Dirt 5 Review

Dirt 5 is the latest new off road racing experience created by Codemasters.

Its been 3 years since the last Dirt game has released and a lot of work and hype has been put into the latest edition of the game featuring Ken Block. However its worth noting this game feels nothing like Dirt 4 at all, Nor Dirt Rally, Or even Dirt 3! This game feels like a throwback all the way back to Dirt 2 with its amazing career mode filled with Sponsorships and many different types of racing. Instead of just focusing on Rally and Gymkhana like the previous two entries in the dirt series Dirt 5 is filled with tons of new modes guaranteed to keep you right on the edge of your seat.

With over 70 routes across 10 worldwide locations, DIRT 5 offers a rich global journey that takes you from the dusty, unforgiving deserts of Arizona, to treacherous conditions under the Northern Lights in Norway, To the Dusty courses in South Africa and Even Iced Up Streets of New York. A huge number of event types for these locations include Ultra Cross circuits, point-to-point Rally Raids, boulder-conquering Path Finder events and the return of Gymkhana.

The player is dropped into a off-road racing series that delivers constant extreme action, continent to continent, in all manner of events. As you begin to get your feet wet and make a buzz in the racing scene, you catch the eye of AJ, voiced by Troy Baker. An undisputed superstar and fan favourite in the world of DIRT, AJ quickly takes you under his wing, showing you what it takes to rise to the top of the sport he has dominated for years.

You’re not the only new racer making a splash, though. Enter Bruno Durand – the ultra-competitive, cold, calculated veteran, voiced by none other than Nolan North. A champion in other off-road disciplines, Bruno’s talent and star power mean a clash with AJ is inevitable, but the fallout from an epic race between these two icons lays the foundation for you to create your own legacy in the sport.

The entire story, your journey, and much more are covered in depth by the DIRT Podcast by Donut Media, hosted by James Pumphrey and Nolan Sykes from the Donut crew. Their energy and excitement match the vibe of DIRT’s racing world, and between events they react to all the key moments of your story.

All of this comes together for a deep, narrative-driven mode that sees you rise from obscurity to infamy in an amplified racing world.

The Career is split into five chapters to cover the key moments in the narrative. Each chapter offers multiple paths for you to take, meaning you can choose which events you want to participate in through the chapter. Complete races to open new events in the chapter; the higher you place, the more stamps you will earn. A certain number of Stamps are needed to unlock the Main Event of each chapter so the better you perform, the quicker you can progress. Main Events are the conclusion of each chapter and a tougher test for the player. Finish third or above to move onto the next chapter.

20 real-world brands are available to sponsor you in Career mode, including the likes of Monster Energy, Sparco, Michelin, Fatlace and Codemasters. Each sponsor will have unique rewards when you sign with them, including exclusive liveries of that brand, stickers to use in the livery editor, and a currency signing bonus. Each sponsor will have objectives, both long and short-term, that they want you to hit in your Career. Do that and you’ll increase your Reputation Rank, which leads to an ultimate reward once you hit the top rank.

Players can switch to a new sponsor whenever they want in Career, though the earlier you leave a sponsor, the less rewards you may receive, especially if you don’t meet your sponsor’s minimum race contract.

Final Thoughts

A Deep Narrative by Nolan North and Troy Baker, over 130 Events, Nine Different Race Types, Player Choice driven progression, Real brand sponsorships and even Split screen with 3 friends. Dirt 5 makes for the best racing game of the year hands down.

Its also worth Noting that Players on current gen consoles get a free upgrade to a next gen version on launch. Buy once and play cross gen. Definitely worth the buy.


  • Feels like a proper Dirt game again.
  • Playgrounds mode is super fun and engaging with the dirt community.
  • Nolan North and Troy Baker Voice actors in the game.
  • Great Campaign mode!


  • Wheel support is low at the moment.
  • Ai difficulty needs more tweaking.


Story - 9
Graphics - 10
Audio - 9
Gameplay - 10
Replayability - 10

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