Rockin' tunes, enjoyably knockabout voice work from Troy Baker, Nolan North, and the Donut Media lads, as well as suitably angry-sounding engine noises all make for a heady audio brew. Vroom vroom etc.
It's been a while since I've been this wowed by a racing game in terms of pure graphical prowess. But DIRT 5 isn't just pretty, it's also wonderfully imaginative, transforming exotic locations into spectacular places you'll want to visit again and again. Cars look gorgeous, too.
Insanely good fun. Thrashing a car around DIRT 5's tracks proves a consistently gratifying source of unadulterated racing joy. Few things beat aggressively fighting through a pack of rivals, churning up mud, and flying off ludicrous jumps.
Career is pretty much a succession of different racing events, much as you'd expect, but it's presented in an enjoyable, colourful, and inviting way. Add to that the immediacy of Arcade and multiplayer, as well as the creative tools of Playgrounds, and you have a very generous package.
Only twenty achievements, not particularly well spread. There's 200G on offer here just for dabbling with Playgrounds for ten minutes, which seems bizarre. Also, driving 10,000 miles?! Has Codemasters lost the plot? No. Just no.