• Feb 11, 2011
Codemasters' DiRT 3 – Click above to watch the video after the jump

For pure, unadulterated rally action from the comfort of your living room, there's nothing quite like DiRT. The video game franchise from Codemasters is about as realistic as they come, and now they've got their third installment coming in the form of DiRT 3.

Not only is the game promised to be more accurate in its execution and feel, but it incorporates a whole new slew of features. There are more cars and more stages, of course, but that's hardly the end of it: DiRT 3 also incorporates two new kinds of rally action – Gymkhana and hillclimb. The former, of course, was popularized by Ken Block who's now crossed over to professional rally competition, while the latter brings events like Pikes Peak into the fold to really get that dirt kicking. But don't take our word for it, follow the jump to watch the video preview from G4, including an interview with the studio's lead game developer and gameplay footage from what is shaping up as the new benchmark in rally action.

[Source: G4]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking forward to driving the Solstice in the updated game!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd prepare to be disappointed. I doubt it made the cut for DiRT3 as they changed from making up random rally cars to modeling real ones. I don't recall seeing it on the known car list.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Group B!

      I'm psyched; this game should be awesome.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When asked where Gymkhana came from, the appropriate answer should have been:

      • 3 Years Ago
      I loved Dirt2, way fun once you accept the party-like atmosphere of the front end. The physics in it are miles better than Dirt - especially if you use the utility for Grip Adjust that makes the grip levels adjustable to your liking.

      I'm looking forward to having traditional Rally back but, I do enjoy the RallyCross in Dirt2.

      I thought the physics - or least the control issues in Grid ruined the game for me - totally unplayable with the steering lag using the G25 wheel.
      • 3 Years Ago
      But Dirt 1 already had a Hill Climb, didn't it? At least it had Pike's Peak, that I remember.
      • 3 Years Ago

      Looks cool.
        • 3 Years Ago
        WOAH! Hold on there Autoblog!

        "there's nothing quite like DiRT. The video game franchise from Codemasters is about as realistic as they come"

        Uh, what?! Dirt has always been an arcade game. It's fun, it's stylish, but it is NOT realistic, at all. In terms of simulating actual rally racing, you have to go back to Pre-Dirt franchise, when they made Collin McRae Rally games. The last one was stellar, and extremely realistic, you could feel the different amounts of traction under each wheel, and the style of driving was accurate to how rallies are run. Dirt 2 is comprised of monster trucks, made up rally cross where cars are driving next to each other, and baja buggies. I think like 30% of the game was made up of rally style races, which were all dumbed down for the general audience. It's still a good game, I own it, but it is NOT a realistic rally game, at all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How does Dirt compare to the old Rallysport games? I played the Dirt demo back in the day, but it felt more arcadey and less realistic than Rallysport.

      Was Dirt II an improvement? I miss RS, very sad there was no current gen successor. Is this a worthy substitute?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just what I wanted to hear. I may give this one another look. Thank you both.
        • 3 Years Ago
        DiRT2 had great physics and felt very realistic. Unfortunately, where it fell short was in the number of rally stages available, and the entire front end of the game felt very kid-like. The developers have really listened to what people didn't like about DiRT 1 and 2 and have implemented it in DiRT 3, while tweaking the physics engine to be even more realistic.

        I have never played the Rallysport games, but from what I've heard, this game will be the game to buy if you're into rally racing games.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Are you talking about the RallySport Challenge games for the original Xbox? I'd rank them above the original dirt physics-wise but below DiRT2. Codemasters has been working really hard to improve physics even more for DiRT3 and has had multiple Rally drivers on board throughout development to validate models, namely Ken Block and Kris Meeke.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No problem. If you want some more video footage, you can always check out the game's Facebook page too (http://www.facebook.com/dirt3game)...there has been tons of info and videos pouring out since they announced the release date.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I loved Dirt but hated Dirt 2. Dirt 2 felt like mario cart with the cheesy rallycross courses, fireworks and fairground front end. There was very little real rally racing. I could also do without all the crappy voiceovers. I don't really need Ken Block to yell at me every time I bump his car.

      Hopefully Dirt 3 will be more realistic. If I want an off road arcade racer I'll stick with Motorstorm.
        • 3 Years Ago
        From what they've said they have addressed everything you (and everyone else) complained about. D3 will have a more traditional front end and way more rally.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet, Dirt 2 was a great game. Hopefully they will do a better job of cleaning up the tracks so people can't just ignore them to get better times.
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