Dirt Rally 2.0 is a popular rally video game that can be enjoyed in both single-player and multiplayer modes.

We’re now 4 years into the game cycle and the player base has dwindled a little, especially with the release of EA WRC.

Dirt Rally 2.0 is known for its realistic gameplay, featuring accurate physics and handling of cars.

One of the most common questions that players ask about Dirt Rally 2.0 is whether it has multiplayer modes or not.

The answer is yes, Dirt Rally 2.0 has multiplayer modes.

Players can compete against each other in various multiplayer modes. These modes include Custom Championships, Time Trial, and Rallycross.

The game also features a Club mode.

This is a mode where players can create and join clubs to compete. Once part of a club, you can compete in PVP lobbies with other members, or compare times on club leaderboards.

Multiplayer modes in Dirt Rally 2.0 offer a great way to challenge your friends and compete against other players from around the world.

To access multiplayer modes in Dirt Rally 2.0, you need to have an internet connection. Depending on your platform you will also need an online membership (ps+ or XBL).

Players can also access multiplayer modes for free on PC via Steam.

Key Takeaways

  • Dirt Rally 2.0 has several multiplayer modes, including Custom Championships, Rally, RallyX, and Clubs.
  • To access multiplayer modes, you need an internet connection and a subscription to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold.
  • Multiplayer features include cross-platform leaderboards

Multiplayer Features

Dirt Rally 2.0 Leaderboards

Dirt Rally 2.0 offers a variety of multiplayer features that allow players to compete against each other online. Here are a few of the key features you can expect when playing Dirt Rally 2.0 multiplayer:

Cross-Platform Play

Now, unlike the majority of newer releases, Dirt Rally 2.0 doesn’t offer much in the way of cross-platform.

If you’re hoping to join a friend in a lobby that’s on a platform, unfortunately, you can’t.

The only cross-platform feature in Dirt Rally 2.0 is the leaderboards.

Cross-platform leaderboards will let you see the times of your racenet friends and other opponents.

You can filter between PC leaderboards, console, or console and PC.

It’s much easier to cheat and manipulate time on PC, therefore I don’t tend to pay much attention to them.

Leaderboards and Rankings

I enjoy the leaderboard system. It’s great finishing the stage and being able to go and compare your time with other players.

Because of the leaderboard system, you’re able to see where you rank at any time no matter the mode you’re playing.

Being able to compare your time for that specific stage and car is great. I’ve ended up in the top 100 of many stages and cars without even knowing and you probably have too.

For me, it’s a more stress-free way of competing. You’re not really under the same pressure as you would be in an online lobby.

Because of the way that rally is as a motorsport, you can’t do much on the multiplayer front besides offer leaderboard and ranking systems.

As well as in-game, you can look at the leaderboards in your browser using this website.

Multiplayer Modes in Dirt Rally 2.0

Dirt Rally 2.0 Multiplayer Menu

Getting multiplayer in a rally game right is rather hard. Due to the nature of Rally Racing, there isn’t a great way to recreate the experience online.

In this section, I will discuss the types of multiplayer that Dirt Rally 2.0 has to offer.

Rally

Trying to make the perfect rally multiplayer must be tough. It’s just a time trial in real life, with delayed starts.

As a result, they could either make it so everyone races at the same time with ghost mode or use delayed starts.

In Dirt Rally 2.0, you all race at the same time but you cannot see the other players cars on your screen.

The only indication that you’re online is the sidebar and time splits that show the opponents progress.

Rallycross Multiplayer

One of the multiplayer modes available in Dirt Rally 2.0 is Rallycross. This is the most player-versus-player mode.

In this mode, players race against each other on a closed circuit track that includes both tarmac and gravel sections.

In Rallycross, players can see each other’s cars on screen, potentially crash into them, and compete to be the first to cross the finish line.

Online Custom Championships

Another multiplayer mode available in Dirt Rally 2.0 is Custom Championships.

This mode allows players to create custom championships and invite their friends to race.

Players can choose the events and the number of stages for each event. The championship can include both rallies and rallycross events.

This is great for those who want to spend a while together racing, rather than having to be in and out of a lobby all the time.

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Challenges

Dirt Rally 2.0 Daily, Weekly & Monthly Challenges

Challenges are the mode I’m the most familiar with.

They integrate seamlessly into your career mode menus and are listed at the end of your events.

These are normally scenarios, or specific events using specific cars.

The challenges offered can be Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Challenges.

Players around the world compete to achieve the best time in these races without being able to restart it.

The first time you post is the only time you post. So you need to find the perfect mix between driving safely and driving fast.

After the allotted time is up, whether it’s a daily, weekly, or monthly challenge it will expire and give rewards.

Due to the age of the game, the player base has dwindled a little. It’s still widely popular on consoles due to the bigger player base, but on PC you may struggle to find lobbies at times.

How to Access Multiplayer

If you’re looking to get into the multiplayer action in Dirt Rally 2.0, you’ll be happy to know that it’s a relatively straightforward process. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Creating a championship

Dirt Rally 2.0 MP lobby menu

To start a multiplayer session, you’ll need to head to the Freeplay menu in Dirt Rally 2.0.

From there, select the Custom tile to create your own custom championship.

Select the race disciplines and the category of cars that you want in your championship. There is a maximum of 12 events with 12 stages in each.

Once satisfied with your championship you can then invite your friends.

Multiplayer Settings

Dirt Rally 2.0 Multiplayer Lobby Settings

In the multiplayer settings tab, there is a handful of useful settings that you can change.

  • Session Visibility = You can adjust the lobby to be open or closed. Open will mean anyone and everyone can join. Closed means that only invited players can join.
  • Driver Assists = Decide whether to allow driver assists or not. This is a yes/no option. You cannot dictate which assists are allowed.
  • Tuning = Like driver assists, are you going to allow car setups and tuning? Again this is a yes/no option.
  • Pre-Race Timer = The pre-race timer is the countdown from when the lobby host presses start to race and the race start.
  • End Race Timer = This is the time that other players will have to finish the race after the first car crosses the line.
  • Entrants = Would you like to populate the lobby with AI drivers or just have it as real players

Joining a Race Online

If you’re looking to join a race online, you’ll need to head to the Multiplayer menu in Dirt Rally 2.0.

This can be found in the same Freeplay>Custom menu.

From there, you can browse through the available races and join one that suits your preferences.

You can also create a custom lobby if you’re looking to race with a specific group of people.

Does Dirt Rally 2.0 have split screen?

It’s worth noting that Dirt Rally 2.0 doesn’t have split-screen or local multiplayer.

If you and a friend are trying to play together in your own house, you’ll need to take turns setting stage times.

The other alternative is to find another game that does support local MP.

Technical Requirements and Support

There aren’t many requirements to play dirt online.

Internet Connection Quality

If you’re going to be playing in online lobbies it’s always recommended to have a good internet speed and connection. Dirt Rally is no different.

However, if you’re playing single player and are posting times to the leaderboards, the connection speed doesn’t matter.

As long as you’re connected to the internet you’ll be able to post and compare times on the leaderboard system.