DiRT 3 Game Review
DiRT 3 (XBOX 360) Review
In the world of video game franchises there are a number of publishers and developers who consistently deliver high quality titles. Rockstar would be one, Blizzard another and in the racing game genre we have Polyphony Digital (Gran Turismo), Bizarre Creations (Project Gotham) and one other… Codemasters. Over the past 5 years or so a number of high quality games have been released under the Race Driver, Colin McRae (DiRT) and F1 brands with each offering a different take on the style of gameplay offered.
When DiRT 2 was released in 2009 it received positive reviews with this site scoring it 93/100 and praising the game for its vast range of events, vehicles and modes which were mixed with pick up and play controls. Since then Codemasters have been busy working on a follow-up and this month that hits the shelves in the form of DiRT 3.
The game features various race styles including straight up rally, landrush buggies and the new Gymkhana sections. These Gymkhana sections are what really separate the game from its predecessors, those games were always fun with plenty of action, crashes and smashes but this new style ramps the fun level up even higher through the requirement to perform tricks as part of the level. This of course also adds to the multiplayer experience where we can try to out trick our friends in various different environments (online or split screen) before uploading our best attempts direct to YouTube to share with the world.
For all it’s fun Gymkhana actually also has a real benefit to the more standard parts of the games. When you can learn to blast over a larger jump, transition into a spin then doughnut before heading off at speed to do a sideways slide through a pipe or oversized tyre into a full 360 spin on demand, the ability to race in a more extreme manner when playing the standard level becomes easier.
It was also clear when playing that Codemasters have worked on the feel of the cars since DiRT 2 and now there is even more of a distinct style to racing as we move between forward, rear and 4 wheel drive models. In fact the designers now have 400 different aspects they can adjust based on car specifications to make each model feels slightly (or hugely) different to the next. We also noted that there is a real feel of speed when playing DiRT 3, go with the in-car view and a big TV for this game and battering round the various tracks really is an edge of the seat experience.
Overall the career and multiplayer sections of DiRT 3 are fun to play and also challenging, the variation of tracks, styles and difficulty will keep novices and DiRT veterans happy with some real laughs to be had when a few friends come round for beers and multi-player action.
Graphics and Sound
It was also good to find that the game isn’t littered with distracting non player characters, throwing nonsense comments about during gameplay in monotone or annoying voices; a problem that often impacts our enjoyment of games. In DiRT 3 everything on the audio front feels natural and well suited to the style of gaming. We also liked the colour pallet which is much more vibrant than F1, fitting the arcade style racing perfectly while still offering impressive visuals which will impress anyone who plays.
Overall a fast, fun and massively enjoyable racer which has plenty of longevity in single player with a fun multiplayer aspect that includes nice YouTube integration.
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