Race, crash and hoon your way through a world tour of motorised mayhem in DiRT Showdown!
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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

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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Test config: Ubuntu Linux 16.04.01 LTS 64 Bit with standard Unity desktop and standard Radeon OpenSource drivers with integrated graphics (AMD Kaveri APU).

As I love games like 1NSANE, FlatOut & Co, I was eager to test Dirt Showdown on my Linux computer. And it is a blast! It's one of the fastest 3D games on my computer - even with integrated graphics and standard graphics drivers. :-)

There are lots of modes: racing, head to head (duel), destruction, etc.; good tracks, nice graphics, weather effects, speed effects, cool sound and fast action. Guys, if you only have low graphics hardware like me: it's running good! At middle graphics settings, I get over 30 FPS on 1920x1080.

Thumbs up for a great action racer on Linux!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I am really enjoying this game! Runs fast on bad computers, takes a long time to finish and is very challenging!
Definitly recommend, such a fun and enjoyable game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Very fun game, nice graphics and cars.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
I really enjoy this game.

Thanks for porting it to Linux! Will buy your other games day one if you'll port them over.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This is a fantastic game. Basically a condensed version of Dirt 3's skill levels along with a touch of Burnout and even it's own modes like a Demolition derby/Sumo Ring platform which is huge fun.
It also has figure 8 racing which is missing from most driving games, even the big sims and the big arcade smashers. Great fun.
Graphics look great, frames run smooth, it's a beauty and it controls are fun, not overly sim or stupidly on rails.
With this game currently on sale at $2.99, it's an absolute steal.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
At most a very "meh" game. Can be fun with friends (which is not saying alot since every game is fun with friends). Could not find any online matches.
Buy it on sale because it's not worth the full price.
Still better than Dirt 3 tho,
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Always wanted to be cool by driving awesome muscle cars but Need for Speed just wasn't for you?
Then this is your game.
Like the title suggests, you drive in the dirt. A lot. And you'll be drifting. A lot.
Only negative point is the incredible variation of the difficulty, at least for me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Still loads of fun in the SIngle and Multiplayer. :)
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
One of my favorite car brands (Scion tc) is in the game which is underpresented in racing games.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Dirt series is no doubt one of the best race games ever made and Showdown is codemasters experiment with a destruction derby instead of the usual rally. Showdown plays awesome and has great graphics, it's fun and my only gripe is that the crashing and damage is not as satisfying as in flatout 2.
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17.7 hrs
Posted: October 22
Fun game, good variety of races/demolition and some drifting/jumping challenges. Also the driving through all the different colored blocks was unique and good. Good controls and great graphics. Seems to be pretty forgiving which I like, if you're in 8th place a couple laps in from crashing, don't restart, you'll catch back up. Good soundtrack although it does get repetitive and there should have been more songs.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: October 22
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14.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
it's good
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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 17
well some reason it wont work anymore i dont know why and im doing series on my YT about it
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5.4 hrs
Posted: October 12
For the price I paid for it (2 euros) it was totally worth it!
Fun arcade racing game, with a great soundtrack & graphics.
Lots of cars, tracks and game modes to choose from.
Easy to get into, but the AI is too easy and quite dumb.
Couldnt find anyone in multiplayer to try get the 100%.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: October 12
DiRT Showdown

This is hands-down one of my favourite casual racing games that I've ever played. Plenty of game modes, from pure racing to demolition derbys, and a wide variety of vehicles, including some of Ken Block's Fords.


- Easy to earn money, great replayability
- Heaps of vehicles, each of which can be upgraded to be just about equal
- Maps for free play, to just muck about in, or complete little challenges
- Damage and car models are realistic
- You feel like Ken Block


- In some game modes, it can be really challenging to win consistently

Overall, I recommend this game, primarily because it combines excellent physics and damage with great game modes, and online play. If there is any game that makes you feel like you're Ken Block, this is it.

~ burgs.exe
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0.9 hrs
Posted: October 11
Has no clutch, spedometer and tacometer, replaces with an ugly boost gauge instead 1/10. (also no POV and is no fun in any way).
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6.9 hrs
Posted: October 9
I had hopes that this would be a more relaxed Dirt title with more realism than a typical arcade style driving game, but I found it much more frustrating than relaxing. I put about 6 hours into it before deleting it. Perhaps it was a little too arcade like for me, with what felt to me like rather crude and unresponsive inputs, and somewhat clumsy physics, as often a car would be tossed into absurd spins and slides by moderate inputs that should not have induced such response, although maybe that could be my low grade controls too, perhaps I should invest in a Logitech wheel first.

The most frustrating things however by far were the announcer, some of the sound effects, and the layout of some of the courses.

Like Flatout, plenty of obstacles litter the race courses, and while a tire barrier or a few barrels here and there isn't a big deal, some of the courses were just a nightmare of barriers positioned frustratingly in the way at the apex of turns or points that were already a bottleneck in the course. If fighting several other cars that bump and crash into you isn't already enough, touching a stupid barrier while trying to slip through the inside of a turn passing another car gets you chucked across the track into the wall, or hopelessly bogged down stuck on this barrier that you must reverse off of, except now you're getting rear ended and spun around by the rest of the pack colliding with you. It was more of a huge nusiance than a challenge.

Then many of the courses had what I guess was airhorns among the spectators, which was horrible because it sounded like hundreds of children learning to play trombones were spread along the race course, so that every second there would be the sound of several sad trombones awkwardly honking and droning off as you sped by. That constant annoying honking became distracting and irritating fast, and you can't turn those sound effects off, you can only slightly lower the volume. Perhaps one could find that audio file and delete it, I didn't get that far.

The announcer at first wasn't bad when I was playing around with the joyride challenges, but once I was in the career tours and had to listen to him blathering at every moment in the races and competitions, I quickly lost patience. "I guess he doesn't want to go straight!" "And that's the pass!" "I don't think that door will ever open again!" "We have a winner!" SHUT UP! Shut the ♥♥♥♥ up, please! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! I read a couple reviews complaining about the announcer and thought how bad could that possibly be? Now I know. And guess what, you can't turn him off either.

I suppose I could also complain that the menu system is a bit slow and annoying to navigate, but it's not really a major factor, it still works fine.

Overall, you have the makings of a fun game, just a few quirks and then a bunch of garbage piled on it for some reason. Ditch the announcer, clean up the race tracks, and tweak the physics, and it'd be great fun. Unfortunately the product has too much arcade fluff on it. If you really enjoy that kind of stuff then go for it, but if you're looking for a realistic racing game that dispenses with some of the seriousness for a little bit more fun and carnage, I'd suggest that you pass, or at least wait until it's on sale really cheap.
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