Dirt 4

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Dirt 4
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Retail cover art
Developer(s) Codemasters
Publisher(s) Codemasters
Series Dirt
Engine Ego Engine
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release
  • NA: 6 June 2017
  • PAL: 9 June 2017
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Dirt 4 (stylised as DiRT4) is a rally-themed racing video game developed by Codemasters. It is the twelfth game in the Colin McRae Rally series and the sixth title to carry the Dirt name. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June 2017.

Gameplay[edit]

Dirt 4 is a racing game focused on rallying. Players compete in timed stage events on tarmac and off-road terrain in varying weather conditions. Rally stages span five locations: Fitzroy in Australia, Tarragona in Spain, Michigan in the United States, Värmland in Sweden and Powys in Wales. Cars are drawn from a wide variety of competition classes and time periods, such as the Group B cars of the 1980s, Group A and Group N cars from the 1990s and 2000s, and Group R cars from the 2010s. The game does not feature World Rally Cars or any elements associated with the World Rally Championship. Dirt 4 also introduces a new feature called "Your Stage" that procedurally generates rally stages based on a setting and parameters that the player defines.[1] As the game does not feature any licensed content for its rally mode, Your Stage is used to generate all of the stages that the player drives on in career mode.

The game features rallycross racing and carries a FIA World Rallycross Championship license. It includes five rallycross circuits: Lydden Hill Race Circuit in Great Britain, Höljesbanan in Sweden, Lånkebanen in Norway, the Circuit de Lohéac in France and the Pista Automóvel de Montalegre in Portugal. Lohéac and Montalegre are new to the series. Both rallycross Supercars and RX Lites are included. The game also features multiplayer and cross-platform leaderboards.[1] Landrush mode returns, featuring stadium trucks and buggy racing, with stages from locations in California, Nevada and Mexico.[2] Just like its predecessor Dirt Rally, Dirt 4 includes Steam Workshop for the PC version. Dirt 4 also sees the return of the popular Dirt 3 mode "Joyride" which features multiplayer mini games.

Dirt 4 builds upon the team management systems introduced in Dirt Rally and Grid Autosport, with the player hiring personnel to repair the car, oversee the day-to-day operations, and boost the team's profile to secure new sponsors. Players are also able to buy and sell new and used cars, with previous results and accident histories affecting the resale value of the car.

Development and release[edit]

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Rally drivers Kris Meeke (top) and Petter Solberg (middle) were consulted on the game's handling model, whilst former WRC co-driver Nicky Grist (bottom) lent his voice and likeness as one of the default co-drivers (alongside Jen Horsey).

Dirt 4 was developed by UK-based video game company Codemasters.[1] Codemasters consulted with rally drivers Kris Meeke and Petter Solberg on the game's handling model.[3] The game features co-driver and commentator voice work from professional co-drivers Nicky Grist and Jen Horsey.[3]

The game was announced in January 2017. It was released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 6 June 2017 in North America,[1] and on 9 June 2017 in European regions.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PC) 78/100[4]
(PS4) 84/100[5]
(XONE) 86/100[6]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid7.5/10[7]
Game Informer9/10[8]
GameSpot9/10[9]
GamesRadar+3.5/5 stars[10]
IGN9.2/10[11]
PC Gamer (US)70/100[12]
Polygon9/10[13]

Dirt 4 received "generally favorable" reviews from critics, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[4][5][6] IGN gave the game a 9.2/10, saying "Accessible yet tough and grimy yet gorgeous, Dirt 4 sets a new standard in rally racing – and its well-considered career mode and endless stages inject it with tremendous stamina. Absolutely stonking brilliant."[11] Polygon, giving the game a 9/10, said "I've never been more charmed by a racing video game and I could not recommend any other more than Dirt 4, to anyone of any ability. Dirt 4 is a joy."[13] GameSpot awarded the game a 9/10 and said "If Dirt Rally's punishing difficulty alienated long-time series fans in any way, this commitment to accessibility should help to bring them back, and the near-infinite possibilities of Your Stage should keep them playing. Dirt 4 is a shining example of Codemasters at their brilliant best."[9]

The game reached number 2 in the UK sales charts in its week of release, only behind Grand Theft Auto V.[14] The game reached number 7 in Australia, and number 2 in New Zealand.[15]

Accolades[edit]

The game was nominated for "Best Racing Game" in IGN's Best of 2017 Awards.[16] It won the award for the same "Best Racing Game" category in Game Informer's Best of 2017 Awards and their 2017 Sports Game of the Year Awards,[17][18] and in their Reader's Choice Best of 2017 Awards, it came in fourth place for the same category with only 12.5% of the votes.[19] Polygon ranked the game 28th on their list of the 50 best games of 2017.[20] It was also nominated for "Racing Game of the Year" at the 21st Annual D.I.C.E. Awards,[21] and for "Game, Franchise Racing" and "Sound Effects" at the 17th Annual National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards.[22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Robinson, Martin (26 January 2017). "Dirt 4 announced, and it's out this year". Eurogamer. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Byrne, Katharine (26 January 2017). "Dirt 4 release date set for June 9th". The Market for Computer & Video Games. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b McGrath, Christina (26 January 2017). "Dirt 4 Coming to PS4 This June: 4 Things You Need to Know". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Dirt 4 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Dirt 4 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Dirt 4 for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Glagowski, Peter (9 June 2017). "Review: Dirt 4". Destructoid. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  8. ^ Kato, Matthew (6 June 2017). "Another Stage Conquered - Dirt 4 - PlayStation 4". Game Informer. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Wakeling, Richard (6 June 2017). "Dirt 4 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  10. ^ Towell, Justin (6 June 2017). "Dirt 4 review: 'The series has always been unforgettable... until now'". GamesRadar. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Reilly, Luke (6 June 2017). "Dirt 4 Review". IGN. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  12. ^ Kelly, Andy (8 June 2017). "Dirt 4 review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Good, Owen S. (9 June 2017). "Dirt 4 review". Polygon. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  14. ^ Dayus, Oscar (18 April 2017). "Top 10 UK Sales Chart: GTA 5 Still Selling Well, Secures No. 1 Spot Again". GameSpot. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  15. ^ Makuch, Eddie (15 June 2017). "Top 10 AU/NZ Sales Charts Reveal Top-Selling Games Of Past Week". GameSpot. 
  16. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Racing Game". IGN. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  17. ^ Game Informer staff (4 January 2018). "Game Informer's Best of 2017 Awards (Page 2)". Game Informer. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  18. ^ Game Informer staff (8 January 2018). "The 2017 Sports Game Of The Year Awards". Game Informer. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  19. ^ Cork, Jeff (4 January 2018). "Reader's Choice Best of 2017 Awards (Page 2)". Game Informer. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  20. ^ Polygon staff (18 December 2017). "The 50 best games of 2017". Polygon. Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  21. ^ Makuch, Eddie (14 January 2018). "Game Of The Year Nominees Announced For DICE Awards". GameSpot. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  22. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 9 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 
  23. ^ "Horizon wins 7; Mario GOTY". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 

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