Race, crash and hoon your way through a world tour of motorised mayhem in DiRT Showdown!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (877 reviews)
Release Date: May 23, 2012

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“Makes for some great summer parties online”
8.5/10 – Gametrailers

“Brilliant racing disciplines, accessible handling, gorgeous presentation and tremendous variety”
8/10 – Eurogamer

About This Game

Race, crash and hoon your way through a world tour of motorised mayhem in DiRT Showdown! Crowd atmosphere, social gameplay and accessibility are all ramped up in this turbo- injected shot of driving delirium. Smash down the accelerator and earn the adulation of frenzied crowds at hyper-energised events at iconic locations. Trick, speed and smash your way to victory, then do it again.

Use boost to blast past your rivals in races, unleash your inner hoonigan in huge freestyle, free-roaming stunt parks and see gaming’s most advanced damage engine pushed to its limits in devastating demolition derby events. DiRT Showdown is also Codemasters’ most connected game ever - split-screen multiplayer, 8 player online racing, on and off-line quick-fire party games, Showdown challenges and YouTube integration all come as standard. Get your ticket for this stunning new world of accessible action-sports racing from the makers of the award-winning DiRT series.

Key Features:

  • Experience a new world of full impact, no-holds-barred action sports racing
  • Push pedal to metal at iconic locations– Miami to London, San Francisco to Tokyo and more
  • Wow the crowds at unsanctioned, hyper-energised events with a festival vibe
  • Demolition Derby themed events, powered by racing’s most advanced damage model, deliver the ultimate in organised automotive chaos
  • Trade paint and deploy nitros in high-octane race events filled with obstacles and ramps
  • Show off your skills in free roaming freestyle arenas primed for automotive tricks and stunts
  • Compete against your friends to reach ‘Showdown’ finals across multiple disciplines
  • Dive in and drive with accessible, pick-up-and-play controls
  • Prove yourself under all conditions – rain, sun, fog, and snow – in the daytime or under the lights at night in front of thousands of cheering fans
  • Multiplayer overload – 8 player online races, split-screen gaming and over 10 different event types
  • Send Showdown Challenges to your friends so that you can compete against them even when you are not both online.
  • Use the integrated ‘Crashback’ camera to capture your most spectacular crashes and upload replays direct to YouTube

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 or Intel Pentium D @3.2Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: • Graphics: AMD HD2000 Series, Nvidia 8000 Series, Intel HD Graphics 2500, AMD Fusion A4
    • Supported Graphics Cards: AMD HD2000 Series, HD3000 Series, HD4000 Series, HD5000 Series, HD6000 Series, HD7000 Series; Nvidia GeForce 8000 Series, 9000 Series, GTX200 Series, GTX400 Series, GTX500 Series
    • DirectX®: 11
    • Hard Drive: 15 GB HD space
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection

    Recommended for DX11:

    • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7 64 bit
    • Processor: AMD Bulldozer or Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD HD5870 or Nvidia GeForce 470GTX
    • DirectX®: 11
    • Hard Drive:15 GB HD space
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
(Before you destroy me for recommending this game because "It's not DiRT", let me quote the steam store info Codemasters provided since this game was announced in the end of 2011: IT'S A SPIN-OFF!)

Anyways, onwards!

Some of you may (others may not) know that I absolutely love racing games! My problem is I have a bit of OCD towards the genre. If it isn't exactly what or how I want it, I don't like it.

And Dirt Showdown got my interest, though not much because I played pretty much all racers since 2004's Burnout 3: Takedown, which is the masterpiece of racing games. That perfect title that never leaves your memories. It had stellar graphics, perfect controls with perfect responsiveness. Also has the best soundtrack of all time of any game or movie, ever! Car variety was huge! Campaign was huge as well! Replayability was huge! Menus were super slick and everything about it was just pixel perfect! One of the best games of all time and I still have the whole soundtrack on my phone :D

Anyways, and those racers since 2004 never gave me that spark again for the racing genre. My reaction were always "Ugh, wtf is this ♥♥♥♥?" or "Meh..." and I proceeded with the uninstall process.

