You know, when we look back at this generation of consoles the DiRT franchise may end up being the defining series of rally games. The original DiRT was an early classic and DiRT 2, while it didn't appeal to rally purists, expanded the market and took the initiative in pushing the genre in new directions. DiRT 3? Well, it may be the best of the lot.
Codemasters has done a great job of evolving the Colin McRae series into something specifically branded and fresh, whilst still paying homage to rallying as a sport. In some ways it takes on the characteristics of an arcade racer, but in others it continues to take the job of being a premium, accurate and realistic driving experience extremely seriously.
It caters to chumps like myself, who struggle with sims, but still creates a punishing rally game for those that want it. Somehow the series has managed to cater to all gamers without watering itself down.
Part of it has to do with the engine Codemasters has developed over the course of this generation - surely now its among the best. Forza and Gran Turismo may have better physics, but you wouldn't necessarily argue that they're more fun.
DiRT 3, in my uncultured opinion, is up there with some of the best racers available.
But that's just my proverbial two cents - what are you views? How have you been finding DiRT 3 so far? Let us know in the comments below.