If you're wondering what type of racer DiRT Rally 2.0 is, then let me explain my first five minutes with the title. I booted the game up and was greeted with an exceptionally plain splash screen and menu. A narrator started to talk, but I accidentally pressed a button and it canceled out the speech. Assuming the first option led to a career mode, I picked "Events" and "Career Rally," then selected my car and mentally prepared myself for the race.
The very first track I was greeted with was an 8.34 mile stretch of road in Poland that took around 11 minutes to complete. I had no rewinds, very minimal assists, and my lack of understanding saw me jump the starting countdown and accrue extra time on the clock. I clipped a turn at one point and my tire exploded, requiring me to make a stop and manually replace the wheel to continue.
Yeah, this is certainly a hardcore rally simulator. I just wish the rest of the package could have lived up to that brutal opener.