Race, crash and hoon your way through a world tour of motorised mayhem in DiRT Showdown!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (851 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
28 of 34 people (82%) 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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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Dirt Showdown was the first 'Derby-Like' game I played since Destruction Derby in 2002. It Really is a great game with a lot of value for what you pay for it. The graphics look very good for the game that it is and there is a real sense of satisfaction when you visciously T-Bone an oponent in mid-air at full throttle. The figure 8 races are my faivourite and the wide variety of cars make it easy for people who like to stay out of the fray and destruction to nip through the big crunches. The game really lacks a multiplayer now, since nobody plays it anymore.

Really fun game that got me into the Dirt series.

8/10
Posted: April 26
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
So, I got this game along with GRID Autosport pre-order and decided that it'd be a pretty good deal. And I wasn't mistaken
Yes, I know nearly every fan of DiRT series considers this one ♥♥♥♥, but as a man who played neither of DiRT games, I want to say, this is a game in general was great fan.

I might do some mistakes, but mostly because I'm not familiar with most of DiRT games

What I wanted to note first is Flatout style of this game. Yes, it has demolition arena, yes it has 8-tracks, though they're really more interesting than Flatout ones. But this is a prelude

Goods:
This game has decent graphics and by saying decent I really mean that, for a racing game it looks really cool, all damage done to car is pretty visible and detailed, same is weather graphic decor. This game has a ♥♥♥♥LOADA of different cars - from metal garbage to sportcars, it won't hvae you bored with variety or vehicles. It is generally easy to play (by the end playing on medium became pretty easy and a bit boring for me), so, if you're quite a noob, don't worry about that too much. It's generally fun as well, I mean, senseless crashing cars against everything, isn't that fun? Most likely (+1 to humanity decadence), however, nearly every demolition/rampage/8-ball race was pure amusement for me. Especially 8-ball, where you will not always survive to the end. It has rather realistic physics. I won't be saying too much about it, you'd rather see it somewhere.

Bads:
It's laggy as ♥♥♥♥. Steam layout doesn't change language when in-game, whenever you want to open windows in-game, your fullscreen mode will be canceled. I eventually got used to this stuff, but it is really irritating at times. The game might crash just out of nowhere, leaderboards never load (which left me hesitating if they even exist), and I couldn't make a name myself in-game since it doesn't change langauge in-game either (my default language is russian and the game doesn't accept cyrillic symbols). After all, it doesn't have just "usual race" mode where you can choose location, number of players, laps, etc. All races are within the Showdown Tour only. (Or I haven't just explored it enough to notice that mode)

In conclusion, YES, it's a good game. YES, it lags as much as STALKER, but if we leave this out, we get a pretty decent stuff. It might look like Flatout rip-off, but it's generally better than Flatout, even though it's a failure among DiRT games.

8.9/10
Amused me as much.
Thanks for reading, play games!
Posted: June 23
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
DiRT Showdown is a more accessible entry in the series than other DiRT games, but still a most enjoyable experience. You can play in events varying from races to destruction derbies and sumo wrestling for vehicles. (I'm serious)

It's a little less realistic than the other games in the series, but you know, I'm totally fine with this. It's clearly meant to be a spin-off from the series, and isn't really connected to DiRT 3 for example. Although, if that's what you want, then I wouldn't recommend it. There's a greater focus on aggresive driving and smashing up opponents, rather than clean rally driving.

I'm personally having a lot of fun with the Rampage event where you smash the hell out of every other car in the arena, but the races are a lot of fun too. I recommend you gives this game a try, DiRT fan or not!

My only minor complaints is the lack of cockpit camera and the lack of ability to import your own music to the game.

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Posted: September 7
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4 of 4 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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38 of 45 people (84%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
When DiRT Showdown came out, my enthusiasm evaporated. For once, Codemasters went out of their way to turn their arcade-ish rally simulator into something even more arcade-ish, and not even in a good way. Even so, don't let that discourage you from getting a copy of it. It's still kinda fun to play.

DiRT Showdown, unlike its previous predecessors, now operates like a crossover between Flatout and the Destruction Derby racing division of GRID, minus the head-on-collisions-that-cause-drivers-to-fly-out-from-their-windshield factor. There are many key features that differentiate DiRT Showdown from other games. One of those key features is the introduction to health bars and nitrous, as the previous DiRT games never had any health bars or nitrous (provided in an actual rally game, your car only dies when you severe the parts hard enough for it to malfunction and it's not rocket science to find out that using nitrous is illegal in official rally races). In DiRT Showdown, there are no rules. None. It's you against 7 other drivers and your objective is to win first place by hook or by crook. Do whatever it is necessary to secure the podium finish. Either slam, shunt, spin or even T-Bone your way to victory.

The selection of cars is less compared to the previous DiRT series and although the derby cars may look fake, they actually do exist in real life (at least, the Jupiter San Marino does). And although they removed the rally cars altogether, they managed to preserve the cars used in DiRT 3's gymkhana, such as the Ford Fiesta, the Subaru Impreza WRX GD and many others that I'm too lazy to mention in this review.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the game modes that are available in DiRT Showdown. Some game modes have been preserved in DiRT Showdown, such as Domination, Gymkhana and Head 2 Head, while they added new game modes that show what DiRT Showdown is all about, such as 8-Ball (an 8-player race to the finish line), Survival (where it's you against gladiator cars and your objective is to survive for as long as you can) and Sumo (where you wrestle other cars out from the ring). It may be brutal and it certainly is unforgiving, but it sure is a lot of fun.

The only downsides to this game are the price for the game (seriously, 30 bucks?) and the fact that the game looked like it got ripped off by Bugbear Entertainment (a.k.a the developers of Flatout). DiRT Showdown may not shine as the authentic DiRT experience, but the game certainly is a must-play to those who like serious games that, at the same time, isn't so serious.

Try to get this game in a sale or during a bundle sale, unless you have 30 dollars to spend.
Posted: February 23
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