DiRT 3 PlayStation 3

Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
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  1. Jun 1, 2011
    95
    Dirt 3 has modest game length; the concept over all does not grow tiresome which is great. It has solid fun gameplay from single player experience, to multiplayer online or even split screen multiplayer. Dirt 3 may not please everyone out there, what game does really? Dirt 3 is a solid addition to the series, which keeps rally car racing as the coolest thing out there.
  2. Games Master UK
    Jun 4, 2011
    94
    We thought that this rally series couldn't get better. We were wrong: Dirt 3 is the best yet. [July 2011, p.80]
  3. May 30, 2011
    93
    DiRT 3 is the best part in the DiRT franchise. The game contains a lot of different disciplines and also Gymkhana and that last one works great. The game does look awesome, the audio and soundtrack are great and the gameplay is sublime!
  4. May 23, 2011
    93
    DiRT 2 ended up setting the bar for the genre by offering a perfect blend of arcade and simulation paired with an incredible graphics engine and a stylish presentation. With DiRT 3, the tradition of delivering an exhilarating racer continues and die-hard fans couldn't ask for anything more.
  5. PSM3 Magazine UK
    May 25, 2011
    92
    A glorious balance of challenge, thrills and accessibility. Vital. [July 2011]
  6. May 20, 2011
    92
    Dirt 3 really does have something for drivers at every level, offering a surprising amount of variety. It's a strong package overall, with beautiful landscapes and an exhilarating sense of speed, making it perfect for anyone who wants to take a not-so-quiet drive through the woods.
  7. Aug 7, 2011
    91
    Overall, Dirt 3 is nothing short of stellar. The sheer amount of variety – in race events, tracks, and vehicles – makes Dirt 3 a racer that you'll keep coming back to again and again, long after you've completed the Dirt Tour. Whether you're a fan of sim racers, arcade racers, or heck even Mario Kart, you should definitely check out Dirt 3.
  8. Jun 6, 2011
    91
    Dirt 3 is the reliable weekday car that you aren't afraid to take into the mud every once in a while. While it doesn't have the precision or style of some of its high-end peers, Dirt 3 has more than enough personality and moments of exhilaration to make up the difference.
  9. Jun 2, 2011
    91
    You'd be hard pressed to find another racing game that has the amount of content, refinement, and fun as Dirt 3, whether you're the type of driver who uses his brakes or not.
  10. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jun 7, 2011
    90
    Maybe Rally racing is truly at a crossroads in terms of its identity, but if it offers Dirt 3's abundance of varied driving experiences, there'll be great racing down whichever path is chosen. [July 2011, p.80]
  11. Jun 5, 2011
    90
    With DiRT 3 Codemasters has stripped the series of most of the unnecessary hipster-fluff that previously held it back, making this the by far best rally racer on the market, and one fans of the genre would be dearly sorry to miss.
  12. Jun 4, 2011
    90
    Dirt 3 is a superb off-road racer that adds some great new features and improves upon its predecessor at just about every opportunity.
  13. 90
    DiRT 3 is one of the most pleasant surprises of this year. Enhances all that its predecessors had done well, but at the same time brings back the gameplay as a major success factor.
  14. 90
    With tight controls, brilliant graphics, and an expansive career mode and online support, DiRT 3 is one of the best racers of this generation.
  15. May 25, 2011
    90
    The game is accessible while still retaining great depth and with dozens of excellent tracks and a huge fleet of cars spanning five decades of racing, there's a ton of content to keep players interested.
  16. May 25, 2011
    90
    This game is freaking massive, with a steadily increasing difficulty that will leave you feeling like a bonafied rally racer when it's all said and done. That's all I've ever really wanted out of a racing game.
  17. May 25, 2011
    90
    DiRT 3 is the result of the decades of experience developer Codemasters has in the racing genre. The game merges different disciplines and forges them into a whole that make for a very powerful foundation. Just a few small misdemeanors that stand between this game, and it growing into the stuff of legend.
  18. May 25, 2011
    90
    If Codemasters' long-running rally series suffered something of an identity crisis with its transition to the DiRT name, then DiRT 3 has put that crisis to rest. The publisher has found an amorous new bedfellow in Ken Block and successfully built a game around his invigorating style while also managing to retain what made the series great in the first place.
  19. May 24, 2011
    90
    With a variety of things to do and loads of replayability, the events list will keep even the most enthusiastic players busy for quite a while.
  20. May 23, 2011
    90
    There's issues and niggles here and there in the amount of Career Mode repetition of event types and environments, as with many racers, and the game is almost devoid of innovation in all modes other than the brilliant Gymkhana – but perhaps an evolution rather than a revolution was all that was needed for DiRT 3.
  21. May 23, 2011
    90
    A vast, almost encyclopaedic look at the united nations of rally, Dirt 3 doesn't feel definitive despite America – it wouldn't feel definitive without it.
