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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Reviews

“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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    MINIMUM:
    • 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
    RECOMMENDED:
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 8GB RAM
    • Graphics Memory: 1GB
    MINIMUM:
    • 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
    RECOMMENDED:
    • Processor: AMD Bulldozer or Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia/AMD OpenGL 4.2 level compatible

    RECOMMENDED GRAPHICS DRIVERS:
    • 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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♕ Madskillz ♕
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
OK title but pairs in comparison to the other DIRT games! 6/10
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hadriman
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 21
All the worst of dirt 3 condensed in one single game (no races only gymkana). Be advised.
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sau1itud3
16.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
Dirt Showdown if more of an arcade racer than previous Dirt titles. However, in the final events of the single player campaign is does get pretty tough and you will need to have some good skills to complete the game. The campaign is not very long and experienced racers will not have much of a problem completing 100% of the game in single player mode. For me the heart and soul of this game is the variety of events that feature a mix of crash up derby type events, drift or hooning events, straight up racing, and a whole mix of capture the flag type events which really make the online portion of this game unique. There are still a good number of Steam players who play online, and being that its a game where crashing is a big part of the whole experience, this game makes for a more relaxed and easy fun online atmosphere than a serious sim racer. For beginning racers or gamers who just like to have fun playing a racing game once in a while, you would not be dissapointed at all with this title. For serious sim racers this is a game you can chill and have some raw fun with, while still being able to put some of your sim racing skills to good use. Please add me for some online Dirt Showdown action!
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Dat_Braindamage
22.1 hrs
Posted: August 19
I played this game a while back on PS3 and really enjoyed it. Looking back now I really don't know why. First off: Catch-Up is enabled and u can't disable it (Single Player). Which means: no matter how good you are, the AI will always be just 1-2 seconds behind you. This can lead to some very frustrating moments. Let me write one down:

I was leading all the time, driving perfectly and suddenly one of the AIs (with a really slow car) drives up to me and manages to land on my car and I couldn't steer my car at all therefore losing the race. I swear to god, if any of the developers would have been next to me, I would have killed him, his children, his parents, their parents and so on - basically exterminating his bloodline. Take note that physics to not apply in this game.

The amount of cars is pretty small and only the ones the developers got the license for are actually looking good. There are several paintings for each unofficial car and 90% of them look like sh*t.

There are probably like 10 or 15 different tracks (split over approx. 5 modes) and some of them are recycled from Dirt3.

Furthermore we have this awesome announcer of Dirt3 who is basically the king of hipsters. But the soundtrack is, like in Dirt3, pretty good. What else? The Multiplayer is basically dead (only a dozen players, all farming XP for the achievement - including me) and just as in Dirt3 and Grid2 the developers do not understand that there are people in this world who maybe do not want to hear the engine running - you can't mute the game from within the game - totally basic. Graphics are not as good as in Dirt3 because there are not as many details as in Dirt3.

Bottom line: if you can get it for 2,50 or less and you are looking for an easy 100% achievement game - get it. Otherwise stay away from it.
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HOTDOGWELDER
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 18
This games graphics are still really good even for today's standards, the gameplay is good and the port is really nice with more settings then I've seen in any game. That's what I think but check out my pros and cons lit to be sure

Pros
-nice visuals
-good selection of cars and car skins
-fun multiplayer
-stylish mapss
-nice handling and gameplay
-well priced under 20 dollars
-it can run 30 fps on low settings on a lot of low end computers

Cons
-multiplayer can break sometimes
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Doge
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 13
didn't like the game
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Randy Marsh
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 12
Despite its' age, Showdown is a lot of fun. I haven't had this much fun playing a demolition derby-type game in a long time, and the Arcade feel changes the Dirt sim mechanics enough to make it just a really fun arcade-style racer with crashings.
The graphics still look ok, the controls are responsive and nicely "arcadey"
There's even music! Sure, it's 2012 music, but It sounds licensed, and overall the game is really well-optimized.
If you can get this for under 5$ i would totally recommend it, but 15$ for this in 2016 isn't really a good deal.
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20fps
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 10
Is gut game, yeyz
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Arrite
34.7 hrs
Posted: August 10
Runs really well despite that everyone is strapped down to a car seat unless you have a toaster except for that announcer.

