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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Season two X-Games will be held at LA Coliseum whereas the Winter X-Games at Aspen.
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:
Artist Song Name & Featured Artists Duration 65DaysOfStatic Crash Tactics 3:48 Aceyalone & RJD2 All For U 3:28 Alter Bridge Isolation 4:13 Atmosphere The Waitress 3:00 Biffy Clyro That Golden Rule 3:50 Black Spiders What Good's A Rock Without A Roll? 4:30 Chase & Status Blind Faith feat. Liam Bailey 3:54 Chromeo Don't Turn The Lights On 4:33 Crocodiles Mirrors 5:32 Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip Cauliflower (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix) 2:30 Danny Byrd Judgement Day feat, Cyantific & I-Kay 5:04 Danny Byrd We Can Have It All 3:47 David E. Sugar Keep It Simple 3:57 Deaf Havana Smiles All Round 2:48 Dinosaur Pile-Up Wheels Turning Drive A Are You Blind 3:04 Everything Everything Suffragette Suffragette 4:06 Fort Knox Five Insight feat. Asheru (A. Skillz Remix) 4:30 Fort Knox Five Insight feat. Asheru (The Nextmen Remix) 3:56 Fort Knox Five Uptown Tricks feat. Mustafa Akbar & Shunda K. (Shimon's Trix Radio Mix) 3:58 Furyon Disappear Again 3:47 Glamour of the Kill Feeling Alive 3:29 Grafitti6 Stare Into The Sun 3:57 Harlem Friendly Ghost 3:01 Hudson Mohawke Fuse 3:11 Leftfield Storm 3000 5:44 Lorn Cherry Moon 3:38 Manchester Orchestra I've Got Friends 4:58 Moloko Fun For Me 5:09 People Under The Stairs Trippin' At The Disco 4:12 Phonat Ghetto Burnin' 4:40 Phonat Ghetto Burnin' (Mmmathias Mix) 5:05 Phonat Intimate Confessions 3:37 RJD2 Good Times Roll Pt. 2 4:57 Run DMC Peter Piper 3:23 Scott Nixon The Wedge Scott Nixon Resolution Skream Listenin' To The Records On My Wall 3:28 South Central Demons 5:08 Starkey New Cities feat. Kiki Hitomi 4:06 Starkey Ok Luv 4:00 Starkey Pleasure Points 4:54 Tek-One LHC Blues The Gap Band Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) 5:36 The Gaslight Anthem The Spirit Of Jazz 3:13 The Go! Team T.O.R.N.A.D.O. 2:10 UNKLE The Answer feat. Big In Japan (Baltimore) 4:41 We Are Scientists Rules Don't Stop 2:19 Young Guns Crystal Clear 3:30 Spoken Audio Names and Nicknames
Boys (Eng) Girls (Eng) Nicknames (Eng) Aaron Abi Ace Adam Alice Angel Alan Amanda Babe Alex Amber Big Dog Andy Amy BJ Ant Angie Boots Ash Ashley Boss Barry Becky Bunny Ben Beth Buster Blake Britanny Butterfly Brad Brooke Buzz Brandon Captain Brett Carnage Brian Champ Callum Caitlin Cheesemonger Carl Charlotte Cherry Carlos Chelsea Chief Chad Chloe Chunk Chris Claire Colonel Clive Courtney Cowboy Cole Crash Colin Cupcake Connor Cutie Corey Doctor Craig Doll Dan Danielle Donut Dave Dude Daz Duke Dean Fats Dylan Flash Ed Em Foxy Eric Frosty Gav Gem Fuzzy Nuts Gaz Georgia Ghost George Gnasher Graeme Gonk Grant Gonzo Greg Hannah Goose Harry Heather Great One Ian Holly Hairspray Jack Jade Hawk Jacob Jen Honey Jake Jess Hotstuff James Hot Rod Jason Hunter Jeff Ice Jesus Jacknife Jez Jawbone Joe Jester Joel Kid John Kitten Jordan Knuckles Josh Lady Justin Legend Ken Kate Lightning Kev Kelsey Lollipop Kieran Kim Magic Kyle Kirsty Mama Lee Laura Mate Lewis Lauren Maverick Liam Lisa McLovin Luke Liz Missy Mark Louise Mongoose Mart Lucy Monkey Matt Maddi Moose Max Megan Muffin Mike Mel Nitro Mitch Michelle Omelette Mo Pinky Nath Natalie Piston Nic Nicole Princess Oli Pumpkin Oscar Ranger Pat Razor Paul Red Pete Rookie Phil Scooby Randy Rach Shadow Ray Shortie Rich Sideline Rick Silk Rob Six String Rod Skippy Ron Smokey Ross Snake Russ Spanky Ryan Sparky Sam Sarah Spider Scott Sophie Spoon Sean Steph Stalker Shane Sugar Si Sweety Steve T-Bag Stu Tex Tanner Tina Thumper Tim Trouble Tom Turbo Travis Wheels Will Vicky Wolf Zach Woody Supported controllers and steering wheels (PC) Keyboard 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.