Excerpt: Since its inception the Colin McRae Rally series has been one of the finest for nerve shredding driving, and its rather lengthy lifecycle is testament to this. Colin McRae Dirt is the latest game in the series, and the removal of Rally from the title suggests that the game is more than a rally game.
Conclusion: One thing I can say for DiRT is that aside from being the most beautiful, it’s among the most all-inclusive Rally games to date… Sure, car setup is nothing new but DiRT takes it a step further by actually providing real-time advice from Travis and friends should you want to make extra sure that you’re set for the terrain ahead. I also really appreciate the diversity of events rather than the usual parade of checkpoint-based trials.
Summary: This is a game that once you pick up, you’ll love. Even if you’re just a casual fan of driving games, we recommend you pick this up. And if you love your driving, then this is a cert, as its quite simply one of the best PS3 racing titles currently on the market
Pros: Realistic damage, In-depth career mode, Plenty of unlockable cars and liveries
Cons: Online mode could be better, No "real" arcade feature
Excerpt: One of the unique features of DiRT is the treatment of its User Interface (U.I). DiRT 's menus and other U.I. features are handled in what is best described as what people were expecting Vista to look like. All of the menus are displayed as arrangements of 2D screens displayed in 3D space.
Conclusion: It touches on moments of sheer brilliance and is one of the best racing experiences irrespective of platform. But its adherence to realism is also sometimes its biggest enemy. Even so, Codemasters has itself a dirty little gem here.
Excerpt: Rallying is a motorsport that seems tailor-made for video games, yet its thrilling high speed racing around the most perilous of courses doesn't seem to get as much attention as the Gran Turismos and Ridge Racers of this world. Colin McRae: Dirt combines the precision and concentration of the most hardcore sims with the thrills and immediacy of the best arcade racers, and throws in a stunning next-gen engine.
Conclusion: DiRT will never be put on a plateau alongside the powerhouse Forza and Grand Turismo franchises, but as a re-invention of the niche Colin McRae series, has carved out a much larger audience than it ever enjoyed before. The lack of enticing Career Mode Achievements and controller rumble knock a point off the Playstation 3 version, but like the Xbox 360 version, there’s still several hours of fun gameplay to be had before it’s time to move onto something else.
Pros: No screen hiccups as seen on 360 version, More inviting to non-rally gamers, Slick in-game, menu visuals, Vehicle and race-type variety
Cons: Online mode a letdown, No controller rumble, It's racing; can grow tiresome, Achievements are missed
Summary: DiRT does a lot of things right, and offers a lot of different variety. The graphics and menu presentation are second to none, and the crashes are awesome. But a horrible online mode and a number of problems in key racing elements like handling keeps this game in mediocrity. Motorstorm does off-road racing better and provides a crazy environment, and that’s why I just don’t feel safe in giving DiRT the greatest score ever.