DiRT 5 Review: Rough and Ready

It’s always exciting when a new racing game comes out, more so when it’s an entry in a long-running, fan-favorite series.

Codemasters has been teasing us all through the summer with DIRT 5, the latest edition in the DIRT series. It’s tough to believe, but DIRT has been with us in one form or another since 2007’s Colin McRae: Dirt, more recently evolving into the more simulation oriented DIRT Rally and the rally toybox DIRT games. DIRT 5 firmly slots into the latter category.

We’ve heard plenty about DIRT 5 across the last few months. You’ll have seen the 60-strong car list, the various multiplayer modes, and plenty of videos of the spectacular locations and dynamic weather effects. Codemasters hasn’t been shy about revealing information — we even got a sneak play test of the Playgrounds arena-creation feature.

One thing the developer has been making plenty of noise about is the game’s story. Your adventures through the single player are set against the backdrop of an increasingly bitter rivalry between veteran showman AJ and clinical newcomer — from the two-wheeled world — Bruno Durant. This features voice-acting from some of the biggest names in the business: Nolan North and Troy Baker, also known as the Drake brothers from the Uncharted series.

With DIRT 5 launching later this week — November 6 for the base game, and November 3 with early access in the Amplified Edition — we’ve been taking DIRT 5 for a spin. Our impressions are based on the PS4 version of the game, though we have also had a chance to try out the PC version too.

We’ll be taking a fresh look at DIRT 5 once the next-generation consoles land, to see how the PlayStation 5 version plays too. In the meantime, you can watch our PS4 review below.

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