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14th April 2011, 8:58 at 8:58 am #129154
I know that this section of the subforum is for Formula 1 games, but Codemasters’ latest offering, DIRT 3, is coming out in about six weeks and I know there’s a WRC fanbase here. Plus, the Ego Engine used in the game is updated from DIRT 2, and it’s likely the tweaked engine will be carried across to F1 2011. I’m really quite excited about it, but hoping my laptop has the required specs to run it. I only got it about two weeks ago, but Codies tend to push systems to the limit. The system requirements haven’t been released yet, but I’ve seen a list of “projected” reqirements and my computer is already well behind them (and my computer was rated as one of the best high-performance, low-cost laptops on the market).
Here’s a few gameplay videos to whet your appetite:
Michigan – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpMGquTery0
Battersea Power Station (Gymkhana) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY6DMRx7RIo
DIRT 2 was disappointing, I know – but Codies have listened to the fans. Rallying now makes up 60% of the game, and everything else (including Gymkhana and the “party mode” games) makes up the remaining 40%, and DIRT 3 is said to be bigger than its predecessor.
And here’s a list of confirmed cars:
Mini Cooper S
Ford Mk.II McRae Escort
Talbot Sunbeam Lotus
Vauxhall Chevette HSR
Audi Sport Quattro
Peugeot 205 T16
Renault 5 Maxi Turbo
Subaru Impreza 555 (Group A)
Lancia Delta Integrale
Peugeot 207 (Kris Meeke)
Fiat Grand Punto Abarth
Ford Focus RS WRC 2010
Citroen C4 WRC 2010
Ford Fiesta WRC 2011
Mini Countryman WRC 2011
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
MG Metro 6R4
Ford Fiesta Mk.7 T16 4×4
Peugeot 207 T16 4×4
Subaru Impreza N
Pikes Peak Audi Quattro S1
Ford Fiesta – 2009 Pikes Peak spec.
Suzuki SX4 Special – Hillclimb spec.
Peugeot 405 T16
Volkswagon Touareg TDI
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
GYM3 Ford Fiesta
GYM2 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
GYM1 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Suitably awesome14th April 2011, 9:28 at 9:28 am #165654
Wow, all that spinning in the Gymkhana video makes me dizzy! It looks a cool game though, it looks like I’m going to have to decide between it and GT5 to become my next racing game14th April 2011, 9:34 at 9:34 am #165655
Well, I used to moderate over at GT Planet, so I followed GT5 fairly closely during its release. The reception hasn’t been altogether positive.14th April 2011, 9:36 at 9:36 am #165656
DiRT 2 wasn’t disappointing, I thought it was a great game. Sure it was more focussed on custom built cross-over circuits and other series of vehicles, but I still think it had a good element of long dirt tracks and the gameplay was second to none in that genre.
I was expecting GRID 2 to be honest but when DiRT 3 was dirt announced I wasn’t disappointed, and since the official WRC game is a complete dog I am expecting some brilliant rally stages form Codies next attempt.
To be honest though, there hasn’t been a better rally game since Colin McRae ’05.3rd June 2011, 15:58 at 3:58 pm #165657
Does anybody here have DiRT 3? If so, what do you think of it?3rd June 2011, 17:39 at 5:39 pm #165658
I’ve got it for the Xbox, absolutely great game.
It’s got quite a diverse range or rally forms and allows you often to race them in a variety of vehicles.
I’m having a blast with it, far more comprehensive than Dirt 2.
Not tried it with my wheel yet but that’s the plan for sunday!3rd June 2011, 21:26 at 9:26 pm #165659
I see they’ve dropped McRae’s name from the box. Does it still have the ‘in memory of Colin McRae’ screen when you start it up?
I guess they will change the name to Ken Block: Dirt 4 for the next one given his heavy involvement in the Dirt games.
Final question, can you ‘be Kimi’ in the rally part of the game?4th June 2011, 1:01 at 1:01 am #165660
It took me the better part of a week, but I’ve finished the Dirt Tour mode, save for the DC challenges and three gymkhana missions that I find endlessly frustrating. I’m mostly concentrating on the online mode now, mostly playing the point-to-point events. I really don’t like Landrush and Rallycross because all anyone ever does is crash into you to get position. Unless you manage to luck into a front-row grid position (and I think positions in the Pro Tour are set by online levels, with the higher-ranked players at the back), you’re pretty much screwed by the first corner.
I’ve heard the series moved away from McRae at the request of his family. There are, however, a few references to him in the game: the Colin McRae Vision liveries, the No Fear gold and No Fear black liveries, the McRae Motorsports X4 and the McRae Memorial livery.
