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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How do all, Well I couldn't resist giving this game a go. I was a missive fan of all the previous Dirt games so thought why not. I'm not disappointed at all, it doesn't have the variety of Dirt 3 but you still get the Gymkhana levels, the demolition derby style events are a good laugh as well. I'm not really one for online gaming so I haven't given this a go but all in all a good game to put you on until Dirt 4 arrives.
For the money, Dirt: Showdown is an OK game. Sadly there's not much to the game though, with only about 3 locations with about 2 versions of the track. Cars are not recognisable except for a Fiesta and Impreza, and in general it's a game to play when you have just 30 minutes or so spare. If you're used to Dirt 3, or a GTA style game, you will be quickly bored with this, but for the money, it's worth a play!
Dirt: Showdown is a great car arcade game with a huge variety of cars and game modes (racing, drifting, knock-out each other, 8 shaped tracks etc.). It has nice graphics. It's sometimes difficult to adapt to a new game mode, but it's getting more and more fun after the first 15 minutes.
Seriously Dirt showdown doesn't match up to the original title! In my opinion this should be an arcade game that you can buy really cheap. Even though I bought it for a low price, I wasn't happy because I only enjoyed several races and achievements. The game is still awesome in multiplayer and you should buy it only because of the multiplayer!
Dirt: Showdown is not a bad game, but tends to get a bit annoying as it will always prompt you to go online. It feels like a cut down version of Dirt 4 without the tracks. I had issues trying to join up to Racenet with the code provided and gave up. Apart from the lack of tracks and annoying online prompting, the graphics are good and the price is right.
I found Dirt: Showdown to be the furthest away from a rally simulator so far but as this seems to be intended, it makes a great spiritual sequel to destruction derby. Theirs even plenty of precision/stunt driving thrown in with the plethora of content. This is highly recommended for the price.
The DiRT series started off strong but lost some of its charm as the series continued the games becoming difficult to handle but Showdown brings the fun back. Combining elements that make DiRT fun with elements of games such as Burnout makes a great game. Things are more relaxed, crashing and drifting is a must. Best DiRT game in a long time worth picking up
The career mode in Dirt: Showdown is too short, the tracks are too flat and predictable, and the option to design your own vinyl on the cars is downright missing from the game, especially for the multi-player. On the good side, theres plenty of cars to choose from, the different modes are fun and addictive and the aggressive high-rev motor sounds from the cars is topping it all off nicely.
Dirt: Showdown is a gem. Why? Because it's pure fun. Yeah, it's an arcade, but this game was meant to be simple to master, and once you do, you'll enjoy it. Racing, derby, tricks - it's all here. And the joyride mode is excellent. It was a real pleasure to do all 150 tricks. It's too bad there are only 2 playgrounds. There are also 4 tours, each consisting of 16 races, and plenty of vehicles to choose from. All in all, it's a great arcade racer. Just don't take it seriously and don't expect it to be a rally simulator.
Dirt: Showdown is a very "arcadey " driving game. It does what it does pretty well, that is to provide quick fun with crazy races and car-smashing shows (quite à la Destruction Derby). There are some hooningan events, with hoonigan tricks, drifts and mini-games. Although the number of venues and cars (few of them real) is not huge, the game is quite fun and satisfactory. If you are looking for a "Destruction Derby 2012" experience, this looks fine. Just don't expect any of the driving simulation or technical intricacies of previous Dirt games.
I bought this based upon the other games in the series that I had played and with a view to introducing both the game and the destruction derby aspect to my son. Having played destruction derby as a PS1 game this certainly improved the experience and as i had hoped my son loves the game. With lots of tracks and tricks to learn this game offers longevity but can also be played in short bursts. Well worth buying.