Race, crash and hoon your way through a world tour of motorised mayhem in DiRT Showdown!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,131 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
38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
118.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Dirt Showdown is in my opinion a bit underrated and really misunderstood by some people. They consider the game as the successor of Dirt 3. However, Showdown is more a spinoff, that has nothing to do with the other Dirt games besides the 'Dirt' name. That being sad, I think this game is really good in what is does. Just mindless 'demolition derby like' fun. The car handling is just right for this type of game in my opinion. It also has great graphics and sound. There's single player with a career mode, wich will keep you busy for a while. It has enough variety with many different gamemodes. And then there's another SP mode, called Joyride, were you have to complete a series of tricks and collect all the Showdown logo's. Well, if you want those achievements at least :) But the game really shines in multiplayer. Unfortunately, the MP isn't really active anymore. Often you find yourself in an empty lobby. The best idea is to look on the forum for people to play with. Because of this, I wouldn't recommend the game just for MP. But like I said, there's enough fun to be had in SP alone.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
"You get what you pay for" is the moral of the story here.

Dirt Showdown isn't supposed to be a AAA, GOTY, "11/10 better than CoD - IGN" game. It's a minature game, if you want to put it in context.

Some negatives: Can't customize cars or paint schemes like other Codemaster games, not too many locations, demo-derby really sucks, handeling is too arcade-y.

Some Positives: Great graphics, good surround sound, decent selection of cars (even if they handle near identical), decent online (if you can still find anyone).

Honestly the game modes get repetitive after awhile, but it's fun for some hours. Worth ~$15

6.9/10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
One of the few good combat racing games. The only good "new" one.

DiRT: Showdown is a demolition derby game. It's not trying to be "Colin McRae-ish" like the previous DiRT titles.
It's arcady, it's demolition derby focused and it's just pure fun.

Sure, Showdown isn't what we expected from a DiRT title but it just might be the most fun DiRT game out there.
None of the DiRT games really live up to the good old Colin McRae Rally games. The rally races are short...and just lacking in every kind of aspect. The driving in the DiRT games is good. So are the physix...but everything else...nah.
So along comes Showdown and it shocked us all with the new and daring direction it took.
I'm happy with the direction Showdown took. It's simple but fun. Can be challenging in multiplayer too. The multiplayer isn't too crowded tho. Might be kinda hard to find matches but the singleplayer campaign and the sandbox "challenge" levels are worth the full price themselves.

Either you're looking for an arcady racing game, demoliton derby or a combat racer (Carmageddon etc), DiRT: Showdown might be just what you're looking for.
Guaranteed to satisfy you!

SIDENOTE: If demoltion derby isn't enough to satisfy your bloodlust then check out Road Redemption and the new Carmageddon on Steam. Both are still in early access but both also look very promising!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This game is not Dirt! There is nothing here that resembles the old Dirt Series we all love. It's not like the old Dirt Series but rather something different. SO DON'T PUT THIS GAME IN THE DIRT FRANCHISE! This game is fun though. I'll give this a 7/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
DiRT Showdown - MINI REVIEW

Good things
• High Quality textures and stylish presentation
• NICE sound of engines
• LOTs of cruncy crashes
• Amazing Joyride Missions

Bad things
• BAD Commentary
• LESS tracks N cars

VERDICT
7.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
It's not a sequel to any of the other Dirt games, just a spin- off. Dirt Showdown is one of those games you play at the weekend, sometimes. If there's nothing else to play. Good to play with friends and just 'okay' to play on your own. It seems rushed, due to a alot of repeat tracks from previous Dirt games, of which the developers have just added a few ramps and tyres to. There's a fair variety of things to do in the game though, ranging from Destruction Derby, to races and then Gymkhana (where you do donuts and jumps etc). You will have to play all these types of modes as in career mode you are made to in a random order. So one second you're told to 'put your foot down and plow in to your opponents' and then told 'don't scratch your car or you lose your points'. The AI has rubberbanding or 'catch- up' which is also easily noticeable online, considering me and my mates were laughing at how slow your car suddenly go if your quite far ahead in 1st place, when the guy in last would be given an uncontrollable amount of speed boost. Having said that, in Destruction arena's or 'knockout' this doesn't happen because all you have to do is wreck opponents and earn points for hits.

