Rally games are on their way back in and DiRT 4 is a great way to ease back into it. Luckily, off-road enthusiasts have more options when it comes to racing simulator games these days, but DiRT 4 comes as somewhat of an exception to the rule in a world of open-world, tons-to-do types like Forza Horizon 4. You see, where past iterations of the DiRT franchise have featured Gymkhana and Demolition Derby style events, DiRT 4 strips away everything that isn’t pure, undiluted rally driving – and that’s exactly what this racing game is about.
Career mode allows players to manage their own team, enabling them to hire or fire their crew, sign up sponsors, and design their own experience. There’s also a nifty feature that allows you to randomly generate rally stages, so you could theoretically never drive the same course twice. As for the vehicle selection, you can choose from a variety of stadium trucks, modern subcompacts, classic rally cars, and Group B legends donned in the liveries we all know and love. If you want to get serious about your gameplay, there’s a live ladder, tournaments, leagues, and cross-platform leaderboards to compete against.
It is worth noting that past iterations of this game have been very touchy with the controls which really brings out the nuanced characteristics of a proper rally vehicle. Where brute force and a ‘pedal to the metal’ mindset can get you far in other racing sims, you’ll likely notice that it’s the small adjustments and precise throttle control that ultimately get you the gold in DiRT 4. In fact, more often than not, you’ll find yourself careening off into a ditch while you’re still getting the hang of what it’s like to race in this cutting-edge rally racing simulator.