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'