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Others have probably written more eloquent reviews than I could, so I will just keep this short and to the point.
The game is good...true to the Dirt series. The new things are good, and some of the old annoyances are gone. It's still a bit more on the arcade-like scale than a true simulator, but that's to be expected.
The game requires you to purchase a VIP pass to play multiplayer, have access to all the in-game cars, and upload your replays to YouTube. This trend needs to STOP. I understand companies trying to make the most from their investment, but to penalize people who only want to rent the game? That's pretty low.
All three installments of Dirt have been great. Each one seems to combine outstanding graphical realism with a confidence-inspiring, fun-to-play racing component... an ideal balance of immersion and "arcadey" playability.
I'm no aficionado of rally racing as a sport -- I don't follow the events or drivers, so I can't speak to it's appeal in that sense. However, the racing itself manages to be intuitive and frantic, at once. Part of the reason for this is the variable difficulty and driving assist settings. If you just jump in and play straight away, you'll more-or-less be on the easiest setting in terms of difficulty and assists. Fortunately, it's very easy to tweak everything from braking assit, HUD-visible racing lines, acceleration assist, AI difficulty and more in the menu to get a setting that lets you feel competent, but challenged.
At my ideal setting, which was a lower difficulty with almost no driving assits, I was able to hit a point where I could be competitive in most races, but would often have to retry in order to grab a 2nd or 1st place finish. The difficulty does ramp up toward the end of the "Dirt Tour" (career mode).
The rally racing itself is broken up among a variety of locations and weather conditions (asphalt, gravel, dirt, mud, snow, and various combinations thereof) and covers a healthy variety of vehicles. Additional vehicles automatically unlock as you progress through the career and car choices never become stale.
The standard rally races are interspersed with Gynkhana events, which amount to stunts and tricks, usually involving drift tecchniques, for points. These are usually a fun and welcome departure, but "Gymkhana Sprint" events in particular proved to be quite frustrating for me.
Visual presentation is outstanding, sound design is more than passable for someone who's neither a car expert nor audiophile and the music choices were fitting, if forgettable.
Couldn't try multiplayer due to the online pass restriction. Boo!
Overall a great game. Looks good and is fluid when playing. casual difficulty is a joke so play on intermediate. Only downfall really is they are constantly telling you about the DLC. I guess i just got the point where it went in one ear and out the other. It didnt take away from the game at all. Took me about a week to beat the career mode. Also you wont have the Online pass that most games have now since its a rental. I still enjoyed just the offline play tho.