DiRT Showdown reviews up, looking positive

Thursday, 24th May 2012 13:13 GMT By Alex Donaldson

The embargo has lifted on reviews for DiRT Showdown, Codemasters’ attempt to turn the DiRT series into a more diverse beast with an arcade-racer inspired twist on the series. We’ve rounded all of the reviews up.

The consensus seems to be generally very positive with the game gathering a bunch of 7s and 8s from across the press. Codies released a launch trailer earlier today showing just how over-the-top it gets. As ever drop any links we’ve missed in the comments and we’ll add them. It’s out tomorrow.



  1. Gadzooks!

    It handles really well, looks gorgeous, makes all the right noises and ticks all the right boxes… yet I think its going to flop spectacularly.

    I do hope I’m wrong because its a worthy game, but I cant shake the ‘downloadable’ feeling, plus its not different enough from Dirt3 (also brilliant) for my liking.

    Surely much of this game could have been Dirt 3 DLC?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Hakkiz – 7/10 (Good)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. TheBlackHole

    “Surely much of this game could have been Dirt 3 DLC?”

    Possibly, but then you’re limiting sales to those who bought DiRT 3. why marginalise your audience when it’s catering to a different demographic?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. The_Red

    They could have released the update as a $15-20 DLC and then release a retail Dirt 3 Upgraded or Full Edition for those that don’t have original Dirt 3.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. HeavyD-Love

    I’m interested in this for the destruction derby element. Brings me back to the PS1 days..

    #5 3 years ago
  6. TheBlackHole


    Again, if you don’t want DiRT 3, that’s not a decent option. DLC only works if it’s the same game – this is more of a party game than a racing one, so why you’d only sell it to people interested in a racing game is beyond me.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    It’s just wasted potential.

    Like Gadzooks says, Codemasters do have a great feel for driving mechanics, and that’s certainly there in Showdown, but in every other respect it’s a parody of a racing game.

    They’ve gone from making top of the line racers to this sort of pubescent garbage, with some 15 year old calling you “duderino” the second you enter the game. I don’t want an overly excited “brah” trying to get me hyped on the x-games, I want a real racing game.

    I’ve pretty much got all of their games up until Dirt 3 (which I bought hoping against hope that they’d dropped that whole theme) and I’ve enjoyed their stuff since the TOCA days, but that will have to be the last one for me.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Bloodyghost

    The multiplayer part of the demo really saved my opinion for this game. Totaled was one of my most favorite Split Screen Multiplayer games but it missed real weight with the cars and the difference between cars where not much at all.

    But I hated the racing portion that induced a battle-like sense.

    From what I saw, these scores sum it up well.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Dimaco

    @7 +1
    Yeah, that’s exactly how I see it… Dirt 1 was a true rally game: you know, with stages, damage had to be repaired in a set amount of time, etc.
    Now all they come up with is this “teenager festival feel”, watered down racing experience with a bunch of events that just feel meh.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. OwningXylophone

    While you may not like the “teenager festival feel” approach taken since Dirt 2, it is easy to see why they are doing it. The whole Ken Block/Travis Pastrana/Tanner Faust X-Games style of rallying is far more popular with that key young adult male demographic than the traditional WRC/IRC stle in real life, something that the whole TV rights fiasco with this seasons WRC highlights. So of course Codies will pander to that audience, plus they no longer have the WRC license, which means they couldn’t include any of the cars/tracks/drivers from that series anyway. Lets face it, without Loeb there is no way they could claim to be a credible serious rallying game anyway.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. CityCobra

    DiRT Showdown: 85%

    The former rally franchise presents itself as a great mix of Destruction Derby and high speed action racing. A strong single player combined with
    an extensive online experience garantuees great varied fun.

    #11 3 years ago

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