The wannabe street-cool voice of Dirt 2 has been toned down considerably - while there's still an annoying narrator who thinks the word “sick” is a legitimate way of expressing enthusiasm, he's balanced out by a very sensible sounding English lass. Strangely there's a third commentator, an Aussie guy who sounds like he's a few snaggers short of a barbie. Gone too is the celebrity trailer parked in the middle of a rave, replaced by a more standard menu system. This has definitely cut down on the amount of time spent staring at a loading screen, but the panning camera intros to each race could still do with a little pruning.... This is the first game in the series not to bear the name of the late rally driving legend Colin McRae but carries on in the spirit of the series offering plenty of hi-octane rally action as well as introducing the gaming world to the wonder of Gymkhana with impressive freestyle driving events.
The action in Dirt 3 takes place in events across Europe, the US and Africa and boasts more than twice the track content of Dirt 2. Codemasters have also joined the ranks of publishers using a online pass scheme for online multiplayer with the game being bundled with a VIP Code allowing access to competitive online play, the ability to upload gameplay videos straight to YouTube and 5 additional cars.
Dirt 3 is available in stores on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and on PC exclusively as a digital download....Dirt 3 includes the standard racing modes. You can create events for a quick single-player race, go into the Dirt Tour to compete in a series of career races, or take your game online against other people.
My favorite is the tour mode. Codemasters broke the career down into seasons. Each season has three racing circuits that you complete to unlock a featured event. Add the four seasons up and you get plenty of races to complete on your way to earning rank. On top of that, you will eventually unlock world tour events that each features a specific discipline, such as rally.
That doesn't take into account the parking lot compounds you gain access to along the way. Dirt Tour gives you more than enough races and events to compete and it helps keep the game fresh by switching up which type of race you have to complete. The racing types could get boring and repetitive for people who may not want to cycle through them for all the four seasons, though. The world tour events, for example, offer a staggering amount of style-specific races. Believe me when I say you will really have to love Rally driving to complete that tour set.
We loved Codemaster's Dirt 2 to death. It had great gameplay, and Ego Engine powered graphics that won't be rivaled in the next decade, if you consider the prevalent trend of sequels looking worse than the originals. But even then, we would think twice before plonking in $300 for Dirt 3 special edition Ken Block Gymkhana RC Car Bundle
Going online was also very fun. The same modes and vehicles carry over plus you earn fans and online rank. It was a pretty smooth experience, but it was also before the game launched. The true test will come once the game is out for a few days. demo of Dirt 3 being made available for the PC Watching Block's iconic Monster-branded Subaru pirouetting about Battersea Powerstation is porn for petrol-heads, and Codemasters is proud to be bringing the spectacle to the video game medium for the first time. While DiRT 3's Gymkhana might not be all that dirty, it's certainly trendy; binding the best elements of rally driving with mechanics more commonly associated with a Tony Hawk title. The score-based gameplay see you aiming to rack up as many points as possible in a set period of time. Unlike conventional rally racing, this is free-form in nature - allowing you to drive anywhere within an environment, stringing together tricks and moves as you go.
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