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DiRT Showdown Demo

A bit after it was first announced, the DiRT Showdown page on Steam now offers a playable demo for the next installment in this rally racing series. This announcement offers word on the demo and some associated RaceNet rewards:

In the demo, the single player ‘8 Ball’ race, players take part in a chaotic, full-impact race in the shadow of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, using boost to sprint ahead of rivals and speeding through crossover points where drivers can dodge or takedown opponents. Once players have completed the race, they can challenge a friend online to unlock the ‘Rampage’ multiplayer mode. In ‘Rampage’, eight drivers feed their appetite for destruction in an online demolition derby event, earning points for crashes, smashes and eliminations.

Gamers who download the DiRT Showdown demo are also invited to sign up for RaceNet, the free new online extension for Codemasters Racing games, which enables players to track their Races, Rivals and Rewards. Launching in beta, players who register now will be able to join in community challenges and once the full game launches, track their progress in game and track challenges with their friends. Gamers who join RaceNet will also be rewarded with an exclusive ‘RaceNet’ livery for use in the full game and will receive $20,000 in-game currency for DiRT Showdown when it races into retail on May 25th.

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28. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 4, 2012, 01:44 eRe4s3r
 
Yeah, RBR is my defacto "god level" of rally games.  
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27. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 4, 2012, 01:14 CreamyBlood
 
I decided to try the demo because my little cousin might like it (or me too, who knows?) but it doesn't recognize my TM 430 Wheel. I just have the option for 'Keyboard' under controls.

I reinstalled Dirt 2 and went through all the unskippable menus (I forgot how tedious that was) and the Options->Controls worked just fine, was driving right away.

Not sure why the 'Codemasters' can't get into 'coding' one of the more popular low-budget wheel setups. I remember this being an issue in Dirt 3 except I did get it working but it would ignore wheel input once in awhile for a few seconds. Not sure if they ever resolved that but I never bothered buying it. Dirt 2 is fun though, played it for a few hours.

I agree, RBR is great, I wish Dirt 2 had evelved into that. One game I never see mentioned which I love is TOCA3. It tries to be a jack of all trades yet is successful at most of them, except the rally part.

 
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26. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 4, 2012, 00:16 siapnar
 
Dmitri_M wrote on May 3, 2012, 07:04:
No Rally game has ever lived upto Rally Championship 2000 released back in '99. Not open world, but it featured true accurate track lengths. So you'd be stuck in the cockput of your beat up rally car trying desperately not to total it at the 34km mark of a 41km stage. Intense.
Richard Burns Rally.

Best... ever.

EDIT: Just saw your post below
 
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25. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 22:03 Dmitri_M
 
JaguarUSF wrote on May 3, 2012, 19:21:
Dmitri_M wrote on May 3, 2012, 07:04:
No Rally game has ever lived upto Rally Championship 2000

Richard Burns Rally?

That was my personal opinion steeped in nostalgia

RBR was a much better rally sim, but I was never as attached to it as I was RC2000. I don't recall RBR having the RC2000 track lengths either. That might have changed with mods though. Last I followed RBR someone had released a track editor, but that was years ago and I don't know if anyone released lengthy stages.

RC2000 was flawed. The vehicle handling often felt like you were driving on glass. I just loved those tracks though - colourful and really nicely put together without obvious object duplication. I prefer atmosphere to dry simulation. I thought RC2000 captured the essence of rally driving perfectly.

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24. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 20:23 KezClone
 
PHJF wrote on May 3, 2012, 12:45:
OK, I have to ask... What the fuck is a gymkhana???

Pretty much timed (scored) obstacle courses that you can do various car maneuvers on (360 spins, jumps, smashing obstacles, timed checkpoints, etc.)

Thanks for all the responses in this thread. I am enjoying Dirt 3 but it definitely needs longer rally races. I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in sucking at gymkhana.
 
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23. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 19:21 JaguarUSF
 
Dmitri_M wrote on May 3, 2012, 07:04:
No Rally game has ever lived upto Rally Championship 2000

Richard Burns Rally?
 
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22. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 14:58 Mordecai Walfish
 
JayDeath wrote on May 3, 2012, 09:45:
Bumpy wrote on May 2, 2012, 22:40:
Keeps getting worse with every release. Hate the extrovert menus. No cockpit view is a big no-no for me. I stopped buying/playing this series after Dirt2 and don't miss it one bit.

No cockpit view!??!! Why would the devs do that? That's the only way I play racers. Thanks you for the info as I was intending to buy this. You are right though. Dirt 2 is still the best, imo.

Theres a first person view but no visible dashboard or steering wheel. Racing games have always been spotty in this regard, and I love the full immersion of a rendered in-car camera too :-/

More disappointing to me was the broken multiplayer. Practically the only reason me and a buddy downloaded the demo last night was to try the multiplayer and its fucking broken, cant even access it.
 
