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 (2,489 reviews)
Release Date: May 23, 2011

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"Possibly the best MP racing game on Steam. Certainly the one we've enjoyed most."

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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Defninetly a good game. only thing is it feels unfinished. like theirs something missing. overall a good game but try to get it during a sale.
Posted: October 2
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Having played all three DiRT games, 3 is definitely the weakest. It's a pretty good game, of course, but it continues the series' lean into the Arcade-style of racing. It comes in full force in this game, where you're rewarded pretty heavily for driving recklessly, cutting corners, using other opponents as your personal turn cushions, etc. As usual, the damage system doesn't do much to mitigate this behavior, since you pretty much have to ram your car full speed at a concrete wall to end up crashing out of the race, and dynamic damage modeling that alters your handling of the vehicle for lesser crashes is near non-existent. The only time that ever came into play for me was during a single pickup truck race, where my front left tire blew out and made turning left extremely difficult.

The game is fun, but unfortunately extremely easy. I played on the second-to-hardest difficulty throughout and ended up getting in 1st in nearly every event on my first try. The pattern to winning is, do whatever it takes to ram your car to first place, then enjoy coasting for the rest of the race. The AI doesn't attempt to overtake you in any situation other than you screwing up a turn so bad you're practically facing the wrong direction. Not to say they should be driving just as recklessly as you're allowed to, but at the same time the AI is simply far, far too shy to overtake you. You truly have to screw up badly to lose 1st place once you have it.

One of DiRT 3's biggest new features is the addition of Gymkhana, a type of "exhibition" event where you drift like a maniac and crash into styrofoam. It breaks up the pace well, but the game's physics make this mode insufferable. The physics of the game were clearly tailored for classic Rally racing, where drifting isn't an absolute necessity at every turn, but in this mode you spend more time drifting than not. The wildly unpredictable controls and harsh penalties for even gently touching the walls add to the frustration. Thankfully you can skip right over these awful events in most cases during single player, but unfortunately you can't avoid them entirely.

Actual racing itself is greatly varied and a lot of fun. The game truly shines during the Rally events, where it's just you vs. some of the meanest, curviest, most dangerous tracks on earth. Rain and nighttime really do affect the gameplay, the former making the entire track a slip 'n slide ride, the latter limiting your view severely and forcing you to hone your reflexes. There is also snow, which I didn't enjoy as much due to the difficulty in knowing where the track ends and snow beings when it snows heavily, but it clearly affects gameplay and does provide some good variety. I haven't checked the hard numbers, but it seems like there are more event types than DiRT 2, which got a little boring with limited vehicle types. Here you have Rally vehicles, dune buggies, pick up trucks, and some truly frightening supercars. Unfortunately you don't get to drive a semi truck again like in DiRT 1 (which was just bizarre and a lot of fun), though. Events include Rally, trail blazer, head-to-head, and Gymkhana (ugh) among others. They're all basically variations of "drive the fastest", though, and the game's Tour mode really goes through practically every permutation of car+location+track+weather condition, so it does get kind of tiring toward the end.

One thing to mention is the complete absence of Codemasters' efforts in removing GFWL from this title. As of this day there's 1) no removal of the platform, and 2) no word from Codemasters about the effort other than "it's taking longer, sit tight". It means that all of the DLC is unavailable (of which there is a lot, and unfortunately the game really shoves it down your throat by mixing DLC cars and tracks among the car/track selection menu. Kinda tacky IMO) and in many cases, the game can't even start. I consider myself lucky in that I bought this game one month ago and played through it entirely with no GFWL issues on my Windows 8.1 system, but I know a lot of poeple aren't as lucky and many can't even log in. Shame on Codemasters for taking this long and really dragging their feet to fix their own game. I have no opinion on the mulitplayer since I didn't touch it.

Overall, DiRT 3 is a pretty fun romp into the world of rally racing once again (and an extremely good-looking one as well), though you should be mindful of the arcade-iest physics of the series (next to DiRT Showdown of course), the groan-inducing Gymkhana events, and the horrid GFWL situation.
Posted: October 7
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
It is a really good game... but!

To finish 100% the game you will need to spend more money in tracks and cars...
Works with "Games For Windows Live" (shame)

Plus side:
driving is fun...
It have good tracks...

I will recommend this game because it is awesome.

But if you like playing games right away and not worry with other logins and buying cars and tracks...
You can buy it to play it for fun!
otherwise forget it
Posted: October 21
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
DiRT 3 is a lot fun for people who love rally games, it is not as good as DiRT 2, because they took the main focus off the Rally mode and added lots of different Gamemodes to it.
All these modes are fun, but if you are looking for a real rally title go and check out DiRT 2.
I thought buying the Steam version was better, then going out to the store to buy this game, because I thought the Steam version had no Games For Windows live......
I was wrong, it has games for windows live, which makes it practically unplayable. You cannot log in with your online Windows Live profile, because the service got taken down. And an offline profile won't work either because it will not save your game..... Windows promised a fix for this issue in april 2014 (6 Months ago) and they still did not change a single thing.

