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I am a huge fan of racing games on the PS3, anything thats a challenge rather than a gimmick for the serious racer. I don't like children's racing games with no realism but i love hardcore racing games for the more experienced player. This is a bit of both. It's a funny and enjoyable "mess around" game when it comes to gymkhana and battersea stunt park but then becomes a serious racing game on the long trials and online races. Particularly in the snow when the games physics really shine.
The crashes are very realistic too when barrel rolling through the air at 100 mph. For instance, you wouldn't bounce off walls if you crashed at that speed into a concrete pipe in real life, you'd fall flat on the floor like a pancake, and in other racers you get that annoying bounce, in Dirt it's a different story. Snow is very different from the dirt trails and that just shows the level of detail gone into making this game without having the over protective assists and difficulty levels.
Platinum medals are damn near impossible to get and bronze medals are still possible after having 8 crashes and a quick break while reading the sunday times... Im exaggerating of course but this is how it should be, very lenient easy medals right to another extreme of being nearly impossible with everything in-between. Perfect. You don't even select a difficulty level like other racing or rallying games, your medal at the end will reflect your performance making the game tailored to your skill. You race as hard or as slow as you want.
The graphics and sound are not at all what i'd expect from a serious racing game like Forza on the Xbox 360 and that's what makes this a half serious half relaxed game. The sound is unrealistic and it seems like most cars have no different engine noises between them, they all rev with the same noise, and crash with the same impact noise. On a home cinema surround system its pointless and really makes no difference. In HD though this is spectacular, particularly in the close up cam when watching your movie clip back in the theater.
Overall a fun game for the less experienced racer but hardcore rally racers will be displeased by the gimmicks and laid back attitude to the game. In which case i would recommend WRC for you which is a very serious racing/rallying game for the more experienced player without the gymkhana and side games.
Dirt 3 is the latest game that is developed by Codemasters, Dirt 3 was released in May 2011 for the Europe market. I was surprised to see that the Colin Mcrae had been removed from the title but I can assure you that this game is the third instalment in the Colin Mcrae rally games.
Dirt 3 is available to be purchased for Windows PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Pros and Cons
Great selection of cars
Good choice of game modes, Rally, one on one racing etc
Nice racing environments all over the world
Poor levelling up system for cars
Not enough tuning options
I'm not a very big fan of rally games or even racing games for that matter however I had seen Dirt 3 and thought that I may give it a go and see how it is. After playing a friends copy I was then happy to go and buy myself a copy.
You play as a professional rally driver who has already made it into the big league so you have access to a lot of sponsorship deals and that means that the story takes place all over the world and you have a lot of cars to use in the form of sponsorship even after your first race the selection of quite good cars is fairly high.
In my opinion I feel that Dirt 3 does not take on a direct simulation racing approach but more of a arcade style approach but I feel that provided that you like to play rally, racing games then it should suit your playing style because it does a nice mix of fun arcade mixed with serious simulation.
Dirt 3's gameplay focuses mainly on rally racing in the form of time trails and it's good because it's just you against the clock and I can sometimes feel on the higher difficulty levels that there is a good level of challenge between me and the AI (Artificial intelligence)
There is a good selection of racing modes, normal rally time trails, circuit racing and also stunt type of game mode and all of the games modes do play well and they are fun to play.
I feel that in the multiplayer mode the same singleplayer action is certainly there but I do feel that it's improved upon because you can choose to play a action filled circuit race or you can choose to do a student mode in multiplayer and it seems that you can have a blast playing online.
I can tell that the sound effects are very good they change as you change the camera so if you are using the in car camera then it does sound like you are sat in a rally car doing x mph on a little country road. The sound effects certainly are on bar with the gameplay.
The different racing environments in Dirt 3 do look very good I have noticed that there are the little things that make you go wow whilst playing be it the sun glare on your cars roof or the little avatar hidden extra in your car you will be impressed with the graphics in this game.
Value for money
The cheapest that I have seen Dirt 3 for sale is around £20 I feel that this is a good price considering that this game has not been released for that long and the popular games normally keep there value for longer than the games that are not selling very well.
I feel that if you buy Dirt 3 then the amount of races, cars and just things to do you will get your value for money back.
Tesco entertainment £22
I feel that Dirt 3 is the best rally game that I have played in a long time. The graphics, gameplay and AI do all combine together and turn Dirt 3 into a great game. I recommend this game to you provided that you are a fan of racing and rally type games.
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