DiRT 3

DiRT 3 Review by Honorabili

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One Sentence Review:
“They could have just released a bunch of DLC tracks for DiRT 2 but this is a more polished game (even if just by a little)”

Overall Score:
8 out of 10

Overview & My History With This Game:
Welcome to the third installment of DiRT. If you’re not familiar with DiRt feel free to read my review of DiRT 1 and DiRT 2. The DiRT series are a highly successful series of racing games based on the rally racing discipline, brought to us by the racing game masters at Codemasters. Like previous DiRT games, it offers both modern and retro rally cars.

Dirt 3 America Fuck Yeah
Dirt 3 America Fuck Yeah

There are different kinds of races such as rally, trailblazer, head 2 head, rally cross, land rush, and gymkhana. Rally is a standard rally race, point to point where you race from the beginning to the end seeing who gets there in the least amount of time, with the help of a navigator. Traiblazer is the same thing except you race super rally cars (700+ HP usually) and have no navigator to tell you where to turn. Head 2 Head usually consists of running on two separate lanes in a closed circuit to see who will get to the finish line first. Rally Cross also involved racing in a closed circuit track, with more open tracks thank head to head, and you are race next to other cars with full contact. Land rush is the same thing except with trucks and buggies. Gymkhana is a stunt discipline which involves doing stuff like making your car jump, do donuts, break obstacles, drift, etc. The current world champion is Ken Block and he is INSANE as seen here:

The game consists of a single player campaign which is rather short and the remainder of the game consists of playing it online in multiplayer matches. Overall, I recommend for you to try the rally, trailblazers, and head 2 head disciplines while playing it online if not you’ll get a bunch of 12 year olds that will do nothing but crash into you if you’re winning, and usually crashing is turned off in the manner that Trackmania does it. This is HIGHLY inaccurate and in real life would result in a disqualification from a race. This is racing, not demolition derby (although that’s fun, there’s other games specifically for that).

Dirt 3 1st place
Dirt 3 1st place

You race both the single player campaign and multiplayer campaign accruing reputation and fame (each mode’s way of saying XP) which unlocks more stuff in the game (mainly teams, not tracks or DLC cars). My beef with the game is that you keep gaining different racing teams and sometimes some cars but you will NEVER be able to unlock the cars and tracks they’re now FORCING you to buy via DLC. That’s really upsetting especially when I found out that I couldn’t get to drive my beloved Lancia Stratos.

Dirt 3 Alpine Renault
Dirt 3 Alpine Renault

I’ll say a good thing about the multiplayer though: it is usually much harder than playing against the computer. It’s fun to talk smack with online players. A lot of Europeans seem to be playing this game as I’m often stuck racing against Germans. =P

Dirt 3 Audi
Dirt 3 Audi

I got DiRT 3 because I had bought an ATI 6870 video card and the game came bundled with it. A DVD did not come with it but instead a code for me to sign up for some AMD promo over at this site which after entering the promo code they provided me with a code that added the game to my Steam account. This seems to be a standard method of distribution these days for bundled games and gifted games, especially since platforms like Steam dominate and soon physical media will be a thing of the past.

Dirt 3 Champion
Dirt 3 Champion

Fun Factor & Replayability:
The variety of cars plus different modes of ranked online playing make this both a fun and very replayable game. The single player mode is rather short and I get the feeling that they are trying to force-feed DLC down our throats (the current trend in gaming).

Dirt 3 Eat My Dust
Dirt 3 Eat My Dust

Fun Factor is definitely high since this game has a TON of historical rally vehicles, which I’d rather play than space age modern rally monsters. My favorite ones are the rally super cars like the Toyota Tundra that were insane machines back then and still today. I give Fun Factor a score of 8 out of 10.

Dirt 3 Fighting For First Place
Dirt 3 Fighting For First Place

Replayability will mainly come in the form of Multiplayer. I have a feeling that eventually if you want to keep playing and having fun you will need to start buying some of the DLC, especially new tracks and cars. The game comes with what I consider to be a very limited selection of tracks. Sure, the reverse of the tracks is available but even DiRT 2 had more tracks. I really don’t like any DLC especially since this game pretty much just came out and they’re already trying to get your money. To me that’s like releasing an incomplete game and then charging people for patches and updates. Replayability gets a score of 7 out of 10.

Dirt 3 Flying High
Dirt 3 Flying High

Difficulty & Difficulty Versatility:
You can now customize the difficulty of the game per race much better than before. This level of scalability lets you set the handicap at which to play and makes the game a lot more enjoyable, especially for both beginners and hardened racing game veterans. I wish they would have made the crashing and damage a LOT more realistic. If it weren’t for that I’d give it nearly a perfect score. Difficulty gets an 8 out of 10 and Difficulty Versatility gets a score of 10 out of 10.

Dirt 3 Ford
Dirt 3 Ford

Value:
I got this game for free so it was an amazing value to me. Rather than say how much it costs, from now on I’ll just say what’s the most I would pay for it. That amount would be $20. I would also say pay more for it if you are a BIG FAN of rally racing and would love to play a game with lots of modern and old rally cars.

Dirt 3 Hyundai PM 580
Dirt 3 Hyundai PM 580

Sound:
The sound effects are realistic, just like in the previous games, maybe slightly better. I give sounds a score of 10 out of 10.

Music:
The music is amazing but again, I guess Codemasters doesn’t read my reviews for all their games: you can only hear it in the menu and never during the racing. That kind of makes the game boring for most people who are not dedicated racing game players. The techno/electronica music is wasted like that. Other than that I give the music a score of 9 out of 10, especially the electronica. Rock music shouldn’t be in a game unless it’s heavy metal or it’s classic rock and the game is about muscle cars.

