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.
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).