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  • Summary: Dirt Showdown is an arcade spin-off of the Dirt series featuring over-the-top Hoonigan, Demolition, and Race events.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. May 25, 2012
    Without a doubt: DiRT Showdown will be the best racing game for this year. Because you will laugh your ass off during the multiplayer and won't be able to put down the controller.
  2. May 24, 2012
    The former rally franchise presents itself as a great mix of Destruction Derby and high speed action racing. A strong single player combined with an extensive online experience garantuees great varied fun.
  3. Jun 22, 2012
    DiRT Showdown has many strengths and demonstrates the power of Codemasters in producing solid racing games. It is effective, fun and easy to pick up.
  4. Jun 18, 2012
    There's a lot going on in DiRT Showdown and despite the small lack of satisfaction I personally noticed, and the relatively low number of environments, I had a lot of fun.
  5. May 24, 2012
    Despite Showdown's limitations, as it has with its other games, Codemasters has provided this title with a solid foundation. The handling of the cars is thankfully easier than the base Dirt series (including in the Hoonigan events), and the balancing on the Boost ability is great. Codemasters' first try at this offshoot series is decent. It's limited more by its execution than its premise.
  6. Jun 28, 2012
    With Showdown Codemasters makes a 180 degrees turn towards the American audience. Itʼs not a bad game by no means, but itʼs also not a "DiRT" game.
  7. May 24, 2012
    Showdown may look heavy on options from its bombastic menus but ultimately it just feels like a narrow slice of Dirt 3 with some destruction derbies tacked on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jun 25, 2012
    Yes, it has some issues. There is some lag online at times, and some glitches. However, this game has to be the most fun derby game in a very long time, and not only that, but you can go online and have crazy matches. I think this game is severely underrated because it has the Dirt name, which disappoints previous Dirt game fans, and scares away people that didn't like Dirt 1-3. Demos are out on all platforms, and even though there isn't much to see on them, anyone who likes smashing cars owes it to themselves to play at least the demo if not the full game. Expand
  2. MGM
    Jun 27, 2012
    The race and destruction modes are the heart and soul of this game. The style mode feels like it was bolted on to add more content and feels like a chore to get through. Overall a fun game. Online runs smooth, mics are good, and the menus are intuitive and easy to navigate. Love the mute features! Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    First of all we can't campare this game to FlatOut (in my opinion FlatOut 2 is 10/10). But Dirt Showdown is also very funny. Graphics and the gameplay are good, with cool cars and nice challenges. Expand
  4. Dec 17, 2013
    Only derby game on ps3 that I know. It gets repetitive and after a while it's just too easy to win every race. That being said: it's just a lot of fun to play. It's a well made derby game. I like racing but the cars have to be able to get damaged to make me feel engaged. This game does that. Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2014
    It has a great Arcade feel to it and the gameplay has the Codemasters quality seal, but... Yes, but is gets old really fast. It didn't gave me the urge to keep playing. Maybe some day but not now.
    PRESENTATION: The cars feel great and really balanced.
    GAMEPLAY: Like i said, it´s a Codemasters game so... 5 stars and both thumbs up!!
    PROGRESSION: Pretty bland and uninteresting...
    If you're looking to play a great arcade car game this is the game for you but it's not a memorable title to the Dirt series.
  6. Dec 18, 2012
    Well, I like a lot of driving, race, simulation or "whatever with a car" games. And I really dislike this one. I bought it eyes closed because of the good reviews and I really regret it. This game is just annoying. No licenced car (only two brands in the annoying drift mode). The races are all the same. The AI is lame. The menu is confusing, even the music is bad (And I like rock/metal stuff).

    The graphics are good, because all the car games have good graphics in 2012...

    I played a bit in multi mode. Only two players in split screen...

    I loved all the Flatout series, destruction derby series. I also like a lot Forza, NFS games, even GT5.
    I really don't find anything cool in that game.