• Apr 11th 2011 at 2:30PM
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The release of DiRT 3 is nigh upon us and, as a final teaser, game maker Codemasters has revealed an intriguing three-game party mode. The party mode consists of mini games and will serve as an escape for those who get tired of sliding Ken Block's WRC Ford Fiesta around gravel-strewn corners at breakneck speed. It also means there will be a welcome multiplayer mode to an already awesome racing title.

Party mode's three mini games all sound like an excellent way to avoid homework, housework, taxes, lawn mowing or emotional interaction with other human beings. The first, called Invasion, has players driving around an open parking lot attempting to destroy cardboard robots while avoiding skyscrapers, which could turn out to also be robots.

The second game is Outbreak, where a glowing-green "infected" player tries to spread his car's disease by crashing into opponents. Last man standing without the verdant infection leaves the game victorious.

The last game is Transporter, where players careen around in search of spontaneously-appearing flags. Once you claim a flag, you have to return it to your home base without being mugged by another player.

Essentially, party mode combines a Mario Party-style multiplayer mode with a straightforward rally-racing game. The marketability of that seems more than plausible, and the prospect of breaking up racing with some good, old-fashioned playground games sounds like a winner to us.

[Source: Joystiq]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      CodeMasters needs to make another Grid titletitle also.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These modes sound pretty fun actually. I can't wait to give them a try online. A lot of people on DiRT2 really like skirmish style racing and this kind of builds on that, but interaction is intentional.

      I'm a hardcore pure rally fan, but sometimes you just want to let off some steam and have some fun! What better way to do it than in 800hp AWD Fiestas and Group B Rally cars!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Obvious spam is obvious...
        • 4 Years Ago
        How DARE Autoblog try and make money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a Forza 3 Virus Tag addict, DiRT 3's Outbreak should certainly keep me occupied until the Fall...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually preferring using the controller because rapid stick movement used for turns makes the car jerk around unpredictably. But there's nothing quite so satisfying as full-reverse from green, causing a massive pileup for "it" car to plow through as rear-impact sends my car merrily on its way. Virus tag is a dirty, dirty game... looking forward to doing it in the mud.

        /gratuitous innuendos
        • 4 Years Ago
        On the subject of racing wheels - I nearly pulled the trigger the other day on a Fanatec setup. This however, may put me over the edge. I was a huge fan of Dirt 2 and I imagine this game will pack even more loads of awesome. NFS Shift 2 has been a surprisingly solid game for me (especially in comparison to TDU2).
        • 4 Years Ago
        @onwayroll I don't see why the G27 wouldn't work. I have a Logitech FGT and it works perfectly with DiRT2. I really enjoy the wheel. I use the stick-shift lever as my e-brake handle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear want. But also want Nascar 2011. Hmmm.... decisions
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