Dirt 3

A re­ally good port of a rally good rac­ing game

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC GAMES -

£22.99 De­vel­oper Code­mas­ters/Feral In­ter­ac­tive, fer­al­in­ter­ac­tive.com

Re­quires OS X 10.9.5, 2GHz pro­ces­sor, 4GB RAM, see web­site for graph­ics cards

Dirt 3 con­fi­dently dis­penses with finicky con­ceits such as con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions or ve­hi­cle up­grades, in­stead split­ting a ca­reer mode into four sec­tions of in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult and ex­otic off-road events with the fo­cus very much on rac­ing.

So­phis­ti­cated op­tions ex­ist for skilled play­ers, but Dirt 3 op­er­ates in a com­fort­able space be­tween sim­u­la­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tion, where the steer­ing and brak­ing are tight and re­spon­sive. Play­ers are tested on how well they nav­i­gate dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles and ter­rain types, and Dirt 3 is at its best when play­ers are bar­relling through the muck or knif­ing along the Col de Turini in the mid­dle of the night, learn­ing and im­pro­vis­ing as they go.

Ca­reer mode is awk­wardly punc­tu­ated by ‘gymkhana’ events in which driv­ers are awarded points for the grace and con­trol of their drifts, spins and dough­nuts. There’s lit­tle in the way of di­rec­tion, and th­ese events feel hap­haz­ard as a re­sult.

Frus­trat­ingly, the ver­sion of Dirt 3

Clumsy gymkhana notwith­stand­ing, Dirt 3 is a deft and ac­com­plished rac­ing game with a honed ca­reer mode.

on the Mac App Store doesn’t in­clude any on­line mul­ti­player op­tions. While ba­sic races are avail­able in split-screen, you’ll need to be on a LAN for ac­cess to the In­va­sion, Out­break and Trans­porter modes. For on­line rac­ing, you’ll need the Steam ver­sion. Joseph Leray

Ap­proach­able rac­ing

Dis­tinct ve­hi­cles and ter­rain

Gymkhana feels out of place

No on­line play from App Store

The races in Kenya are some of the long­est and most wide-open.

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