Dirt Rally (Series)

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Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing

Released: July 1998, updated in 2019. Added to this library 4 weeks ago.

Overview

Dirt Rally is a series of racing games, originally called Colin McRae Rally. They simulate the experience of dangerous and perilous rally stages. You drive from an in-car experience and are given spoken directions from your co-pilot. It's thrilling but keeps the experience focused on realism.

For those wanting a more fantastically and exuberant experience, there is a spin of Dirt series that offers a more extreme race challenge that includes local split-screen play.

The rally series dates back to 1998:

  • Colin McRae Rally (1998) on PlayStation, PC and Gameboy
  • Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (2000) on PlayStation, PC and Gameboy Advance
  • Colin McRae Rally 3 (2002) on Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC
  • Colin McRae Rally 04 (2003) on Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC
  • Colin McRae Rally 2005 (2004) on Xbox, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Mac and PC
  • Colin McRae Rally (2013) mobile version on iOS then ported to Android, PC and Mac
  • Dirt Rally (2015) on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Mac
  • Dirt Rally 2.0 (2019) on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Tip

This game is good if you want to take on a mountainous challenge or connect with grandparents.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 45 hours and 50 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play this with 8 players online. Dirt Rally doesn't have split-screen, but does have a novel co-op mode on PlayStation 4 where one player drives via the TV, and the other wears the VR headset and gives directions. Dirt Rally series offers online leaderboards and head to head online challenges. You can race against up to 8 competitors in the latest version of the game.

Costs

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.

In Dirt Rally 2.0 you can purchase locations and cars. There is a Colin McRae: Flat Out pack that adds scenarios from his career as well as a new location and 2 cars. There are four season passes that include all the content released in that period. There's a Game of the Year edition that includes all four seasons passes.

You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 4. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.


This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Accessibility

System settings: Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more.


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