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21. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 12:59 theyarecomingforyou
 
PHJF wrote on May 3, 2012, 12:45:
OK, I have to ask... What the fuck is a gymkhana???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btViXvIDsi0
 
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20. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 12:45 PHJF
 
OK, I have to ask... What the fuck is a gymkhana???  
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19. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 12:08 Crustacean Soup
 
Dmitri_M wrote on May 3, 2012, 07:04:
Dirt and the original Colin McRae Rally featured bite size 2 to 10 minute track lengths which just doesn't feel like authentic rally style play.
That's what got me in Dirt 3. I liked the game, I even enjoyed the gymkhana events, but the 1 to 2-minute rally tracks were extremely disappointing. Even 10 minute tracks would have improved the game immensely.
 
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18. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 11:13 theyarecomingforyou
 
DiRT3 was still a great game. The problem was that it was just more of the same.

Anyway, I tried the demo. I wasn't impressed by the preview videos but it's actually pretty decent. They've basically taken the destruction derby mode from GRID and given the vehicles turbo boosts. I'll pick it up when it's discounted, though I'm certainly not going to pay full price.

The reality is that it does exactly what it says on the tin. If you're not into arcade system destruction derby then this game will not appeal to you. There really isn't any need for a cockpit view and in fact it would be a disadvantage considering that you can be side-swiped by other vehicles on the circuit of eight tracks, meaning you need to time your boosts and decide when to back out. Personally I'm hoping we'll see a sequel to GRID sometime soon, as I loved that game.
 
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17. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 09:59 Omni
 
Indeed DiRT is ruined, drifting and arcade BS now.
Only Car racer to look forward to is Project Cars.
 
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16. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 09:45 JayDeath
 
Bumpy wrote on May 2, 2012, 22:40:
Keeps getting worse with every release. Hate the extrovert menus. No cockpit view is a big no-no for me. I stopped buying/playing this series after Dirt2 and don't miss it one bit.

No cockpit view!??!! Why would the devs do that? That's the only way I play racers. Thanks you for the info as I was intending to buy this. You are right though. Dirt 2 is still the best, imo.
 
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15. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 08:53 SpectralMeat
 
HoSpanky wrote on May 3, 2012, 07:35:
Personally, I enjoyed the gymkhana events. They required control of the vehicle instead of smashing everyone's car into the wall to get ahead.
Funny you've said that, most of my friends that are really good at racing games (F1, Forza, Dirt, Grid) are terrible at gymkhana, those few friends that are not a big fan of racing games and usually bashing into everyone in online races for fun, are absolutely amazing in the gymkhana , and drifting events.
I love racing games, usually buy them all, but I absolutely hate gymkhana, it frustrates the shit out of me. Since this game is all about gymkhana and demo derby it isn't worth the full retail price imo. I might pick it up down the road from the bargain bin, but it is not a day one purchase for me, based on my demo experience.
 
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14. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 08:13 Dmitri_M
 
HoSpanky wrote on May 3, 2012, 07:35:
You guys DO realize that CM is making dirt showdown to appeal to the people who found gymkhana and the various non-racing events in Dirt3 entertaining, right? And that Dirt4 is *supposed* to be more rally-centered.
Thanks Captain Obvious

 
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13. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 07:35 HoSpanky
 
You guys DO realize that CM is making dirt showdown to appeal to the people who found gymkhana and the various non-racing events in Dirt3 entertaining, right? And that Dirt4 is *supposed* to be more rally-centered.
Personally, I enjoyed the gymkhana events. They required control of the vehicle instead of smashing everyone's car into the wall to get ahead. In online multi, it separated "people who can actually handle their car" from the idiots who relied on ruining other people's controlled trajectories. I was more annoyed at the frequency of door-to-door racing in multi.
 
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12. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 07:20 cronik
 
They've really gone on an arcade tangent with this one.  
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11. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 07:04 Dmitri_M
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 3, 2012, 02:19:
I still wish someone would do a *real* rally Dakar game. You know, the full stretch, open world, free pathing, just get there somehow and free choice of vehicle (bike, truck, car)... add to that world events, animals, weather and a fully realistic damage/support system and I'd be in racing heaven.
No Rally game has ever lived upto Rally Championship 2000 released back in '99. Not open world, but it featured true accurate track lengths. So you'd be stuck in the cockput of your beat up rally car trying desperately not to total it at the 34km mark of a 41km stage. Intense.
Dirt and the original Colin McRae Rally featured bite size 2 to 10 minute track lengths which just doesn't feel like authentic rally style play. Too much flash and extreme sports muck in the last few CM titles too. Extreme sports = zero attention span, which is not what rally is about. Though zero attention span is perfect for current gen gamers.
 
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10. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 06:32 SpectralMeat
 
I agree, I generally enjoy Codemaster racing games but this one feels like a step back from the Dirt series. The destruction derby which this whole game is built around from Grid was a lot more fun and better graphics and damage simulation then DirtShodown, at least what I can see in the demo.

I won't buy this game sorry Codemasters, put a little more effort in next time.
 
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9. Re: DiRT Showdown Demo May 3, 2012, 06:15 CreamyBlood
 
Yes, kind of a bummer. I was hoping with Dirt 3 they'd go more towards longer, more realistic rallies, instead they shortened them and added too much casual stuff. My mom (who is 65) likes playing Dirt 2 with the wheel. I never bought Dirt 3 but they did and don't play it. I doubt I'll even bother with this demo.

 
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