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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.
Release Date: May 23, 2011

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New Codemasters/DiRT Forums

April 3rd, 2014

Greetings DiRT 3 Steam players,

Just wanted to let you know the new look Codemasters Forums are now live.

If you happened to be a member in the past you should be able to login using the same Codemasters Account details you used on the old forum and you'll find the login/register button in the top right of your screen (These will be the same as the details you use to login to RaceNet). Your username should be automatically pulled in but if you don't have a Codemasters/RaceNet account don't worry, setting one up is free and just takes a few moments.

That’s pretty much all you need to know to get you up and running, if you are having any problems at all just let me know either on here or Twitter.

Once you are logged in click your username at the top of the screen to visit your profile, from here you’ll be able to upload your avatar which will be used across the whole of the forum. Over on the right of this page you’ll find the edit profile button where you’ll be able to add details like your website, Twitter username, Steam ID, PSN ID or Gamertag.

While you are on the edit profile page be sure to have a good look at all the settings and the notification page, we have pop up and email options for almost everything that happens on the forum so and you can customise pretty much everything to suit your taste.

So take a look around, let me know what you think, it would be great to get some of you guys on the new boards but don't worry I'll be dropping by Steam daily still and I have been reading the GFWL and the New Game Suggestions posts even if I have been a little quiet of late :)

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GFWL Removal and More of Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered

January 30th, 2014

Greetings all,

I'm Lee your friendly neighborhood community manager, I will admit to being a total lurker here on the Steam forums and I wanted to thank everybody who regularly helps out the other users with their problems. I figured it's time I was a little more active on here though and I wanted to clear up some of your frequently asked questions.

Whats The Deal With Games For Windows Live?
We are working on removing Games For Windows Live from DiRT 3 and when the work is finished we'll be pushing an update via Steam and you will all be upgraded free of charge. I'm going to be honest with you, I don't know when that work will be complete but I will let you know as soon as I do.

I Have a Boxed Copy of DiRT 3 - What about me?
The current plan is to allow anybody who has a boxed copy of DiRT 3 to redeem their CD key via Steam which will add DiRT 3 to your Steam library - there is a chance the process of how you get your copy might change and we're working with Valve to make sure it's as painless as possible.

Why Can't I Download The DLC?
Because the GFWL market place is currently shut down unfortunately you can't purchase or download the DLC for DiRT 3, we will be making the DLC available on Steam when the Steamworks version of the game is available.

WTF! My Game Won't Start
Some users do have trouble starting the game, this seems to be an install/GFWL issue. Try downloading and installing the GFWL client manually and it should work fine Link

How Can I Contact You?
You can obviously contact me here on the Steam Forums or on Twitter I'm not going to be much use for technical questions in 140 characters so if you are having problems with the game it would be best to contact custserv@codemasters.com, let them know as much as you can about the problem and your rig set up and they will do their best to help. If you want to keep up with what the DiRT team are currently up to then you can follow DiRT on Twitter and Facebook and the CodiesBlog

I'm pretty sure that's the major questions that come up answered, I'll keep this first post updated with any others that crop up

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About the 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
202 of 226 people (89%) found this review helpful
376 products in account
4 reviews
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 18th, 2013
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97 of 121 people (80%) found this review helpful
54 products in account
1 review
21.1 hrs on record
With a good Steering Wheel and Cockpit View this Game is nearly a very good Simulation. The graphics are awesome, especially with Dx11 and it runs incredible good and stable. Maybe they could've produced some tracks, which are longer than 3km, like 20km or 30km Tracks, that would be just brilliant!
In the end i would give the game 9/10 Points:
Graphics: 9/10
Steering: 9/10
Sound: 10/10
Tracks: 8/10 too short, but gorgeous designed!
Forced feedback: 10/10
cars: 9/10
Physics: 9/10
cockpit view: 9/10
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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67 of 86 people (78%) found this review helpful
114 products in account
3 reviews
18.4 hrs on record
Fun arcady racing game. The mechanics and feel of the cars are nice but there are hardly any online players. Unfortunately this was their last great DiRT game as DiRT Showdown is a terrible edition. There are many vehicles and vehicle types to choose from though tracks seem limited.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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95 of 169 people (56%) found this review helpful
125 products in account
3 reviews
8.0 hrs on record
Good graphics
Tight controls

Totally unabashed, money-grubbing DLC fest.
Games for windows live (this is being removed but we don't know when)
Overreliance on gymkhana tracks (doing spins, drifts, knocking over foam boxes, and other non-racing stuff.) And it's mandatory; you can't skip them and proceed with the single player campaign.
Menus take FOREVER to get through and actually race
Poor user interface
Track environments much less visually stunning than Dirt 2

Verdict: The Dirt series really went downhill with this one. Not recommended.
Posted: December 9th, 2013
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
165 products in account
11 reviews
1.4 hrs on record
Why do I NOT recommend this game?

First of all: Games for Windows. Steam should put a big banner on all products where you require any DRM service other than Steam so you don't have to look for it inbetween the lines or be suprised after purchase. This GfW dependancy might be sorted out in the near future, so perhaps then you might give it a try.

The second reason? The console-style menus are - as always - rubbish. To get from the race of one cup or championship to another you have to click through several inception style layers of menus and each transition is followed by annoying animations that prolong the whole process. Doing this on a PC is really unnecessary.

Third reason: The number of cheesy comments is simply over-the-top. After and before each race I am constantly reminded how awesome I am, how mind-blowing progress I am making and how my fans all love me like 1970 rockstar groupies. Oh, and that I should post every race on YouTube. What is the point of that? I am not a twelve-year-old.

The fourth reason may be too little rally and too much gymkhana, but most people are already used to that in the Dirt series.

The racing itself is pretty solid, and it would be an overall good game if not for the annoying reasons I stated above.
Posted: February 3rd, 2014
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