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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that DiRT 4 is an off-road rally racing game that's safe for all ages, though not all ages will want to play it. As a racing game, it has no objectionable content, though some of the songs in the game have saucy language. Also, the game has online races, and communication between competitors isn't monitored.
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What's it about?
As a racing game, DIRT 4 doesn't have a story. Instead, it has a career mode, where you compete in a series of race events. You can also form your own team, but the focus remains on your driving, and not on how you worked your way up from nothing to become a championship rally driver who owns his own team.
Is it any good?
While this racing game will let both purists and novices experience rally racing, this motorsport won't appeal to every kind of virtual driver. As a rally racing game, DiRT 4 doesn't always have you trying to drive faster than other people at the same time. Instead, you usually race on your own, on narrow and curvy dirt tracks, in hopes that your time completing the course will be faster than other people's. All of which is done with the help of a navigator, who tells you what kind of turns are coming up and how sharp they are. As a result, not everyone will find this compelling, since you don't get to weave in and out of traffic or have the thrill of crossing the finishing line just before your rival.
But for those who do appreciate this kind of racing, this game does a great job of making it fun for both experienced and inexperienced players. Much like the Forza series, this gives you the option of adjusting the controls and physics, making the game play like a realistic simulation, more like an arcade game, or something in between. And yeah, there are times when you'll race against other drivers in real-lime, like when you go online. You even get to use your rally cars and navigator. But at its core, though, DiRT 4 is a rally racing game, one that's can be deep enough for fans of the motorsport, or forgiving enough for those who are new to it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about driver safety. What can we learn from this game about obeying the speed limit and paying attention while we drive?
Talk about listening carefully. In this game, your co-pilot tells you what's coming up, but how can listening better help you in other ways?
Discuss budgeting money. In the game, you can buy new cars, as well as parts to improve cars you already own, so did this teach you anything about saving money for things you might need?
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