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DiRT: Showdown

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Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 1 4.0
Windows 2 3.5
Xbox 360 2 4.1
Combined MobyScore 5 3.8


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PlayStation 3XGN
Het moge duidelijk zijn; DiRT Showdown verdient alleen maar lof. Het spel weet je constant te boeien, het weet je constant blij te maken. Alleen de Joyride modus had niet gehoeven, maar dat neem je dan maar voor lief. Met de enorme variatie aan racetypes in de game die stuk voor stuk tof zijn om te spelen, blijf je DiRT Showdown keer op keer oppakken. En met een online multiplayer die zó geniaal en hilarisch is zit je ook gewoon goed. Haal deze racegame meteen, dit kan nog wel eens de beste van dit jaar worden.
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PlayStation 3TotalPlayStation
I had a fantastic time with DiRT Showdown. It really is the first true sequel to those iconic PS1 Destruction Derby games with a single-player campaign that is just the right length, a meaty set of challenges to goof off with and a fun and fast-paced online mode with the rote but still addictive leveling up mechanic of modern shooters. They've thrown all pretense at simulation out the door and by embracing the "fun" part of rally racing (and the fine are of smashing cars) crafted a solid game in a genre that generally doesn't seem the most polished work. I'm curious to see if they now go more hardcore with the main DiRT line, or if this represents a philosophy shift in the series to give it more mainstream appeal. I can't lie, a big part of me wants it to be the latter.
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Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
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.
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Xbox 360Canadian Online Gamers Network
Toss out any notions of what you thought the Dirt series was about as Dirt Showdown is all about flash and carnage. This game is not meant to be a successor to Dirt 3 as it is a game of its own. It is over-the-top, arcadey, tons of fun and shows that you do not need weapons to make a car combat title. 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.
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PlayStation 3GamingXP
Ähnlich wie „Ridge Racer Unbounded“ gelingt auch „DiRT Showdown“ eine rasante Neuorientierung. Die ehemalige Rally-Franchise verpasst sich einen actionreichen Anstrich, der mit einem Mix aus „Destruction Derby“ und High-Speed-Events eine perfekte Balance zwischen Karambolage und Bleifuß gefunden hat. Durch einen starken Singleplayer-Auftritt und einen umfangreichen Online-Modus präsentiert sich der neueste Teil der Reihe in bestechender Form und weist nur kleinere Unannehmlichkeiten vor, die im Vergleich zum Gesamtpaket aber verblassen.
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Xbox 360GameTrailers
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.
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Xbox 360Game Over Online
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.
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PlayStation 3PS3Trophies
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.
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Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
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.
85
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Als Serienfan war ich skeptisch, ob Codemasters der Abstecher ins Arcade-Fach glückt - und ob das Spiel überhaupt jemand braucht. Doch siehe da: Showdown macht einen Heidenspaß. Weil es die Stärken der Dirt-Serie (Zugänglichkeit, Abwechslung, grandiose Grafik) mit so kurzweiligen wie brachialen Blechschlachten kombiniert und vor allem im Multiplayer-Teil für ordentlich Schadenfreude sorgt. Liebhaber anspruchsvoller Rallye-Spiele sollten allerdings einen Bogen um den Spaßraser machen und lieber auf Dirt 4 warten.
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Xbox 360Meristation
El nuevo título de la saga DiRT ha querido desmarcarse de las propuestas más “serias” de la franquicia para ofrecer un producto divertido, rápido y muy entretenido que pretende que nos divirtamos desde el primer minuto. El jugador encontrará carreras para 8 jugadores realmente veloces donde deberemos conducir al límite en cada curva si queremos ganar. Aunque no tenemos un control muy profundo, tampoco estamos ante un sistema de juego que nos permita correr de forma alocada sin pensar en nada más, ya que en todo momento deberemos controlar el turbo, recargarlo, derrapar, chocar contra los rivales y utilizar hasta el último milímetro de la pista para conseguir la victoria, algo que le da un toque más serio frente a sus competidores más alocados. Se nos ofrecen 3 categorías diferentes de competición que prácticamente son en sí mismas un videojuego independiente: Estilo, Carrera y Destrucción.
