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where'd the fun go?
on February 13, 2012
I own Dirt 2 and I loved every minute of it. That's why I was ecstatic when I bought 3. After a week of play my opinion was "eh" but I figured I'd let it grow on me. After owning now for quite sometime (I can't remember when the release was) and I still find it to be average. Perhaps if I had not played the epic Dirt 2 I would not have felt this way, but...I did. That's probably why I compare them quite a bit. At first I could not see why I was not getting into the game nearly as much as I thought I would but after closer examination I found a few reasons.
First and almost foremost, the soundtrack this time around is not up to scratch. I could maybe count only two tracks that I bothered to look up whereas D2 had music that I filled my ipod with and used for running, driving, anything where I needed some motivation effectively.
Secondly, Dirt3 is not as dirty as I would like. The layout of the menu screens are clean, music is clean (think lounge music at times),...It's pretty sterile. Nobody expects them to come up with the same format twice, but the trailer thing in dirt 2 was genius in retrospect. I think it just connected us to the game more.
Thirdly, the tracks in D3 all look very similar except for Norway which is snow. Mostly forest tracks. You could never mistake China for Croatia or any other track for that matter in D2.
Fourthly, The D3 Dirt tour is heavily laden with Gymkhana tracks. I personally find gymkhana to be boring and on the online pro races, gymkhana is almost always vetoed by the players.
Finally, Codemasters got really greedy all of a sudden and some of the better cars are no longer earned, but must be purchased online. Problem with that is not all countries have access to the online PS3 store (I think if you have credit cards from certain countries you can make purchases, but alot...no). So yeah, no purchasing of cars like the classic rally M3 for us. In fact, there is alot of "Must purchase" throughout the game.
It's not all bad of course, the cars look very good and the online gaming is solid. There are more types of racing that can be had (I like the cat n' mouse races) and trailblazer is still strong with some powerful cars. I believe that one has to really give it a chance before jumping to conclusions. Borrow it first to see if it's for you.