Usurped by its younger, more charismatic sibling, DiRT is still a high-quality racer that's well worth the Pound 5 asking price. It's not even that old, so there's no question of it still looking the part, and it also has the advantage of not featuring as much crap music as DiRT2 and guys saying, "Dude!", and "Gnarly race, man". DiRT does feature everyone's (least) favourite driver, Travis Pastrana, on vocal duties. Just not as annoyingly as in the sequel.
The actual game itself is as slick as hell, but not as slick as the second game - something you can apply to any aspect of DiRT, a great game that's not as good as the next one. It does have some ideas that didn't make it into the superior sequel though, such as Crossover races, but when it comes to multiplayer, it's even more disappointing now that Codies have decided to give each racer their own instanced version of the track, rather than racing together as a group.
So ignore any gripes, ignore the fact DiRT's got a sequel that's better and buy it if you want some very cheap, but still very good, rallying. There's only game out there that's better.
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Sometimes, Over Time, the world changes and the language of a review will become strangely tasteless. So it is with our original review of Dirt, when Suzy Wallace said: "Colin's not only been resurrected, but reincarnated in a superior form." A comment that makes us cringe given last year's sad events.
Still, Dirt marked the return to excellence of a racing series that had become a little crusty. It was completely overhauled, with the latest Neon engine making even dirty cars look gorgeous. An 11-tier pyramid system of 66 races covering a variety of driving styles allowed you enough flexibility to get to the top, with a wealth of unlockables to keep collectors coming back.
With only a weak multiplayer and lacking Colin's voice, this is a great final game to a much-loved, and now very sadly ended, franchise.