Check out one of the best songs (South Central – Demons) from the game here:

Stability/Reliability:
This game actually ran really well, even on my machine with a damaged ATI 3870. Even when the video card crashed, the game kept running fine 99% of the time. It never crashed at all, not even while alt tabbing like crazy. I ran the game on a ten dollar video card and even alt-tabbing with this piece of shit, the game never crashed. I give Stability/Reliability a score of 10 out of 10.

Controls:
You can customize them as much as you want so even playing with a keyboard is a breezes. I played DiRT 3 at E3 2011 with different controllers and the game supports a large variety of them. Max score of 10 out of 10 is deserved.

Graphics & Performance:
The game runs like a beast even on my oldest computer, with still really good looking graphics. Before I mentioned that the previous Codemasters games had a problem with some buffering of the game engine, but now that problem is basically gone. I know it wouldn’t happen at all on a brand new computer but this IS Obsolete Gamer and I do test stuff on old machines too. The game was even very playable on a 2005 medium-range gaming PC. I give both the Graphics and Performance a score of 10 out of 10.

Dirt 3 Monaco Victory
Dirt 3 Monaco Victory

Conclusion:
If you’re going to upgrade soon, most video cards out there on sale by ATI (AMD) pretty much all qualify for the DiRT 3 promo so you might as well get a fun racing game for free. If you don’t plan to upgrade, like I said above, try to get it at a discount or simply get it if you’re a racing game junkie. Multiplayer can be challenging especially if you don’t feel like paying for DLC (like me). I will continue to play Codemasters games so long as they keep their DLC in check.

Alex Gaudino: Feat. Shena: Watch Out

Alex Gaudino Feat Shena Watch Out

This is a dance video by Alex Gaudino featuring Shena, the music video shows two men playing soccer and we all get to enjoy the lovely ladies on the screen.

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Alex Gaudino Feat Shena Watch Out Lyrics

expectations and possibilities
don’t need no crystalball across the probability
i plan to take you home, do what you do to me
come be my roller-coaster got you where we supposed to be

watch out
i’m digging
why don’t give it a try
deep down
can you feel it
you know i’ve been right
better hold tight
we gone turn it round
and around
and around
and around
and around

expectations of what you giving me
you’ve got me head to toe, your wet arm hold your arm on me
why don’t you satisfy my curiosity,
come be my romeo, you’ve got me where i wanna be yea

watch out
i’m digging
why don’t give it a try
deep down
can you feel it
you know i’ve been right
better hold tight
we gone turn it round
and around
and around
and around
and around

 

System Shock 2 Music

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System Shock 2 Music

“Look at you, hacker: a pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?” That chilling line from SHODAN sums up the entire gaming experience that is System Shock 2. The soundtrack for System Shock 2 does an amazing job creating a state of panic and despair as you fight your way surviving in a maze of two very, very dead spaceships. It’s here now for you to enjoy!

System Shock 2 cover
System Shock 2 cover

Think of System Shock 2 as the grandfather of the modern day horror science-fiction video game. Sure, there is Aliens vs Predator BUT System Shock 2 has the winning single player horror science-fiction experience that became the winning formula for most games of this genre. The Bioshock games are spooky and they follow the formula to the detail. Dead Space follows System Shock 2 even better and is even scarier, I think. Still, none of these games would have been possible without System Shock 2!

System Shock 2 is very similar to the movie Event Horizon. Some experimental spaceship was supposed to jump in space to another part in space to pioneer faster than light travel. Of course, everything went wrong and now that ship is pretty much HELL. You’re trapped alone (because everything else on the ship is there to kill you or mess with your head) and you must fight your way through hallways of infected crew members, psionic monkeys, killer robots, turrets, and more. Along the way you upgrade yourself, as you’re a cybernetic hacker, not just by picking up better weapons but also by leveling up by getting better parts for yourself that give you different abilities (like the games I mentioned before copied, along with Deus Ex). You’ll have to play the game to find out who the hell SHODAN is… I won’t ruin it for you.

Enough about the game, let’s talk about the music. Now that you know the setting of this brilliant classic game, you can sit down and enjoy the ambience and techno harshness of this amazing soundtrack. Many of the songs are pretty spooky electronic music and some verge on the limit of techno and electronic rock. One thing the System Shock 2 soundtrack does is that it always creates an atmosphere that will not let you relax and that’s the only way to feel if you intend to make it out of the Von Braun alive… the music fits the game perfectly not just with the atmosphere of these doomed ships but also with the nature of the main character, a desperate man running the dreadful hallways of the Von Braun, fighting for his life.

Descent 2 Music

Descent 2 Music

If you love techno, heavy metal, and music like in the cartoon Batman Beyond then the soundtrack to Descent 2 is for you!

I remember when I first saw the first Descent while I was in high school I thought that it was light years ahead of Doom and other FPS games that were popular at the time like Duke Nukem 3D. Although they kind of faded into obscurity the Descent series always had a special place in my heart for causing epilepsy and nausea in its players.

Descent 2 box

Although the Interplay that brought us this game pretty much disappeared you can still get Descent 2 from Good Old Games at this link. If you ever played them, I seriously recommend Descend 2 if you want to play a game that’s a real challenge, especially at the higher difficulties.

Anyways, here is the Descent 2 music, ripped from my original game CD. The soundtrack is an excellent blend of techno and heavy metal. It’s particularly effective the louder you play it, even with some other games! Enjoy it!