Get ready for DiRT 3! Race through the snow, rain and dirt and experience dramatic night races with the most amount of rally content in the series yet.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (2,396 reviews)
Release Date: May 23, 2011

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About This Game

Get ready for DiRT 3! Race through the snow, rain and dirt and experience dramatic night races with the most amount of rally content in the series yet.
Express yourself in the stunning new Gymkhana mode, inspired by Ken Block’s incredible freestyle driving event, and upload your best runs direct to YouTube! Compete in iconic rally cars representing 50 years of the sport, from the classic Audi Quattro to the 2011 Ford Fiesta WRC, and take on all game modes in split-screen and competitive online multiplayer. Competing as a professional rally star you’ll enjoy intense racing across three continents – from the forests of Michigan to the infamous roads of Finland and the national parks of Kenya.
Powered by Codemasters’ award-winning EGO Engine, DiRT 3 features Flashback to rewind time and genre-leading damage. DiRT 3 is the ultimate off-road racer

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 2.8GHz, Intel Pentium® D 2.8Ghz
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 15GB
    • Video Card: AMD Radeon™ HD 2000 256MB, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8000 Series 256MB
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9
    • Sound: DirectX® compatible soundcard
    Recommended Specifications: Enhanced for DirectX 11
    • OS: Windows Vista® or Windows® 7
    • Processor:AMD Phenom™ II or Intel® Core™ i7
    • Memory: 3GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 15GB
    • Video Card: AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 11
    • Sound: DirectX® compatible soundcard
Helpful customer reviews
359 of 453 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
If you're reading this wondering if you should buy it, listen up. Unless you see somewhere that they have completed the migration from Games for Windows Live (GFWL) do NOT get it. Due to GFWL not functioning for D3 currently, starting a new game (or if like me you migrated computers and needed a fresh install) means you can't save any progress - not even in the single player mode. :(

That said... I loved DiRT 2, and was very excited about getting DiRT 3. While D3 has its own charms, it's not quite as engrossing as I found D2, though it is extremely pretty and sounds great. If you were head over heels for D2, you'll at least have a close platonic relationship with D3.

TL;DR: Good game, but not right now.

Edit: I did get D3 to save profiles after uninstalled GFWL, downloading a new client and manually re-installing it, as even using a local GFWL profile refused to work. I still don't recommend the game until Codemasters decides to bother properly updating it.

A few people bizarrely accused me of making up this issue, but simply going to the Community Hub for this game shows there are a LOT of people having this exact problem, and Codemasters have now taken over 6 months since announcing they'll update the game to fix this, but have not.
Posted: May 9
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276 of 370 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
I really wanted to like this game. REALLY!

Here's what made it impossible:

1. Integration with Windows Live
It's impossible to save your progress unless you have an account

2. Mirriad of online this and online that
The moment you start the game you have to go through choice after choice pop-ups.
While you are doing that, the game talks to you using words like "awesome", "totally", "cool" and "I have a great feeling about this". None of this can be skipped, you HAVE to listen to it.

3. Boring
Apart from enhanced visuals, this game compared to DIRT2 is the same but without all the fun.

Wish I could have my money back.
Posted: May 7
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151 of 236 people (64%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Gymkhana and all the ken block stuff ruined this game, dirt 1 and 2 were better, graphically superior though than the previous games
Posted: April 25
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64 of 93 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
I believe its a perfect game, but the ''Games for Windows LIVE'' makes it real bad. It says i have to update LIVE before i can use it okay, but then it can't update it and gives me an error code. Which that code doesn't lead me to any solve of the problem. So no ''LIVE'' = no save. No save = no point of doing any career in game.

Do windows look like they gonna solve it quick? I think anyone works on the problem even...
Posted: June 29
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
I can't even play it thanks to Micro$oft's GFWL.
Even Hitler couldn't come up with something as evil as Games For Windows Live.
Posted: August 27
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243 of 296 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
We've recently gotten the wonderful news that Dirt 3 will be moving from Games for Windows Live to Steamworks, so that previous DLC exclusive to GFWL will be moving over to a more standard platform. Whether or not you care about GFWL, here's a review I thought was appropriate given that this will be a kind of re-release of the game.

I'm not an everyday racing fan, and previous Gran Turismo titles I picked up for PS2 left me wondering what the big deal was. It's a bunch of cars, on a road, and they handle pretty much like they would in real life. I think Codemasters was thinking the same thing when they started making the Dirt series, because it thumbs its nose at, and generally likes to show up sedate tarmac racing games at every turn. Dirt 3 is what a sequel should be, the culmination of 1 and 2. It's more than a great racing game - it's just a great game.

This is mostly because Dirt, as an offroad rally racer, constantly switches up track types, terrain types, car types, weather, basically everything it can, and it all affects how you drive. First, you have to learn how drifting on dirt feels different in a four wheel drive versus a two wheel drive. Then, once you've gotten used to dirt, you'll get to a track with half tarmac. Once you're used to switching up between road types... it starts snowing.

All this with the sort of split-second timing and attention to detail in cornering that I thought was reserved for Super Meat Boy because, whereas in most racers you're trying to squeeze alongside a car that won't let you on either side of it, here it's just you and a diabolically twisted dirt road. The handling is as tight as it could possibly be, and, amazingly, it works equally well for the car-circus-performance Gymkhana events as it does on point-to-point dirt roads. I realized somewhere in the middle of Finland that shaving a half second off of that track felt exactly like getting a top grade in a platformer, but with turning instead of jumping. For my money, if it's a really tough track, that's one of the best feelings you get playing a game.

You've got to learn how to drift at the right time, in the right car, and when not to be showy and just brake and turn. Get a car type you like, then learn it. Offroad racing here doesn't mean uncivilized chaos with buggies, semis, and jeeps careening past each other. It means your only task is to master the track, and any road in the world is fair game. There are rules, but it's stripped racing of the clinical sheen that F1 or Nascar brings to mind, and just throws you off the Indiana tarmac into the wild. You'll be racing point to point through Kenya, with the African sun blazing on the horizon, then in the next event your car will take on snow during a Finnish winter. I don't have to tell you how pretty it looks - just look at the screenshots.

Then, in your first Gymkhana final, try not to squeal with glee when you place gold for a triple pirhouette you pulled off more gracefully than a Russian dancer.
Posted: October 18, 2013
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