Dirt 3 is Codemasters’ latest off-road racing game, following up 2009’s Colin McRae: Dirt 2. While legendary rally racer McRae has been dropped from the title, Dirt 3 marks a return to the series’ rallying roots.
True to form, the action is split across several off-road disciplines, including rally, rallycross, trailblazer, landrush and head-to-head modes. These races take place across lushly detailed stages, from the snowy wilds of Norway to the sun baked roads of Kenya. These disparate locales are newly enhanced with weather effects and night driving, which transform familiar courses into untested tracks that you’d be foolish to take at full speed, not least because you’d be missing the visuals.
Dirt’s big draw isn’t the scenery though; instead it’s the clever driving model which convincingly captures the thrill of barely-in-control off-road racing for newcomers and veterans alike, letting you feel your car squirm around every slick corner and bounce over every bump.Continue reading