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Xbox 3603D Juegos
¿Qué pasaría si Dirt 3 se convirtiera en un videojuego al estilo Destruction Derby? La respuesta es un experimento conocido con el nombre de Dirt Showdown, videojuego que nos ofrece una altísima variedad de propuestas, desde los golpes al volante hasta las "gymkanhas" o las carreras sin reglas. Pura locura motorizada salpicada por las destrezas arcade de Codemasters al tiempo que se heredan tanto las bondades del motor EGO 2.0 como el sistema de daños del pasado año. Podría haber traído más novedades, pero como "spin off" en la franquicia no tiene desperdicio.
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PlayStation 3Multiplayer.it


DiRT Showdown espande e esalta la deriva arcade del franchise, portandosi in dote anche una semplificazione del modello di guida, che rende l'esperienza di gioco davvero immediata, gratificante e molto divertente, ma per certi versi meno impegnativa. Tanti i contenuti, con le nuove introduzioni che funzionano, anche se la svolta totalmente fracassona e da autoscontro penalizza il pilotare vero e proprio. Di grande classe il multiplayer, comparto quindi privilegiato per esplorare al meglio tutte le potenzialità del gioco. Ottimo lo splendido comparto tecnico nonostante, almeno su PlayStation 3, sporadici problemi di frame rate. Chi insomma ha amato alla follia la svolta arcade di Dirt non deve lasciarselo sfuggire.
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PlayStation 3Push Square
DiRT purists will feel put off by Showdown’s unruly sense of style, but Codemasters is clearly coveting a different audience with its latest jaunt on the race track. Slick multiplayer and an outstanding roster of activities make for an enjoyable ride, even if it is a predominantly exhausting one.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
Competing with friends really is the best way to enjoy Dirt Showdown. Sure, the single-player campaign is pleasant enough, but it's nothing compared to the joy of online destruction and the satisfaction of nailing those most impressive of skilful driving tricks in front of an audience. And when it's delivered via some of the smoothest and most stunning visuals in the racing genre, it's easy to see how you can get lost for hours in Showdown's bombastic world. 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.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.pt
Mas DiRT Showdown é também um sentimento de termos já visto isto antes, apesar de conter muitos mais conteúdos e diversos eventos. Mas apesar das suas fraquezas, de estar dentro de um género que é cada vez mais difícil de surpreender o jogador, DiRT Showdown consegue-o pela sua beleza. Sim, este é um dos jogos mais bonitos que vi recentemente. É exuberante em termos gráficos, efeitos e construção dos ambientes. Por muito que possam pensar que poderá com o tempo cansar, o certo é que não consigo deixar de jogar e quando o online tiver disponível para todo o mundo, então aí é que irão provar a minha raiva nas arenas.
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PlayStation 3Worth Playing
DiRT Showdown seems like it wasn't made for the die-hard DiRT enthusiasts. The DiRT physics give the game a more realistic slant, but the de-emphasis of more traditional rally racing will drive away series fans. It feels like a game catering to an audience that's heavily into car carnage, something that's rarely been done this generation. For them, this title is done well, and despite some frustrating moments and a bad announcer, it delivers on the fun. Considering how long it has been since there was a quality destruction derby racer, DiRT Showdown is recommended for that niche audience as well as racing fans who want to try something new.
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Xbox 360Everyeye.it
Giocare a DiRT Showdown è, in larga misura, un vero piacere. L’innesto di meccaniche a la Destruction Derby, per quanto non in grado di rivoluzionare completamente la produzione ed incidere come probabilmente il team avrebbe voluto, funziona e dona al titolo una nuova dimensione. Pad alla mano, per quanto le meccaniche di guida siano state raffinate, si ha ancora la sensazione, viste le aggiunte, della mancanza di completezza in tutti i frangenti. Il feeling generale risulta comunque più che buono e, assieme all’offerta ludica, capace di divertire a lungo i giocatori. Una produzione solida, di alto livello pur senza estasiare. Da non perdere soprattutto per gli appassionati dei giochi di guida, arcade o meno che siano.
