If 2015’s Dirt Rally was Codemasters flipping over the couch cushions and finding the key to something special, Dirt 4 is the studio prying open the barn door and rediscovering the whole car. With a properly meaty career mode, literally endless racing thanks to its procedurally generated stages, and the best sound and visuals Codemasters has ever mustered, Dirt 4 has redefined what we should expect from modern rally games.
The most amazing part of Dirt 4 is its new custom stage creator, which Codemasters has dubbed ‘Your Stage’. It’s an incredibly simple tool to use. There are just two sliders – one for length and one for complexity. That’s it. The process is instant and easy, and time-of-day and weather can be adjusted for any stage you create. Stages can be up to 12-or-so kilometres long and the off-track respawn limits have been pushed right out so when you crash, you can crash big.