Summary: The DiRT series is well-known for its Rally-style racing, accurate and realistic physics, and bare-knuckle driving action. Spawned from the Colin McCrae series of Rally games, DiRT took off on next-gen consoles for fans looking for something a little different than the regular slew of gearhead and arcade racing games available on the market. This is not your father's DiRT game.
Conclusion: Overall, this game is fun to play as long as you don’t take it as a serious racing game. If you want a serious racing/rally game, then this isn’t for you; however, if you want a game that you can play for fun contact races, then this is the game for you! For the best experience, get online! Though I have to admit, there was trouble with trying to play with friends. Hopefully that’s all updated and fixed now.
Excerpt: DiRT Showdown is one answer to an important question: how do you make a multiplayer-focused racing game? We've all been there. Heck, I was there just the other day - take a racing game online and it's more daunting than trying to play Counter-Strike and StarCraft II simultaneously while somebody rubs jam into your eyes.
Pros: A good variety of fun destructive and arcade style driving challenges; driving physics fell light and arcadey; Joyride mode can be a nice distraction; RaceNet and online features are great and well designed; adrenaline pumping soundtrack; cars break apart nicely; excellent track design.
Cons: Graphics can't compete with racing's heaviest hitters; odd mix of fictional and real life cars; stupid announcer; career mode isn't the longest in the genre.
Excerpt: If DiRT 3 is an off-road game for the hardcore racing fan, DiRT Showdown is for everyone else. Automatic gears, forgiving handling and demolition derby races on lethal-looking figure-8 tracks make this a distinctly arcade-styled spinoff entry in the series. There's undoubtedly a gap in the market for a cutting-edge arcade racer, but if that gap is round, this game is a little hexagonal. It still fits, just with a slightly cross-threaded feeling.
Pros: Tyres and cars flying everywhere, Large variety of gameplay modes, Beating your mates by a tenth of a second
Cons: Unsatisfying car damage and collisions, Stripped-back feeling compared to peers, Being referred to as 'They'
Excerpt: Dirt Showdown is one more entry in what is shaping up to be an evolutionary year for the racing genre. First came Ridge Racer Unbounded , which reinvented the classic franchise into a grittier and more aggressive racer. Later this year, Forza Horizon (the franchise’s first entry not developed by Turn 10), will experiment with an open world setting. Codemasters isn’t content to let Dirt Showdown rest on the series’ laurels, either.