And no, you cannot ‘be Kimi’ in the game. His livery does not even appaer; his likeness is probably in Black Bean’s WRC 210. Ken Block (who is a much better driver in the game than in real life), Sebastien Ogier and Kris Meeke are the only licenced drivers in the game. And for some reason, the FIA vice-president, Mohammed ben Sulaymen, who was also in DIRT 2. All of the other drivers are fictional, with names like Henri Saarinen, Dmitri Smetsky, Jason Porter and Bertrand Duez.4th June 2011, 8:49 at 8:49 am #165661
P.Monkeys, you should increase the difficulity level.
Mohammed bin Sulayem was a Rally driver..4th June 2011, 9:34 at 9:34 am #165662
I completed the DiRT Tour a few days ago, and now mainly play online with it, now that the PS Store has returned. I’ve been doing Jam Sessions with my mates; ‘Outbreak’, where a car is infected and has to ram the other cars to infect them too and ‘Cat & Mouse’ where there are up to four different teams that have to make sure their Mini makes it to the finish first, and take out the other Minis…. its so much fun, if anyone wants to play sometime, add me on PSN: ‘spursfan39’ :)
@ Calum, Yeah I was thinking it may be ‘Ken Block’s DiRT 4’ next time… Unless he becomes a serious contender for the WRC crown, I doubt it.4th June 2011, 9:47 at 9:47 am #165663
P.Monkeys, you should increase the difficulity level.
I already have the difficulty level at 6 and all aids turned off.4th June 2011, 9:59 at 9:59 am #165664
Gymkhana has let me down. I don’t want specific areas where I get awarded for moves, If i want to spin between those buildings why not? Why in such a small area, I know theres the problem with huge scores and people just staying in the same place, but it would give it a much more realistic feel.
I haven’t played online yet due to the PS store being down, but I see its back online now thanks to @spursfan39.
There are a few issues which leads me into concluding that DiRT 2 was better, the rallies in Dirt 3 seem shorter, less interesting, they all look the same (respective of location) and there are far less of them, or so it feels. The Rallycross tracks are half the size and contain on average 2 corners, this is frustrating and is leads to rivals throwing their cars up the inside, and hitting you off in the process, its far less enjoyable when you make a good overtake in DiRT 3 compared with 2 as in the latter you really had to work for it.
I may only be on the third “triangle” or season, but 4 locations for rallies just isn’t enough, Finland, Norway, Kenya and Michigan, theres no iconic section that makes the track feel special, such as the Church in Croatia in DiRT 2.
Although it’s boasted that there are multiple tracks for both of the disciplines mentioned thus far, many of the tracks share many sections or are just the same track, in reverse.4th June 2011, 12:57 at 12:57 pm #165665
Why in such a small area, I know theres the problem with huge scores and people just staying in the same place, but it would give it a much more realistic feel.
You can’t just stay in the same place. If you keep doing the same tricks (or combinations of tricks) over and over and again, the game will recognise it and declare your moves to be stale, marking you down for it. I picked up the Gymkharnage achievement this morning – which requires you to score 500,000 or more points in Gymkhana – and I had to go up and down the length of one of the Monaco arenas three times to do it (I wasn’t even aware I’d managed it; I was having a good battle with someone online and we were pretty evenly matched until then).
there are far less of them, or so it feels.
DIRT 3 has 4 locations with 8 stages each for a total of 32 stages. DIRT 2 had 6 locations with 4 stages each, for just 24 stages. So it’s already 33% bigger.
The Rallycross tracks are half the size and contain on average 2 corners
The early Aspen and Smelter circuits are very simple, yes – but they have some much harder ones. And to be perfectly honest, most rallycross circuits are simple. Just wait until you try some of the Monaco events; they might look easy, but they’re tough.
Although it’s boasted that there are multiple tracks for both of the disciplines mentioned thus far, many of the tracks share many sections or are just the same track, in reverse.
And those sections require completely different approaches. For example, some of the stages in Finland are short and fast, and while the early sections of the longer stages might be the same as the stage you just did, they have much more technical sections to them as well.4th June 2011, 17:12 at 5:12 pm #165666
Prisoner Monkeys has it spot on in my opinion. But nevertheless, I do wish there were more locations. I believe that some of the stages are just reverse versions of others… which disappoints me.
And also, I congratulate you PM, Gymkarnage is no mean feat, I managed a score of 498,000, and later realised there was a trophy for a score of 500,000. Sad face.4th June 2011, 18:44 at 6:44 pm #165667
I see what you mean, but I like a change of scenery, so i’d rather less stages, and have more variety, all the Norway stages feel the same to me, and I just get bored driving them. Are there other Monaco’s apart from Sainte Devote and Port Neuve and their reversed counterparts?
And anyone got an news on any DLC coming soon?
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