Race, crash and hoon your way through a world tour of motorised mayhem in DiRT Showdown!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,783 reviews) - 80% of the 1,783 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 23, 2012

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"Not the game fans desired, but it sure as hell fills a gap the racing genre has had for many years: a racing game centred on pure arcade smashing fun."

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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.

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • OS: Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)
    • Processor: 3.06 GHz (E7600) Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 4.1 capable
    • Graphics Memory: 512MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 12GB

    Supported GPUs
    nVidia: GeForce 640/650/660/675/680/750/755/775/780
    AMD: Radeon HD 5670/5750/5770/5870/6630/6490/6750/6770/6970
    Intel: 4000, 5000, Iris
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 8GB RAM
    • Graphics Memory: 1GB
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.10, Mint 17.1 or similar Linux distribution
    • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 or Intel Core2Duo @3.2Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia/AMD OpenGL 4.1 level compatible
    • Graphics Memory: 1GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 12GB
    • Sound: PulseAudio/ALSA Compatible
    • Processor: AMD Bulldozer or Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia/AMD OpenGL 4.2 level compatible

    • nVidia: nVidia 346.72 or better
    • AMD: AMD Catalyst (fglrx) 15.7 or better

      MESA drivers and Intel Graphics are not currently supported
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301 of 365 people (82%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
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65 of 76 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
DiRT Showdown Review

Game Details

Game: DiRT Showdown
Genre: Racing
Developed by: Codemasters Racing Studio
Published by: Codemasters
Release Date: 23 May, 2012
Metacritic Score: 72 (Link)

Game Review

"Sweet... sweet car destruction..."

DiRT Showdown is a spin-off of the highly acclaimed arcade racing DiRT series. It´s a game focused on arcade racing with lots of destruction and car madness, unlike the other games from the DiRT series that had a more "serious" approach, mixing simulation with arcade. This game still has some similarities with those, while being a completely different experience. One thing I can grant you, it is extremely fun.


The gameplay is extremely satisfying, especially the sweet car destruction (which is basically the main focus in this game). The arcade handling feels great in this game, very easy to master and enjoyable. The AI opponents is ultra aggressive, but that works well in this game since it is based on pure car carnage (reminds me a lot of the flatout series), a shame you only face 8 opponents though. This game also as a nitro boost that slowly recharges over time and much more faster if you create some chaos and hit the opponents cars, never seen on any DiRT series game, but again, this one is essentially a spin-off, with a few things borrowed from the other DiRT games. Track design is amazing as previous DiRT games, a shame that the game borrows many tracks from those later games, but at least they feel fresh in this game. Lots of game modes too, from basic racing, to pure demolition derby carnage will keep you entertained.

Longevity and Replayability

The longevity of the career mode is strangely small which is a bummer, I completed it in about 8 hours. Still you have other modes like joyride with tons of missions and challenges to complete, like in DiRT 3, which will get you around 2 hours to complete it 100%. Then of course, you have the multiplayer where luckily you will spend a good amount of hours but I will address that below in my review. It does not have that much tracks either, even though most are awesome and have many variations, you can get a little bored of constantly racing in the same places. Essentially the single-player part of the game is kind of a letdown since you complete it rather fast.

Graphics and Presentation

Now the graphics and presentation. I have only good things to say in this matter. The tracks are beautiful, they are a blast to the eyes. Filled with life, great colors, they really transmit a good vibe. The cars are amazingly detailed too, with great deformation models which greatly help improving the experience. Smooth visuals as in all games in the DiRT series. Presentation-wise it is top notch too, very similiar to the treatment of the late DiRT 3, with similar menus and art style.


The sound department is sharp too as expected. The sound of the people reactions, the engines roar, the destruction, everything is amazing. Well except for the commentary during races which is insanely cheesy and lame. I loved the soundtrack too, it fits perfectly in this games, a really great song list in my opinion.


The multiplayer is a blast. Playing this game online is a blast. Insanely fun, crazy-action packed races. Sadly few people play it at the time (game was released in 2012), but with some luck you will still find filled lobbies. I noticed some lags in some chaotic races that can get into your nerves, but nothing that makes the game unplayable. Another important aspect in the multiplayer is that this game supports split-screen. You heard it right, SPLIT-SCREEN! A feature that many games nowadays do not have, that makes for some awesome gaming sessions with friends.


Game performed amazingly on my native resolution 1440x900 in highest settings, locked in 60fps with almost no dips, both single-player and split-screen, on my budget rig (check my profile if you want to know the specs). It is well optimized and has tons of graphical options, so unless you have a potato pc, it will handle it perfectly.


  • Extremely satisfying races and car destruction
  • Great graphics and presentation
  • Simplistic arcade handling, yet it feels very good
  • Good range of game modes
  • Online is incredibly fun

  • Single-player career is very small
  • Lame commentary
  • Occasional lags in multiplayer

My personal score: 7.5/10

If you like arcade racing games this one you should get. It is extremely enjoyable, yet the single-player runs out very fast. And the multiplayer is almost dead, so you should pick this up when its on sale and not full price since it is when the multiplayer can get resurrected and have people playing it for a few days and the single-player definitely wont justify the game base price (even though it is not that expensive). A great game to spend a few hours when you are bored!
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I'll start this review off with... If you're looking to get DiRT Showdown, I'd recommend getting it while it's on sale.
I got it for $4.99 during the summer sale. The normal price (as of writing this) is $14.99, and personally, I feel like it should be cheaper.

Note: This is a quick review listing the pros and cons that I found.

*Good Mechanics
*Overall Fun Gameplay
*Multiple race modes
*Fairly good Drifting Mechanics

*AI in Demolition derby-type game modes aren't great, some times they run straight into walls, or they target you. (As in, 4+ AI cars go after you at once)
*Lack off minimap showing where opponents cars are in Racing modes

Overall score-
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46 of 62 people (74%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Someone from codemasters liked the ken block & gymkhana ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ so much that he said ''hey,lets make a game with 100% more of this''.This doesnt make showdown necessarily a bad game but the thing is that showdown lacks content(very short campaign) and the car physics are a joke compared to dirt 3.My personal rating is 5/10,buy it only on sales.
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
A much more casual racer than previous CodeMasters DiRT offerings, but still fairly fun for what it tries to be. As usual with CodeMasters, the graphics and audio are overall impressive.

Where the game IMO falls down is its oversimplification in too many aspects. How often do you see a racing game that does away with the speedo? Gone are gear changes and cockpit view. In are boost and "car health", and almost never having to use the brake. Most races on intermediate you can finish well without ever taking off the accelerator.

+Graphics. Colourful and fluid racing gameplay. So many fireworks!! Stunning backgrounds.
+Audio. Decent soundtrack, satisfying engine sounds.
+Difficulty. Can select between three difficulties. I found intermediate enjoyable.
+Decent variety in event types and number of tracks

-Annoying announcer. CodeMasters seem to have mastered the terrible dudebro announcer in their series.
-Oversimplified car controls. No manual gears, no need to brake, no speedo. If you approach this as a purely arcade racer, this may be a positive to you.
-Multiplayer is dead
-Crashes when connecting to server to send "challenges" to friends.
-Game length. Does not take very long to finish the single player campaign.

You can see that with DiRT Showdown CodeMasters have really tried to capture the most exciting parts of their previous games and condense them down into an action-packed arcade racing title. In doing that they sacrifice the skilled racing that was needed in previous titles. Slamming into opponents is now encouraged, and bumping into objects like tyres and barrels does not even slow you down.

As an offshoot of the DiRT series I don't recommend it, but as a pure mindless arcade title you might have some fun here.
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