DiRT 3

Colin McRae: DiRT 3

The third full-fledged installment belonging to the incredibly popular racing-themed franchise developed by Codemasters. The DiRT subseries has cultivated traditions initiated in the late 1990s by the Colin McRae Rally series. After the previous game, which emphasized off-road competition, DiRT 3 constitutes a return to the original concept behind the main Colin McRae series, bringing back rally competition in its most classic form (the game uses the official WRC licenses). However, this third iteration still introduces a massive number of novelties, such as stunt arenas from the X-Games competitions, or a completely new type of contest, that is the so-called Gymkhana - it was popularized by one of the most famous drivers in the world, Ken Block. Gymkhana is all about being fast and showing off at the same time - a designated route has to be completed as quickly as possible, but the player is rewarded with points for performing various stunts along the way. As usual, a wide set of licensed cars is at the player's disposal here, many of them originating in different time periods. Also, DiRT 3 features buggies and pickups - those are typically used in off-road competitions.

Microsoft Xbox 360
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DiRT 3

DiRT 3 | XBOX 360

DiRT 3 release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

24 May 2011 | Worldwide

24 May 2011 | Europe PAL

24 May 2011 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet, size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 315 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.2 / 10 calculated out of 263 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 3
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DiRT 3

DiRT 3 | PS3

DiRT 3 release date for PS3:

game language:
English

24 May 2011 | Worldwide

24 May 2011 | Europe PAL

24 May 2011 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet, size: 1 BD
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 249 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.2 / 10 calculated out of 172 players' votes.  

Nintendo Wii
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DiRT 3

DiRT 3 | Wii

DiRT 3 release date for Wii:

game language:
English

canceled | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , size: 1 DVD
Expectations: 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 32 players' votes.  

Nintendo DS
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DiRT 3

DiRT 3 | DS

DiRT 3 release date for DS:

game language:
English

canceled | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network / Internet
Expectations: 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 17 players' votes.  

Colin McRae DiRT 3 for Nintendo DS is another installment in a series of racing games bearing the name of a deceased Scottish rally driver. Contrary to the second installment of the subseries (a youthful atmosphere of extreme sports and an emphasis placed on off-road competition), DiRT 3 returns to rallying in the classic form. The game was developed by the British Codemasters Software.

Mechanics

The game makes use of the World Rally Championship licenses, which is an event organized by the FIA. Thus many references to real-life elements were included here, such as rally teams, locations, as well as history of the WRC. Still, the player can take part in extreme off-road races that prevailed in the predecessing game.

Colin McRae DiRT 3 for Nintendo DS offers dozens of routes and many of those are typical rally stages. In the third installment, the player races on street tracks in the US (also, special arenas popularized by the X Games competitions), rubble roads in Finland, as well as in Norway, where the roads are covered with snow. Apart from that, the player is taken to the magnificent Monte Carlo, but also visits Kenya, Africa.

DiRT 3 features dozens of different vehicles, including rally cars that were produced and popular in different time periods, as well as such off-road machines as buggies or pickups. Within the first group, the player will find cars such as Audi Quattro S1, Ford RS200 or Metro 6R4. Different classics were included as well, such as Mini Cooper S, Lancia Stratos, Peugeot 205, Toyota Celica, Lancia Delta Integrale or 555 Subaru Impreza, which is a car Colin McRae drove himself on different rubble roads. Also, rally cars packed with electronics were also featured-in, such as Peugeot 207 S2000, Citroen C4, Ford Focus or Ford Fiesta, which has 650 BHP. Furthermore, the player can participate in special competitions, because the creators had obtained the X Games licenses. Those include the so-called Gymkhana (vehicular ballet) and the Compound, which is a “skatepark” for rally cars, filled with different obstacles.

Technical aspects

Colin McRae DiRT 3 for Nintendo DS utilizes both the console's screens. While the action is displayed on the first, the other serves the role of a map.

PlayStation Portable
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DiRT 3

DiRT 3 | PSP

DiRT 3 release date for PSP:

game language:
English

canceled | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, size: 1 UMD
Expectations: 8.4 / 10 calculated out of 54 players' votes.  

PC / Windows
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DiRT 3

DiRT 3 | PC

DiRT 3 release date for PC:

game language:
English

24 May 2011 | Worldwide

24 May 2011 | Europe

24 May 2011 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 1582 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.3 / 10 calculated out of 1289 players' votes.  

Colin McRae DiRT 3 for PlayStation Portable is another installment in a series of racing games bearing the name of a deceased Scottish rally driver. Contrary to the second installment of the subseries (a youthful atmosphere of extreme sports and an emphasis placed on off-road competition), DiRT 3 returns to rallying in the classic form.

Mechanics

The game makes use of the World Rally Championship licenses, which is an event organized by the FIA. Thus many references to real-life elements were included here, such as rally teams, locations, as well as history of the WRC. Still, the player can take part in extreme off-road races that prevailed in the predecessing game.

Colin McRae DiRT 3 for PlayStation Portable offers over 100 routes, 38 of which are typical rally stages that are over twice as numerous as in DiRT 2. In the third installment, the player races on street tracks in the US (also, special arenas popularized by the X Games competitions), rubble roads in Finland, as well as in Norway, where the roads are covered with snow. Apart from that, the player is taken to the magnificent Monte Carlo, but also visits Kenya, Africa. As a result, completing all the in-game races and taking part in every tournament included will take twice as much time as the main component in the previous installment did.

DiRT 3 features dozens of different vehicles, including rally cars that were produced and popular in different time periods, as well as such off-road machines as buggies or pickups. Within the first group, the player will find cars such as Audi Quattro S1, Ford RS200 or Metro 6R4. Different classics were included as well, such as Mini Cooper S, Lancia Stratos, Peugeot 205, Toyota Celica, Lancia Delta Integrale or 555 Subaru Impreza, which is a car Colin McRae drove himself on different rubble roads. Also, rally cars packed with electronics were also featured-in, such as Peugeot 207 S2000, Citroen C4, Ford Focus or Ford Fiesta, which has 650 horsepower.

Furthermore, DiRT 3 allows the player to take part in special competitions, because the creators had obtained the X Games licenses. Here, the player will find the so-called Gymkhana contests that can be considered a form of vehicular ballet. Taking part in this kind of competition requires the player to reach the end of the route as quickly as possible, but maintaing "the performance" showy enough is equally important. For instance, the player will have to spin their car around a post, drift through incredibly sharp turns, or make it under a truck trailer. Also, an open arena named the Compound was included in the game - it is a significantly extended version of the Battersea Power Station, which is a location that appeared in DiRT 2. The area is filled with challenges and side missions, resembling a skatepark with many obstacles.

Colin McRae DiRT 3 for PlayStation Portable gives an opportunity to compete against others in the multiplayer mode. What is more, the game is highly integrated with social network services. Thus the players are capable of sharing their results with others, as well as exchanging videos featuring their best runs.

Age Rating

age requirements: 12+