Excerpt: Since its debut five years ago, the DiRT series has become one of my favorite racing franchises on the market. Its slick menu system immediately helped it stand out, and its rock-solid rally racing carried the torch laid down to it by the defunct Rallisport Challenge series from the previous gen. Showdown changes things up from rally racing to a more demolition derby-style.
Offroad racing and bumper-busting fun with no consequences.
Common Sense Media
24 July 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that DiRT Showdown is a racing game that has some vehicular violence and mild lyrics. The core elements of the game include crashing into other vehicles as well as racing on a variety of tracks. It is also a game that can be played in a single-player mode, or multiplayer on the same console or over an Internet connection.
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.
Excerpt: Ah, another DiRT game, how I was excited by you. When Dirt: Showdown was released I specifically requested the assignment to review it. I was a massive fan of Dirt 2, completing it fully, and somewhat enjoyed Dirt 3, despite some missteps. This new game is ostensibly a spin-off of the regular Dirt franchise and hopes to take it into some arcade like racing and the like. It’s not “Dirt 4”, but is trying to be its own thing.
Conclusion: Miss; Annoying narrator/commentator, and the little customisation available is hard to find. Career might be too short for some players. Need; Customisation, especially vinyls and car setups. Customisation, especially vinyls and car setups. Not to mention a simulation mode with time trials on real courses.
Conclusion: DiRT Showdown breaks new ground for the racing genre. New event types set it apart from other games in its field, but a lack of traditional aspects holds it back from extended player engagement. More tracks and vehicles would have provided a solid premise with the adrenaline rush it needs to maintain the excitement. The game modes don't prevent Showdown from becoming boring after only several hours in, so the thrills are short-lived.
Excerpt: Codemasters have been masters of many things with racing games over the years, and one of those things is definitely their expertise in making vehicles disintegrate with each collision. It wasn’t until Race Driver: GRID in which they did the logical thing and threw a banger racing event in there, although, until now, and very surprisingly, they had never made a full and complete banger racing game.
Excerpt: Dirt Showdown is all the in-between stuff from other racing games. It’s those filler events you had to play to get to the next actual race. Basically, driving game gametax, now given its own game. It’s as if someone lifted up all the rally races from the previous Dirts, swept out the detritus that was left, collected it into a tidy little pile, and then slapped a name on it. Dirt Showdown.