In the first-ever triple combo, we have Dirt 5, Dirt Rally 2.0, and WRC 10 all trying to wrangle their way around the dirt roads of rally racing. First up is the most easily accessible of them all — Dirt 5. Made by Codemasters Cheshire, the team have constructed a slick-looking racer that appeals much more to casual fans of the sport. It has a looser set of regulations than the other two games and places more emphasis on combining arcade gameplay hooks with gorgeously realistic looks. This makes it a simcade favourite to dabble in every now and again. There is easy access and plenty of content to grapple with your hatchback; from a content-rich story to the endless tracks in the editor mode. It can be a bit shallow for some, something we won't disagree with, but as a fun little racer, it is a really solid place to start your rallying journey. It helps that the Dirt 5 achievements
Let Loose in DIRT 5 - the boldest off-road racing experience ever, with a star-studded Career, four-player split-screen, innovative online modes, livery editor and more. Blaze a trail on global tracks, covering gravel, ice, snow and sand, with cars ranging from rally icons, to trucks, to GT heroes.
Released back in 2019, Dirt Rally 2.0 is the serious sibling of Dirt 5. This is a rally simulator that bins the silliness of the other one up there and gives you proper a proper meaty, gritty, and grimy road through the great outdoors. In fact, if you treat it as anything other than a sim, Dirt Rally 2.0 will throw you off a cliff. This game is hard
. A difficulty slider will help you offset the AI so you can race to your talent level, but you will be committing to remembering every twist and turn to get you through the experience — just like the real thing. While content is limited, it is made up for with hand-crafted quality tracks, good looks, and small touches like surface degradation. The Dirt Rally 2.0 achievements
are reasonably challenging, but probably won't push the best of drivers to the limit in the way the game can.
DiRT Rally 2.0
DiRT Rally 2.0 dares you to carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage.
WRC 10 might have a similar lick of paint to the previous two entries, but the newest officially licenced entry brings what made those games great forward and into the limelight. So much so, we couldn't really distinguish a major quality gap between this and Dirt Rally 2.0. Developer KT Racing pushed hard for legacy content to fill the rally void given the COVID 19 pandemic put a halt to real-life events, and that attention to the past come in the form of a 50th-anniversary mode. It's shallow, but makes you feel connected to the history of the sport. The WRC 10 achievements
appear an easy bunch, but one — Unforgettable
— is awaiting a update on Xbox One to make it attainable again. The gameplay foundation still nails the feeling of winding around stages of a course with a collection of old and new cars. It keeps the speed of the rallying high, the stages fun, and the ambience accurate — more than enough to make this an easy recommendation to those who like their simulation rallies fully licenced and respectful of the past.