January 25th, 2021 by Simon Elliott

DIRT 5 - PS5 Platinum Review

DIRT 5 was the first major racing game available on PS5. Race off-road in all weather conditions on tracks around the world from Nepal and Norway to Brazil, Italy and plenty more.

DIRT 5 is a beautiful off-road racing game which takes you on a world tour. Starting in Norway you'll gradually build up your reputation and unlock numerous different events. Winning a race earns you 3 tokens, completing it will earn you 1 and these tokens unlock further races. You'll also receive prize money which can be spent on new vehicles, of which there are many.

The game features dynamic weather conditions which can totally change the visibility or handling of your vehicle in the same race which brings another element to the gameplay. Some of the tracks at night are almost pitch black apart from the occasional flashes of lightning which help illuminate the way and driving into the snow in first person view feels exactly like it does in real life.


Overview

  • Release Date: 12th November, 2020
  • Publisher: CODEMASTERS SOFTWARE COMP
  • Date Started: 4th December, 2020
  • Date Completed: 25th January, 2021
  • Version Played: Disc (PS4 with free PS5 digital upgrade)
  • Price: £32.95 (Brand new on eBay)

The Good

  • The scenery, tracks and cars are beautiful. The lighting is great too.
  • The dynamic weather brings variety to tracks which you'll have to revisit a number of times.
  • Lots of vehicles to unlock (although you don't actually need to).
  • The game features a track builder which is quite easy to use. You can also download other people's custom made tracks.
  • Good variety of tracks from all over the world.
  • Lots of customisation in the settings. You can make the game as easy or difficult as you want it to be.

The Bad

  • On initial release, the game was almost completely broken. It would crash after every 3 or 4 races, often resetting progress, trophies wouldn't unlock when they were supposed to and some of the lighting on the tracks was so dark it was almost impossible to see.
  • A fair bit of repetition, having to re-race the same track in multiple weather conditions, with different vehicle types, reversed etc.
  • I had to turn off the controller vibration as it was making my fingers go numb!

Hardest Trophy

  • I'll Show Them! I'll Show Them All! - Unlock all Throwdowns in the career

Nothing in the game is particularly hard, especially given you can play it on Very Easy difficulty with braking assists and other helpful features. The reason I've made this the hardest trophy is because even on the latest patch on PS5, this trophy won't retrospectively unlock. Once you've unlocked all Throwndowns, if the trophy didn't pop, it never will. I ended up having to delete all of my save data and replay almost the full game in order to have it unlock. The second hardest is probably Spare Some Change For Gas? which originally wanted you to drive 10,000 miles but was then patched down to 1,000 which is still about 10 hours of driving after you've completed all races in the career. I ended up creating a macro on Remote Play and left it running over night to grind the trophy out.


Helpful Tips / Bugs / Glitches / Exploits

None. All of the bugs in this game were bad! Putting the game on Very Easy is basically cheating though as once you get into first place after the first corner or so, you can just gracefully drive around the rest of the track and win almost every single time.


Platinum Difficulty Rating - 3/10

3/10

It's not hard, but it is a grind. And that's assuming the trophies unlock when they're supposed to.


Platinum Time - 20-50 Hours

You should be able to complete all of the career races in under 20 hours, then maybe another 10 hours of grinding to get the remaining trophies, but if you have to replay the whole game again like I did then you might be looking at closer to 50 hours in total.


Platinum Enjoyment Rating - 5/10

5/10
Getting the Platinum for this game felt like a grind, especially with the bugs and broken trophies. Thankfully with patches, the majority of them seem to be working ok now as long as you start a new game. Even though I had to replay the full game for the last trophy, I actually enjoyed it more after giving it a break for a few weeks but I wouldn't want to Platinum it again.


Overall Game Rating - 7/10

7/10
It's a beautiful racing game and quite fun. Now that most of the bugs are fixed I would reccommend it to anyone who wants their racing fix on PS5, but definitely start it with the latest patches installed and maybe don't play on Very Easy difficulty as there's no challenge at all and I wouldn't even say I'm great at racing games.


Platinum #469

Here are my most recent Platinum Trophies up to and including this game.

Platinum # Game Platform Date
469 Dirt 5 PS5 25th January 2021
468 Five Dates PS4 22nd January 2021
467 Cosmic Star Heroine Vita 21st January 2021
466 Deep Ones Vita 18th January 2021
465 Amnesia: Memories Vita 17th January 2021
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