PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Out: May 26 The famous Colin McRae: Dirt series of off-road racing games has almost singlehandedly ruled the rally driving roost this console generation with its beautiful graphics and realistically weighty handling.
However, the previous game, Colin McRae: Dirt 2, strayed from the strict rally-driving experience that brought the series such high acclaim throughout the years, in favour of a US-centric extreme sports focus that upset long-time fans.
The team at Codemasters has heard these concerns, and is aiming to remedy them with the release of Dirt 3.
Dirt 3 returns the series to its roots, with more than 60 per cent of its career now focused on Rally Sports. There are also more than 100 track routes: more than double the number in the last game. The game will sport a wide array of vehicles, ranging from ’60s models to cutting-edge cars of the present day.
Among the new inclusions to the series is a full range of impressive weather effects (brought over from Codemasters F1 2010) that will affect each car’s performance, as well as splitscreen multiplayer, improved damage modelling, party modes and — for the first time in the series — official WRC licensed content.
Perhaps the most significant addition in Dirt 3 is Gymkhana mode. Gymkhana is a form of trick and obstacle-based racing pioneered by rally sensation Ken Block and made famous on YouTube. With the game’s ability to upload memorable moments directly to YouTube, racing fans will get their own chance to become internetrally legends when the game is released in late May.
Real feel: Dirt 3 gives players a satisfying rally driving experience.