  22. May 23, 2011
    90
    Dirt 3 is a great game, a superb racing experience with stunning visuals and a long and varied career.
  23. May 23, 2011
    90
    A near perfect combination of rallying old and new, that gives precedence to neither and remains accessible to all.
  24. May 20, 2011
    90
    Thanks to its engaging racing experience, DiRT 3 will surely please both fans of the genre and any gamer in search of some breathtaking action. If you love cars, you can't miss it.
  25. May 20, 2011
    90
    It's got the looks, the style, the superb sense of speed, and spot-on handling model that blurs the line between sim and arcade. It also introduces Gymkhana and with it excellent potential for players becoming addicted to going for new high scores. What it doesn't do is innovate in the racing game genre, generally making refinements where needed rather than redefining what's expected in a modern racer.
  26. May 20, 2011
    90
    In combining traditional events with those (like Gymkhana) that videogames have not before attempted, DiRT 3 manages to feel both fresh and traditional. Codemasters have been churning out top-quality racing games for a long time now and their experience ring through in the way they've expertly crafted and balanced distinct modes of play into one cohesive whole.
  27. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 17, 2011
    90
    Helping you keep that momentum is a masterful handling model. [June 2011, p.96]
  28. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 19, 2011
    88
    A very convincing package with stunning graphics and nice feel for arcade'ish racing. There's maybe a bit too much emphasis on gymkhana game mode though. [Aug 2011]
  29. May 24, 2011
    88
    Dirt 3 is better than its predecessor. The Gymkhana mode is fun and offers some variety. The rally-racing is thrilling and challenging.
  30. May 23, 2011
    88
    More races, more cars, better controls and a huge Gymkhana presence means that you're in for a truly great experience. While not perfect in some areas, DiRT 3 manages to improve upon elements of the previous installment that were already good to begin with. Hats off to Codemasters for putting another fine racing feather in their already feathery racing hat.
  31. May 20, 2011
    88
    Codemasters has made a good name for itself with this franchise's heart-pounding racing and arresting graphics – which are even more striking with the inclusion of night driving and falling snow. The renewed focus on rally racing and the addition of Gymkhana keeps it in good shape, even as it pares down some of its previously interesting career aspects.
  32. Jun 2, 2011
    87
    When all is said and done, DiRT 3 is a robust, in-depth and almost sparkling package that is immensely appealing to racing fans of all kinds. The realism combined with great accessibility is quite possibly the biggest draw.
  33. May 24, 2011
    86
    In the end, the slight step back brought the series a nice leap forward. The more realistic handling and greater variety of cars make DiRT3 a definite must-have for old-school rally fans, while the new Gymkhana-Races cater the X-Games-Lovers.
  34. May 21, 2011
    86
    DiRT 3 is again a great offroad racing game, midway between arcade and simulation and fully customizable by the player. It improves its graphics and controls, and also adds more assitance to less experimented users. The addition of Gymkhanas is good, although it may not convince those users who just want to race in tracks. Overall, a great sequel that is still the best in what it does.
  35. May 20, 2011
    86
    Dirt 3 will please the fan of the brand, bestowing them with a lot of content, quality graphics and phisycs simulation. It's not a simulation though, and some bugs and lack of polish sometimes spoil the overall formula. The interesting multiplayer modes add variety to the mix, and will grant you a lot of fun beyond the career itself.
  36. Play UK
    Jun 26, 2011
    85
    If you're too hardcore for arcade but too casual for simulation, DiRT 3's masterful balancing of both styles makes it the game for you. [Issue#206, p.84]
  37. Jun 13, 2011
    85
    Even though DiRT 3 does not have major improvements over the previous games, the fact that it incorporates "Rally modes" -that Europeans will surely love- gives it a more "global" appeal. Oh, and the technology that is uses has no match!
  38. Jun 7, 2011
    85
    Codemasters has yet again created a great rally game. DiRT 3 tries to take the franchise to a new level and partially succeeds thanks to the new Gymkhana mode.
  39. May 31, 2011
    85
    DiRT 3 has some rough edges but remains a worthwhile purchase for longtime fans who crave more of the racing action that has made the DiRT series the premiere rally series on the market, but newcomers should go with one of the prior games. Partly because rally racing isn't for everyone, so if you're new, go with a prior game, preferably DiRT 2 and see if the series is for you. Multi-platform owners should get the 360 version. Its controller feels better for racing games, and you can use your Avatar as a prop hanging off of your in-car mirror, which may not make for impressive ad copy, but sure is amusing to see and will get a few laughs out of you.
  40. May 27, 2011
    85
    It may not be perfect, but DiRT 3 is still an impressive package that is worth your gaming dollar.
  41. May 26, 2011
    85
    The new Gymkhana free-style event and the inclusion of snow is enough to grant DiRT 3 a pass over the previous edition, even though the old 'Colin McRae' influence is all but covered.
