WIth not one, not two, but three rally games out this year, fans of the genre have been trying to identify each title's distinguishing features. WRC 5 has the obvious advantage of being attached to an official license, but its more simplistic handling sets it apart from its rivals.
Codemasters' DiRT Rally and Milestone's Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo on the other hand both tout themselves as thoroughbred rally simulations, but whereas DiRT Rally has an old-school feel to it with its time trial stages bringing back memories of Colin McRae Rally, Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo's sheer variety set it apart, with over 50 classic and contemporary rally cars along with the introduction of rallycross in a Milestone game. Milestone probably won't be very pleased to learn that rallycross is now also coming to DiRT Rally in a big way.
The announcement comes as part of a new long-term partnership between Codemasters and the FIA World Rallycross Championship , which will bring officially licensed rallycross content to DiRT Rally in the form of a selection RX Supercars, tracks and three racing modes due to arrive in a forthcoming free update. Tracks to be included in the initial update include Holjes (Sweden) and Lydden Hill (Great Britain), with Norway's Hell circuit set to appear "in the near future." Rallycross cars are particularly notable for their potent power, achieving 0 – 60 mph in just two seconds.
You can see some work in progress footage of DiRT Rally's rallycross action below:
A few of the championship's star drivers also managed to take a virtual test drive of their rallycross cars and compare them in DiRT Rally. “Codemasters have done a brilliant job – the details is very realistic and not far from real life,” Team Volkswagen Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson said, who is currently second in the overall World RX drivers’ standings. “As drivers we are always wanting to change the smallest things with our cars, but this version is very good. There are just a couple of tweaks that need to be made and then I think it will be just like driving the real thing.”
The inclusion of Rallycross in DiRT Rally shouldn't be surprising though, as it's featured in all previous Dirt games, although we didn't expect DiRT Rally to feature additional disciplines since it seemed to be going back to basics with a firm focus on point to point rallying. Still, it should make the inevetible direct comparisons between DiRT Rally and Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo even more enlightening since both games feature rallycross and PIkes Peak.
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