So I just checked out the demo for the new shooter from Codemasters and.. Erm, yeah.. What the fuck?!
I hate to say it but; This makes BRINK look like a frakking masterpeice.. And Brink SUCKED!
It’s a shame because what I had seen of it looked quite cool and Codies rank high in my books, due to fantastic games like the TOCA series, GRID, F1 2010 and the DiRT games.
Hell, I’m even one of the few people who enjoy Operation Flashpoint.
For shame Codemasters.. FOR SHAME!
Got this today, on rental from LoveFilm and after about an hour of solid play, I’m loving it. It’s definitely fucking beautiful, as you can see. Finally got some decent weather-variations into the series and the mood of each race varies quite a bit through each event and location.
SNOW DRIVING = WIN! This was something I fucking loved in Gran Turismo 5 and although I aven’t yet tried the DiRT 3 snow races, I’m fucking looking forward to it.
This one also gives you a feature that sadly got cut from the final version of GT5.. The ability to upload videos straight to your Youtube account. Although this, along with pretty much every other online aspect, is dependent on you having the dreaded “VIP Pass”. Meaning if, like me, you rented the game, you will not be able to use it. You can of course purchase an online pass from the XBL marketplace.. For 800 space-bucks?! FUCK RIGHT OFF!
There’s a few other major gripes with this game and the DiRT series as a whole.
They’ve added a million different assists.. Including, auto-steering, auto-braking and a dumb-ass fucking racing-line. For DiRT 4, why don’t you just charge people £40 to just watch someone else play the game? If you set it down to easiest level, your only input to a race is holding the right-trigger.
Now it’s fair enough, if you’re not good at racing games, you may choose to put these assists on but the fact there’s not really any bonuses for playing without the assists, is complete bullshit.
Also, since the death of Colin McRae.. Why the fuck have his games been transformed into “Ken Block’s: Extreme-Fest!”?! They’re not even fucking rally games any more. Ken Block is a fucking joke anyway; Look at how well he’s been doing in WRC. After 3 years in the championships, he’s racked up a whopping.. 2 POINTS!
My gosh Ken.. Clearly, you were born for this.
The driver line-up is populated by BMX dudes and X-Games competitors and a million different energy-drink and shoe brands are plastered everywhere. That would be fine but make your own fucking game.. Don’t take a great rally series and rape the name of it by getting rid of anything to do with rally.
One final item of hate.. Gym-fucking-khana.
They thought it’d be a great idea to feature it in compulsory events in this game.. “Gymkhana” itself is a bullshit driving-style anyway. Sure, it’s impressive that someone can do that kind of thing but people have been doing that for years now.. It’s just really messy drifting.. The American way!
This isn’t some new, unique thing. All you’ve done is given it a silly-new name and added fireworks.
Anyway.. Ignoring these stupid elements. When you get down to just blazing through a rally-trial, it’s fucking brilliant.