Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 53
  2. Negative: 1 out of 53
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  1. Jun 12, 2012
    Not since the old days of Psygnosis' Destruction Derby games have we been able to really go in and trash cars for the sake of trashing cars.
  2. 90
    Varied events, sparkling social challenges, and rowdy online skirmishes make Dirt Showdown the rare spinoff that's as amazing as its much-loved predecessor, albeit in its own unique way. It's an absolute blast throughout, and proof that accessible, arcade-style thrills and spills can still deliver via superb execution.
  3. Jun 19, 2012
    Do not be fooled by Showdown coming just a year after Dirt 3. This is an excellent game that easily stands on its own. If you are looking for an accessible title to play alone or with friends all the while having an absolute blast then Dirt Showdown is a no brainer purchase.
  4. Jun 26, 2012
    In the end, DiRT Showdown is an outstanding game and probably the most polished demolition-style racer out there. Online play is surprisingly smooth, and outside of relatively small issues like needing login data for Youtube and Codemasters' own Racenet service nearby, there isn't much I didn't enjoy about the experience as a whole. It's definitely a worthwhile purchase for either fans of the DiRT franchise or of demolition racers in general.
  5. May 24, 2012
    Dirt Showdown is certainly a different type of racer, trading bumpy wheel-to-the-road driving mechanics for the dents, scrapes, and screams of vehicular mayhem. In some ways, it feels more like an expansion pack than an all-new game, but if you don't take this departure too seriously, it makes for some great summer parties online.
  6. May 24, 2012
    Codemasters has delivered once again with DiRT Showdown. It's another superlative racer, even if it is a little one note. Unapologetically brash, bold and loud, DiRT Showdown is Codemasters' racing id unleashed. And it's freakin' great.
  7. May 24, 2012
    The "Showdown Tour" is long enough to have hours of fun and it can be played on three different modes: "Destruction", "Style" and "Race". Multiplayer mode played online is essential to have a good experience with that game.
  8. Games Master UK
    May 27, 2012
    Unfair at times, but the throwaway metal mayhem is a welcome diversion for the series. [July 2012, p.70]
  9. Jun 15, 2012
    What if Dirt 3 becomes a Destruction Derby-style game? The answer is an experiment known as "Dirt Showdown", an excellent arcade racing game.
  10. 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.
  11. Hyper Magazine
    Jul 19, 2012
    Get some booze, get some friends, get some DiRT. Good times guaranteed. [Aug 2012, p.76]
  12. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Jun 19, 2012
    A fun and frantic throwback to the days when dirty tactics, outlandish manoeuvres and sheet aggression were the brutal, mangled order of the day. [Issue#86, p.84]
  13. Jun 8, 2012
    Dirt: Showdown is a different kind of Dirt. It's a more raw and dirty Dirt that takes itself less seriously, but allows for people to have much more fun with its stress-free handling, arcade style gameplay and joyous destruction.
  14. Jun 4, 2012
    Colin McRae once said 'if in doubt - flat out' and that's what DiRT Showdown is all about. It's not about playing nice, but rather to put the medal to the metal straight in to a concrete wall. The spirit of Colin McRae lives on in the games from Codemasters Racing and they have once again delivered an amazing racing experience.
  15. May 30, 2012
    DiRT Showdown is not just a spinoff of DiRT 3, and that is not because DiRT 4 is in development deep within Codemasters. The game is a deliberate shift in the DiRT series to a new direction, without upsetting core rally fans by changing or dropping the trademark precision racing. It could be said that DiRT Showdown is to DiRT what the Zombies mode is to Treyarch's Call of Duty; fun, violent and never takes itself too seriously.
  16. May 29, 2012
    If you are after an arcade racer that doesn't take itself too seriously, then this is for you. It won't suit everyone, but as a package it offers plenty for those who want to dive in. The is plenty of content across all the available modes and the introduction of RaceNet should keep the dedicated entertained for a long time.
  17. May 28, 2012
    DiRT Showdown isn't going to change the world – it's a frothy, tongue-in-cheek driving game with pretensions towards nothing beyond providing entertainment. But it does that in spades, with considerable technical accomplishment.
  18. May 25, 2012
    DiRT Showdown offers an arcade experience that follows the path taken with Dirt 2 and Dirt 3, leaving the simulation part of the series. Those looking for something that resembles the original gameplay of the Colin McRae series should keep searching, but if you are looking for fun arcade races this is your game.
  19. May 25, 2012
    An extension that creams off the outwardly silly side of throwing cars around muddy tracks, and packages it up in a bright, boisterous party bag. It may lack a little single-player finesse, but then, you can't have a shindig without a crowd.
  20. May 24, 2012
    DiRT goes wild! With this hilarious spin-off, Codemasters puts the fun in front of every simulative ambition, dishing out a game that brings back memories of the first two Destruction Derby, mixed with the award winning Codies unique style.
