"A close friend played the game few days ago in Milan vodafone center.
His feedback: closer to dirt4 and a lot less punishing than dirt 1.
Result: more fun."
Edit: Having finally actually played Dirt 4, I am hoping the above is actually correct. D4 is a magnificent game. Difficult =/= realistic.
Dirt Rally 1 didn't feel like driving, it felt more like 'guiding' the car. It was finicky and floaty. Dirt 4 is planted, solid, and feels like driving. Room for improvement still, so let's see where Codies takes things. I also hope Mystage makes a return in the not-too-distant future, as it is an outstanding innovation.