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DiRT 3

2 years ago

Dirt 4 first footage – the arcade/sim sweet spot returns?

I've usually had a lot of time for Codies' racing games, despite only being a car person to the extent that I can replace the fuse for the cigarette lighter if push comes to shove. They tend to comfortably straddle the line between the cheerful anti-physics of arcade driving games and the stony-faced realism of the sim crowd, which is the sweet spot where I…

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Dirt 4 rolling out trucks, buggies, and procedural tracks

Codemasters today announced Dirt 4 [official site], a new entry in their racing series coming this June. Dirt 4 will have rally cars racing across track and field, same as ever, while also bringing back vehicles missing from the series for years: buggies and trucks. The option for procedurally-generated tracks is an interesting addition too. 2015's Dirt Rally was good stuff -- "It's like slamming…

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Parpy Birthday! Dirt 3 Free In Humble Store Sale

''''''''Wheely'''''''' great horseless carriage 'em up Dirt 3 is free for the next day-and-a-bit on the Humble Store as part of the virtuashop's third birthday celebrations. A great many games are on sale too, as they always are somewhere these days. As the saying goes, "It's always a sale somewhere. And it's probably 5 o'clock there too, dear god please." But if Humble are giving…

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4 years ago

Squeaky Clean: Dirt 3 Rinses GFWL Out, Gives Free DLC

Codemasters have taken Dirt 3 [official site] to the valet service, clearing out almost four years of crisp packets, newspapers, melted ice lolly goop, dried mud, travel sweet tins, and Games for Windows - Live guff. In what turned out not be a hilarious April Fool's prank, yesterday they released a version of their racing game with GFWL cut out and Steamworks boshed in. Folks…

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5 years ago

Rallying Cry: Codies Going Back to McRae Roots?

UPDATE: Oh dear, turns out to be some mobile thing. BETRAYAL. The DIRT and GRID games have all been jolly good, accessible fun, but I know a certain contingent of Metal Box Moving At High Speed fans have long rued Codemasters' retreat from traditional rally games - specifically the once-ubiquitous Colin McRae Rally series. Looks as though mud'n'hatchback fans might be due to have all…

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7 years ago

Feature: Racing Game Evolution

It’s A Race To The Future

Where can racing games go? How can they push boundaries and the same time provide us with the speed and competition we crave? The genre is already offering some clues about what it might be able to do, aside from improving graphics, realism, or going online, or doing anything else purely technical. The future of racing games is going to depend on designers doing interesting…

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Grand Auto Theft: 3m DIRT 3 Keys Nicked

News that an eyebrow-raising 3 million Steam activation codes for natty racing title DIRT 3 had been leaked online broke earlier today, and now has an official oh-dear air to it as a result of confirmation from AMD that, yes, the codes were intended for vouchers that shipped with their Radeon graphics cards and yes, a database file containing them was purloined by bad eggs.…

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Touring Cars: Dirt 3 Monte Carlo DLC

According to Codemasters, players have spent 292 years playing Dirt 3, neatly pre-dating the invention of the internal combustion engine. To add on a couple of centuries, here's the first fully-fledged chunk of content for Codemaster's superb rally racer, improving on the rather typical showing of extra cars already available. Centring on the Monte Carlo Rally, you can expect snow and tarmac courses through the…

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8 years ago

Mod News: Clever Girl

Quite a lot of mod news this week, apparently, even though there's very little for you to actually play. There's a long-awaited update from Jurrassic Life, as well as plenty of other gubbins related to Half-Life 2, Crysis, Stalker: Clear Sky, Portal 2 and Dirt 3. That's a lot of games! Read on to find out what's what.

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Friends Of The Earth: Dirt 3’s Party Mode

Codemasters announced today that Dirt 3 will include a party mode. Dirty parties, one presumes? Rally cars gracelessly mounting other rally cars, and huffing great cupfuls of cocaine through their grilles? Alas no. Dirt 3's party mode will all be good, clean, online fun, and Codies have invented three special new multiplayer modes which resemble playground games than anything else. Details after the jump.

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Rally, Rally Fast: Dirt 3 Group B Trailer

Have we used that joke before? Definitely. But hopefully the following fact will distract you- the trailer after the jump shows off the Group B rally cars that'll be in Dirt 3 (releasing this May). You can read about Group B cars here, but basically Group B was a new set of regulations for building rally cars introduced in 1982 that meant the cars could…

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Gymkhana With Gasoline Horses

Speaking of Codemasters, DiRT 3's latest videoramic offering is showing off Ken Block talking about "Gymkhana", which is basically trick-driving an obstacle course in a modified rally car. The video mixes real footage with game footage, so that you can experience the queasy dissonance of virtual light still not quite looking like the real thing. Speaking of things that are funny looking: Ken Block. (Also…

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Codies Talk “Balance” For Dirt 3

Dirt 3 is going to have a good balance between arcade accessibility and realism, say Codemasters, as they unveil the latest adventure in offroad antics in this early developer diary (posted below, obviously). The racing game, which is due to turn up some time next year, also seems to feature time travel, as one of the races will be "a Mini Cooper in the 1960s".…

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