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Xbox 360Videogameszone
Dafür gibt's Punktabzug! Herzstück des Spiels ist aber ohnehin der Mehrspielermodus. Während der Funke offline nie so ganz überspringen wollte, kochten die Emotionen während unserer Online-Sessions schon im ersten Match über - Jubelschreie und wüste Beschimpfungen inklusive. Speziell unsere Lieblingsdisziplin, der Knock-out-Modus, ist online eine echte Spaßgranate. Zudem erwarten euch Team-Varianten (4 vs. 4) der erwähnten Modi und drei online-exklusive Gymkhana-Disziplinen, in denen Sie unter anderem dem Flaggenträger hinherherjagen (Transporter) oder mit Beute an Bord möglichst lange vor den gegnerischen Fahrern davonbrausen müssen (Smash & Grab). Auch die gab's allerdings schon in Dirt 3. Über den Statistikdienst RaceNet bekommt ihr ständig die Leistungen anderer Spieler unter die Nase gerieben. Hier könnt ihr auch Herausforderungen an Freunde verschicken.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
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.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
Competing with friends really is the best way to enjoy Dirt Showdown. Sure, the single-player campaign is pleasant enough, but it's nothing compared to the joy of online destruction and the satisfaction of nailing those most impressive of skilful driving tricks in front of an audience. And when it's delivered via some of the smoothest and most stunning visuals in the racing genre, it's easy to see how you can get lost for hours in Showdown's bombastic world. 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.
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Xbox 360Edge
In fact, what it hints at is the parting of a franchise that’s long seemed schizophrenic into two distinct threads – a much more intelligible split than attempted by Need For Speed. Knowing that Codemasters’ next-gen tech is already advanced, it clears the way for just the kind of ‘pure’ rally game that some fans have been hankering for. Still, Dirt has done more than just reach the finish line where so many others have failed; with Showdown, it’s now into the victory lap.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.it
C'è solo un momento in cui la risposta alle sollecitazione non sembra curata come in tutte le altre circostanze, ed è quando il nostro mezzo sarà in aria e si appresterà ad atterrare: qui la fisica è troppo rigida, e non sarebbe stato male l'incertezza che si respira per esempio nel primissimo FlatOut. Ma forse è solo una scelta, per mettere l'immediatezza davanti a tutto tranne che al divertimento.
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Xbox 360Vandal Online
DiRT Showdown ofrece una experiencia arcade que parece destinada a coger y potenciar esta vertiente que había ido cogiendo fuerza en las últimas entregas, DiRT 2 y DiRT 3, pese al germen de simulador. Ese factor, que parecía que iba diluyéndose, puede ahora reconcentrarse en el futurible DiRT 4, pues esta entrega concentra todo ese aspecto alejado de la simulación. Sospechamos que, si funciona en el mercado, esa separación en dos ramas diferenciadas será una constante. El enfoque del juego es mucho más restringido, sí, pero en lo que se concentra ofrece grandes resultados.
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Xbox 360guardian.co.uk
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.
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Xbox 360Digital Spy
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.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.se
Colin McRae sa en gång att när du tvekar ska du bara sätta gasen i botten. Detta är en tanke som lever vidare i DiRT Showdown. Det handlar inte om finkänslighet utan om att våga gasa tills det rasar. Att våga plöja in i en betongvägg i full fart istället för att krypa genom snäva kurvor.
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Xbox 360DarkZero
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. Serious fans might be a little peeved that this series has gone this way, but it’s only been a year since Dirt 3, and this title is a spin-off, so don’t worry about your Dirt going away as I’m sure Dirt 4 will be next. If you want a game that brings back the pleasure of playing destruction derby, you should try Codemasters’ attempt. It will undoubtedly give you loud, banging entertainment, alone or with buddies.
