Codemasters have been hard at work creating a brand new spin-off title of their DiRT series. Titled Showdown, it’s a full-on arcade racer with a penchant for mayhem and destruction. While its big brothers in the main DiRT series focus on a more realistic approach and plenty of rallying, Showdown is all about going big or going home, featuring a more destruction derby style of gameplay, encouraging players to get physical as they race for the finish line.
In other words it’s sounding like one hell of a game, and one that lets Codemasters play around with their famous series while still having DiRT 3 for the more serious racing action. Still, all the words in the world mean nothing compared to actually getting to play the game, which is why Codemasters have today released a demo for DiRT: Showdown, available to download on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Steam.
The demo features both singleplayer and multiplayer so that you can get a feel for what’s going to be on offer in the full game. For the singleplayer lovers amongst you there’s the 8 Ball race, which the press release describes as 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 you’ve completed that race it’s on to the Rampage multiplayer event, which is an 8-player destruction derby where the only goal is to utterly destroy everyone else. That’s what we like to hear!
And finally the demo will also provide access to a Beta version of Codemasters brand new RaceNet, an online “extension” for Codemasters racing games that let you track your stats, admire your accomplishments and join in on community challenges. Here’s the full details courtesy of the press release: “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.”
So go download the demo and let us know what you think! Is it going to worthy of a purchase, or will you be saving your money for DiRT 3 and its rally goodness?