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This review is from: Dirt 3 - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Let me start by saying Dirt 3 is a good game. If you are looking for a solid off-road racing game, look no further. The game looks fantastic, controls are spot on, and there is variety in vehicle selection to keep things lively. Having been a huge fan of Dirt 2, I was pretty excited to get my hands on a copy of Dirt 3. Their claim that they are returning to their rally roots only heightened this excitement. I was confused by the game cover, but I also realize they need to turn a profit and get as many people to buy their game as possible, so in my mind they were just trying to reach out to people who do not find WRC style-racing their cup of tea. In my mind, a rally oriented game should have you spending most of your time pretty much raising against the clock and occasionally seeing other racers on the track. I didn't care much for the X-games feel of Dirt2, but Dirt 3 doesn't feel all that different to me. A lot of time and effort was put into the Gymkhana events and X-Game events are still there.
There are six main race modes:
rally- point to point racing where you have a co-driver helping you navigate to the finish line.
trailblazer- point to point racing where no co-driver assists you and faster vehicles are available.
head2head- You are on a track and you race another driver (with no contact possible).
Landrush- You race around a track in either trucks or buggies (full contact).
RallyCross- You race around a track in cars (full contact).
Gymkhana- You perform "tricks" to gain points to beat the competition.
To me, only the first two count as rally but a fair amount of time is given to each racing mode. Head2head, Landrush, and rallycross offer a nice variety to the mix and keep things fresh. And Gymkhana....well I'm not sure how that fits in there. Many people are thrilled to have it, but I saw it as a nuisance. You perform the same tricks over and over and over again. Basically you need to master drifting and driving around in a circle without falling asleep (think NASCAR, but a MUCH tighter circle).
But my biggest gripe about the game have to do with DLC. At the time of this review the game has been out for less than a month and content was just released that you need to pay for. This is no secret, one glance at the trophy list reveals that at this point there will be additional content to come. This does not bother me. What DOES bother me as that when you play the game you are constantly reminded that you do not have access to all the vehicles. I will need to go the PSN store to download what ends up being five cars for six dollars. This has left me with the impression that I do not have a complete game. I bought the game at full price, but I did not get the full product. I understand having additional content, as well as the VIP Pass, but do I need to be reminded of it every single time I want to race? This has left me with a sour taste in my mouth for this game. I am sure many people have no problems with this, but consider what your garage will look like when all DLC content is out (and especially if you ended up buying the game used and do not want to buy the VIP Pass). As of now I have no plans of buying the DLC.
I hate to be a Negative Nancy, but I have seen only positive reviews, and the 1-star reviews for this game on Amazon are pretty much non-reviews. I just feel like a few things should be highlighted to give a broader picture of what the game has in store for those who buy it. For many, these issues will not apply.
Dirt 3 (despite all of this complaining) is still a great game, and in terms of off-road racing I have not played anything that compares to it with the exception of Dirt 2. But put simply, if you are looking for an off-road racer this is the game you are looking for.
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Initial post: Dec 28, 2011 9:14:34 PM PST
R. Bergstrom says:
Agreed. In order to complete some tiers of the game, you have to buy additional content. Very, very not cool and a practice that needs to be nipped in the bud. DLC should always be additional and optional, not essential to complete the game. This also put a very bad taste in my mouth for this game.
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