As you may all be aware, DiRT 3 is third and final installment in the DiRT series. It is easy to rate or slate the game based on it's predecessors but let's stick to the game in question first.
What you get is an off-road racer raking in the last couple of decades worth of rally cars, modern and group B Rally Cross cars, 1 truck, 1 buggy, hillclimb (called trailblazer since DiRT 2) cars, Raid T1 and gymkhana cars - a new addition to the dirt series. You have a career mode which you have to compete in all disciplines to reach the finals (or are they?.. more later). You have the regular online mode and the ability to buy DLC packs for the first time (cars/tracks).
Now, in it's own right it is a great game. The rally courses have been drawn very well and look like classic CM Rally games. However, they are very, very short. Not enough meat and too much bone. Landrush events are now just an afterthought. No officially licensed trucks or buggies which makes for dull play (in fact, whenever I'm in Pro Tour everybody veto's them). Gymkhana is a welcome addition to the game but I cannot understand why it has been included in Career mode. It's an exhibition discipline and shouldn't really be there. It's alright for chilling out with but very hard to take seriously.
Rallycross has 3 tracks - Smelter, Aspen (Snow) and Monaco (tarmac). Hang on! When was a rallycross track all tarmac? Oh, that's right. When it's a touring car. A bit more dirt on Monaco would've made it proper rallycross. Nevermind.
Let's talk about online play. Well, you have a similar system to levelling up as DiRT 2 but this time you collect fanbase and it apparently only goes up to level 50.
Pro Tour mode includes a hardcore mode (Head-cam only), Point-to-point, Party (Gymkhana) and circuit racing amongst others. Unfortunately, CodeMasters haven't done a thing about cheating online which, in my mind, brings my rating down for this game. Circuit racing has far too many cheats/rammers on it. However, you can now level up in Jam Session mode as well but it will take you much, much longer.
As with DLC, you will get cars and tracks which you can buy online. A VIP Pass is required if you haven't got one to play online (6.50 a time). The new Monte-Carlo track pack is 8 quid. Then we have more content promised which means this will be quite expensive if you wish to have the whole game.
Overall, the physics/handling of car models is the best in the series. The rally courses are okay. Not as difficult as the first DiRT which has the best/most difficult rallying in the series. Rally Raid is great but criminally underused.
Landrush wasn't even given a look-in by the developers. Gymkhana is okay but just for messing around and online is still full of cheaters and hackers.
If they could get rid of the cheaters online and create longer rally stages, licenced trucks and buggies and cheaper DLC I wouldn't hesitate to give this a 9.5 out of 10.
6.5 / 10