release Date: 9 June 2017
- Great learning system
- Still needs some extra beef on career