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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 Easier difficulty features various assistants and the visible best trajectory
DiRT 3 Windows This game's called Dirt for a reason
DiRT 3 Windows This is the seasons menu. Each of 4 seasons has 4 major groups of events
DiRT 3 Windows We even get to drive these monster cars

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Canadian Online Gamers Network Xbox 360 May 23, 2011 91 out of 100 91
games xtreme Xbox 360 May 26, 2011 9 out of 10 90
allaboutgames.co.uk Xbox 360 Jun 21, 2011 9 out of 10 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows May 20, 2011 90 out of 100 90
Jeuxvideo.fr PlayStation 3 May 24, 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
PC Games (Germany) Windows May 20, 2011 88 out of 100 88
4Players.de Xbox 360 May 27, 2011 83 out of 100 83
Splitkick Xbox 360 Jun 12, 2011 6 out of 10 60

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  • 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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