There's one other critical thing to know about Dirt, and that's the online multiplayer, which falls short of the expectations we have of Xbox Live. Instead of featuring a head-to-head mode, Dirt online instead concentrates on the rallying aspect, grouping you into leagues of around 100 and inviting you to attack either a rally event or a hill climb in order to scale the charts. It's a good way to measure how far you've come against human opposition, but it's a mistake for Codemasters to expect this mode to carry Colin McRae: Dirt on Xbox Live when there are so many more comprehensive packages available elsewhere. Perhaps head-to-head is being considered as an additional download later down the line? Sadly, there's no doubt such an extra will require us to reach into our pockets once more.
But despite the announcing, the lack of focus and the tiny-weeny fonts, Colin McRae: Dirt is well worth the purchase. The rally revolution is yet to come - perhaps Sega Rally Revo is for you, if you're on the fence - but this is still very much on the front row of the grid.