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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Trotz fragwürdiger Punktevergabe machen die Crash-Orgien eine Menge Spaß und sorgen vor allem in Online-Duellen für den einen oder anderen Kreischanfall – alternativ geht es im Splitscreen rund! 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.
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.
Game 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.
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.
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.
Official 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.