But I got in a trade with a friend Dirt Showdown because it was being given away alongside the pre-order of GRID Autosport and I couldn't really let this slip by my fingers.

I installed as soon as I got it and started playing.

You have no. Damn. Idea. Of the levels of joy I had when this brought me fond (VERY fond) memories of that 2004 classic game you should know by now. It's like a Burnout 3: Takedown 2! Everything I needed was there! The fantastic graphics, the absolutely AMAZING Soundtrack, the perfectly responsive controls, the car variety and level variety. It even has an announcer like 2004's B3 and this one is also really good! He keeps throwing little jokes, funny puns, etc. It's really cool! It really is!

And after 22 hours of 100%'ing the whole game. [Campaign: Everything gold. Joyrides (2 Open World maps for you to complete missions in and also find all the 100 hidden collectibles): all 150 missions done and all 100 Hidden Packages found (which reward you with something if you find'em all (not saying what, of course!)) and level 12 in Multiplayer Sessions] I can safely say this is the best racing game and the best racing game experience I've had in the last decade! (That's 10 years!!!!!).

Modes are also very unique, it's not just racing like most borefests of racers. You have regular racing, domination (get the best time in certain track portions), 8-balls (super fun variation of the regular racing mode), ram rage (destroy and wreck ♥♥♥♥ up! (Demolition Derby, pretty much) King of the Hill (knock all cars out of the podium), Head 2 Head (Gymkhana competition between oponents (whether it's 2 or more people or 2 teams). Smash and grab (get a bag full of loot and hold it (avoid getting hit) for as much as possible to get as much points as possible to win). Capture the Flag (FFA or Team based), etc.!

I don't think I have anything else to say do I? I already said it. Great graphics, great level variety (different weather conditions as well!), top notch of perfection soundtrack! (Also on my phone), great announcer, super slick and responsive controls. Loading screens are very short and this game is a PERFECT PC VERSION! Everything it needs, it's there! Controls are great (though, of course, controller's always better), benchmark tool! Wide range of options to tweak for weaker PC's to be able to run this game well! (Which I believe pretty much any PC can! I tried this on my regular PC, can play 60 FPS "almost" maxed out no problems. And I tried on my older PC (quite weak) with a 2.4 GHz Dual Core and an AMD Radeon HD 3650 (Mobile version (yes, a laptop)) and it ran really smooth at 50-60 FPS, though I had to tweak most stuff to low and others to medium, obviously.)

Oh yeah! Problems with the game: Campaign (called the "Showdown Tour") is REALLY short. I finished it in 10 hours with everything gold (1st place). I wanted at least 20 hours! But the multiplayer's there to make up for it. Sadly, the MP's pretty dead. I can (and so should you be able to) find occasionally some MP matches to play in and I can say it's one of the best and most fun MP experiences I've ever had the pleasure of trying! It's so varied and fun! Lots of modes to play (around 8, I think) and all are unique and fun to do!

Campaign's short but the JoyRides are also there to make up for it (1st place Gold in every campaign level and 100%'ing all missions and getting all hidden packages in both JoyRide maps took me between 17 and 18 hours of pure adrenaline running, head shaking, song-humming fun!

I can't recommend this enough! And at it's current price on steam of 19,99€, there's no reason for you to not get it! If you still don't know about it, it's easy! Try the free demo on steam! The game also goes on sale quite often, when other Codemasters games are on sale too. So, grab it and come wreck stuff in MP with me! :D

Oh you want a score? Ok fine. 22 hours of quality, no problems except the fact that it's too short the SP campaign (and even then, it's not much of an "issue") But even then, the game wasn't the classic rip-off 50€ full retail price. It was cutback to the more reasonable and accessible 39,99€. They knew this SPIN-OFF (it's a SPIN-OFF, not "This shouldn't have Dirt in the name") was a smaller and more digestive experience, so it's commendable for them to reduce the pricetag. So the smaller length's is proportional to the price. Think of Alan Wake and it's Spin-Off: American Nightmare. It's kinda like that!

