DiRT Showdown set to bring arcade action to the series
Do simulation rally-racing games bore you? Then you should be pleased to hear that Codemasters's newest installment in their DiRT franchise, DiRT Showdown, will forgo the simulation of recent entries in favor of a more arcade-styled gameplay that encourages you to cause as much vehicular mayhem as you can muster.
Spread across several tracks based off locations from previous DiRT games, as well as on real-world locations like London, Tokyo, and Colorado, Showdown will feature a wide array of modes. These range from more standard racing modes (like Lap Attack, Elimator, and Domination) to "Hoonigan" events (where you are tasked to pull off various outrageous stunts to earn point) to a Demolition mode where carnage is the name of the game.
All of these will be playable in the game's career mode, as well as in its split-screen and online multiplayer modes. In addition, the game will feature a mission-based mode called "Joyride" that also takes advantage of Showdown's social capabilities by letting you send out various challenges to other players in a fashion similar to EA's Autolog.
DiRT Showdown is set to release May 2012 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. And for the DiRT fans who lament the loss of a more simulation-style experience, rest assured, as the next numbered entry in the series, DiRT 4, will come with a greater focus on simulation racing.
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