DiRT Showdown Xbox 360

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 53
  2. Negative: 1 out of 53
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  1. Jun 7, 2012
    73
    It's a decent arcade racer that could have been made great with a tighter focus on the good stuff.
  2. Jul 11, 2012
    70
    It's like the developers only made this title to keep the license alive while they worked on the next "real" iteration of the series.
  3. Jun 29, 2012
    70
    With a renewed focus on high speed racing and crazy car destruction, DiRT: Showdown is a fun and exciting new direction for the DiRT series. With less emphasis on realism, the game comes with a lowered level of entry allowing new players in, but also welcomes more experienced players with some decent challenges on the higher difficulties. Cumbersome menus and a lack of variety does hamper the experience somewhat.
  4. Jun 26, 2012
    70
    Certainly, DiRT Showdown is not the best racing game of 2012. However, Codemasters proves it knows how to develop a good one. If there's nothing bad to say regarding its content, choices in terms of gameplay can be questioned. indeed, some good ol' drivers could easily fall asleep whereas newcomers will enjoy the spectacular races DiRT Showdown has to offer, introducing a new social network, Racenet, to the multiplayer mode.
  5. Jun 21, 2012
    70
    DiRT Showdown is a solid racer that feels like it should be better than it ended up. On paper, I should love this game, but I felt it starting to wear out its welcome after a few hours.
  6. Jun 1, 2012
    70
    In terms of value, DiRT Showdown offers more than enough hours of entertainment for its asking price (one that is quite cheap on PC if you shop around) and serves as a perfect entrée during the wait for DiRT 4.
  7. May 25, 2012
    70
    Showdown probably isn't the sequel DiRT fans were anticipating, but if you can look past the dramatic shift in tone and the overly aggressive AI, you'll find plenty of unpretentious arcade fun.
  8. May 24, 2012
    70
    The idea might offend veteran DiRT fans, but the reality of this arcade style racer is hard to hate - especially when you're smashing your best friend off a jump ramp.
  9. May 24, 2012
    70
    Overall, DiRT Showdown is an enjoyable romp through the, well, dirtier side of the franchise. Some of the technical excitement, like nailing a corner with precision and adjusting the car specifications to match the conditions of the road, is lost in the transition unless you set the difficulty to Advanced.
  10. May 24, 2012
    70
    There's a scrappy little multiplayer brawler to be had with this game, but the fact DiRT Showdown feels a lot like DiRT 3 with a new lick of paint is both the game's greatest strength and its ultimate downfall.
  11. 70
    If you long for the carefree carnage of Destruction Derby and you're happy to ply the bulk of your trade online this is well worth a look. Otherwise you'll probably want to write this one off.
  12. May 24, 2012
    70
    We expected a bit more from a game that aspired to become the new king of the arcade racing genre.
  13. May 24, 2012
    70
    You're left with an enjoyable and highly playable racing game with loads to do and, just occasionally, some of the most exhilarating action in any racing game, ever. If only Codies had ramped up the damage and placed a bit more emphasis on racing events, this would be essential.
  14. Jul 12, 2012
    65
    DiRT Showdown breaks new ground for the racing genre. New event types set it apart from other games in its field, but a lack of traditional aspects holds it back from extended player engagement. More tracks and vehicles would have provided a solid premise with the adrenaline rush it needs to maintain the excitement. The game modes don't prevent Showdown from becoming boring after only several hours in, so the thrills are short-lived.
  15. Jun 25, 2012
    60
    Even if things aren't exactly what we wanted, or expected, "Showdown" is still fun and worth a quick look if you miss demolition only games.
  16. May 31, 2012
    60
    There's a good game in here, but there just isn't enough of it.
  17. May 30, 2012
    60
    Bringing a more casual racing audience into your franchise by blending arcade and simulation elements is a fine goal, but when it's done with a jackhammer instead of a scalpel, bad things happen. Dirt Showdown still contains the brilliant driving mechanics of its ancestors, but it's hampered by half-baked design decisions at every turn.
  18. Jun 18, 2012
    50
    There is still an extremely functional, good, even, racer beneath the surface, but in this genre that isn't enough to save the game.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. Jun 25, 2012
    10
    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 aYes, 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. Full Review »
  2. Jun 14, 2012
    9
    DiRT Showdown the new game of the DiRT saga, and I need say: wow, the game is fantastic, but is not perfect, have some mistakes, is same thanDiRT Showdown the new game of the DiRT saga, and I need say: wow, the game is fantastic, but is not perfect, have some mistakes, is same than the others, have other great points. The game is really funny, have much amazing things. Great game. Full Review »
  3. Jun 18, 2012
    3
    What a Disappointment the Dirt series has become after it's forefather, the Colin McRae series (they did him an honour in dropping his name).What a Disappointment the Dirt series has become after it's forefather, the Colin McRae series (they did him an honour in dropping his name). A terrible arcadey mixmash, with horrible physics and dull gameplay, Pick up any Destruction Derby game instead or play out the DD parts of Grid. Full Review »