Anyone playing or planning on getting this game? I am on the fence about it. Loved the career mode in Dirt 1, but didn't get Dirt 2.
I didn't get DIRT 2 despite the improved multiplayer because I read they cut down on the number of traditional rally races, which is why I like these rally games. (They can keep the X-Game dune buggy nonsense.)
But Codemasters has listened to what the fans wanted, and now traditional rally accounts for 60% of the game. (80-100% would be better, but it's an improvement. They say you can get to the end of the career mode without doing the other disciplines if you so desired.)
Codemasters also add weather effects and night racing--ABOUT TIME!
Unlike Dirt 2, which grouped series by locale, Dirt 3 jumps around between eight environments: Aspen (snow!), Finland, Kenya, the L.A. Coliseum, Michigan, Monaco, Norway, and the Smelter industrial site. That’s one fewer locale than Dirt 2, but Dirt 3 makes up for it with an increased number of tracks (double that of Dirt 2) and the inclusion of weather and time-of-day options. A wet track plays significantly differently from a dry one, as does one at night that you’ve previously only seen during the day. Some circuit tracks are so dark that you’ll find yourself having to memorize where turns are, turning blindly into blackness, hoping that your headlights will reveal some familiar section of wall. Nighttime rally courses are similarly intense, requiring you to rely almost exclusively on your co-driver for directions. Night races are, in short, awesome.
Less awesome is that you can upload 30 second YouTube clips of your races. 30 seconds? What can you show in 30 seconds? And it's not even in HD. There's a game for the iPhone (the freakin iPhone!) called Real Racing that lets you upload replays to YouTube longer than 30 seconds. (Still not in HD...)
Gymkhana, as well as the rest of the racing modes from the campaign, also makes an appearance in multiplayer. Players can test their skills against each other in point-based matches, but the real action is in the party games. These modes, available as team or solo ranked and unranked matches, eschew most of the racing pretext and become full-blown minigames. They range from Outbreak, which takes place on a gymkhana course and is sort of a free-for-all capture the flag-meets-tag, to Cat ‘n’ Mouse, where two teams of rally cars have to escort their team’s underpowered “mouse” car to the finish while blocking the other team. These modes are a ton of fun. The game also supports local split-screen multiplayer for two people, a first for the series.
What took them so long to add splitscreen?
Those new modes don't appeal to me. Rally, and maybe Hillclimb, is all I need. I'd definitely like to play this game with you guys, but I'm going to wait until a price drop. Somewhere in the $30-40 range.
Ditto with you guys regarding the waiting for a price drop.
That is, unless, we find out that Forza 4 will have a Rally mode, in which case I will just wait for that.
Granted, the inclusion of the classic rally cars looks pretty awesome.
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What was the old Rally game we used to play on the Xbox. The one in which you could nudge somone off the cliff in mulitplayer. Good times. Good times.
Oh, yeah. Good times. I really liked that game.
It's funny how we're all pledging not to buy DIRT 3 until a price drop. It's like being a celibacy club or something.
According to Maizrim, KMart will have DIRT 3 for $40 next week. I plan on price matching at Best Buy or Wal Mart.
Almost any night next week will be good for multiplayer then.