What ever happened to pure RALLYING? Omg, what a let down this has been, might be good for some gamers, but they've truly lost site of where they started! Rallying the Colin McRae Games started and belonged, not this trash, I for one will not be buying (for the first time too) this and now have turned my attention onto the WRC's for future rallying games. I'm disappointed that Codemasters have strayed so far from what they were supposed to be creating - a rallying game, is anybody else in agreement?
In Codies defence, they have dropped the Colin McRae moniker from the DiRT franchise, and so are not bound by McRae's name to honour the classic rallying games. They are trying to appeal to a younger audience by bringing in Ken Block because of his Gymkhana videos which gain promotion for both Block and Codemasters, despite his WRC performance being questionable at best. I grew up playing rallying games and have played all Colin McRae games since the first one and have DiRT 3 complete on preorder. I agree that the franchise has stepped away from pure rallying, but I like this approach as I open to trying new off-road motorsports at the expense of a few rally stages.
Hopefully the Dirt Showdown franchise will syphon off the gimmick fans and leave Dirt original to focus more on rallying. Nothing wrong with having a bit of both in each game, but the emphasis needs to be split.
I feel its a step in the right direction. Since DiRT 3 integrated gymkhana mode into the franchise it has led to this style of "racing" being specific to one single game, that way people that enjoy this type of racing can enjoy it in its own fully fledged game. Whereas other fans of the "real" element of rally and racing is implemented DiRT 4 and they can leave the arcade style racing to the "showdown" route.
Nothing, it will be in Dirt 4. The franchise hasn't gone down hill but has instead split in two. Dirt Showdown will cater for the more arcadey gymkhana stuff seen in Dirt 3 and will also have demolition derby elements whilst Dirt 4 (to be released next year I believe) will be a lot more focused on rallying.
I have only played the demo thus far (will play the full game later today) but I agree with the above. In fact Codemasters had already said to the press that when they introduced the gymkhana to Dirt 3 some fans were dissapointed. They have therefore put this stuff seperately. So Dirt Showdown is really a destruction Derby type game for mostly non serious racing gamers. That way the next DiRT rally game will be a pure breed