DiRT: Showdown is the eagerly awaited arcade spin-off instalment in the renowned DiRT video game series, both developed and published by Codemasters. Showdown is an expansion on the rally racing action of the previous game DiRT 3, which was released in 2011, and boasts three brand spanking new modes dedicated to the wilder side of off-road driving.
This game showcases a world tour of motorised mayhem, guaranteed to get adrenaline pumping through your veins as you race round each course hell-bent on destruction and manic racing. Participate in spectacular derby themed events based in well known cities around the world (including Tokyo, London, Miami, etc.), crashing and smashing your way through each course. Leave your competition in the dust as you speed through each championship to culminate in the ultimate ‘Showdown’ finale; these Showdowns are held in energised festival atmospheres, complete with pyrotechnics, lasers, and more.
Showdown introduces one of DiRT’s most innovative and social concepts to date: RaceNet. RaceNet is an online universal hub that keeps track of your best times, scores, wins, and earned experience points, which all add up to earn and achieve great rewards. For example, a community event that challenged players to spend a certain amount of fuel within a time limit offered the rewards of liveries and cars. Alongside this, players will also be able to issue Showdown Challenges and take part in a variety of multiplayer modes (Smash & Grab, Head to Head matches, etc.) so others can pit themselves against their friends and compete to prove who is ultimately the best.
As the game is powered by the EGO Game Technology Platform, players can expect an incredibly high standard of graphical performance, allowing each crash, explosion, and more to be enacted in exquisitely high detail. Immerse yourself within the world of DiRT: Showdown with the help of this platform, as every race will unfold before your eyes with breathtaking, phenomenal graphics and visuals, giving you the racing thrill that you really desire. To add to this excitement, Showdown also incorporates a ‘Crashback’ cam, so that whenever a crash of great magnitude occurs, players will be able to view the carnage from several angles with flashback-styled kill cams.
DiRT: Showdown is the epitome of stylised motorised mayhem, boasting social gameplay and adrenaline-fuelled driving delirium. Take part in freestyle stunt parks, demolition derby events, and even more that has all been jam-packed into this awesome race car rally game. (Cat Emerson)
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It is different from the previous dirt games, focuses more on fun mini games kind of. Quite entertaining, I could easily compare it to games like Flatout or destruction Derby. Gives you customisation and upgrade options for your cars as well as an array of different arenas and tracks. For its cheap price, its really a must buy for casual driving game fans, do not expect much precision races.
Dirt: Showdown is a more-arcade episode of the Dirt series. It can't be described as excellent because of some frame-rate problems - even if graphics are overall good - and beacuse of the feeling that sometimes the race results don't depend on your ability, but on your luck. Anyway, the game is funny, it also includes a split-screen offline multiplayer game mode, which makes Dirt: Showdown perfect to be played with friends and family. It's a great purchase.
The conventional career in Dirt: Showdown is perhaps the most boring, although sometimes provide a little cheer with extreme weather conditions such as snow or rain. The ability tests, which are those that will pose a challenge. You have to pull off tricks where you have to slide around corners and break a series of panels in a certain order or insane jump ramps. What I am disappointed in is the load times, which can be up to two-three minutes and sometimes between races.
Dirt: Showdown is really nice. You get several gameplay types: 2 kinds of gymkhana, where you have to drive with prescision, plus a different race mode and an arena like destruction derby where you have to destroy the other cars. The music is pretty cool. This is a really good game with a lot of punch.
It may be buggy and not all that different to Dirt 3, but dont let that distract you from the fact that Dirt Showdown is a return to the fun of the Destruction Derby. Everything on 4 wheels is there to be destroyed. The 2 player split screen and online multiplayer are great fun with friends. This is just smashing fun distilled in to a Dirt shaped box and if you enjoy smashing into other cars in giant dust filled arenas, lethal figure of 8 circuits and twisting race courses then Dirt Showdown is essential.
I think because this is a UK version of the game, the VIP code supplied doesn't work for my Canadian account (no bonus car, no online play). The shipping time also longer than I thought, and actually the game was shipping from Hungary?. The game is still playable offline without the code. That's OK for me since I only play offline.