This year, the Dirt series is getting a complete overhaul by the developers. The game which used to be somewhere between a racing sim and arcade styled racer, is now shifting gears towards complete arcade style racing. Dirt: Showdown not only brings ease of use to the series but it also brings the infamous destruction derby gameplay mechanics to the series.
During this year’s E3 tradeshow, many sweet new details about the different game modes and styles were revealed. The main career mode of the game is now called ‘Showdown’. It will feature plenty of different events testing the players. One such event is the arena based destruction derby which is a classic game style requiring players to destroy other cars in order to gain points, all the while surviving to the last car standing.
Additionally, those who are familiar with the previous editions of the game may welcome the return of Gymkhana events, which have now been renamed to Hoonigan. The basic gameplay mechanics of the mode remain same with some slight changes. Players will be able to perform various stunt actions to score points and win the event.
Another Hoonigan type mode is being added to the game that will introduce a timer. Players are required to score as many points as possible in the given time. Failure to attain the minimum points will stop you from progressing your career. Another Hoonigan type mode being added is the Smash Hunter mode, which asks players to smash bricks of several different colors.
The basic gameplay of Dirt: Showdown looks good so far. Hardcore fans of the series might be a little disappointed since the game now has more arcade like feel instead of a simulation. By arcade we mean the action is extremely fast paced with very forgivable car handling. In Dirt: Showdown, players can pick up the controller and start driving the car without learning the core mechanics of driving.
For anyone who has loved the Dirt series, this might be worth checking out, however keep in mind that this isn’t the Dirt game you have always loved. If you liked the simulation heavy Dirt series, wait till the next game in the series is announced.