Has there been a worse song or song title than I Wanna Sex
For: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Two and a half stars (out of five)
Supplementary question: is there anything more frustrating
than a quality game deciding it needs to "sex up" its
I loved the first Dirt game, the rebranded addition to
the Colin McRae Rally series.
It was a smooth, deep rallying simulation that featured an
absorbing career mode, a phenomenal range of events, vehicles
and surfaces, and basically the perfect mix of fantasy and
It was "sexed up" enough. Then Dirt 2 and Dirt
3 played with the format a bit, though still retaining a
core of realism that made more traditional driving gamers
Well, all Dirt Showdown has retained is the prefix.
The game bears almost no resemblance to the original titles
named for the late great Scottish rally ace.
Showdown is big, loud, brash, in-your-face,
arcade-style motor racing, and it does not pretend to be
It's all head-banging music and garish colours and jazzed-up
driving modes and hectic action.
Rallying for the attention-deficit generation, if you like.
It does have its good points, obviously.
The game structure is simple, encouraging you to compete and
unlock new events and better vehicles.
Some of the plainer racing modes are moderately enjoyable,
and the demolition derby-type events are surprisingly good
But the game feels quite linear, and too often sinks into
style over substance. The "hoonigan" events, where you must
complete a variety of skids, smashes and jumps, is an example
Showdown is fun, in patches, but I'm not sure I see it
having a long shelf life.
I'd prefer more old school, less sexed up.