Dirt Showdown (PS3/Xbox 360/ PC) Box Art(http://www.codemasters.com/uk/dirtshowdown/360/)  Rated E10+ by ESRB.  Fireworks, tires burning, metal hitting metal, engines roaring, and crowds cheering. Welcome to Dirt Showdown, an arcade-styled racer, jam-packed full of demolition derby inspired events and races. Although dirt games are primarily based on realistic rally racing, featuring real car models and race tracks, you’ll find that Dirt Showdown is much different. Its cars handle much more like arcade games, in a non-realistic way, and instead of rally racing, you’ll be smack in the middle of demolition derby racing. As you tour on the demo racing circuit, you’ll travel to all sorts of exotic looking locations, and race on snow, dirt, or pavement–pretty much anything and everything tires can roll on. Dirt Showdown presents all of this radical racing in a very stadium themed way, with an announcer commenting loudly on every crash and burn.

Dirt Showdown (PS3/Xbox 360/ PC) Box ArtDirt Showdown (PS3/Xbox 360/ PC) Logo(http://www.codemasters.com/uk/dirtshowdown/360/) Rated E10+ by ESRB.  Fireworks, tires burning, metal hitting metal, engines roaring, and crowds cheering. Welcome to Dirt Showdown, an arcade-styled racer, jam-packed full of demolition derby inspired events and races. Although dirt games are primarily based on realistic rally racing, featuring real car models and race tracks, you’ll find that Dirt Showdown is much different. Its cars handle much more like arcade games, in a non-realistic way, and instead of rally racing, you’ll be smack in the middle of demolition derby racing. As you tour on the demo racing circuit, you’ll travel to all sorts of exotic looking locations, and race on snow, dirt, or pavement–pretty much anything and everything tires can roll on. Dirt Showdown presents all of this radical racing in a very stadium themed way, with an announcer commenting loudly on every crash and burn.



Graphics:
For an arcade racer, Dirt Showdown has some very fine graphics. It doesn’t look quite as real and crisp as Dirt 3, but the damage models and crash physics were really fun, and had me constantly pressing the replay button to view each crash again in slow motion. The crash physics aren’t as detailed as those in Burnout Paradise, but they get the job done just fine, nonetheless. You’ll still see every scratch and dent you put on your vehicle as you cross the finish line.

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Sounds:
It’s a good thing Dirt Showdown lets you turn down the announcer’s voice, because he has some of the most annoying commentary I’ve ever heard. It really made me wonder if the developers actually ever listened to what this guy was saying, because half of it doesn’t even make any sense. Announcer aside, the cars and crashes all sound very solid. You’ll hear every side swipe, T-bone, and rear end crash. The nitro boost also has a very satisfying engine thrusting SFX. The soundtrack is full of dubstep , hard rock, and electronic music—there’s nothing mellow here, only carnage- inducing music.

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Gameplay:
Dirt Showdown wastes no time in getting you into your first demo derby, putting you in control of a car that’s already in mid-race. This enables you to learn the basic controls as you finish the race. It’s a very engaging tutorial, which really helps to get the gamer situated with the controls. There are many different game modes in Dirt Showdown, including events in the categories of racing, demolition, hoonigan (which features real modeled cars, such as Ken Block’s Ford Focus), and party. You’ll play through all these different modes with many different types of events within each through campaign or “career” mode. The races feel fun and arcade-like, but the item that brings down Dirt Showdown are the cars–they just don’t really feel that different from each other, and they all sort of handle the same. You can upgrade your cars in different categories, and some do feel “heavier” or “slower” than others, but basically the cars all just feel like they’re missing other factors to really make the races feel awesome. The multiplayer is fast and fun, though, and provides excellent demolition derby competition against other players online, in some very fun party game modes.

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Innovation:
While other demolition derby games have been made in the past, Dirt Showdown is easily the best attempt at this genre. Not many others have had online multiplayer modes as fun as Dirt Showdown’s, and that is one of its main appeals.
 
Longevity:
Dirt Showdown has a pretty lengthy career mode, with lots of cars and events to unlock. You’ll want to pace yourself, since sometimes the races can get a little boring after a while. Since the vehicles behave so loosely, like arcade racers, they’re just meant for a few quick races, then a break. While it would have been cool to ditch the arcade feel for a more realistic demolition derby game, Dirt Showdown is still a pretty fine game. It’ll satisfy the cravings of young and old gamers alike looking for a fun and easy to pick up racing game that doesn’t overwhelm you with options and difficult controls. 

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