Reviewed for: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360
Also available for: Windows PC
ESRB Rating: Teen (lyrics)
By Billy O'Keefe
It stands to reason, unless you're unreasonable, that "Dirt 3" isn't going to be the leap forward for off-road rally racing that its immaculate predecessor was only two years ago.
That doesn't mean, however, that some pleasant surprises don't lie in wait.
From the top, the best news about "D3" is that everything that was great about "Dirt 2" either remains great or has ever-so-subtly improved.
Visually, it's still at the top of the racing game class, equally in terms of car detail, track detail and how good everything looks in motion. "D3" increases the variables with regard to weather and time of day, and while a dirt track race under the sun looks predictably terrific, a late-night race on snowy terrain is jaw-dropping (and a little unnerving when you realize how little light there is to guide you).