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    DiRT 3

    Game » consists of 12 releases. Released May 24, 2011

    Dirt 3 is the latest installment in Codemasters' long-running Colin McRae Rally franchise. The game returns to the series' rally roots with dynamic weather, a career focusing on team-based racing, as well as introducing the freestyle event: Gymkhana.

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    Overview

    Following in the tracks of the critically acclaimed Dirt 2, Dirt 3 is an off-road racing game with a variety of events to complete. There are over hundred events to participate in, and drivers will race in many different environments around the world, including African plains, mountainous Aspen, Monaco and Norway. The player will work as a team with other drivers to win races. Developer Codemasters described it as their "biggest racing game" yet. On the 10th May, the game was submitted to Microsoft and Sony for certification.

    Development

    Changeable weather conditions
    Changeable weather conditions

    There is a new scoring system in place that takes into account how close the driver comes to various obstacles, similar to the "near miss" bonus in the Burnout franchise. Multiple In-game replays, of 30 seconds in duration, can now be uploaded directly to YouTube (to DiRT3 community channel and the personal channel) to share with others. The graphic engine also got an upgrade with more varied weather effects, better lighting and damage model for the cars. Varying track conditions also make a return featuring rain and snow.

    The car handling will be more realistic than DiRT 2 as cars will drift differently based on whether they are front/rear/four-wheel drive. The car's weight distribution will affect the amount of traction available in corners. The cars also have independent suspensions that shift its balance and center of gravity while drifting. The Gymkhana cars are setup differently but use the same physics and handling model that the game uses throughout. The damage modeling has been updated to take into account where exactly the car got hit and the handling will change accordingly. The game has a system that allows the player to get punctures. If one drives on, the tyre will eventually shred off the rim.

    User Interface

    The developers have moved away from the first-person menus of DiRT 2 to what they only describe as a "more stylized" 3D menu system. The game also shuns its Xtreme elements from DiRT 2 in favor of a more slick and minimalistic presentation. There will be a garage area where one will be able to view the cars. The loading screens will show the car which will be driven.

    Licensing

    DiRT 3 is the first game in the series since Colin McRae 2005 to feature the important World Rally Championship license. Along with the more dynamic environment model, it marks a bigger focus on rally. This shift coincides with the series' current figurehead, Ken Block, joining WRC in 2010. Block's famous Gymkhana will also make its first appearance. It's a stunt event, focused on extreme acceleration and executing tight drifts in confined spaces. In addition, DiRT 3 will retain the X-Games license. The game will feature Ken Block, Tanner Foust, Kris Meeke, Liam Doran and Sebastien Ogier.

    Game Modes

    The single player campaign, named DiRT Tour, takes place over 4 seasons. Within each season there are 4 championships with multiple events in different disciplines and challenges that test the players driving skills with races and various gymkhana events.

    Returning modes from DiRT 2

    • Rally - Standard rally mode, which will carry the WRC branding this time.
    • Rallycross - DiRT's form of a standard race, usually on a closed-looped circuit.
    • Trailblazer - Standard rally format with a twist. All cars are on the track at the same time and the player has no co-driver to help with the turns.
    • Raid - Off-track racing with large all-terrain vehicles.

    Compound

    DiRT's version of the Gymkhana
    DiRT's version of the Gymkhana

    An open-ended playground to improve one's skills in the new Gymkhana mode. The Multiplayer party modes will be held at this Compound. The obstacle courses are based on Ken Block's Gymkhana videos. The compound is designed after the Battersea Power Station in the UK. It will be divided in 3 areas, namely:

    • Depot
    • Power Station
    • Parking Lot

    Party Modes

    Party modes are being introduced to the multiplayer portion of the game. Cat 'n' Mouse, Invasion, Outbreak and Transporter are the available party modes. DiRT 3 also marks the return of split-screen multiplayer, which was absent from the previous game.

    X-Games

    The Season two X-Games will be held at LA Coliseum whereas the Winter X-Games at Aspen.

    Vehicle List

    With the newly acquired WRC license, DiRT 3 will feature a number of classic cars from the different eras of rallying. So far, the following cars have been confirmed:

    1960s Rally Class

    • Mini Cooper S
    • Lancia Fulvia H
    • Renault Apline A110 1600 S

    1970s Rally Class

    • Opel Kadette GT/E 16V
    • Fiat 131 Abarth

    1980s Rally Class

    • Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
    • Opel Manta 400
    • Renault 5 Turbo

    Group B Rally Class

    • Audi Sport Quattro Rallye
    • MG Metro 6R4
    • Ford RS200

    1990s Rally Class

    • Lancia Delta HF Integrale
    • Ford Escort RS Cosworth
    • Toyota Celica GT-Four

    S2000 Class

    • Peugot 207 S2000
    • Abarth Grande Punto S2000

    Open Rally Class

    • Subaru Impreza WRX STI SRT USA
    • Subaru Impreza WRX STI N12
    • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
    • Colin McRae R4
    • Ford Fiesta Open Class

    Pro Rally Class (WRC)

