We haven’t reviewed a racing game for a while so we’ve decided to take a look at one of VR’s most popular rated games on STEAM – Dirt Rally VR.
Now we know there are a significant number of different racing games you can download, from karting through to Formula one however rally driving has to be up there for the pure thrill of the ride. If you’ve ever watched these courageous, adrenaline junkies drive these top spec rally cars on TV you’ll see them zipping through forest dirt and skimming past highly suspect barriers on a icy Swiss mountain … rally driving really does create those stomach in mouth moments.
Thankfully the guys at Codemasters Racing Studio have managed to recreate the hair raising and exciting experience in their VR driving game Dirt Rally. As you can expect you are placed in the driving seat of a variety of legendary rally cars and have to complete a variety of circuits within the allotted time.
The circuits have been carefully thought out and planned and there are in fact over six rally courses to complete … a staggering 70 stages. Along with these courses Codemasters have also included official FIA rallycross content so super-fans of this sport can see what it feels like to race up Lydden Hill.
Like most driving sports rally driving is also one of the most competitive. Expect to find yourself putting in serious effort to beat your times and it gets even more competitive in the championships and player leagues.
Of course things go wrong in rally driving, the environments play havoc on the cars … so get ready to pull out your repair kit. In Dirt Rally you can fix the cars as well as upgrade and tune the car. You can also tailor the team who work with you, so if you find your co-driver irritating – sack him!
Overall as you can see from the game trailer below and the screen shots this is one great looking game. The graphics and detailing of the various landscapes are impressive and the view from the inside of the car really does make you feel like you are immersed in the driving action. On top of that all the noises and sounds from the gear shifts, rocks under wheel and co-drivers navigation are incredibly realistic, again adding to the package.
With over 8,000 positive reviews in STEAM and with the likes of IGN stating that it ‘feels absolutely outstanding’ and Gamespot saying its Codemasters ‘best game to date’ Dirt Rally is a no-brainer download for both rally and racing fans.
Recommended system requirements: Oculus Rift, OS: Windows 7 or greater, Processor: AMD FX-8150 or Intel Core i5 4670K, Memory: 8 GB RAM, Graphics: AMD R9 290 or Nvidia GTX780