10/10. One of the VERY few games I've played in my life that deserve a perfect score. Enough said. Have a great day!

Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.7 hrs on record
"It's like the two cars are kissing... aww."
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Excellent presentation, nice handling, variety of game modes.
Not a racing game, though, not even in those events that are about crossing the line first.

Pick it up at a low price if you like destruction derbies.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Driiiiift <3
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
I loved playing through this game. I've not played through the joyride mode on the pc version yet. But i've got 1000/1000 on the 360 version so thats a testiment as to how good this game is considering i don't normally finish a good portion of my games. The demolition events are the best thing though. Its reminiscent of Destruction Derby.

Definitely give it a try.
Posted: September 30
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
This is not a "DiRT" game.

Its an arcade destruction racing game with easy controls and forgiving driving. There is no map, no cocpit view, no speed board, no progress bar on the side, its really arcade.

It has modes like a destruction arena that you smash cars with each others, earning points and listening to the same comments from the spectator like "T-Bone-a-saurus!" and "its like 2 cars smashing each others, oh wait.. they are" or "its like 2 cars kissing each other, awww!", he really sucks.

Its not a bad game, its kinda fun, the main events ladder will take about 10 hours to beat (took me about that much) and there are more stuff to do like challenges with tricks, like previous dirt games. Personally i hated those, they did not belonged to dirt, they were the worst part but in this game they fit right in.

The game is a let down, its fun but nothing special and some events like the the tracks that are an "8" and you smash on others while leading the race is frustrating, but the AI (on the medium difficulty that i played) sucks and the rubber-banding will let you lead the race again if you drive ok, or will pass you on the last few turned even if you raced your hardest.

Also another thing that i did not like was that the selection of tracks felt small, i felt like i was racing the same tracks again and again and again, more variety would be welcome.

Its hard to choose to recommend this game or not, i will not recommend it because i feel it was a poor try.
Posted: October 8
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Fun game but you find yourself playing on the same track and the same people over and over again...
Posted: October 3
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
meh
Posted: September 25
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
I'll admit it! I bought it because it was on sale! Do I regret it? No. Would I buy it again if I had played it before? No.
I'm a veteran of racing games. I know how they should work. Dirt: Showdown misses a few crucial bullet points.

It's difficult to use with a keyboard. If I'm buying a PC game, it should feel right when using a keyboard! Instead, it feels like I'm driving a tank.

The visuals are good. I just wish I could admire them easier. There's no way to move the camera around your car in-game! The only way you can see the front is if you flip over and the camera meanders over there.

Then, the physics. Physics are most important! If you mess that up, you don't have a racing game! And... Showdown... BLEH. They work, alright? But it's impossible to tell because the camera is static behind the car! You can't see the way the tires roll over the ground. When you go around a turn, the camera doesn't pan into it. It sticks to the rear, persistent like a Jack Russel terrier!

So, don't buy. If you want to buy, buy. But you shouldn't buy.
Posted: September 28
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
It's the worst game from the Dirt series I've played. What's incredible is that despite being all flashy and all about destruction and smaching other cars - it's so booooooring. Not terrible, but DEFINITELY not worth 4,99 I payed for it... therefore also not worth this RIDICULOUS 14,99 they want on Steam!

