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Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 25 out of 45
  2. Negative: 17 out of 45

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  1. Aug 1, 2012
    In many respects, Dirt Showdown is a divergence from the rally racing core that has defined the series since its inception in 2007. Edge of your seat control has been replaced by a simplistic handling model, perfect for arcade racing. Hence this is more like Destruction Derby than Dirt. Whilst doubts were surfaced beforehand as to the competancy of the collisions, the game still remains good fun. The damage model itself is lacking, with fairly poor collisions, much akin to hitting a golf caddy in a head on collision as opposed to seeing metal bend and glass shatter in sumptuous ways. As this entry aims for a more casual audience, so do the online options. Getting into a race feels like chaotic fun, which goes for all the destructive based events in the game. Unfortunately Dirt Showdown squanders its epicness somewhat by acknowledging its core DNA. So there are the plethora of rally orientated events including a Gymkhana variant and smash attack modes. None are poorly implemented, but they feel out of place in a game supposedly made for the purposes of carnage. Granted without them we may not see Ken Block's Monster fuelled Ford Fiesta, but the game's heart lies in devastation and adversarial competitiveness. Still despite a bit of an identity crisis and a hollow damage model, DIRT Showdown is still a fun party racer that sits along nicely to the main DIRT franchise. Expand
  2. Jul 12, 2013
    I'm a fan of arcade racing games, I really like to play them. This was not a joy for me however, as the levels and tracks were very uninspired and left me wanting for the days of Destruction Derby and Vigilante.
  3. Dec 30, 2012
    Think of Showdown as an arcade game or a large expansion pack for DiRT 3, and then it becomes feasible for around £10. Otherwise it's a bit of a letdown. I love the other games in the series but Showdown is just a compilation of the bits in between the intense rallying. These kind of events make sense as a fun break from the serious and technical driving, but to have an entire game dedicated to it is just boring. Don't get me wrong, there's still a lot of fun to be had in Joyride, Gymkhana-style events and 'demolition derby' style events as well as the classic circuit racing and Domination, but as a full title in the series it's not plausible. The only things preventing this game from being a failure are the great development team (Codemasters), the EGO 2.0 game engine and simple design. The driving physics and graphics (specifically the lighting rather than texture detail) are of a high standard, and the pick up and play nature makes it the ideal choice for those who only enjoyed DiRT 3 for Joyride and Gymkhana, since there's no manual transmission but instead there's boost and health. The tracks are straight copies from DiRT 3 but a lot less technical, more straights, shorter and almost no need to ever use the brakes. For what the game sets out to do, it does it very well, with few errors in execution. The concept however, is very childish and too shallow to create a memorable experience. You don't feel involved or rewarded like in the first DiRT game. Instead you have short, repetitive and mindless "racing" and destruction mayhem. The game does have very easy achievements, and ones you will get from normal playing rather than ones you have to go for, so I guess it's rewarding in that sense. The game itself isn't up to DiRT standard. I don't know why Codemasters have been trying to move away from rallying. It's not that they've done a bad job with Showdown, it's just that this spin-off is lacking in depth. Overall I'd recommend it if you can get it for a good price and want a casual, light-hearted arcade game, or if you enjoyed DiRT 3's Party Modes but if you were expecting anything which requires skill and precision; you'd best avoid this. Expand
  4. Jun 14, 2012
    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 than the others, have other great points. The game is really funny, have much amazing things. Great game.
  5. Jun 18, 2012
    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.
  6. Jun 21, 2012
    Few racing game franchises produce worthy successors..and dirt showdown is undoubtedly one. Although the game may not be as immersive as previous installments of the series, that should be no reason to avoid playing this game.
    PROS: Varied racing environments, retains good gameplay elements from the series
    CONS: Rubberband Al, races have a sluggish feel, too easy difficulty
  7. 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
  8. Jun 30, 2012
    The game can be fun at times if you avoid the Knockout game mode I believe. The races seem fine if not short in length and easy to win. Online can be fun if you remember not to take it too seriously. Overall a fun game but the reason I rate it so low is the rubber band AI and Mario Kart type luck some events require. If you're looking for a few hours of fun I say rent. Otherwise Pass.
  9. Nov 13, 2012
    Don't read other comments, this game one of the best racing games ever made with very cool soundtrack and graphics, interested cars like Ferrari P and more more!
  10. Nov 13, 2012
    It's really awesome!!! You feel this cool atmosphere of the competition with great music, from rock to dubstep. You can compete in different events, like derby and stunts.
  11. Dec 14, 2012
    As much as I love the other DiRT games, it pains me to say that Showdown really was a let down. The uninspired tracks and modes made it feel like a discount version. And the lack of licenced cars. It does look pretty, but that doesn't really save the game from feeling like a cheap money maker by Codemasters. Considering the usual standard of Codemasters' games, this title really doesn't qualify as a DiRT title. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 53
  2. Negative: 1 out of 53
  1. Jul 30, 2012
    Dirt: Showdown is a simple, yet fun game with just a few things missing. The change of pace with the encouraged car-colliding is certainly welcomed, and well executed.
  2. Jul 19, 2012
    Get some booze, get some friends, get some DiRT. Good times guaranteed. [Aug 2012, p.76]
  3. Jul 12, 2012
    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.