DiRT 3 slated for release on May 24th

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The follow up to what was not only one of the best racing games of 2009, but also one of the best racing games ever made, is expected to release on May 24th. For those of you who didn’t take the time to play DiRT 2, you should be ashamed of yourself. You should know I’m not a racing game fanatic by any means. I can’t really stand playing games like Gran Turismo or Forza, but ever since I laid my hands on the original Colin McRae Rally on the PSone, I have been addicted and captivated by rally racing. This long running series has gotten more and more impressive with each iteration, and while I don’t exactly like the Monster-drinking bro-vibe the series has started to adopt, the gameplay is always amazing and I expect no less from DiRT 3.

The series has always placed an emphasis on being realistic, but always were always made to be accessible and fun to play. DiRT 2 is still one of my favorite games of this generation, and for me, saying that about a racing game is a pretty damn big deal. There is nothing quite like the sheer thrill of barreling down a dirt road at full speed, locking in the brakes, and sliding around a hairpin turn while narrowly avoiding either a trip off a cliff or destroying your car on a massive rock. The DiRT versions of Codemasters’ off-road racing games introduced multiple cars to rally tracks which, at first, made me a little bummed out. Rally racing was always about beating the clock and having a perfect run, but once I experienced the joy of careening around corners next to other racers and feeling that thrill of beating someone by a hair at the last minute, I was hooked. This was the thing that DiRT 2 did with such class and perfection, they took something that was already exhilarating on its own and kicked it up a few notches into pure adrenaline-fueled bliss. To top that off, the online races in DiRT 2 were the best races I have ever had in any racing game. Ever. Lag-free, fun-filled rushes to the finish line every time and the people who participated in these races were some of the most respectful and fun people I have ever played online games with.

The DiRT games are utterly fantastic and if you haven’t played DiRT 2 yet, get out there and check it out. I can pretty much guarantee you’ll have a great time, even if you’re not a hardcore racing game fan. DiRT 3 is coming out in the same month as Duke Nukem Forever and L.A. Noire, but you can bet if I can only afford one game in May, it’ll be DiRT 3.

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