Excerpt: Dragon Quest games usually don't come to mind when interesting RPG stories are mentioned, but some installments in the series did a lot of nifty things that were quite progressive when first released.
Conclusion: Final ThoughtsAs expected with CodeMasters background, the overall visual experience from the game is fantastic and with technology leaping for at a rate of knots, I can only begin to imagine what the next episode in the Dirt line-up will have to offer – naturally this won’t be for a little while but we’ll hopefully get a glimpse into that if/ when a demo is released. Multiplayer is now also easier to get to grips with.
Pros: Highly reputable game developer, Great game play, New additions to the series ie. Gymkhana, Fantastic graphics engine, Superior sound, Must buy game!, Games For Windows Live can cause some installation / loading issues, Handling can take a little bit of getting used to
Excerpt: I don't ask for much from my racing games. All I really want is a great sense of speed, great cars and a few awesome jumps thrown in for good measure. When it comes to DiRT 3 , the latest installment in Codemaster's long running off road racing series; Check, Check and Check. Where the game separates itself from the plethora of other good racers and becomes a great one though lies with the game's fantastic presentation, fluid controls, varied tweaks and new features.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is There are few studios out there who can put together games as good as Dirt 3 from Codemasters. The latest installment in the franchise is packed with goodies and jaw-dropping visuals, and packs plenty of punch in both offline and online modes. As someone who can’t seem to play a racing game without constantly hurling my car into barriers and oncoming traffic, I was giddy with delight at how accessible the game was for an uncoordinated...
Excerpt: Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen , the first of the Zenithia Trilogy to be re-released on the Nintendo DS, is the only game in the trilogy to have seen a North American release prior to this DS rollout.
Excerpt: Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen has finally arrived for the Nintendo DS. Though Enix had planned to localize the PlayStation remake of the original NES title in 2002, developer Heartbeat took an ill-timed sabbatical and the North American version never came to fruition. Fast forward to 2008, in which Square Enix loves remakes and loves the DS and has thus decided to bring the entire "Zenithian trilogy" of Dragon Quest IV , V, and VI to Nintendo's handheld.
Excerpt: Dragon Quest is a tough franchise for many North Americans to wrap their heads around. Contrary to the Final Fantasy series, each successive entry of Dragon Quest is guaranteed to have certain similarities rather than a breadth of new ideas. Some of the staples of Dragon Quest that its fans expect are Akira Toriyama's character designs and the traditional turn-based battle system.
Excerpt: Fans of Codemasters' Colin McRae rally racing series are in for a surprise with the publisher's newest title, DiRT. DiRT has more in common with Digital Illusions' Rallisport Challenge series than the Colin McRae games of old, putting a greater emphasis on a variety of off-road racing disciplines, as opposed to sticking hard and fast to traditional rally racing. That's not to say that rally fans will be disappointed with the game.
Pros: Six distinct racing disciplines, enjoyable mix of arcade and simulation driving, gorgeous looking tracks and cars that deform and break apart very nicely, slick menu presentation, tons of offline races to play through
Cons: Cars have something of a floaty feel to them, frame rate tanks hard during certain scenarios, multiplayer options are like a cruel joke
Excerpt: Codemasters' Dirt franchise made a name for itself by not only offering a realistic rally experience, but also by adopting more extreme events like buggy racing, rallycross or special stunt competitions. Now, with Dirt 3, the UK-based studio has strengthened the mechanics seen in the impressive Dirt 2 and added the worldwide phenomenon which is Gymkhana, a stylized competition where drivers need to do a variety of tricks, usually in a specialized course or an industrial...
Pros: +Great racing mechanics, +Impressive graphics, +Lots of variety