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By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Engaging game breaks its rally racing mold for tracks.

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While longtime fans of this series will be annoyed that this sequel deviates from its well-established path, other race fans will enjoy it more than previous installments. In DIRT 5, you race real cars on tracks that are made of dirt, mud, sand, gravel, snow, and even, occasionally, pavement. The problem for long-time fans is that while DiRT 4 and its predecessors were rally racing games, and had you racing against the clock in point-to-point races on narrow tracks, this has you going head-to-head against other drivers, usually in multi-lap races.

While people looking for a rally racing game will be deeply disappointed, fans of more straight-forward racing games will have a lot to enjoy. While this has the same options as so many games (including DiRT 4) when it comes to adjusting the brakes, steering, and traction, here these tweaks make the racing action feel even more like an arcade game than before. Also, while most of the tracks do go in a circle, and are wider to accommodate your competition, they're full of curves that really put your mastery of the controls to the test, no matter how they're set up. Some even have you racing up and down the sides of mountains, and when they are going from point A to point B, it's often during multiple times of day or with changing weather conditions. Which is why fans of this series may curse the day Dirt 5 was released, but other racing game fans will remember it well.

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