Likes about the game:
Destuction modes- 8 Ball style tracks, knockout and derby's, which are intense and a good laugh.
Graphics- Apart from the crowd, graphics are as good as always from Codemasters. So shiny as well.
Cars- I like the cars that you are given, you get different ones for the different game types. Some are made up, some are real. Depends what mode you are playing
Menu's- BIG, BOLD, LOUD. NICE.
Car Handling- Easy to get used to, which is right for this type of game
Party modes- For online, like capture the flag and smash and grab.

Dislikes:
Announcer guy- He needs to shush. Plus, you can't mute him. Says stupid things which aren't funny
AI rubber banding/ catch up for online- Kills any point of skill. It kills skills.
Repeat tracks - 'I saw that track from Dirt 2.......aaaaaand Dirt 3
Opponent amount- Only 8 players. Come on, they could of at least done 12 which they did for the game GRID.
Online ranking- Takes forever...mainly because no-one plays online anymore and you need a full lobby to get a good amount of levelling up points.
Gymkhana- There's only a certain amount of times you can do jumps, donuts and drifts till it gets repetitive.

I recommend only if you like arcade racers and don't mind getting smashed up by others.
6.5 (maybe a 7)/10

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Had it for 2 years now. Great game - loved it. Works well, good rallying and has loads of other game modes. If you're looking for a serious rally game, this is not for you. Other problems include occasional lag, Annoying commentator(ok thats subjective) and lack of tracks. Despite this, its fun and friendly and will mostly satisfy your gaming needs. 8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Not a bad little crash up demo derby/racer, it has all the things a game needs, multiplayer, challenges, career mode, 60fps, but in the end it really made me want Wreckfest to be finished sooner.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Dirt is one of my favorite racing games. I am happy to play because this game is not boring compared to other racing game series. nice carrier mode, the UI is very interesting, split screen, Great Graphic and can be played at a low spec PC. You should have this game, racing game lovers!

Pros:
- Nice carrier mode. (lots of exciting gameplay)
- A hit among car-crashing
- Split screen
- Great Graphic and can be played at a low spec PC.

Cons:
- Car crusher which is not so attractive
- Can not paint a car that has been purchased, (just choose paint-owned sponsor)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
This game rocks and rolls, bumps and grinds and has teeth biting moments. I came from dirt 1 on the ps3 to this and I am impressed with the multi-player or group races. A little arcade like to me, but still fun. I like going off of a jump and ramming them mid flight to see spectacular crashes and epic carnage.

Career mode can be a bit repetative, with some races being boring and others fun as heck.
If you like racing and arcade style carnage then this is a must. You have demolition derby, dual race, regular race and you can do freestyle (open world) action.

All in all. 4 out of 5 for me. Definately can improve on somethings but great overall.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
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

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
You drive a car round a track
Then you crash it into other cars

Then you do that exact same thing for 3 days with no noticable difference in AI or car stats

But it was free so it's k
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
nitroooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
i don't wanna see the next dirt 5.
maybe codemasters gonna put flying cars!! ho knows.
''codemasters just rocks on driving mechanics''
and it's what makes this a good game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Awesome DiRT Showdown game, funny crash car race and relax nice :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Awesome Derby Game!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
really really good game, so much fun.
storymode is okay and fun but the multiplayer is really ♥♥♥♥ing badass, it's dead but if u play it with friends its so much fun, get it on sale and have FUNNNN
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Flat out + dirt 2 = dirt showdown! I like It!)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Very good. It's really worth playing.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
9 of 10 moms recomend
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
It's like Call of Duty with Cars!!! 11/10 - IGN
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