    • Ford Focus RS WRC
    • Citroen C4 WRC
    • Ford Fiesta RS WRC
    • Mini Countryman Rally Edition

    RallyCross

    • Subaru Impreza WRX STI GR Rallycross
    • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
    • Peugot 207 T16 4X4
    • MG Metro 6r4 RallyX
    • Ford RS200 RallyX
    • Ford Fiesta RallyCross

    Trailblazer Modern

    • BMW Z4 M Coupé Motorsport
    • Monster Sport SX4 Hillclimb Special
    • Rhys Millen Racing PM580
    • Ford Fiesta OMSE Hillclimb Special

    Trailblazer Classic

    • Audi Quattro S1 Pikes Peak
    • Peugot 405 T16 Pikes Peak
    • Toyota Tacoma

    Gymkhana

    • Subaru Impreza WRX STI GD Gymkhana
    • Subaru Impreza WRX STI GR Gymkhana
    • Ford Fiesta Gymkhana 3
    • Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X JUN

    Landrush

    • Stadium Truck
    • Stadium Buggy

    Locations

    The game will feature about 100 tracks; but with different weather conditions involved, one will visit each track about 3-4 times in the game with each time being at a different time of day and weather.

    The following is the complete list of locations featured in the game:

    • Kenya, LA Coliseum, Monaco featuring dry terrain.
    • Aspen, Norway will feature snow.
    • Finland, Michigan and Smelter featuring wet terrain.

    Event wise listing of Locations:

    • Rally and Trailblazer in Kenya, Norway, Finland and Michigan.
    • Rallycross in Aspen, Monaco, LA Coliseum and Smelter.
    • Landrush in Aspen and Smelter.
    • Head-to-Head in Monaco.

    As for Gymkhana, there will be

    • 4 routes in Monaco (in the DiRT3 Tour)
    • 4 in LA Coliseum (in the DiRT3 Tour)
    • 3 areas in Battersea Compound

    Online pass

    Like many games it will have an online pass in new copies to enable online play and YouTube uploads. As with Mortal Kombat the online modes were made free for all PSN users during the PSN Store downtime while codes were not redeemable. The Online pass also comes with 5 cars:

    • Colin McRae R4
    • 1995 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
    • Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
    • Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak
    • Hummer H3

    Sound & Music

    The audio engineers made a special effort to record the effect of gravel & mud hitting the underside of the car. They went out with Rally and Rallycross drivers and recorded the sound effects from inside the car as it was driven at speed.

    The 49 track, dominantly hip-hop and rock soundtrack was revealed via the game's Facebook page, and was compiled by Kerrang DJ Christian Stevenson, the same music consultant that was used for DiRT2:

    ArtistSong Name & Featured ArtistsDuration
    65DaysOfStaticCrash Tactics3:48
    Aceyalone & RJD2All For U3:28
    Alter BridgeIsolation4:13
    AtmosphereThe Waitress3:00
    Biffy ClyroThat Golden Rule3:50
    Black SpidersWhat Good's A Rock Without A Roll?4:30
    Chase & StatusBlind Faith feat. Liam Bailey3:54
    ChromeoDon't Turn The Lights On4:33
    CrocodilesMirrors5:32
    Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius PipCauliflower (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix)2:30
    Danny ByrdJudgement Day feat, Cyantific & I-Kay5:04
    Danny ByrdWe Can Have It All3:47
    David E. SugarKeep It Simple3:57
    Deaf HavanaSmiles All Round2:48
    Dinosaur Pile-UpWheels Turning
    Drive AAre You Blind3:04
    Everything EverythingSuffragette Suffragette4:06
    Fort Knox FiveInsight feat. Asheru (A. Skillz Remix)4:30
    Fort Knox FiveInsight feat. Asheru (The Nextmen Remix)3:56
    Fort Knox FiveUptown Tricks feat. Mustafa Akbar & Shunda K. (Shimon's Trix Radio Mix)3:58
    FuryonDisappear Again3:47
    Glamour of the KillFeeling Alive3:29
    Grafitti6Stare Into The Sun3:57
    HarlemFriendly Ghost3:01
    Hudson MohawkeFuse3:11
    LeftfieldStorm 30005:44
    LornCherry Moon3:38
    Manchester OrchestraI've Got Friends4:58
    MolokoFun For Me5:09
    People Under The StairsTrippin' At The Disco4:12
    PhonatGhetto Burnin'4:40
    PhonatGhetto Burnin' (Mmmathias Mix)5:05
    PhonatIntimate Confessions3:37
    RJD2Good Times Roll Pt. 24:57
    Run DMCPeter Piper3:23
    Scott NixonThe Wedge
    Scott NixonResolution
    SkreamListenin' To The Records On My Wall3:28
    South CentralDemons5:08
    StarkeyNew Cities feat. Kiki Hitomi4:06
    StarkeyOk Luv4:00
    StarkeyPleasure Points4:54
    Tek-OneLHC Blues
    The Gap BandBurn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)5:36
    The Gaslight AnthemThe Spirit Of Jazz3:13
    The Go! TeamT.O.R.N.A.D.O.2:10
    UNKLEThe Answer feat. Big In Japan (Baltimore)4:41
    We Are ScientistsRules Don't Stop2:19
    Young GunsCrystal Clear3:30

