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DiRT Showdown is a brand new dive in and drive adrenaline rush of speed, style and destruction from the creators of the multi-award winning DiRT series. Players jump into a new world of arcade racing with pick up and play controls, speeding, tricking and smashing their way to 'Showdown' finals to compete against rivals in front of thousands of fans in a vibrant festival atmosphere.
There are three broad categories to DiRT Showdown's stunning world of action-sport racing. Players will use nitrous to blast past rivals and negotiate courses filled with ramps, multiple routes and obstacles in racing events. Gaming's most advanced damage engine is pushed to its limits in demolition derby events, where players smash and crash their way to victory in jaw-dropping, bone-jarring style. Finally, in Hoonigan events gamers can demonstrate their freestyle driving skill in huge free-roaming stunt parks with new accessible controls.
DiRT Showdown is Codemasters' most connected game ever - split-screen multiplayer, eight player online racing, on and off-line quick-fire party games, and YouTube integration all come as standard. Players can also issue new 'Showdown Challenges' to compete with friends in on and off-line modes.
In the career mode, globe-trotting Showdown players will travel from Miami to San Francisco, London to Tokyo and other famous locations earning the adulation of the crowd at hyper-energised, frenzied, unsanctioned race events. Over 50 different events across four championships challenge gamers in a variety of conditions - sun, snow, and rain - through the day and under the floodlights at night.
With an exciting mix of licensed and bespoke cars and powered by the EGO Game Technology Platform for phenomenal graphical performance and stunning damage, DiRT Showdown will be the new standard for arcade driving delirium.
A brand new kind of DiRT: DiRT Showdown is a new arcade racing game from the makers of the acclaimed DiRT series. Accessible, pick up and play controls combine with spectacular events and stunning graphics to deliver high octane, dive in and drive thrills from event one.
A exciting and eclectic mix of vehicles: DiRT Showdown features a mouth-watering selection of cars. Ken Block's all new Gymkhana 4 HFHV Ford Fiesta debuts alongside a varied selection of vehicles across a range of classes. From saloons and muscle cars to pick-up trucks, hearses and vans, players will have a wide selection of cars to trick, race and destroy.
Make your way to the showdown: Race through each championship until you make your way to the 'Showdown' finale. Each Showdown is held in a unique festival atmosphere where a frenzied party atmosphere, including pyrotechnics and lasers combine with DiRT Showdown's high-octane driving gameplay.
Party modes and split-screen: DiRT Showdown is purpose built for social gaming. Dedicated party games are available online and in split-screen perfect for sofa gaming with a low barrier to entry for friends where classics like 'capture the flag' and checkpoint challenges get the Showdown treatment.
Showdown challenges: All new for DiRT Showdown, players can now issue Showdown Challenges so players can test themselves against their friends whether they are online or not.
Iconic locations as you've never seen them before: Every location in DIRT Showdown becomes a thrilling racing theatre, custom designed for players to perform on the perfect stage. From San Francisco to Miami, Nevada to Michigan, Tokyo to London, each of DIRT Showdown's locations delivers a unique atmosphere for a wide range of events.
Crashback! Flashback becomes Crashback in DiRT Showdown - whenever a large crash happens, players can see 'kill cams' from several angles showing how the carnage unfolds. In single player events, gamers can also upload clips direct to YouTube.
A racing studio game: The talent that brought the world Colin McRae DiRT, Colin McRae DiRT 2, The BAFTA Award winning Race Driver GRID and DiRT 3 is developing DiRT Showdown. Using the award winning EGO Game Technology Platform known for its killer visuals, weather, and damage system, DiRT Showdown sets the new technical benchmark for arcade racing thrills.
Speed, style and destruction - compete in 3 theatres of racing:
No holds barred racing events: Trade paint and use nitrous to speed past rivals in DiRT Showdown's range of racing modes. Courses are littered with obstacles, pinch points, multiple-routes and ramps to deliver adrenaline fuelled racing across spectacular courses.
Bone crunching demolition derby events: Players will crash, smash and bash their way through a range of demolition derby themed events which pushes the EGO-powered damage engine to its spectacular limits.
Edge of control Hoonigan events: A new accessible handling system lets players let loose in free-roaming, freestyle stunt parks. Compounds flooded with obstacles play host to a range of new challenges, from performing trick runs to competitive stunt events, explorations challenges and more.
12 months ago
This game is great fun , if anyone remembers destruction derby on ps1 and now released again with crap gfx on ps3 ... N if u loved that then this my friends is a deffo buy . Even te split screen is a good laugh . I use the playseat with steering wheel and that is also good for the races and smashing the hell out of people .
Joe Anderson (Editor) |
12 months ago
DiRT Showdown is without a doubt a crazy mix of the last game in the series and Sony’s awesome Destruction Derby. It’s feature packed and looks great, it’s also a whole lot of fun. So why is it then that all I want to do is smash some cars and forget about the rest?
Action is the name of the game here, whether you are playing the single player, challenges or multiplayer modes. Focusing on the single player, it’s clear that Codemasters has tried to mix things up a little, although not to much effect. You start off at the bottom of the ladder in career mode, working your way through a series of events which are made up of racing, Gymkhana style ‘ Hoonigan’ face-off’s and some good old fashion destruction derbies.
