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GF Rating
7.3

6963 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Great Off Road Racing

posted by sem1967 (LACONIA, NH) Jun 28, 2008

Member since Oct 2007

4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

Ok all you haters....

Lots of you have dissed this game because of forza, or other platform games that are similar. But lets be honest here. None of them offer off road racing, and that's is what Dirt is all about. I used to be a big fan of the ATV and Motocross games, but there hasn't bee anything good to come that way for years. Then I rented Dirt and fell back in love with the off road experience all over again. This game is a great off road racer. If you never like racing off road tracks, this game is not for you, and you shouldn't be giving a lame rating because you don't like to race off road. But, if you do, or did in the past, buy this game.

I step back from giving this game a perfect 10 because the choices for trucks and cars is a bit limited, but that doesn't take away from the fun of barreling through the woods, or taking 200 foot jumps (hoping you land in a way to not roll the car or truck you're in). You can make small adjustments to your vehicle, but there isn't really any noticeable differences like in Forza. That part of the game is just a waste of time. I haven't completed this game yet, but Dirt is much more challenging then Forza. Another downside that keeps this from being a perfect 10 in my book is no multilayer online. They missed the boat on that one.

Despite the few flaws Dirt may have, the game play is awesome. There are not glitches, and the game runs smoothly. The graphics are off the chart, and with the correct sound system, and the feedback controller, you almost feel like you're really racing out there. Another great thing about this game is that the tracks are well varied in type, and are very hard to master.

I don't write many reviews, but I feel so strongly about this game being underrated, that I had to write one. This is a definite bye, and if you don't trust me, rent it, and find out for yourself.

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GF Rating
7

Good

fun...for a while

posted by superwilks (CHEVY CHASE, MD) Aug 22, 2007

Member since Jul 2007

8 out of 11 gamers (73%) found this review helpful

one of the reasons i rented this game centered on it being fundamentally different from all other street racing games. I've grown tired of games like NFS and other clones of that.

pros:
1) off road racing is a little less rigid than street racing: you obviously have the ability to slightly go off course if speed and unfamiliarity with the track are factors

2) fairly fast paced and it's nice that just one bad move in a race can take you out of first. makes you concentrate the entire time

3) many cars to choose from

4) a variety of course designs make some levels much more challenging for some than others though i suppose that can work inversely as well

5) easy to find a "favorite course" as game play continues

Cons:

1) voice over explaining turns and degree of those turns and slopes is distracting and at times confusing

2) it seems you almost need to upgrade your car each race and it's frustrating when your prize money for a win is a fraction of the cost of a new car

3) minor glitches. for example, if you go off course, sometimes it resets you after you're already back on the road and this can take you from first to last in a matter of moments

4) some of the turns are so ridiculous, you almost need to stop in order to make the turn

5) the geography of the course sometimes makes it hard to see behind the jump ahead and often times i've gone over it and have flown off the course

6) if you do a race with a 2 stages, sometimes your car is so damaged after the first stage, it's nearly impossible to win the final stage and you cannot restart the first stage at that point

7) repeat of some levels is dull

8) not enough info on time relative to the other racers and positioning

Overall, a fun game for a week. gets old fast and though called "DIRT", many levels were similar to an NSF feel. would've liked more of an off road experience with jumps, really open terrain, etc.

worth renting and replay value is relatively high. i just got sick of it i guess

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

A great and unique racing title for the Xbox360!

posted by baltimore1 (HILLSBORO, OR) Aug 26, 2007

Member since Dec 2006

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

It takes a while to get used of the handling of this game. After renting Forza 2 and then this the transfer from pavement to dirt did not come easy to me. Once you get past that the actual racing experience is absolutely awesome. It has a lot of different racing modes which you will gain quite a bit of experience in all of in "Career Mode" ranging from dune buggy rallies to racing you Lancer EVO VIII through the cliffs to driving big rigs from SUVs to Semi Trucks. The graphics create a beautiful racing experience as you can almost lose concentration looking at the pretty trees your passing by. The title is quite suitable for the game as well because the dirt graphics were the best I've seen on any game ever! The cars were beautiful and the damage on them was realistic enough to rival Burnout along with the dirt that actually gets on your car when you drive through a trail of mud etc. You can definitely tell that a lot of thought was put into this game.

So why did I give it an 8 and not a 10. Well like every game this one has flaws. For example one thing I noticed while driving was that the beautiful landscapes tended to glow in the sunlight a little too much as the 360 and PS3 tend to overdo. Also the cars handle as if they weighed half as much as they actually did if even that which I find very frustrating in a HIGHLY TECHNICAL racing game. And last but not least in Career mode the races tend to get dull and repetitive after a while which most technical racing games are prone to.

As I said earlier though this is a great game that I would recommend renting if not buying (rent it first though).

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