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Colin McRae: DiRT

Released on 15 June 2007

Rating: 12+ (PEGI)

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Colin McRae: DiRT is set to be the most diverse and exhilarating off-road racing experience ever with sensational gravel, mud and dirt events the world over. Events will include the series' intense point-to-point races and then take players further off-road than ever before.

Race in challenging heavyweight 850bhp cars, drifting on the loose gravel and high-speed blind corners of Hill Climb events along perilous cliff edges. All 12.4 miles of the world famous Pikes Peak International is included, with over 150 precarious turns to negotiate through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

How about engaging in multiple car races with Dakar-style trucks and super-powered 4x4s on the toughest desert terrain in Rally Raid competitions? Then there are Rally Cross events, switching between dirt and road racing, where the competition is always tight, fast and collisions with your opponents are inevitable.

With more off-road racing styles to be revealed, Colin McRae: DiRT will also offer a dedicated mode for European, International and Global rally championships featuring official 2WD, 4WD, Classic and RWD rally cars.

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 Solid Rallying Fun With a Spicy Twist

| | See all Fleedleflump's reviews (58)

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Okay, let's get the basics out of the way first. The graphics in this game are nothing short of breath-taking, with foliage looking genuinely real as it zips past your view on either side. Lighting is a little OTT at times, but it nicely shows off the game engine. The sound is equally impressive in its detail and helps immensely with the feeling of immersion. One small thing to be aware of: if you're running this on Windows Vista you can't put the shadow detail on ultra, as they go haywire, so use High instead. I'm sure this will be fixed with a patch soon enough though.

So all that eye-and-ear candy certainly helps, but variety is the spice of this rally's life. Rather than reel out another update like they have previously, Codemasters have taken the Colin McCrae series in the same direction as they did TOCA when Race Driver hit the scene. Hence, instead of just racing standard rally stages against the clock, you also get to race in rally cross, hill climb, rage rally, and crossover events. This also means you're driving huge dust buggies as well as multiple variants of the usual FWD and 4WD rally cars.

The career mode is another addition, and takes its place as the main mode in which you'll be playing the game. It's a tiered affair, whereby you start on tier 1 with 10 events to choose from, then unlock tier 2 (with fewer events) by scoring points in the tier 1 events, all the way up to the final championship on the top tier. You also win money with podium finishes, allowing you to purchse new cars (to compete in new challenges) ands new liveries for your existing cars. You're also free to replay any challenges you like and try them at higher difficulty levels (which garners more cash) if you need more money, or try for a higher final position if you didn't win first time.

So it's all good, but there are a couple of reservations. Firstly, you do need a monster PC to run this at high settings (especially if you use a large, high resolution monitor), although it does still look good at lower graphics settings so you're only losing out on the more extreme lighting and particle effects. Secondly, this game can be very annoying. I know this is subjective, but I reckon most people will find themselves cursing the other drivers the first time they try a wet-conditions rally cross event, and get clipped off the track on the first corner every time they start! Finally, if you're a sim-head, this wont suit you; some attempt is made a realism, and you'll certainly have to brake properly and learn the right driving techniques to do well, but Richard Burns Rally this is not; it's aimed at a wider audience, and fun was a higher priority than simulation.

However, these are small niggles, and do not detract from what is a great racing game, and certainly the best Colin McCrae, for me, since the first one was released, all those years ago!

 A Game Fit For A Legend "Colin Mcrae" - RIP 1968 - 2007

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This Game is a an unbridled joy to play, and is a fitting tribute to the Man himself. This is everything that rally fans could ask for. High-speed thrills and spills delivered with crash helmet-jolting flair and panache by a team that is clearly passionate about its product. Do yourself a favour and play this game and keep his name alive.

 PERFORMANCE ISSUES SOLUTION :)

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Im not going to review the game much here other than say its a little arcade like compared to previous colin mcrae titles but good fun when used with a force feedback steering wheel and the graphics on high-ultra settings are lush. I want to share a tip with you all on how to get this game to run better. My pc spec is:

amd 64 x2 4200+
ati x1900xt
2gb ddr
16x dvd

If you reference my pc against the recommended specs u can imagine i was very dissapointed to find the game would hardly run smooth on low graphics settings. I was expecting to have them on high and some on ultra. There is a bug in this game that means it will run slow on any system with a stand alone sound card. What you need is a sound blaster x-fi card, u can get one for around £30. Purchasing one of these will improve your frame rate by about 15fps no joke!

If u dont want to fork out on a new soundcard then i have another solution for you. Try disabling your soundcard and launching the game. You should notice a massive improvment in fps (run fraps to test this). Now exit the game and enable your soundcard. Start the game again and if ur as lucky as me and a few others u will get a 5-8 fps increase. Be sure to run the sound on lowest settings to.

I hope this helps some of you who have been dissapointed and had problems like me. Enjoy! :)

 Superb! Brilliant! A Must! So long as you don't have Nero!

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Fisrtly, the game! The best rally game ever! 5 star!
But, and its a very annoying but, this game will not work if you have certain software installed! See the Codemasters forum!

When I installed this game, it would not run as it claimed I was attempting to use disc emulation software. I had bought a genuine disc from my favourite supplier, play.com, so what is going on.

The answer lies with the disc protection software, Star-Force, the most invasive disc protection software on the market. It installs hidden drivers to your system that monitor optical drive activity and, if it thinks your doing anything other than running the game, it can re-boot your pc. This includes anything with auto-insert notification including Nero, Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Ultra-ISO, anything from Alchohol 120, Deamon Tools, drive-image, the list goes on.

I contacted their techincal support and after a few email sending in dxDiag and numbers burnt to the bottom of the disc, i got told to uninstall any software from the huge list and turn of my anti-virus while running the game, even though this game is connected to the internet during play!!!! I un-installed anything I could think of with insert notification or virtual drive imaging and it still won't work.

I now have to switch hard disk boot priority and load a different hard disk with a clean copy of XP and not a lot else on it to play this game.

All that said, the game is breathtaking. The graphics are totally immersive. I have an 8800gtx and an nvidia 650i mcp motherboard. With that level of hardware you can ram the sliders to max and enjoy withouth a single frame issue.

The driving physics are superb. This game will take some getting used to. The steering appears for too sensitive at first but when you get your fingers calmed down on the pad, its actually totally brilliant.

The speed and playability of the game will burn many many hours without you noticing the real time and the many different game modes allow you to switch to a different discipline when you get bored of one.

A five star game, badly let down by copy protection. You also need a meaty machine to run it so read the small print, and the reviews, first!

 6 Right over crest into 2 Left into 3 right into brick wall

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An amazing looking game, plenty of tracks with plenty of cars to race them on. works a treat with a 360 Controller.
But I feel that though a dam fine game, Rally games have seen better days, Worth getting at the current asking price. and on my systems the game looks amazing.

Win XP SP2
2Gb Dual Channel
Q6600 Quad Core Cpu
Nvidia 8800 Ultra Graphics Card
22" Samsung SM226BW : 1680x1050

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Rating12+ (PEGI)