A recent trend in new rally games is to include some form of Rallycross, as the discipline enjoys an explosion in popularity. Two of 2016’s major rally releases (DiRT Rally and Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo) both represent the sport, with the former having official FIA certification. SLRE counters with 5 circuits whereas DiRT has 3, so from a track perspective SLRE has the edge. Even more so if we include SLRE’s latest DLC pack which includes ‘Hell’ in Norway.
‘Hell’ actually features in both games: the Norwegian circuit with the apt name provides a tight, technical track for RX drivers to deal with. MotogamesTV have used this as an opportunity to do a direct comparison between the two new releases from Milestone and Codemasters. In general DiRT Rally seems to have the edge on both a graphical and audio front.
The natural lighting remarked upon in GTPlanet’s review gives a lovely real-life feel, compared to SLRE’s more ‘game-like’ lighting that looks a bit dull and irrespective of actual weather elements. Milestone’s racer also looks really flat geographically compared to the vivid scenery of DR. DiRT Rally’s sounds are also a lot more ‘alive’ and give off engine notes you’d expect to hear from a car, rather than a sampled approach which comes across more in SLRE’s, which seems a bit janky in comparison.
As ever take these comparison videos with a pinch of salt – YouTube conversion can often dilute in-game effects and general graphical elements.
What game has the edge for you? Let know in the comments below!
UPDATE: We originally stated Hell is located in Sweden. That’d be incorrect: it’s a Norwegian location! Post updated to reflect that small change.