After thoroughly disappointing fans by porting the mobile version of Colin McRae Rally to PC — which led some to believe that the original Colin McRae games were getting re-made (they weren't) — Codemasters has regained a little goodwill with the competency of DiRT Rally.
The game's been in Early Access for the majority of the year and Nathan was quietly impressed. As of this morning, it's now fully launched on PC — but that's not the only news.
The game's local publisher, Bandai Namco, has announced that Codemasters will be pushing DiRT Rally onto PS4 and Xbox One from April 7 next year. Spending 8 months in Steam's Early Access program has done the game a world of good, and it's maintained that initial public approval with a strong 92% user rating from over 5,600 user reviews.
That's more than double the amount of user reviews posted for DiRT 3: Complete Edition, and more than three times the reviews posted for DiRT Showdown. It's also the highest user rating for Codemasters Racing Studio game on Steam (albeit by one percent; DiRT 3, especially post-Games for Windows Live, is still very, very good).
DiRT Rally won't come cheap if you're after a rally racer this Christmas, though. It's currently going for $58.52 on Steam, and that's with a 15% discount. The most recent update, however, has added the snow and icy tracks of Sweden's Varmland, with the update free to all current owners.
I put an absurd amount of hours into the first two DiRT games but issues with GFWL prevented me from going as deep on DiRT 3 as I would have liked. What about you? Much love for DiRT?