At least it's working correctly and has great Surround/Eyefinity support - for those interested.
Posted: October 16
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
just one word: REPETITIVE

4/10
Posted: September 26
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Worse than previous DiRT game. Not fun at all
Posted: September 26
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5.7 hrs on record
If you enjoyed ramming other participants in DiRT 3 (or any other DiRT/CMR honestly) then you're gonna luv this game.
Also, no more Ken Block.
Posted: October 1
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9.7 hrs on record
good game
Posted: October 12
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6.6 hrs on record
the game is good a bit short but good... something like FlatOut with Better graphics :D it would be great ppl to see the Dirt, Dirt 2 and Dirt 3 games in one package for Steam because there are lots of fans of the series :)
Posted: October 13
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10.8 hrs on record
DIRT Showdown is a cool game with many gamemodes
And cars, The Graphics are good, nice sound,good effects,

the game is actually more to destroy each other
then racing,

Sometimes the game is frustrating,
And multiplayer does not work because there is no one in multiplayer

I give this game 8/10
Posted: October 18
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2.2 hrs on record
good game 5/5
Posted: October 18
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6.5 hrs on record
As an arcade racing game it might be above average, but that's pretty much it. After the first season the campaign starts to feel repetitive and boring, at point where you lose interest in progression.
After you finished a race with that annoying as hell commentary who must comment everything, get ready for some unnecessary animation for unlocking a new race... You won a race? Well, let's waste a minute at showing the new stage with that annoying commentary whom you like to hate so much.

The part that supposed to be the most interesting, destruction derby, is the most lifeles feature in the game unfortunatly. On the destruction arena there is just competition for score, cars get respawn, you hit them, the car is fully damaged... here is another respawn. Not to mention the boring crashes.

This game could have been an interesting dlc, but a standalone game it fails to deliever what it promises.

5/10

The
+ Graphics, level design
- Annoying commentary
- No car upgrades/just 3 stats
- Repetitive
- Boring campaign
- Simple/unoriginal level tracks
- Unispired derby section
Posted: October 24
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8.8 hrs on record
7/10 FUN BUT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE A DIRT GAME

the game is really fun and not too long. the only other dirt game ive finished was dirt 2 and that game felt like a rally game. this game felt more like a gameshow that a rally game. there were definitley more objective events than race events. the car selection lacked as well. overall i do reccommend this game but a few things you should keep in mind.

1. its not like the other dirt games
2. its not about customization or variety
3. youll be doing challanges more often than actually racing

Posted: October 25
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
First of all, I think the biggest mistake was to put the name "Dirt" in this game. There's nothing that can be related to what made Dirt games famous among racing fans and this choice left many people disappointed in the Dirt series. We can only hope for a better future for the upcoming Dirt. The TOUR is really, really short. I mean it took me at least twice the time to finish Dirt 2 Tour or Dirt 3 tour. I had no idea they cut so much racing from this game. Not even a 10 Hour long tour, it's a bit embarrassing. While I'm not sure why, I couldn't make a single Challenge but this might be on my end or just bad luck. Servers never were available. Also, after finishing a race if I decided to press "Send Challenge" the game would crash on me. A bit of search in the Steam Community and I can see there were more people with the same issue. Another less good point is about the commentator which is really, really bad. The choice of words are bad, the vocabulary is very limited and the jokes are, well, they are no jokes at all.

However, I still managed to find good things too. The selection of cars are good enough to keep you happy, experimenting several cars while upgrading some of them. The game can look, really, really good. Believe it or not, but I remember when 4K TV's were released on the Market, this game was one of the games for them to show "pretty visuals" on their TV's while having a powerful PC hooked up. You can see this specially when playing at night, in Tokyo which is simply mesmerizing. The lights, the wet floor and the drift really made the game shine during these particular races.

So why did I recommend this game?

If you can find it for the right price -and never pay full price for it- Dirt showdown is a small but safe bet. Again, I recommend playing this game if you get it for a very kind, cheap price. The game is no more than a snack to eat between meals but while it may satisfy you, it will not last longer if you are chasing to fix your racing needs. Here's hoping for a better Dirt in the future more focused on pure Rally events and races.
Posted: June 22
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