The racing takes on various forms; first up you have your standard races on obstacle ridden tracks. Here you’ll race around the track as quickly as you can, trying to get into that all important first place, while also trying to avoid contact with your opponent. What makes this difficult is that there are numerous obstacles, such as barrels, barriers and ramps between you and first place. While the ramps are most certainly helpful on occasion, the barrels and barriers certainly are not. The problem is that even the slightest nudge into these can have you spinning out, something that also regularly happens when trying to overtake an opponent on a bend. Domination mode meanwhile, is a slightly different take on the racing with checkpoints around the track. The time your record between checkpoints will determine your over all position in each sector, with the winner the one who gains the most points overall. There is also an Elimination race, which sees you trying to stay as close to first place as possible as the clock ticks down.
Hoonigan style races see you either going head to head in order to ‘out-trick’ your opponent based on a series of set tricks such as drifting or pulling off ‘doughnuts’ (which has you trying to drift around a pole). I personally found this very difficult, meaning that I generally failed every time. I’m sure there is some sort of technique to this but I never figured it out – looks like I won’t be out-tricking Ken Block any time soon. The same goes for the similar Trick Crush event, which is much like the Gymkhana mode in DiRT 3. Here you must perform a series of tricks in an industrial map while trying to earn the highest score; I failed. Perhaps my favourite of all the Hoonigan style racers was Smash Hunter, where you had to drive around a large track, smashing up various coloured blocks in order. It’s tough to do this on time, but it does help get you used to the handling of the cars.
Much more to my liking is the Destruction races, amongst which Knockout stood out from the crowd for me. In Knockout the cars all start on a raised platform, once the event begins you much crash into the other cars to gain points, with the main aim being to knock them out of the arena. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially when you end up out of the arena yourself practically every time knock someone else out. Rampage mode meanwhile, is Destruction Derby at it’s finest. This mode takes place in a bowl shaped arena, with the main premise being to destroy any vehicle in your path. It’s great, destructive fun.
Other race types you’ll encounter in Destruction mode include 8 Ball, which sees you racing on a track shaped like, yes you guessed it, an ’8′. This presents its own problems, such as the cross-overs in which you run the risk of being T-Boned at every junction. The racing works well on this track and certainly has you on your toes as you try to avoid collisions while also concentrating on gaining or keeping first place. Finally there’s also Hard Target, which is similar to Rampage, with the only difference being that you are the target and must survive as long as possible in order to gain first place.
There is more to the game than just racing, as whenever you complete a race you’ll also gain cash, allowing you to buy new vehicles which you have unlocked for purchase by winning racers. There are a large range of trucks, sport and stock cars to unlock, more unusual looking than others. You can also unlock liveries, so if you’re fed up looking at the same old paint job then there’s no need to worry.
Another bonus of gaining cash is the ability to upgrade the stats on your car. This lets you improve the handling, power and the top speed. There are no other modification types other than boosting stats and liveries, but it least it lets you improve your favourite vehicles to use however you wish.
The single player mode is certainly packed full of events, which is backed up by other features such Crash Back, a new replay feature which pops up after a big collision. This allows you to view the crash back from other angles and even save and upload it to YouTube. Anything you upload can then be viewed on CodeMasters new social hub, RaceNet, which will also be used for providing weekly events, to track statistics, friend lists and more. You can also use Crash Back to rewind time, which is handy if you are as useless as racing games as I am, although this feature is limited, so you can’t use it constantly.
As you progress through the campaign you’ll find yourself racing on all manner of surfaces, from tarmac, to snow to mud. It’s very challenging, but I found that the more I played, the better I got, which is great for me because I don’t usually mix that well with racing games. Each of the cars seem decent enough to handle, although they can spin out quite easily, should you catch a ramp or have one of your annoying, but intelligent AI opponents clip you out of the race.
Once you tie a race up you can then send a challenge to a friend, teasing that about how well you done and inviting them to beat your score.
Away from the single player mode, you’ll also have the opportunity to play Joyride mode, which offers Hoonigan style racing in a free-roaming form. There are set challenges which can be completed in any order as well as items to collect. As you complete challenges within this mode, more are unlocked. It’s an ok addition really, if only to help you practice for the main event.
Elsewhere, you also have a split-screen multiplayer mode and of course, the main online mode. Taking it on to Xbox LIVE gives you access to all of the game modes from the single player event, split up into Racing, Hoonigan and Demolition. There are also the crazy party games, such as Smash & Grab and more, meaning that you can really play anyway you like. Obviously it’s a lot of fun playing with friends, so once you have finished up with the single player, this is an option that will keep you coming back for more should you have like minded friends.
DiRT Showdown is a mixed bag really. I do enjoy the racing, but am not really a fan of the Hoonigan modes. Saying that though, I love the Demolition modes so much that I wish the whole game was made up of just these. My only worry is that the game will eventually wear thin, since the single player campaign can become quite repetitive after a while. DiRT fans will no doubt love this game and it’s hard to argue that it’s a pretty full on package and certainly a sign of thing to come in terms of Codemasters RaceNet.
FUN. That's something you don't get in many games at the moment. DIRT Showdown will make you laugh, make you have fun, and for once (on XBOX) very vocal on game chat where everybody is just enjoying themselves.
Racing and Smashing online is brilliant fun, and fast paced so you need not invest a crazy amount of time unlocking everything when you can get smashing with just the default cars. Earning money for your unlocks both on and offline.
It's about time we had a fun driving game which isn't simulator heavy and all about smashy-crashy fun. This does it all and then some.
Highly reccomended if you need a breath of fresh air in your online play.
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Dirt Showdown Reveal TrailerDiRT Showdown is a brand new dive in and drive adrenaline rush of speed, style and destruction from the creators of the multi-award winning DiRT series. Players jump into a new world of arcade racing with pick up and play controls, speeding, tricking and smashing their way to 'Showdown' finals to compete against rivals in front of thousands of fans in a vibrant festival atmosphere.
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