  42. May 20, 2011
    85
    While the agent isn't the best leader through the tour, and the garage is limited in its operation, the solid gameplay, variety of tracks and events, and overall fun factor make this a terrific game.
  43. games(TM)
    Jul 3, 2011
    80
    Dirt 3 is different. [Issue#110, p.125]
  44. Jun 14, 2011
    80
    Dirt 3 is overall a thoroughly impressive beast, both creatively and technically that will surely please most fans of the series.
  45. Jun 7, 2011
    80
    Codemasters are indeed the masters of this genre and this time around there is more of rallying and the entertaining Gymkhana events. While it looks good and drives well - it doesn't always feel completely right, however, and could use some more variety throughout the locations.
  46. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    May 27, 2011
    80
    Codemasters has a record of making its racing games shine visually and aurally and DiRT 3 is no different... Each vehicle has its own timbre, and with the inclusion of the riotous Group B cars and bespoke Gymkhana terriers the soundscape has been pushed further than ever before. Revving them out to redline and listening to the motor screaming and straining the bolts is a primordial joy where noise and fury fuel your desire to push these things harder. [July 2011 p.80]
  47. May 25, 2011
    80
    Rally fans will not be disappointed by DiRT 3. Visually impressive, superb, it offers many game modes, a friendly split-screen multiplayer, the famous Gymkhana events that require dexterity and self-control, direct YouTube videos... But beyond that, it is still quite conservative, especially in his driving sensations, between arcade and simulation. The cars seem to lack weight and the career is a bit confusing... At the end, it's quite difficult to really forget the excellent Colin McRae Dirt 2.
  48. May 24, 2011
    80
    Apart from some dull presentation, this is rally nirvana. Especially the Gymkhana mode.
  49. May 23, 2011
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  50. May 23, 2011
    80
    There's a lot to like about DiRT 3 – it controls superbly (twitchy and direct but without losing the sense that there's some serious physics going on) and, once you dial down the assists, actually offers a surprisingly deep, technical ride.
  51. Jun 23, 2011
    70
    Dirt 3 is a good mixture of traditional rally and modern car sports like gymkhana. A distinct and good driving experience combined with great graphics and music, overshadows the lack of inspiration in the single player campaign, and make Dirt 3 a driving game petrolheads surely will enjoy.
  52. Jun 14, 2011
    60
    In the end, Dirt 3 is a game with slick presentation, beautiful cars, stunning environments, and solid racing, but no depth. It's a game that does nothing wrong, but never wants to achieve anything greater.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 122 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. May 25, 2011
    10
    The "Twitchy" that some people complain about are there to give the game it's edge. If you are a quitter and press "Restart" every time youThe "Twitchy" that some people complain about are there to give the game it's edge. If you are a quitter and press "Restart" every time you crash your car then do not buy this game, you will not have a good time. If you do like to invest in a game and at the end be rewarded with ultimate car control then this for you. Master the controls and you can pinpoint your car trajectory and be amazed while watching the replay ... but beware ... you are always 1 second away from totaling your car.

    This game is so good, that I absolute hate my job right now. I want to go home and play DiRT3. I wished they had released it on Friday :-(

    Codemasters have done it again... they truly master the racing genre. Thank you for DiRT3 it is worth every penny.
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  2. May 24, 2011
    10
    I have always been a big fan of driving games Love the cars, the handling, the damage, the music... Its totally immense... and the mini partyI have always been a big fan of driving games Love the cars, the handling, the damage, the music... Its totally immense... and the mini party games are a great new addition.... Go out and get it...! Full Review »
  3. May 24, 2011
    6
    Appalling "twitchy" arcade handling prevent this game from being the mediocre experience it could have been! They have taken the handlingAppalling "twitchy" arcade handling prevent this game from being the mediocre experience it could have been! They have taken the handling model from the first Dirt game, which means that cars lurch from side to side in a thoroughly unrealistic way, like a turrettes sufferer masturbating behind the wheel. The career mode is irritating beyond belief, if I ever see another pyramid agin I'll kill someone! The collection of brain dead voices range from a thick English girl who is your agent, an Aussie who has English as second language, to an Aerican who has clearly been told not to say "dude" anymore, so uses muchacio instead. Then we come to the "jewel in Dirt3's crown" as I've heard it referred to, Gykhanna. Imagine if the special olympics started a motorsport event featuring Ken "I've never finished a real event without writing off my car" Blockhead! I think you are starting to get the picture. Don't buy this piece of crap, like me you might have been tempted by FInland with group B vehicles, but that is literally all you get that's worth while. Michigan and Kenya are so poorly done, and such poor choices anyway, that playing them in the career mode is an absolute chore! The interiour "cockpit" view is equally shoddy and few of the rally stages take longer than 1 minute 30 seconds to complete. If you want a realistic game with excellent handling, buy an old copy of Dirt 2 and adjust the downforce to maximum. Dirt 2 has better graphics and handling, if you already own it then you can only be dissappointed by this PoS! Full Review »