Code­mas­ters re­veals the thor­oughly un­clean Dirt Rally 2.0

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Do you like dirt? Does a pool of mud de­light you, and make you want to just get into it and roll around un­til the wet, brown sub­stance be­gins to con­geal and you be­come one with the filthy, filthy earth? If yes, then chances are you’re al­ready a fan of rally, the mo­tor­sport that sees cars cleave through cour­ses both on and off the road – and you’ll be thrilled to learn that Dirt Rally 2.0 is com­ing to PS4 on 26 Feb 2019.

Code­mas­ters al­ready did what it does best with the first Dirt Rally (we gave the sub­lime racer a 9/10 in OPM #122 if you want to dig the old is­sue out), so our en­gines are more than heat­ing up with an an­nounce­ment of a fol­low-up that prom­ises to be an even dirt­ier ride.

One thing that’s cer­tainly not all that grubby about the game is the num­ber of of­fi­cial li­censes. These help to recre­ate the sport in re­al­is­tic de­tail, and pro­vide that ex­tra level of im­mer­sion for those who al­ready fol­low the sport out­side the gam­ing realm. Re­tain­ing and build­ing on the li­censed ma­te­rial present in the orig­i­nal game, Dirt Rally 2.0 is the of­fi­cial game of the FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship pre­sented by Mon­ster En­ergy. You can also ex­pect to see all your favourite rally cars – from 2018 sea­son’s mod­ern cars to retro clas­sics – and to mix it up on some of­fi­cial WorldRX cir­cuits too. Where the first game of­fered a large se­lec­tion of stages over three lo­ca­tions, Dirt Rally 2.0 is putting its jet­set­ting cap on to take the rac­ing to six real-world rally lo­ca­tions.


The se­quel is re­tain­ing the sim­u­la­tion-style rally rac­ing that was so good in the first game, so you can ex­pect things to feel just as great, if not bet­ter, this time around. It’s a sport that’s re­ally geared around that feel­ing of phys­i­cal­ity as the cars take on dif­fer­ent types of road, so the re­al­is­tic physics are great to see in a game like this, and with Dirt Rally 2.0 not only do the cars and tracks look nicer, but they ap­pear to han­dle even more vis­cer­ally too.

Pre-or­ders of the game will in­clude a Porsche 911 RGT Rally Spec, and the Deluxe Edi­tion brings with it some ex­tra good­ies for the

truly Dirt Rally-de­voted. It’ll in­clude ac­cess to the first two post-launch sea­sons of Dirt Rally 2.0, which have been an­nounced as in­clud­ing three new lo­ca­tions each, split be­tween rally and ral­ly­cross-type races.

On top of that the Deluxe Edi­tion will come with some early car un­locks, in-game bonuses, and bet­ter starter cars, and pur­chasers will get the game four days ear­lier, on 22 Feb as op­posed to 26 Feb. It seems early un­locks for higher value edi­tions of games are be­com­ing more the norm, but if you re­ally can’t wait to get mud­died up and revel in the sheer dirt­i­ness of ram­pag­ing round in a rally car, then it’s not one to sleep on.

Ex­pect a full hands-on with Dirt 2.0 in a forth­com­ing is­sue.

On the road or off it, rub­ber’s go­ing to fly, and things will def­i­nitely get messy.

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