I’ve never considered myself much of an expert when it comes to rallycross motorsport, but I am a big fan of throwing cars around dirt tracks with style. The Dirt series has always presented an accessible rally experience for newcomers such as myself, not to mention a nail biting challenge for hardcore players as well. Dirt 4 continues the trend by opening up stylish and intense rally racing to the masses.
Dirt 4 packs a ton of content, including: a career campaign, competitive events, PvP multiplayer and a challenge mode called Joyride. There is also a mode which allows you to craft your own rally tracks via its built-in track generator and the tracks you create can be shared amongst the community. It’s a simple but effective way to keep the players engaged and new tracks readily available.
Your main objective in Dirt 4 is to rise the ranks from amateur racer to professional whilst you build up a team and compete in rally championships. The game makes it easy for you to decide whether you’re looking for an experience that’s easy to pick up and play, or something a little more complex. If you wish to manually adjust every aspect of a car’s handling (alongside keeping tabs on vehicle repairs) you can do that. If you’d rather steer clear of those complexities and stick with the default automated options, that’s fine too.
What I love the most about Dirt 4 is its accessibility. From the offset you’re asked which type of gameplay experience you’re looking for: ‘Gamer’ or ‘Simulation’? Opting for the former will present a much more forgiving playstyle and allow you to get the most out of any car, whereas choosing the latter will present handling that feels closer to the real thing. You can customise the difficulty at any time and doing so will also affect how high your score bonus is. Despite lowering the game’s difficulty I was still required to be a competent driver, as I travelled across rallycross championships and aimed for pole position.
I appreciate Dirt 4’s willingness to allow anyone to experience hurtling down a muddy track at high-speed. Its gameplay feels incredibly well balanced and whether you’re vying for realism, or something closer to an arcade playstyle the Dirt series provides, once again.