Nobody was prepared for the surprise launch of DiRT Rally this spring, and we here at PretendRaceCars.net were originally getting ourselves hyped up for a vicious fight between Milestone’s Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo and BigBen Interactive’s WRC 5 for the title of “The Modern Rally Game We’re Obligated to Talk About”, as it’s not like either company had been previously known for quality releases.
DiRT Rally’s launch totally blew these games off the map, with killer physics, wonderfully reproduced tracks, and a content list that promised the most complete rally simulation to date that didn’t require you to learn basic french and download gigabytes worth of mods for Richard Burns Rally from a certain European-based website.
Milestone already intends to nickel and dime customers, offering not one but two pre-order bonuses, and of course there’s a day one edition that combines both packs exclusive to one specific retailer.
Meanwhile, WRC 5 looks pretty awful. The car is sluggish and exhibits an insane amount of body roll, two characteristics that are the exact opposite of how a modern WRC car handles. Also, the stage width is out of this world:
It looks nice, but it drives like a goddamn Mini-Clip game. This is apparently next-generation gaming.