Do you need a little racing game before “Project Cars 2” and “Gran Turismo Sport”? Then “Dirt 4” is exactly the right thing!
Sometimes a high claim does not mean unconditional play. At “Dirt Rally” self-indulged racing play fans bit their teeth. But Codemasters learned from the feedback from his community. “Dirt 4” now appears two and a half years after “Dirt Rally”, a successor, which easily balances the balancing act between user friendliness and claim easily. This is precisely why the rally simulation is currently presenting itself as an ideal racing game for all friends of the challenging gravel tracks.
A good decision
This codemaster-targeted mix demonstrates “Dirt 4” shortly after the start. Then the game asks you whether you want to be on the difficulty level “Gamer” or “Simulation” on the road. This alignment proves to be almost self-explanatory and gives the measure for the subsequent hours.
If you decide for “gamers”, help you support functions and prevent, for example, merciless over-turning of the tires and overly violent driving errors. Nevertheless, the game remains challenging. If you cut a curve too much and bounce over a slope, the car continues to overlap. In “Simulation”, however, “Dirt 4” really turns up and demands immense fingertip sensation on gas and brake. Especially the drifts have it powerful in itself. Those who liked “Dirt Rally” will find themselves here again.
At the same time, you can also adjust the difficulty level variably and turn individual help functions on or off. In short, this time you decide for yourself how difficult the game is.
From school to career
But not enough of the beginner functions. Because “Dirt 4” tells you in the Dirt Academy in 27 lessons the foundations of the rally business. You do not have to do these tasks, but they are a nice addition for newcomers and provide a shallow entrance into the career.
This presents itself overall a bit bieder. Anyone expecting sprawling intersections or even a story should therefore not be surprised at the ever-uniform processing of events and racing series. The career is comparatively unadorned, but it offers enough variety. In the process, you recruit your own team, improve your Boliden and build up such a call. The career mode is not new or even outstanding, but it is motivating enough to keep you on track.
I’m gonna gas, I’m having fun!
The reason for this long-term motivation is above all the ingenious playability. “Dirt 4” leaves a really grand impression on the slopes. Regardless of whether you are using a steering wheel or a gamepad, you can feel every stone and every unevenness on the track has a direct consequence. So if your co-pilot announces “Do not cut” before a turn, then you should stick to it. In addition, there is a well-implemented damage model that does not forgive accidents. In one of our first races, it took the right front tire just before the end of the race, which led to a poorly praised finish. But these are the moments that characterize “Dirt 4”.
A small warning at this point: There is no rewind function. You can only restart a race, but do not rewind the time. This, in turn, creates a high degree of tension, since every mistake means time loss or, in the worst case, even the race.
For sheer driving pleasure
Each race depends on the vehicle chosen, its type of drive, and the route conditions. Anyone who breeds through the snowy forests of Sweden knows what concentration means. At the same time, “Dirt 4” with the Landrush race series brings with it a whimsical innovation. The buggies control themselves pleasantly fast and thus stand in contrast to rally and rallycross.
Overall, the game could still tolerate a little more variety. Despite the route generator and two fun modes such as the driving around of signs “Dirt 4” comparatively shy. For example, we miss the “Gymkhana” events of the direct predecessor. Even technically, the racing series is still quiet. Especially the ambient graphics could have turned out to be a bit more detailed and pretty. The cars, on the other hand, are beyond doubt and the picture rate was not unpleasant on the Playstation 4 Pro.
(Almost) everything done right, Codemasters! “Dirt 4” brings in both professionals and racing starters alike. Thanks to the versatile setting possibilities, everyone gets their money’s worth. The rally simulation with the traditionally good driving feeling and the high demands is fascinating. All the vehicles are different and deliver their own style. The damage model also convinces and creates unique moments.
Whoever is jigged on three tires by the finish line and still lands on the podium, will not be able to resist a loud cheering. If we want to chalk “Dirt 4” a bit, then its technical standstill and the permanently lacking variety of tasks and race types. Other games deliver much more.