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Xbox 360GameFocus
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. There is more game here to be played, but there just isn’t enough of it. Joyride will be that mode you forget about because you would rather be slamming other cars instead of your own while trying to do tricks. Though there is a good number of event types in your tournament, Demolition is what will really hit that sweet spot. Showdown looks gorgeous, although the track paths themselves are bland and you will quickly feel like you’ve driven through them all even though you haven’t. Still, for a game with the world’s worst commentator, it also has some of the most fun you’ll have wrecking a vehicle.
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Xbox 360newbreview.com
Take a few friends with you to the shop and each buy a copy. This is a truly worthy achievement in a genre that was in danger of becoming a one horse race. Need for Speed will have to up its game to compete with Showdown!
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PlayStation 3newbreview.com
Take a few friends with you to the shop and each buy a copy. This is a truly worthy achievement in a genre that was in danger of becoming a one horse race. Need for Speed will have to up its game to compete with Showdown!
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Windowsnewbreview.com
Take a few friends with you to the shop and each buy a copy. This is a truly worthy achievement in a genre that was in danger of becoming a one horse race. Need for Speed will have to up its game to compete with Showdown!
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PlayStation 3Digital Chumps
The audio package is even more of a mixed offering; I could do without the omnipotent commentator who just talks too much, it's goofy and annoying. The soundtrack is chock full of alt rock and punk tracks that I'd rather see replaced with (good) electronica. The effects are pretty good though, although there isn't a whole heck of a lot to them. Other notes I had about the presentation include fairly long load times, clocking in around 30 seconds per event, despite a 2.4GB install; not a dealbreaker by any means, but I would have thought events, especially the small arena ones, would have loaded up quicker. Also, the post-race screens take just a bit long to get through, but that's being nit picky. Oh, if you have friends with the game, sending them Challenges from your recently completely Tour events is easily done from the post-event screens.
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Xbox 360MondoXbox
DiRT Showdown è uno spin-off della serie dedicato al lato adrenalinico e distruttivo delle corse su quattroruote: innestandosi sul solco tracciato da emblemi del genere più o meno recenti, il titolo di Codemasters, come sempre maestra sul versante tecnico, propone un'esperienza ludica senza dubbio piacevole e caciarona. Tra alti e bassi, le diverse modalità di gioco offrono un buon livello di divertimento, soprattutto se in compagnia di amici, così come il modello di guida riesce ad adattarsi nella sua semplicità all'essenza che caratterizza questo capitolo della serie, dando vita ad un prodotto di qualità certamente apprezzabile nella sua globalità benché privo della completezza e del mordente che ha contraddistinto i migliori esponenti del genere. Resta inteso che chiunque sia alla ricerca di qualche rimando rallistico, non fosse altro per il blasone della serie, non troverà nulla che possa soddisfarlo in DiRT Showdown: per il ritorno alle origini sarà necessario attendere DiRT 4.
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Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
Dirt Showdown offers a lot of variety in event mode and it has several stunts that you can perform while in Joyride mode. The game has a good bit to offer in its single player. A player can upload videos of actual play to YouTube to show off. The online mode allows for up to 8 players total. It's an overall good racer if you like a big selection of cars and just overall variety in your gameplay.
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PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
It ain’t a simulator. It’s not really even a straight-up racer. There’s a lot going on in DiRT Showdown and despite the small lack of satisfaction I personally noticed, and the relatively low number of environments, I had a lot of fun. Joyride is always a blast if you just want to relax after a long day, and although the Derby could’ve been better, nailing opponents never really gets boring. Multiplayer is where it’s at, too, so if you’ve got some willing friends, the game jumps from “well, it’s okay” to, “you gotta try it.” And don’t worry, realism fans, DiRT will return to its roots soon.
