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Dirt Rally 2.0 Game of the Year Edition Review

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Fast Facts

Dirt Rally 2.0 Game of the Year Edition

Developer: Codemasters
Publisher: Codemasters
Genre: Simulation Racing
Platform: Xbox One
Age Rating: PEGI +3
Release Date:  24/03/2020
Price: £54.99

A code was provided for review purposes.

“The most difficult and realistic Dirt returns accentuating everything that captivated us from the first installment.”

Same Game, Much More Content

Dirt Rally 2.0 Game of the Year Edition
A game that will make any fan of speed fall in love

Dirt Rally 2.0 Game of the Year Edition is the most complete version of Codemasters’ excellent rally simulator that comes to solve one of the biggest defects of the original version, the lack of content. In this game, you will compete in some of the most iconic locations in the world, using both current vehicles and other well-recognized classics from the competition. Like the original version, it’s a very demanding title that requires a lot of practice on the part of the players, this edition incorporating several updates that refine the experience, and lots of content that has been released through the season passes together with other extras.

Basically, it’s the same game, dividing it into two disciplines: Rally, in which we have to overcome control points at the highest possible speed following the instructions of our co-driver to try to beat the times of the rest of the rivals, and Rally Cross, where we are taken to closed circuits to compete against other runners face to face to become the first to cross the finish line after a specified number of laps.

Each Player, a Style of Play

Dirt Rally 2.0 Game of the Year Edition
A level of realism of the highest level

Their mechanics have not changed, with a very satisfactory handling of the vehicles that forces us to use the gears, the brake or the clutch correctly at the right times, the possibility of changing the angle of the camera or even recovering the vehicle and making repairs. Everything is very configurable so that we can adapt it to our style of play. Of course, the controls vary from one discipline to another; being in Rally is a more standardized control and in Rally Cross more focused on drifts, so it may take you more time to adapt to your tests. That is why, for this type of game, I always recommend the use of the steering wheel, where the sensations transmitted by the vehicles are much more satisfactory.

As a good driving simulator, concentration and reflexes are a vital part when it comes to winning races, as well as carefully following the instructions given by our co-driver. The circuits are designed so that any failure we make, can be very expensive, either by stepping on an edge that makes us lose control of the vehicle or by breaking the headlights, something essential when we do night sections. This is also helped by a highly worked rival AI, with times that will cost you to overcome or, in the case of Rally Cross, being aggressive at all times to prevent us from passing. But don’t worry, if it’s hard for you to pass the tests, you can always activate various aids from the main menu so that it’s generally more accessible.

Lots of Content to Enjoy the Game Even More

Dirt Rally 2.0 Game of the Year Edition
Customization is an important part of the game

The modes remain the same as in the base game, with My Team topping the list. In this place, you will compete in events to get credits that will allow you to get more and better vehicles, hire more personnel or improve the existing one to reduce the time it takes to perform certain tasks, participating in both Rally and Rally Cross races.

Along with this you have Free Play, which is divided into other modalities: Historical, where you participate in rallies that marked an era; Fia World Rallycross Championship, in which you will compete to win the title in the official championship; Custom Made, that allows you to create a personalized championship to play alone or online in any discipline; and Time Attack, which takes us to certain circuits to try to overcome the marks of other players.

The news is given, above all, by the new content added through season passes. This includes the contents of the base game plus the four seasons, for a total of a not inconsiderable 81 vehicles and 26 locations, where you can find both Rally and Rally Cross circuits. As if that were not enough, it also brings the Flat Out content as a tribute to the sports career of the legendary Colin McRae, allowing him to compete in 40 scenarios with different levels of difficulty through different stages of his career between 1980 and 2000. Here, you will travel to the Scottish locations in Perth and Kinross, with 12 different routes and the ability to drive the legendary Subaru Impreza S4 Rally and Subaru Legacy RS.

Graphics and Sound Worthy of a Game of This Height

Dirt Rally 2.0 Game of the Year Edition
One of the best titles of the genre of this year

On the other hand, we can say little about the graphic section that you don’t already know, counting on an exquisite recreation of the vehicles that reflect the damages that affect driving, a highly worked physics system, circuits represented in great detail, impressive effects such as lighting when we run day or night, and the weather. It also works at all times at a stable 60 frames per second to make driving a delight.

In the sound, you will find melodies that accompany the menus well but that leave the races to give way to a luxurious setting, with the roar of the engines, achieved effects, etc.

A Perfect Experience for Lovers of Speed

Dirt Rally 2.0 Game of the Year Edition
A game that excels in the most important aspects

All in all, Dirt Rally 2.0 Game of the Year Edition continues to be an excellent simulator, with exquisite vehicle control, a challenge to match, and tons of configuration options, along with aids that make the game more accessible. This version solves the problem of the locations with a lot of additions, to which we must also add the new vehicles, although it still lacks depth in its main mode and online.

Even so, we are facing one of the most satisfactory products of the genre, especially designed for those looking for a challenge to match, a lot of fun and can use a steering wheel.

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You can purchase Dirt Rally 2.0 Game of the Year Edition for Xbox One at the following link: Microsoft Store

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