A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that DiRT Showdown is a racing game that has some vehicular violence and mild lyrics. The core elements of the game include crashing into other vehicles as well as racing on a variety of tracks. It is also a game that can be played in a single-player mode, or multiplayer on the same console or over an Internet connection. For Internet play, kids could be exposed to unwanted language while using open chat and they can share videos of accomplishments in the game on YouTube.
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What's it about?
DIRT SHOWDOWN is a briskly paced racing game where players can play in four racing styles, either in single-player mode or online against other players. As players place in races and demolition events, they earn cash -- which, in turn, can be used to upgrade their vehicles. In addition to the individual challenges, players can challenge friends to beat individual performances, or go online to play against others. For players with an active Internet connection and YouTube account, they can upload achievements as video files. The title allows 1-2 players on a single machine and up to eight players in an online match.
Is it any good?
DiRT Showdown has moments that will bring smiles to the face of fans of car-racing video games. There is a decent variety of race types, and the online component -- while it may take a bit to find a match -- can be quite enjoyable. There is a bit of a learning curve, and while the menus are easy to navigate, controlling the vehicles requires a small learning curve. The graphics and audio combine nicely to make for a fun experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
Science: momentum, physics
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, working efficiently
Tech Skills: social media
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Games
- Release date: June 12, 2012
- Genre: Racing
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild violence, mild lyrics
- Last updated: June 20, 2019
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