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Xbox 3604Players.de
Auch das Challenge-System gegen Freunde sorgt für spannende Kämpfe um Punkte und Hundertstel-Sekunden. Zwar hätte das Schadensmodell angesichts des überwiegend lizenzfreien Fuhrparks noch ausgefeilter sein dürfen, aber es ist trotzdem schön zu sehen, wie sich die Boliden mit jedem Treffer mehr in zerbeulte Wracks verwandeln. Trotzdem wird man das Gefühl nicht los, dass Codemasters hier eine Art Resteverwertung betrieben hat. Egal ob Gymkhana oder ein Großteil der Schauplätze: Das alles kennt man bereits aus Dirt 3! Der positive Nebeneffekt besteht darin, dass Showdown dank der engen Verwandtschaft nicht nur fantastisch aussieht, sondern mit einem grandiosen Lizenz-Soundtrack sowie wuchtigen Effekten auch entsprechend klingt.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
When you're playing this game, 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.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Ein Totalschaden ist Dirt Showdown keinesfalls, das obige Zitat bezieht sich hauptsächlich auf den Mehrspielermodus, der mir wirklich eine Menge Spaß gemacht hat. Was gibt es Schöneres, als die Online-Kumpels mit einer fetten Vollgas-Breitseite aus der Arena zu rammen? Leider fehlt es dem Karriere-Modus an Highlights. Die Gymkhana-Events sind nicht allzu fordernd und normale Zeitrennen bringt man möglichst schnell hinter sich, in der Ho nung, dass bald wieder ein reines Rempel-Event kommt. Darüber hinaus habe ich mich mehrfach über die vielen aus Dirt 3 bekannten Strecken und Locations ärgern müssen. Bei einem Add-on wäre mir das einerlei, bei einem Vollpreistitel aber nicht!
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
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.
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PlayStation 3Gaming Age
Overall, I feel like DiRT Showdown is definitely worth checking out, but it’s certainly not on par with the experience that DiRT 3 delivered for me. The demolition modes are great additions here, but everything else just feels like tacked on, recycled content that I’ve already played in DiRT 3. Still, even recycled, that content manages to be just as fun as I remember it. So, unless you’re particularly burnt out on DiRT at the moment, I definitely think you should give Showdown a chance, and I think you’ll find that it’s worth checking out.
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PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
Shortcomings aside, Codemasters has delivered a very fast paced, slickly-presented arcade demolition derby that is more than capable of giving you some great entertainment value. Less than stellar car and track selection becomes lost under the awesome presentation and fun factor. Sure, this isn’t Gran Turismo, but rather a title that fills a void in a game library that has been sorely lacking, namely demolition derby.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
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.
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Xbox 360Gamer.nl
Dat laat niet onverlet dat Dirt Showdown garant staat voor een ongelofelijke portie lol op vier wielen, met een mentaliteit van 'niet lullen maar poetsen.' Vergeet alles wat je geleerd hebt in de pretentieuze race- en rallysimulatoren van tegenwoordig, stap in een opgefokte roestbak en ram alle eikels die tussen jou en de overwinning staan aan de kant. In zekere zin de meeste basale manier van autoracen en daarvan hadden we al een tijdje geen leuke game meer gezien.
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Xbox 360NZGamer
DiRT Showdown is an entirely different experience to many of the previous DiRT titles with traditional rallying now being completely wiped from the event list. This is a little sad, but in light of what DiRT Showdown is trying to achieve it’s clearly not all bad. In itself it doesn’t feel as though DiRT Showdown has as much content as we’d like, but it does do a great job of bringing your friends (online and real) to the party to race against and this has to be commended. The crashes feel hard and real, and it’s definitely an intense experience nudging an opponent off the top of a platform in the destruction derby modes, while trying to remain on it yourself. 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.
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Xbox 360Impulse Gamer
At it’s best, Showdown evokes some of the greater moments from games like Destruction Derby or Flat Out. At it’s worst, it feels like an imitation of one of the lesser Need For Speed titles. It’s a decent arcade racer that could have been made great with a tighter focus on the good stuff.
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PlayStation 3Official UK PlayStation Magazine
What does Showdown offer the starved racing game fan, then? Niggles aside, a lot. It’s got multiplayer appeal that deserves a busy community, pick-up-and-play appeal for the casual speedster, and a clear sense of character that gives even experienced players a genuine challenge (and a unique play style). So while it stands out for lack of serious competition rather than ingenuity, new Dirt is nonetheless a show worth buying a ticket for.