So in the end Games For Windows Live is a dealbreaker for me.
Posted: October 7
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Most cars are locked and the only way to unlock them is to BUY them. And even if you want to buy them (which I tried to do with the peugeot 205 gti) you cant, because the in game market doesnt work.
There are no maps, meaning you will have to play a track over 10 times just so that you can remember the patterns...
Multiplayer is hard to set up, even an account which is required in order to save your progress is even harder to set up.
The game is dead, and it should stay dead.
Posted: October 8
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
This game requires GFWL whiuch is no longer supported. This means you can no longer save your game. This makes the game broken. There is a workaround (see link) that allows somepeople to continue to play the game, but this is not something that you as a customer should be required to do.

If you can be bothered to jump through the hoops to get the game to work the game is fun a satisfying rally game. But unitil the GFWL has been stripped from the game I cannot reccomend it.

Posted: October 20
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
A very nice rally game, with a good ken block touch. I would recommend a wheel or controller though.
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
One of the funnest racing games around, has great online multiplayer game modes with awesome graphics. The rally is extremely fun with the classic cars available, the only problem with this game is that it is still set up with GFWL.
Posted: October 23
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Welcome to THE ultimate rally simulator experience. While Dirt 2 had celebrity endorsement and voiceovers, this game does pack more content, and a newer engine/graphics (not to mention it's available on steam). Even though this game is a few years old, the graphics and simulation are definitely up to par with anything out right now. Codemasters are definitely the experts when it comes to racing simulation. Don't just believe me, ex-race car driver Tiff Needell famously ranked it the best racing simulator in his reviews (beating games like forza motorsport and even gran turismo). You don't have to be a pro driver to pick up and play this game, as it has many optional driving assists. On the other hand, if you consider yourself a pro, this game will gladly humble you and make you polish your skills.

While it might lack some of the minutia customization that some of the other simulators out there have, it makes up for it in pure, uncensored racing fun. My only nitpick would be that it uses GFWL (Games for Windows Live) for multiplayer and saving, and around here GFWL is a cardinal sin. However, because of its native and very customizable controller support, amazing singleplayer, and almost infinite replayability, I am more than willing to forgive them for that. (Edit: Codemasters has announced they are removing GFWL, when this will happen is still uncertain though) (Second edit: In regards to all the reviews of people claiming this game is hard to get started on and navigate the menus... seriously guys? This game is no more complex than your average non-steam game. I understand that this generation is impatient, but really? If you can't be bothered to watch a 30-second intro cutscene, you probably aren't the target audience of most high quality games.)

If track racing is your thing, I would recommend looking into Grid 2 (also a codemasters work of art), however if you are like me and you prefer good old fashioned rally and rallycross, THIS IS YOUR GAME.
Posted: October 16
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
The game, sadly, does not work anymore. It is clearly stated now that GFWL drm is used, but this was not always the case. I bought the game on sale and nowhere did it say that additional software was required. It is almost common knowledge these days that anything which requires GFWL will have a hard time doing anything but crashing.
The DRM prevents you from saving your progress in the game and therefore makes any singleplayer progression limited to within your current game session. It is a shame because has the makings of a great racer. It's a shame that it's so hopelessly broken by the DRM.

Codemasters have stated that they are removing GFWL from the game, but they have been saying this for about a year now, with no update on progress.
Posted: September 25
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥!!! Why would it claim its for Windows 7 when I went to play, it made me sign up for Windows Live under Xbox and I needed to get a Xbox Mircosoft account WTF!! Its STEAM ♥♥♥♥♥!! CAN PLAY, WONT WORK! I WANT MY MONEY BACK!
Posted: October 13
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Game wont even start due to GFWL madness.....Sad....
Posted: October 4
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
This game requires a Windows Live account and basicly additional software to work.
I tried making a account, now I have aids and cancer.
5€ I will never see again.
Posted: October 14
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Maybe there's a really fun rally game hiding behind all these lengthy, obnxoious, unskippable tutorials. I hope one day to find it.
Posted: October 4
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Pretty sweet game Can be playe with A controller what is a nice feature.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Very nice racing game with realistic graphics and no lag.
It's also very amusing.
Posted: October 15
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
good game 5/5
Posted: October 18
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29.6 hrs on record
Great racing game. Looks awesome on triple monitor.
Posted: September 26
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43.9 hrs on record
Well let us start things off straight, the reason why you are looking at this may completely differ from why i got it. I'm a racing sim/game freak, i like my racing/ rally games alot, i've put in the hours to know this game unless the others who write negatively about it.

Reason to get this game:
-looks good graphically
-runs smooth on most systems
-its relatively cheap
-its fun for a arcade racer
-whit all assists turned off it's also a challenge for a sim racer like me
-you get alot of content
-you have a free roam mode
-you get intense rally action
-great sense of speed
-plays great with a racing wheel

Negative points about this game:
-When your save gets corrupted you have to start over( bummer i know but still, the second time around you blast through every race even quicker so not a very big deal)
-its a windows live game... not to hate on games for windows live but sometimes it can be a little iffy
-to much non-skippable talking, when you have to redo a race or so the talking in the menus is just annoying...
-not very fast menu's(you get used to it tho)

I do think if you are looking at this for this price of about 20 euros it's definetly a buy in my book.
It's fun for the arcade racer who plays with assists with a keyboard or a controller etc, but also a great challenge for the more simulation type people like me who drive without assist and with a racing rig.

Defintely give this game a try!
Posted: September 26
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