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I loved Dirt Rally. Asides from the slightly-floaty handling and the sometimes bland ‘tree corridor’ stages it was great. Time went on however and lack of content at launch become an issue. This was a 75% sized, £50 game crying out for one or two added stages for money’s worth variation. I held on and on but new-stage DLC never came...... And onto Dirt 4. Handling was improved (for goodness sake moaners, up the control sensitivities, reduce the saturation, linearity and deadzones and this game is beautifully difficult!) and the procedurally generated stages are envelope-pushing genius - a personal viewpoint maybe but Sweden’s random stages can have more about them than Dirt Rally’s ever had. However....... we still have the same problem as Dirt Rally in that this feels like a game that only has 75% content. I read somewhere one of the Devs insisting that in view of the new random stage system 5 locations was pretty good, and to a point I agree except for the one glaring issue I have with the game - Michigan. These have to be the blandest, most uninspiring stages ever to grace a driving game. I’ve tried and tried to generate something semi-memorable with no joy. All I get is mile upon mile of flat(ish) tree-lined sections that conjure up little enthusiasm and less challenge. Surely the Devs who designed Sweden and Australia, if they were being honest, can’t be proud of their efforts on Michigan. It’s like a ‘That’ll do, half-job, ‘filler’ set of stages that simply don’t cut the mustard, and when you take into consideration the relative deficiencies of ‘Brown Trees’ (as I’ve renamed it) we’re really only left with 4 decent locations - not enough by a long shot for a full priced Triple-A title. EITHER...... Michigan is patched and supplemented with more interesting landmarks to make it more distinctive or we (not unreasonably) get another location in the form of DLC which I’d be delighted to pay for. Preferably both. I love Dirt 4 and think it’s been unfairly criticised for its alleged ease of play (it’s not, with the right settings) but I urge Codemasters to look at those horrible USA stages and supplement the game with another ‘loose surface’ location (Argentina, Mexico, New Zealand?... anywhere) and maybe add a few roadside reference points to old ‘ Brown Trees’. I know gamers have a habit of sounding unreasonably entitled when it comes to our favourite games but surely consistent quality and a bit of value for money is not too much to ask for.