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PlayStation 3TheSixthAxis
DiRT Showdown is very much a game of two halves. The single-player is enjoyable and frustrating in equal measure, but it’s the online mode that swoops in and saves the day with the combination of RaceNet, Showdown Challenges and lag-free mayhem.
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PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
Series fans may find the game a too easy, and I’m not sure Codemasters has done enough to position the game as a Dirt game for non-Dirt fans. In chasing after a new audience, Codemasters may have very well alienated both. Dirt Showdown might be a decidedly different entry in the franchise, but it shouldn’t be overlooked (by series fans or newcomers). It still looks, sounds and feels like Dirt (albeit with an arcade-orientation) and I compulsively played it to completion. Dirt Showdown, is a curious deviation for the series, and one I happily experienced, but I was left hankering for what came before.
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Xbox 360Games Radar
As it is, it's still a quality purchase for casual racing fans and undoubtedly a perfect gift for a child (and we mean that genuinely without any hint of derision). But for everyone else, it fails to surpass the still-incredible DiRT 2.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.es
Con el mando en la mano es muy difícil que te aburras, al contrario; es uno de los juegos arcade más frescos y bien llevados de los últimos meses, pero quizás esperábamos un poco más de este contendiente al trono de los arcades de destrucción.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
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.
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Xbox 360Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
There's no escaping that DiRT Showdown feels like a spin-off rather than a full-fat Codemasters racer. What's admirable is that it also feels substantially different from its series brethren, seemingly built specifically for multiplayer and party play rather than the traditionally individualist pursuit of rallying glory. Approach it as a single-player game, though, and it feels like an awfully flimsy offering that's unable to be digested in anything other than very small portions.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
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. But most of the new modes still manage to be entertaining, all with the graphical polish and varied tracks the series is known for. DiRT fans will be pleased about this offshoot, at least somewhat, until the DiRT 4 rolls around.
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Xbox 360AusGamers
Still, it is fun, and the game does wear its intentions on its sleeve. The career is meaty if you care to invest, driving through lengthy Pro, Allstar, Champion and Legend tiers. There are also plenty of online options that allow you choose the exact kind of experience that you’re in the mood for (Party is our preferred haunt). 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.
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Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
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. I also felt less motivated to keep pushing through the tour mode. If you know what you are getting into, it is definitely a solid title, just not something that will keep you playing for months to come. DiRT 3 is still one of my favorite racers this generation, and if you have the means, I would recommend sticking with that until the next proper entry in the series hits. If you are in the mood for something different, I definitely recommend giving Showdown a look.
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Xbox 360JeuxActu
Oui, DiRT Showdown ne sera certainement pas le jeu de course de l’année, mais son efficacité démontre une nouvelle fois que Codemasters sait de quoi il parle. Si on ne peut pas lui reprocher grand chose sur le contenu, on peut en revanche discuter certains choix en ce qui concerne le gameplay quand on est habitué à mettre les mains dans le cambouis. Trop accessible, DiRT Showdown risque d’ennuyer à la longue les puristes, alors que les néophytes apprécieront sans doute ses courses spectaculaires. Quant au mode multijoueur, il se montre lui aussi festif, et l’intégration du Racenet permet de régler ses comptes à coups de stats. Efficace donc, mais pas non plus inoubliable.
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Xbox 360Gamer.no
Til tross for noen negative punkter er DiRT: Showdown en fartsfylt og spennende racingopplevelse. Den lave inngangsterskelen åpner serien opp for nye spillere, noe jeg setter stor pris på. Grafikk og spillmekanikk skaper en fartsfølelse uten like i kappløpene, og det blir aldri kjedelig å sende motstanderen til skraphaugen i et destruksjonsløp. Anbefales for både hardbarka motorhoder og søndagskjørere.
