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Dirt Rally Preview

Scheduled release date:
April 5, 2016
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Release Date:
April 5, 2016

We haven’t seen a top-quality rally racing game on the current round of consoles, which is why you should be excited that Dirt Rally has been confirmed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Previously a PC exclusive via Steam Early Access, this appears to be yet another simulated gem from the rally experts at Codemasters. You may recall their wildly successful Colin McRae franchise, which disappeared shortly after the tragic death of the legendary driver. Well, consider this game to be a worthy successor to that acclaimed IP and make no mistake: It is indeed a simulator in every sense of the word so if you stick to the likes of Burnout and Need for Speed , you may want to pass.

Even the later McRae games weren’t quite as realistic as Dirt Rally is, if the reviews of the Steam version are any indication. In order to cater to a larger audience and cast a wider net over the racing and car fanatics, Colin McRae did get more accessible and more mainstream as time went on. They amped up the off-the-track appeal and tossed in some flashier visuals and hard-hitting soundtracks, and yes, they backed off on the authenticity, too. Dirt Rally , however, returns to the developer’s roots and goes deep: They created a brand new engine for this one, and it’s important to note that lead designer Paul Coleman is actually a rally driver. In short, the team had the requisite passion and experience, so get ready for school.