Dirt 4 is the anticipated next project in Dirt series. With successful Dirt Rally, the company made a decision to adopt a type of race sim in its mainline series, though Dirt 4 seems to be acceptable for more casual players too. The Dirt Rally entry definitely targeted hardcore racing players, while this one will be softer, taking into account difficulty settings and tutorials that may help players to master the game.
Release date The game released on June 9, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC. According to Codemasters, the game will include PS4 Pro support but is remaining tight-lipped on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. PSVR support is coming to Dirt Rally soon, so hopefully the feature will include Dirt 4.
Locations The game covers five rally locations: Spain, Michigan, Wales, Sweden and Australia. Being the official racing game of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Dirt 4 allows players racing in all the tracts from the race calendar, including Montalegre, Lohéac Bretagne, Hell, Holjes, and Lydden Hill.
Preview Dirt Rally was highly successful project. The difficulty, realistic picture of the cars flying through impassable swamps of the world at high speed got likes. As a result, the company kept working on a long-awaited Dirt 4, which is set to be more comfortable to play for a casual audience.
Dirt 4 is obviously softer than Dirt Rally, with difficulty settings – normal and simulation mode. Besides, the game has four more setups to determine the number of restarts, driver assists and AI difficulty.
Noteworthy, Dirt 4 includes a full race academy, so players can master their skills. This means that more amateur players can in all innocence start playing gradually scaling up difficulty. In the Freeplay, the player receives a significant new feature in Dirt 4 – Your Stage – which enables players to create their own custom racetrack considering the level of complexity and its length. It is just necessary to select settings and the game will generate a track.
The game offers many real-world tracks, career mode, Rally, Rally Cross, Historic Rally and the return of Land Rush to play. In a manner Dirt 4 tends towards Dirt Rally sequel. The dark side of the game is its visuals. Although it is much like Dirt Rally, but in the whole the game looks very windy and forgettable. It seems that threes are from cardboards at all, human characters are dreadful-looking.
Conclusion Novice rally drivers may like Dirt 4. It welcomes players of all skill levels. It seems to be a good expansion to Dirt Rally, offering more modes, more tracks and cars. However, the visuals are far from perfect, and no strong improvements have been made yet. Nevertheless, the game worth attention and we should wait to see what Codemasters will offer the audience in the end.