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Exclusive: DiRT Showdown trailer

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year, Top Gear declared DiRT 3 the finest rally game of all time. Showdown is
this year’s follow-up: not a spin-off, but more of a rock’n’roll alter ego,
with the same great physics in a more playful, smash-stuff-up package.

The game
centres on three main modes: racing (including figure-of-eight tracks for
maximum crash potential), demolition (for fans of whiplash) and ‘hoonigan’ (a
sub-brand of Ken Block’s Gymkhana series). We’ve just had an early play at the
developer’s studio ahead of the May release, and can report that it is…

It’s no
intense rally sim, so if realistic racing is your bag we’d suggest looking
elsewhere. But the action is intense, the constant damage is unhealthily
satisfying, and it can all be enjoyed in slow-mo with the post-match
‘crashback’ replays, all set to a dubstep-meets-metal soundtrack. It’s dumb fun
par excellence.

In the
past, for all their on-screen chaos and carnage, games like Destruction Derby
could leave you feeling a bit numb. But with the accurate, involving dynamics
we loved so much in DiRT 3, plus world-class scenes and graphics – and huge
multiplayer/online potential – Showdown really sucks you in. The ultimate
hangover cure.

convinced? Have a look at the trailer below to see what’s in store… The game
will be released in May on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

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