New Awesome Dirt Rally Screenshots Are Here
Dirt as a series has always tried to balance race sim mechanics with arcade hijinks, but Dirt Rally Scandinavian flicks into the fun, slamming you into the precise steering correction that’s needed from a seasoned player, throwing you out of a corner at the best speed possible while a wave pride runs through you.
PC gamers tend to be a dedicated bunch, and Dirt’s community has been vocal and helpful in perfecting the game’s controls with their feedback. That has helped the transition to console as well. “It’s safe to say that our force feedback is the best it’s been on any of the games that we’ve ever made,” the game’s designer Paul Coleman told me.
“I think the new controllers the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have introduced are huge improvements on their predecessors, and they give the player a lot more fidelity. And that kind of haptic feedback that they offer is really important to us.”
The game is aiming for 60fps on both consoles with a 1080p resolution on PS4, and a 1080p dynamic resolution on Xbox One that will sometimes shift to 900p to keep the frame rate stable.
“We’ve had more console experience than we’ve had PC, and the biggest challenge we had in [Steam] Early Access was getting to grips with the fact that everyone playing at home was playing on a slightly different machine,” he explained.
“So going back to consoles has given us a bit of a respite as we’ve been able to be very confident that everyone’s playing on the same machine and they’re getting the same experience. That allows us to zero in on some of the performance stuff.”
Codemasters says Dirt Rally runs at 1080p60 on both PS4 and Xbox One, though on the latter system it sometimes drops to 900p to keep the framerate up
The outcome is a game that’s currently faster and smoother than most of its market contemporaries, much more unforgiving in its realistic handling and course design, and an experience that makes you want to get better at tackling its nuances rather than hiring an Uber.
There are two types of racing games; those that give you rewards on a plate and those that demand you learn the fundamentals. Dirt Rally is most definitely the latter, but at the same time, it doesn’t want you to forget the joys of the former.
Dirt Rally Ships on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from April 5.