he's the real final boss and he has a gun
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NoFear
22.1 hrs
Posted: August 8
Cool as hell!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I played this game a while back on PS3 and really enjoyed it. Looking back now I really don't know why. First off: Catch-Up is enabled and u can't disable it (Single Player). Which means: no matter how good you are, the AI will always be just 1-2 seconds behind you. This can lead to some very frustrating moments. Let me write one down:

I was leading all the time, driving perfectly and suddenly one of the AIs (with a really slow car) drives up to me and manages to land on my car and I couldn't steer my car at all therefore losing the race. I swear to god, if any of the developers would have been next to me, I would have killed him, his children, his parents, their parents and so on - basically exterminating his bloodline. Take note that physics to not apply in this game.

The amount of cars is pretty small and only the ones the developers got the license for are actually looking good. There are several paintings for each unofficial car and 90% of them look like sh*t.

There are probably like 10 or 15 different tracks (split over approx. 5 modes) and some of them are recycled from Dirt3.

Furthermore we have this awesome announcer of Dirt3 who is basically the king of hipsters. But the soundtrack is, like in Dirt3, pretty good. What else? The Multiplayer is basically dead (only a dozen players, all farming XP for the achievement - including me) and just as in Dirt3 and Grid2 the developers do not understand that there are people in this world who maybe do not want to hear the engine running - you can't mute the game from within the game - totally basic. Graphics are not as good as in Dirt3 because there are not as many details as in Dirt3.

Bottom line: if you can get it for 2,50 or less and you are looking for an easy 100% achievement game - get it. Otherwise stay away from it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
If you like Gymkana, Destruction Derby, Drifting, Arena crashing and short looped races then you can try this game. Nobody playing online.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
If you ever played Destruction Derby back in the PS1 days - then you'll love this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
68.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I like this game a lot.
Except for the game modes I have trouble with, like Trick Rush and Head 2 Head.
I do recommend this game for a lot of reasons.
Reason 1: You get to ram a car into a bunch of people for no reason!
Reason 2: The announcer makes it a lot funnier
Reason 3: The music is pretty awesome
Reason 4: There is so many variety, from going to Yokohama Japan, to Vegas, this is one heckuva tour.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Dirt Showdown if more of an arcade racer than previous Dirt titles. However, in the final events of the single player campaign is does get pretty tough and you will need to have some good skills to complete the game. The campaign is not very long and experienced racers will not have much of a problem completing 100% of the game in single player mode. For me the heart and soul of this game is the variety of events that feature a mix of crash up derby type events, drift or hooning events, straight up racing, and a whole mix of capture the flag type events which really make the online portion of this game unique. There are still a good number of Steam players who play online, and being that its a game where crashing is a big part of the whole experience, this game makes for a more relaxed and easy fun online atmosphere than a serious sim racer. For beginning racers or gamers who just like to have fun playing a racing game once in a while, you would not be dissapointed at all with this title. For serious sim racers this is a game you can chill and have some raw fun with, while still being able to put some of your sim racing skills to good use. Please add me for some online Dirt Showdown action!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
I got it for $4 and it was worth it for that price, but there's simply not enough content to pay the full aksing price.

It IS fun - I like that it's very arcady and simplified and more about smashing than racing. However, there's simply not enough racing tracks to hold your attention for more than a few hours.

Get it on sale or not at all
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400 of 494 people (81%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
Thank you for supporting Linux!
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77 of 92 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
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.

Gameplay

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.

Sound

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.

Multiplayer

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.

Performance

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.


Summary

Pros:
  • 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

Cons:
  • 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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51 of 53 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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43 of 50 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2014
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.
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