DiRT 3

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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.


DiRT 3 Windows Kids, don't try this at home
DiRT 3 Windows All the three mirrors are functional, not that you would have time to check them. (Eyefinity mode)
DiRT 3 Windows Before the race begins some picturesque views are typically shown
DiRT 3 Windows Racing in Norway with a cockpit view is tough

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Jeuxvideo.fr Windows May 24, 2011 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows May 20, 2011 88 out of 100 88
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 May 28, 2011 87 out of 100 87
ComputerGames.ro Windows Jun 17, 2011 85 out of 100 85
4Players.de PlayStation 3 May 27, 2011 83 out of 100 83
4Players.de Xbox 360 May 27, 2011 83 out of 100 83
GamingBolt PlayStation 3 Jun 05, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 3 May 20, 2011 15 out of 20 75
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Jul 02, 2011 67 out of 100 67
Splitkick Xbox 360 Jun 12, 2011 6 out of 10 60


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