  21. May 24, 2012
    For longtime fans of the DiRT games, especially those who appreciate its realistic approach to rally racing, Showdown is an abomination, an overly simple sell-out, or a bad joke of a spin-off... But for fans of off-road racing games who want something more forgiving than DiRT but still somewhat rooted in reality, or someone wishing Forza Motorsport 4 had some off-road races and a demolition derby or two, Showdown is anything but a bumpy ride.
  22. May 24, 2012
    Showdown is not just a party game, nor is it the limp refurb you might expect this late in a console life cycle. It feels like something as crucial to Codemasters Racing as any of its predecessors – less a spin-off than a deliberate change of tack.
  23. May 24, 2012
    If you're looking for the next great rally simulator, you won't find it here. But to ignore Dirt Showdown because of its arcade styling would be to deny yourself one of the most satisfying of pleasures: that of mindless, over-the-top, and--above all--deliciously addictive destruction.
  24. May 24, 2012
    You'll love pretty much every minute, and then you'll move on, and the 'downloadable game' suspicion will suddenly make sense: Dirt Showdown's wonderful, but it's probably also a flash in the pan. As long as you know that going in, then you shouldn't be disappointed.
  25. May 24, 2012
    The events in Dirt Showdown are literally hit & miss. While the lap-racing is rather dull and hardly engaging, the car-wrecking Rampage and Knock-Out modes make you giggle like a schoolgirl and swear like a sailor. But only in multiplayer does the game lives up to its full potential. Compared to the fabulous Dirt 3, the Showdown spin-off feels like a setback.
  26. May 24, 2012
    A largely successful spin-off for the series, and one that thrives in multiplayer.
  27. May 24, 2012
    Codemasters adds a "Destruction Derby Twist" to the core formula of its rally series. The result is a fast-paced arcade, capable to entertain every fan of the genre with an accessible driving system.
  28. Jun 27, 2012
    When it comes to fun and variety of cars in a racer, Dirt Showdown delivers well!
  29. May 27, 2012
    DiRT Showdown is a pleasing arcade take on the classical rally franchise, with the great technical production Codemasters used us to. Nevertheless, it lacks some spice expecially if played alone, ending up to be recommendable mainly to people willing to play an immediate and entertaining racer with friends.
  30. May 31, 2012
    If you like your races rough and tough and are not afraid to put scratches and dents onto the paint, this one is definitely for you. But be aware that this showdown is some sort of recycling machine where DiRt 3 players will recognize Gymkhana and the majority of the locations.
  31. Jun 14, 2012
    It almost feels as if developer Codemasters wanted to take the series in an exciting new direction, but they also wanted to play it safe. The result is Showdown, a game that has great potential, but squanders it by not doing really anything that hasn't been done better in other games.
  32. Jun 13, 2012
    DiRT Showdown does a great job of bringing an action packed racing experience to the living room - but it won't appeal to gamers looking for that rallying sim. Additionally it isn't focused on a racing career, such as the previous titles have been. But if that still sounds appealing, you won't be disappointed....give it a try.
  33. May 26, 2012
    This Dirt spin-off focuses on fast races, ramming into other cars and performing stunts, without any fuss. The execution leaves something to be desired when it comes to presentation and gameplay, but at least you'll be treated to a large dose of adrenaline.
  34. 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.
  35. Jun 7, 2012
    It's a decent arcade racer that could have been made great with a tighter focus on the good stuff.
  36. Jul 11, 2012
    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.
  37. Jun 29, 2012
    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.
  38. Jun 26, 2012
    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.
  39. Jun 21, 2012
    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.
  40. Jun 1, 2012
    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.
  41. May 25, 2012
    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.
  42. May 24, 2012
    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.
  43. May 24, 2012
    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.
  44. May 24, 2012
    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.
  45. 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.
  46. May 24, 2012
    We expected a bit more from a game that aspired to become the new king of the arcade racing genre.
  47. May 24, 2012
    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.
  48. 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.
  49. Jun 25, 2012
    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.
  50. May 31, 2012
    There's a good game in here, but there just isn't enough of it.
  51. May 30, 2012
    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.
  52. Jun 18, 2012
    There is still an extremely functional, good, even, racer beneath the surface, but in this genre that isn't enough to save the game.
  53. Jun 26, 2012
    Dirt Showdown is all the in-between stuff from other racing games. It's those filler events you had to play to get to the next actual race. Basically, driving game gametax, now given its own game. It's as if someone lifted up all the rally races from the previous Dirts, swept out the detritus that was left, collected it into a tidy little pile, and then slapped a name on it. Dirt Showdown.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 62
  2. Negative: 18 out of 62
  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 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
    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
    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 »