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Dirt Rally

3 weeks ago

Dirt Rally 2 splatting into February 2019

Mud! Mud! Glorious mud! Nothing quite like it for cooling the petrol. Always happy to wallow in the hollow, Dirt developers Codemasters today confirmed a return to the sim-ish side of their mucky racing series, announcing Dirt Rally 2 for launch in February 2019. Or 'DiRT Rally 2.0', if you're the daft gits in charge of naming these things. Here, come watch the announcement trailer…

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11 months ago

Oculus Rift price drops to $349 / $349 for Black Friday

If you saw our heads-up about the HTC Vive Black Friday deal earlier this week (to recap, you get a Vive, Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and a free deluxe audio strap and more for £599 starting from tomorrow), then you'll be pleased to know that the Oculus Rift is also being discounted for Black Friday - starting TODAY, in fact. It's almost as if…

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Digital deals so far this week

We've hit the mid-point of the week and the see-saw of time is about to tip forward and hurtle us towards the weekend at an alarming rate. Perhaps more ominously, we will also be hurtling towards the litany of PC gaming Black Friday deals that are headed our way in a fortnight's time. Before then, however, the deals aren't slowing down one bit and there's…

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1 year ago

Dirt 4 first footage – the arcade/sim sweet spot returns?

I've usually had a lot of time for Codies' racing games, despite only being a car person to the extent that I can replace the fuse for the cigarette lighter if push comes to shove. They tend to comfortably straddle the line between the cheerful anti-physics of arcade driving games and the stony-faced realism of the sim crowd, which is the sweet spot where I…

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2 years ago

Dirt 4 rolling out trucks, buggies, and procedural tracks

Codemasters today announced Dirt 4 [official site], a new entry in their racing series coming this June. Dirt 4 will have rally cars racing across track and field, same as ever, while also bringing back vehicles missing from the series for years: buggies and trucks. The option for procedurally-generated tracks is an interesting addition too. 2015's Dirt Rally was good stuff -- "It's like slamming…

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3 years ago

Feature: Could the road to Damascus be digital?

Can A Real-World Car Lover Truly Dig Driving Games?

I like games. I like driving. But driving games? Not so much. Not since I could actually drive, at least. But in the name of natural science and fortnightly deadlines, I'm having another crack at it. As is my remit, I'm going heavy with the hardware. With the Laird Gaming Dungeon™ now operational, a top-notch driving-sim setup should provide for empirical exposition. Before that, however,…

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Dirrty Enough: Dirt Rally Skids Out Of Early Access

How dirty is dirty enough? Two Rs, says Christina Aguilera, and she's a judge on The Voice so she should know. After seven months in Steam Early Access, skidding through mud and gyrating against pine trees, the racing game now known as Dirrt Rally [official site] has properly launched. It screeched out with a big update too, with a wintery track set in Sweden. Codemasters…

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Feature: How To Get Involved

RPS Community Update: What You Did in Dirt Rally, Europa Universalis, Terraria, Trove and More!

September was absolutely packed full of games in the RPS community, with events taking place in Dirt Rally [official site], Europa Universalis [official site], Guild Wars 2 [official site], Terraria [official site], Trove [official site] and more! Want to know what happened and how you can get involved? Read on!

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Dirt Rally Update 0.8 Adds Finland Stages, New Cars

I'd like a future Dirt Rally [official site] update to add the ability to turn your engine off. Codemaster's have focused their efforts on making cars which feel fun to throw around the game's muddy rally tracks, but I'm bad at that. Instead I appreciate it for its hills, its snow, the way the headlights reflect off surfaces in the dark, and the forests which…

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Feature: How To Get Involved

RPS Community Update: What You Did in Dirt Rally, Rocket League, Terraria and Others!

August was a busy month for the RPS community, with action seen in Dirt Rally [official site], Rocket League [official site], Terraria [official site] and others - including Awesomenauts [official site], Natural Selection 2 [official site] and Killing Floor [official site]. Click on for information about each, along with how you can get involved.

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No Jokes, Please: Dirt Rally Goes To Baumholder

The simultaneous announcement and Steam Early Access launch of Dirt Rally [official site] in April was the kind of surprise I'd thought Big Video Games had become incapable of pulling off - someone always squeals. Content updates are less of a surprise, as that's sorta what Early Access is all about, but still just as welcome. Five new cars are now squealing around an all-tarmac…

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RPS Community Update: What You Did in Blood Bowl, Cities: Skylines, Dirt Rally, Guild Wars 2 and PlanetSide 2

Hi folks! Here's what happened in May in the RPS community. In this alliterative edition: Blood Bowl [official site] brethren batter and bludgeon in preparation for the new game; Cities: Skylines [official site] succession games subsequently succeed; Dirt Rally [official site] roadsters rack-up a riveting league; Guild Wars 2 [official site] troopers take to hammering out their differences; and PlanetSide 2 [official site] players participate…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Pace Notes

Right 6 into left 4 long, 100, left 3 over crest, bump, right 3 into right 6 over jump, caution, keep mid over jump, 60, dip, 100, left 2 tightens around DiRT Rally recommendation, don't cut, 50, crest, right 4 into left 5 long, 80, bump, right 6 into crest, right 5 into left 4, keep in, 100, hairpin left, 50, past Scourge of War:…

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Dirt Rally Announced And In Early Access Right Now

Oh! This is unexpected. Codemasters have just announced Dirt Rally [Steam page] and the news comes with the unusual detail that the game is also out already via Steam Early Access. Although it's got the Dirt name, Rally tosses out all the screeching gymkhana flash in favour of focusing on muddy roads, too-close trees and the feeling of your backwheels lurching perilously out of control.…

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