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Scheduled release date:

Q2 2011





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May 24, 2011

Although Gran Turismo 5 includes Rally events, the true-blue Rally fan is lying in wait for DiRT 3, which seeks to once again redefine off-road simulation. In addition to tossing in more cars, more variety, more environments and in general, more overall gameplay, Codemasters will also include “gymkhana,” which is a specialized form of stunt-based driving popularized by Ken Block. It’ll be the first time such a style has been featured in any video game and the developers have also taken fan feedback into consideration. Unsurprisingly, the hardcore followers want the team to refocus on Rally – some will argue new disciplines in the sequel stole the limelight – and as a result, DiRT 3’s career mode will be comprised of 60% straight Rally races. We always like to see franchises evolve, especially when they’ve managed to earn the praise of critics and gamers alike.

Codemasters will utilize a more advanced physics engine, which should provide racers with an even more realistic experience from top to bottom. Various surfaces and different conditions will force you to adapt on a routine basis, and the designers are really getting anal about the detail involved…gotta love that. Grass, pavement, dirt; you must acknowledge your surroundings and make the appropriate adjustments. This will be more critical than ever before but if you’re not quite checked out on Rally racing, you can enable fresh driving assists that will help you get your bearings. So when you first hit the track, you can have the benefit of throttle management, added stability, and artificial braking for corners. Of course, once you’ve become accustomed to the action, you can disable all those assists and try to drive like the professionals. But even then, you do have one last-ditch effort to eliminate a mistake: it’s the return of the flashback feature, which lets you rewind time and give another poorly taken turn a second try.

It’s the gymkhana that intrigues us most. You’ll have to string together tough jumps and stunts, which may prove to be especially difficult. Given the amount of practice and vehicle understanding required, it may take a few tries to get acquainted with this flashy new style, especially because it has never before been in a game. There are various modes within the gymkhana discipline: there’s Trailer Thrash, Pipe Dream, Can You Dig It, and Pole Dancer. The latter has you spinning donuts around a pillar while Can You Dig It will have you zipping around, narrowly avoiding disastrous obstacles…like a massive mechanical digging arm. For big air, you can try Airborne, which asks you to leap and land cleanly (harder than it sounds, we’re sure), and Block Buster is exactly what it sounds like: yeah, just try to knock down as many foam blocks as you can. It sounds great for the true-blue driving enthusiasts.

The combination of gymkhana with traditional Rally racing ought to be enough to entice most fans, if the enhanced physics engine isn’t. We should also be looking at another step forward in terms of visual and audio accomplishment. As for multiplayer, the new iteration will boast two-player split-screen play for the very first time, along with other offline modes that will support up to eight players. And of course, you can expect quite the online multiplayer community. DiRT 3 is scheduled to release during the second quarter of this year for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, and if you enjoyed past titles, this should be right up your alley. But will you be able to handle the hardcore stunts and unique driving challenges…?

1/3/2011 Ben Dutka

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Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 9:48:20 PM

I've never played the Dirt games for some reason. I don't know why because rally racing has always intrigued me.

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Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:20:05 PM

These Dirt games are quality, that's for sure. But I did NOT know that they sell enough to warrant constant sequels. Good for them. They're obviously filling a gaming need somewhere.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 1:03:14 AM

never been a rally fan, but after playing motorstorm pacific rift that certainly changed that.
doubt ill get this because of the sheer amount of other more interesting titles coming out.
but maybe a bargain bin purchase in the drought of winter.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 1:15:20 AM

Never played Dirt 1, but after playing Codemasters classic Grid. I said, let me try off road rallying. Picked up Dirt 2 and lets just say before I got GT5, Dirt 2 was my go to racer. It was different and the game handled beautifully. On top of that it was a beauty to look at and the races, even though you were trying to beat your opponents time outside of actual races...the game was intense and was the ultimate competitive racer. With five difficulties to choose from, Dirt 2 could satisfy anyone. The competitivenss found in Dirt 2 is lacking alot of times in GT5, but GT5 definitely has a uncomparable pleasentary behind the wheel. Either way Dirt 2 is a one of my favorites racers. It caught me off guard. It isn't a simulation cause after playing rally in GT5, I'm not sure I would Dirt 3 if it was pure simulation. Too hard. Dirt 2 was/is a great game and I'm expecting Dirt 3 to be no different.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 1:52:41 AM

Dirt 3 will be a quality CM release... that EGO engine is getting better and better... it will photo realistic this time around I think...



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Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 2:37:04 AM

I am really really hungry for this one... Dirt 1 was great, Dirt 2 was brilliant and Dirt 3 will be a gem for sure. The Dirt serie is phenomenal, I recommend it to anybody who enjoys a good race.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 4:13:16 AM

I really liked the the second release of the game ,and I'm sure this game has the best ever damage modeling I have ever seen ,but still I think its easy to be achieved since there are no more than 30 cars at the game with no more than 10 different locations for the game , and still the physics of this game has been done in a really good way but not as realistic as GT5.
and also I liked the commentary of the assistance, they were very detailed and interact with your driving way in a very funny way.
but still the environmental variations within a single track has been well introduced that really effect our driving ,
all these things IM really waiting to see at the third installment of this game ,but still I would really like to play with more cars

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 4:40:16 AM

I played the demo for the first diet title and was not impressed. But after hearing the praise from your comments I might just give this one a try.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 8:34:18 AM

While I am a huge rally fan, GT5 will be taking up my time so this won't be one day purchase, but I'll definitely pick it up sooner or later.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 10:09:45 AM

Dirt2 was brilliant but i passed as i thought GT5 would be what i asked for, and dont get me wrong its great, but rallying is my favourtie type of motorsport and so a rallying game would just be tooo good for me. so i reckon i'll pick this up.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 10:12:19 AM

oh and i do hope they use Can you dig it by the mock turtles for the CYDI mode. thatd be brilliant :D

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 10:34:27 AM

If anyone wants to see some amazing driving skills, google videos of Ken Blocks Gymkhana runs...If you're into cars at all it's an entertaining watch.

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Nick Maim
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 4:52:57 PM

Dirt 2 has one of the best rally game engines ever. Period.

Hopefully Codemasters go back to their true rally roots in Dirt 3, in presentation and actual number of rally races.

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