    Spoken Audio Names and Nicknames

    Boys (Eng)Girls (Eng)Nicknames (Eng)
    AaronAbiAce
    AdamAliceAngel
    AlanAmandaBabe
    AlexAmberBig Dog
    AndyAmyBJ
    AntAngieBoots
    AshAshleyBoss
    BarryBeckyBunny
    BenBethBuster
    BlakeBritannyButterfly
    BradBrookeBuzz
    BrandonCaptain
    BrettCarnage
    BrianChamp
    CallumCaitlinCheesemonger
    CarlCharlotteCherry
    CarlosChelseaChief
    ChadChloeChunk
    ChrisClaireColonel
    CliveCourtneyCowboy
    ColeCrash
    ColinCupcake
    ConnorCutie
    CoreyDoctor
    CraigDoll
    DanDanielleDonut
    DaveDude
    DazDuke
    DeanFats
    DylanFlash
    EdEmFoxy
    EricFrosty
    GavGemFuzzy Nuts
    GazGeorgiaGhost
    GeorgeGnasher
    GraemeGonk
    GrantGonzo
    GregHannahGoose
    HarryHeatherGreat One
    IanHollyHairspray
    JackJadeHawk
    JacobJenHoney
    JakeJessHotstuff
    JamesHot Rod
    JasonHunter
    JeffIce
    JesusJacknife
    JezJawbone
    JoeJester
    JoelKid
    JohnKitten
    JordanKnuckles
    JoshLady
    JustinLegend
    KenKateLightning
    KevKelseyLollipop
    KieranKimMagic
    KyleKirstyMama
    LeeLauraMate
    LewisLaurenMaverick
    LiamLisaMcLovin
    LukeLizMissy
    MarkLouiseMongoose
    MartLucyMonkey
    MattMaddiMoose
    MaxMeganMuffin
    MikeMelNitro
    MitchMichelleOmelette
    MoPinky
    NathNataliePiston
    NicNicolePrincess
    OliPumpkin
    OscarRanger
    PatRazor
    PaulRed
    PeteRookie
    PhilScooby
    RandyRachShadow
    RayShortie
    RichSideline
    RickSilk
    RobSix String
    RodSkippy
    RonSmokey
    RossSnake
    RussSpanky
    RyanSparky
    SamSarahSpider
    ScottSophieSpoon
    SeanStephStalker
    ShaneSugar
    SiSweety
    SteveT-Bag
    StuTex
    TannerTinaThumper
    TimTrouble
    TomTurbo
    TravisWheels
    WillVickyWolf
    ZachWoody

    Supported controllers and steering wheels (PC)

    Keyboard

    • Keyboard Controls

    Control Pads

    DiRT 3 can be configured to use almost any PC controller, however it is recommended to use one the following controllers for the best experience:

    • Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
    • Logitech Rumblepad 2
    • Thrustmaster Run'n'Drive
    • Run'n' Drive Rumble Force
    • Thrustmaster T-Mini 3-In-1
    • Dual Trigger 3-In-1
    • Thrustmaster Dual Analog 3 (ensure official Thrustmaster drivers are installed)

    Steering wheels

    DiRT 3 provides default configurations for all of the below, meaning that you should be able to plug-and-play, without tweaking.

    For some wheels (e.g. Logitech MOMO, Fanatec Porche) it is important that the pedals are on separate axes, rather than combined. From the Windows Control Panel, choose 'Controllers' and click 'Properties' for the wheel you will be using. Click 'Settings' and ensure that the 'Combined' or 'Single Axis' setting is unticked.

    • Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
    • Logitech G25 Wheel
    • Logitech G27 Wheel
    • Logitech Formula Force EX Force Feedback Wheel
    • Thrustmaster T500RS Racing Wheel
    • Thrustmaster Ferrari 430 Force Feedback Racing Wheel
    • Thrustmaster RGT F/F Pro

    System Requirements

    Minimum

    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 2.8GHz, Intel Pentium® D 2.8Ghz
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 15GB
    • Video Card: AMD Radeon™ HD 2000 256MB, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8000 Series 256MB
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9
    • Sound: DirectX® compatible soundcard
    • Controller: Keyboard, Microsoft Wireless Racing Wheel or Xbox 360 controller

    Recommended

      • OS: Windows Vista® or Windows® 7
      • Processor:AMD Phenom™ II or Intel® Core™ i7
      • Memory: 3GB
      • Hard Disk Space: 15GB
      • Video Card: AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series, NVIDIA® GeForce® DirectX® 11 based cards
      • DirectX®: DirectX® 11
      • Sound: DirectX® compatible soundcard

    Xbox 360 Game Installation

    Installing this game to the Xbox 360 hard drive requires 6.1GB of memory.

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