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DiRt 3 is a rally racing game. Just like expected, most time is spent in races which, at least in most scenarios, are set in offroad environments. The main difference to other racing events is, that the player drives not alone, but has a front-seat passenger with him, who announces when to turn. The game features overall 98 courses, but some of those are just variations of the same. Also on board is the iconic ability to turn back time after screwing up.

In contrast to DiRt 2, in this installment there are other playing modes than the career available, e.g. a single race. But the career is still the heart of the game; here the player tunes his car, participates in races and earns experience points, which are used to unlock new cars. There are six different race modes to solve during the career; e.g. regular races and "trailblazer" (no passenger available). Two of those are newly introduced: drift tournaments and Gymkhana, which are basically confined areas with a lot of stunt opportunities - the goal is to perform as many as possible in a limited time. Additionally every mode has special tricky bonus goals which reward more experience when fulfilled.

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DiRT 3 Windows When a season is beaten you are treated with a short cutscene
DiRT 3 Windows A multiple car crash in Monaco
DiRT 3 Windows Easier difficulty features various assistants and the visible best trajectory
DiRT 3 Windows Finished first.

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Softpedia Windows Jun 02, 2011 9.5 out of 10 95
Canadian Online Gamers Network Xbox 360 May 23, 2011 91 out of 100 91
MMGN PlayStation 3 May 30, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.fr Windows May 24, 2011 9 out of 10 90
OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network Windows Aug 28, 2012 8.9 out of 10 89
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 May 28, 2011 87 out of 100 87
4Players.de Windows May 27, 2011 83 out of 100 83
4Players.de PlayStation 3 May 27, 2011 83 out of 100 83
GamingBolt PlayStation 3 Jun 05, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 May 25, 2011 15 out of 20 75

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Awards

  • GameStar/GamePro (Germany)
    • 2011 - #2 Sports Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2012 - Best Racing Game in 2011 (Readers' Choice)

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