The Strange Fate Of Dirt 3′s Asia DLC

By Jim Rossignol on July 27th, 2011 at 7:32 pm.


What a funny world we live in. A world where $5 DLCs for a PC game must be purchased from their Xbox.com site. It’s a bit of a shame that something like that should be buried there, but the Codemasters.com URL now redirects to Facebook, so I suppose that’s not any more of an appropriate location to sell DLCs for a rather good racing game from, is it?

So what’s the download in question? Why it’s the X Games Asia pack for Dirt 3, a game which I thought was great. Something tells me I won’t be playing this particular set of tracks, however. You can check out if it tantalises your track-buds via the trailer, below.

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26 Comments »

  1. iLag says:

    same thing as with the Section 8: prejudice DLCs then? such decisions are so very, very bad. ngh.

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  2. JohnnyK says:

    Codemasters.com is offline since June 10 as they were hacked – from the email I got back then:

    “The Codemasters.com website will remain offline for the foreseeable future with all Codemasters.com traffic re-directed to the Codemasters Facebook page instead”

    Gee, it’s only been 7 weeks…

  3. Dominic White says:

    Eh, the game has GFWL built-in, and you can actualy buy the packs with real money, rather than MS Funbux. Not really seeing the problem here.

    • Phinor says:

      My problem is the same as with most DLC (apart from the price-content ratio and often shoddy quality): The game now costs less than 20€, was released couple of months ago and now has DLC worth almost 30€ available to it. I could tolerate that but the fact that DLC almost never gets discounted is where my issues lie. Two years from now the game costs 5€, but that same DLC still costs the same ~30€ it does today.

      Obviously there are exceptions but usually PC DLCs remain at full price. Anyway I really liked Dirt 3 and I don’t really care if I have to start GFWL client to buy the DLC. But I’ll wait until it’s heavily discounted and that might never happen.

    • Monchberter says:

      Meh. I’ve liked Dirt3 enough to pay for all the DLC so far and here’s my verdict on what’s worth getting:

      The Monte Carlo track pack is essential. It’s an absolutely stunning original track.

      The cars are all mostly not worth it, but the Gymkhana Mini Cooper, the Rally Mk2 Escort and the Rallycross Lancia Delta 4 are worth shelling out for if you care enough. Everything else is not really worth the outlay.

      I will be getting the Asia pack as i’ve really got serious mileage (fnarrr) out of the main game and Monte Carlo DLC.

  4. Windward says:

    Good thing that the track in the trailer is taken right from Dirt 2, no problems there then…

    • Dominic White says:

      It’s in both games because it’s a real track that people are going to be racing on in the next couple of days.

    • Windward says:

      Fair enough, but asking money for it again definitely falls under my definition of double dipping. But then Codemasters are total villains (I submit for evidence the shockingly buggy F1 2010 and the ‘patch’ F1 2011)

    • iainl says:

      I thought they largely fixed F1 2010? The patches to the console versions seemed to clear most things up.

  5. Ryan Huggins says:

    That sounds like a lot of work for some new tracks?

  6. gwathdring says:

    It’s not really any different from Steam exclusive DLCs in my book. Games for Windows live is just less popular at the moment, for both good and silly reasons.

    I agree that the current DLC standards are bad, though. The DLC should cost closer to it’s relative additions to the game unless the business model is “Free game, or game for under ten dollars with frequent pay-for micro-expansions” or a straight up “Free-to-Play with in-game store.” But DLC pricing should still be rethought a lot of the time. A handful of racing tracks for five dollars doesn’t seem a very good deal.

  7. db1331 says:

    I just got this for free with a new video card from Newegg. I might just put it on my wife’s PC though. She likes racing games more than me. I’m not sure if I would even play it.

    • Monchberter says:

      You’re missing out on a blinder. Call me deranged but in a less sane moment Dirt3 has edged out Portal 2 in my mind as my game of the year so far.

  8. Hatsworth says:

    DLCs… Something about pluralising it like that rubs me the wrong way. How about pieces of DLC, DLC packs or simply DLC? Then again, I’m not exactly fond of the name to begin with.

  9. Faldrath says:

    Well, if you’re in Brazil you can’t even buy the previous DLC for Dirt 3 (Monte Carlo, and the car packs), since it doesn’t show up in our GFWL store. And I actually liked the game enough to give them more money, a pity.

  10. Nyst says:

    There was a warning label for…lyrics.
    And if that wasn’t odd enough, there wasn’t any actual singing in the trailer.

    • eleion says:

      I assume they don’t mean it literally, as in: This game is rated for teens because it contains Lyrics. That’s how I read it in my mind, however, and found it rather humorous.

    • chiroben says:

      I saw the same thing and it made me chuckle. Music with singing is surely the devil’s music!

  11. Tams80 says:

    Too much tarmac for a game called Dirt.

  12. CaspianRoach says:

    Unless this DLC adds sufficiently long race tracks, I’m so not interested. Give me my 30 minutes racing hell, please!

  13. Thirith says:

    Is it just me or was that track in GRID? At the very least it looks rather familiar.

  14. The Dark One says:

    I am so very, very bad at this game. It’s been pointed out to me that using a keyboard to point my car around is not a good idea, but it worked so well in Burnout. ;_;

  15. vodka and cookies says:

    Microsoft are branding Xbox as their multi-platform games service. I realize RPS staff can be in the dark quite often when it comes to Microsoft but they have been dropping hints like crazy about a unified ecosystem.

    Read this it will spell it out for you;
    http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2011/07/ask-ars-windows-everywhere-or-windows-nowhere-what-is-microsofts-single-ecosystem.ars

    They do need a better delivery system for PC DLC though I image that is down the road.