Summary: I have been playing car racing games since their early beginnings on PC. I currently have a logitech G25 force feedback wheel to play with. I have played most of the Colin Mc Rae, Need for speed, Grid and Dirt2 games before. Dirt2 came in as a nice and pleasant surprise. Dirt3 tops it off. As I am sure many will detail everything about this game, I will limit myself to the most important points for me.
Summary: This is a really fun game to play but I hate the new Microsoft Live formats being added to the newer games. You can't save game progress or a profile unless you are online & have a Microsoft Live account. When I purchase a game I should have the ability (and rights!!!) to save game progress & profiles without having to be online & tracked by Microsoft. There's also all kinds of track & car add-ons that you are encouraged to buy for additional money.
Summary: This game is by far the best driving game I've playing great graphics, incredible handling and relistic damage. The online play was also pretty good for me. Only issues I had were really minor, I prefer dirt 2 user interface, and dirt had a better soundtrack, but those are just personal preferences and not really relevant to the review. The replay and upload feature is very cool as well. I'm Jason and I drive Manual. Definitely worth the buy.
Summary: So you just want to buy and play this great rally racing game? Good luck. I have a typical Windows XP system with an nVidia video 8600 series card and 4GB ram. Decent but nothing tricky. I am also quite resourceful and capable of doing things like "deleting .dll files" running special installers from third party websites, etc. YOU MAY VERY WELL NEED TO BE AS WELL. If your install does not work and the game gives you and error, you may be on your own.
Summary: I got this version instead of the PS3 version, which turned out to be a mistake. Console versions of games look 95 percent as good as their PC versions, but you do not have to deal with driver issues and the numerous things that can go wrong with windows. First off the installation takes about 30 minutes, which is ridiculous. I have never had a game take this long to load, Shift 2 took about 20 minutes which seemed too long also.
Summary: I would like give this game 4 or 5 stars, if I could get it to run. Like others the game crashes on start-up or in the game and Codemasters has been absolutely no help in correcting it. Why they can't get their asses in gear (pun intended) and fix it I don't know, but with so many folks reporting the problem it isn't just occasional. I assume they either can't replicate the problem or just don't care.
Summary: Seriously, the game is amazing fun. It has a learning curve, and I recommend you have a really good system to make the framerate playable (I have a Pentium D 3.0, 3.5GB RAM, Radeon 4650 and I have to have it almost set to "Ultra Low"), but I have already convinced others to buy this. Favorite feature: YouTube publishing right from the game. Awesome.
Summary: Installed the game. Then clicked to launch/start the game. An error message appeared saying game cannot start because "xlive.dll file is missing". They should have displayed a message advising the user to install "Games for Windows Live" program first (a free download from Microsoft), but instead they just give you an error message and leave you to figure it out on your own.
Summary: Loved playing Dirt 2 and I thought the graphics were good. Purchased Dirt 3 as an addition to the other...and the graphics are absolutely "Gorgeous" If you liked Dirt or Dirt 2...you are going to love Dirt 3. The game was easier to configure with my Logitech wireless rumblepad...and with my EVGA GTX 580, and all detail set to full on graphics at 1920 x 1080 I get over 100 fps. The game looks good, plays well and is a blast!
Summary: This might be a decent game if it didn't start a massive stutter every few minutes that requires alt tabbing to get out of. This is a widely known issue and I have tried numerous suggested fixes to no avail. I have never had an unfixable issue like this with a game before. If I could return it for my money back I would.