17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Does exactly what it says on the tin!,
This review is from: DiRT 3 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Just a short review iv decided to do, partly because i cant believe some of the rubbish iv read written about this game.
Some reviewers seem VERY upset that this is NOT a Colin McRae Rally game and have given it scores of 1 or 2 out of 5 because of this. I can only assume that these people can not read, as the title of the game is in large letters(and a number) on the front. If anyone has bought this wanting a 100% point to point Rally game then they clearly havn't thought about it very much and are now blaming the game.
Dirt 3 is a collection of several different off-road styles-
Rally X- where you are racing on the same track and at the same time as 7 other cars.
Rally- Point to point races where the best time wins.
Trailblazer- Point to point races in more powerful vehicles on faster, wider tracks with no co-driver.
Landrush- Racing on the same track at the same time as 7 other trucks or buggies.
Head to head- Racing on the same track as 1 other vehicle but starting at half a lap apart. Best time wins.
Gymkhana- Trick based events either freestlye or in a set order.
There are also a few other occasional events such as Drift where the score is based on..well..how much you drift and smash events where you have to drive into stuff. (Im keeping this simple for the people mentioned in my first paragraph by the way:)
The one off event that raised the biggest smile for me was the race against the bobsleigh, like in an old episode of Top Gear. Strange that its not in the same car as the Top Gear episode though it is at the same track but never mind. Still massive fun occasionaly seeing the Bobsleigh flash past in front of you.
Id better point out that Dirt3 ISNT a Rally v Bobsleigh racing game, just in case anyone misunderstands. Its a one off event.;)
The graphics in all events are astounding. I love Forza and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit but the graphics in Dirt3 are in my opinion the best iv seen in a console racing game. The cars, tracks and backgrounds all look amazing and very organic, compared to the also excellent but 'plastic like' Forza. Dont get upset! I love Forza too!
The best part of the game for me is the handling. Some racing games just dont feel like your 'driving' a car but Dirt3 nails it better than any. I really felt i was controlling a weighted vehicle that was reacting to every slight change in level or surface and ever bump and ridge. For me this gets rid of frustrating crashes as ever time i got it wrong, it felt like it was my fault and not the games. I dont mean i dont crash, just that its not frustrating!
To conclude, if you are after a point to point rally simulator then do not buy this.
If you are after an extremely enjoyable, fantastic looking, massively varied off-road racing game with intuative handling then DO buy this.