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WindowsCheat Happens
When it's not trying way too hard to convince you (and others tanks to constantly asking to connect to social media like Twitter and Youtube) how cool it is, Dirt: Showdown works when played in short doses. The destruction is cool, and the cars and environments look great, but it still gets old very quickly and you'll probably be looking for the older games to entertain you.
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Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
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.
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PlayStation 3IGN
Showdown may look heavy on options from its bombastic menus but ultimately it just feels like a narrow slice of Dirt 3 with some destruction derbies tacked on. There’s a good game in here, but there just isn’t enough of it. It’s perhaps eerily fitting Codies shipped this Dirt 3 follow-up with the subtitle Showdown; it may have swagger but this town really ain’t big enough for the two of them.
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PlayStation 3Gameblog.fr
Et voilà. Ce spin off de DiRT 3 ne nous aura pas particulièrement emballé. Si le plumage de DiRT Showdown est magnifique avec de belles modélisations de véhicules, des effets de lumière sympathiques et un frame rate de qualité internationale, on regrettera sa grande platitude au final. Les épreuves s'enchaînent sans (tête à) queue ni tête, et nous laissent sur notre faim. Ajoutez à cela des temps de chargement interminables et vous avez là un jeu moyen "plus" qui ravira sûrement une partie de la communauté des joueurs. Ceux qui aiment le stock car et la destruction massive. Les autres, pour 60 euros, passeront sûrement leur chemin. Malgré les épreuves multi, plutôt réussies.
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Xbox 360IGN
Showdown may look heavy on options from its bombastic menus but ultimately it just feels like a narrow slice of Dirt 3 with some destruction derbies tacked on. There’s a good game in here, but there just isn’t enough of it. It’s perhaps eerily fitting Codies shipped this Dirt 3 follow-up with the subtitle Showdown; it may have swagger but this town really ain’t big enough for the two of them.
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Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
Codemasters takes a detour from its rally racing core to trade paint demolition style. In theory, everyone loves a good smash-up once in a while, but please leave that for other games. With core rally games disappearing from game shelves, we could always count on Dirt for another lap around the track. 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. Now let's get our Dirt back in the garage and racing up mountains in next years edition.
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Xbox 360Gameplanet
There is still an extremely functional, good, even, racer beneath the surface, but in this genre that isn’t enough to save the game.
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WindowsComputerGames.ro
La cât costă, DiRT Showdown are prea multe lacune: maşinile parcă sunt de carton, traseele sunt doar vreo patru-cinci, controlul pune şi el beţe suplimentare în roţi, iar multiplayer-ul e doar acolo cu numele. Sunetele maşinilor nu se diferenţiază în niciun fel, coloana sonoră m-a călcat pe nervi aproape non-stop, iar replicile comentatorului m-au făcut să mă gândesc la metode de tortură mai ceva ca ale Inchiziţiei. Pe scurt, dacă sunteţi fani ai jocurilor de curse, călcaţi acceleraţia în direcţia opusă lui DiRT Showdown.
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Xbox 360Quarter to Three
Not to say Showdown is a total loss. There’s nothing quite like the Tony Hawk arenas. Well, except for Dirt 3, which is where they started. In fact, one of the two multi-stage Tony Hawk arenas in Showdown is lifted wholesale from Dirt 3. Dirt: Deja Vu! To be fair, the Tony Hawking is one of Showdown’s best selling points. What red-blooded OCD gamer wouldn’t want to zip around an arena, checking missions off a list? Do this jump, skid around that pole, smash these colored bits, collect those floating doo-dads, and now you’ve unlocked a new area to do it all again. It’s the racing equivalent of an open-world game. And you might as well play this part of Showdown, because the actual racing isn’t pulling its weight, constrained by polite crashes, consequence-free physics, tightly wound tracks, and contrived AI. For some events, you just plasticly bang into other cars for a while until someone wins.
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WindowsGameSpy
DiRT: Showdown delivers bargain-basement entertainment value for the high, high price of $50. With its neutered physics, limited driving venues, clunky multiplayer, and diminished off-road racing options, discerning arcade racing fans should just write this one off as an unanticipated pothole in Codemaster's trailblazing DiRT series.