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Dirt Rally (1998) is a series of racing games, originally called Colin McRae Rally. They simulate the experience of dangerous and perilous rally stages. You drive from an in-car experience and are given spoken directions from your co-pilot. It's thrilling but keeps the experience focused on realism.

For those wanting a more fantastically and exuberant experience, there is a spin off Dirt series that offers a more extreme race challenge that includes local split-screen play.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Dirt Rally 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Race game with Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. Dirt Rally doesn't have a split-screen but does have a novel co-op mode on PlayStation 4 where one player drives via the TV, and the other wears the VR headset and gives directions. Dirt Rally series offers online leaderboards and head-to-head online challenges. You can race against up to 8 competitors in the latest version of the game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 45 hours and 50 hours to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Dirt Rally usually costs £17.99 to £24.99.

Dirt Rally 2.0

XBox Store Xbox X|S £24.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Steam Store PC £17.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
In Dirt Rally 2.0 you can purchase locations and cars. There is a Colin McRae: Flat Out pack that adds scenarios from his career as well as a new location and 2 cars. There are four season passes that include all the content released in that period. There's a Game of the Year edition that includes all four season passes.

The rally series dates back to 1998:
Colin McRae Rally (1998) on PlayStation, PC and Gameboy
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (2000) on PlayStation, PC and Gameboy Advance
Colin McRae Rally 3 (2002) on Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC
Colin McRae Rally 04 (2003) on Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC
Colin McRae Rally 2005 (2004) on Xbox, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Mac and PC
Colin McRae Rally (2013) mobile version on iOS then ported to Android, PC and Mac
Dirt Rally (2015) on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Mac
Dirt Rally 2.0 (2019) on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/07/1998, updated in 2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Players: 1 (8 online)

Genres: Action, Race and Traversal

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Weather

Developer: Codemasters (@Codemasters)

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