8 Ball Mode Brings Chaotic Derby Action To DiRT Showdown

Today, Codemasters released a brand new trailer for its upcoming action-packed racer, DiRT Showdown. If you didn’t believe the team’s promises that this release would up the series’ chaos ante, then this look at the game’s 8 Ball mode will do the trick.

It packs several vehicles into one crossover-filled track. You can surely guess what the result is: tons of chaos. Only one vehicle can win, so it’ll definitely be the driver who can avoid the most wreckage while driving at high speeds.

The Crash and Burn gameplay trailer, which is shown below, happens to be the first time that we’ve seen actual gameplay footage from this anticipated title. It looks like a heck of a lot of (pretty) fun if you ask me.

DiRT Showdown will be released this May.

Crash, Smash and Burn With Debut DiRT Showdown Gameplay Trailer

Los Angeles, Calif. – Jan. 27 , 2012 – Codemasters® today launched the first gameplay video for DiRT® Showdown™, a brand new dive-in-and-drive rush of speed, style and destruction. DiRT Showdown, an action packed extension of the award-winning DiRT off-road racing series, will debut May 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC. The video is now playing at www.dirtgame.com.

The “Crash and Burn” video features work-in-progress gameplay footage, showcasing the full-impact, destruction-focused racing featured in DiRT Showdown’s 8 Ball event. The stage is a dirty, dusty circuit in the sun-baked Nevada desert where eight racers perform in front of the crowd, taking on jumps and dangerous crossover points as they jostle for position against a backdrop of fireworks and fire cannons. Boost is used to speed through gaps and smash rivals as the drivers – racing vehicles tuned for chaotic, aggressive racing – trade paint and crash out as they battle to become the star of the Showdown.

DiRT Showdown will deliver a new world of competitive and combative racing as players boost, trick and smash their way to ‘Showdown’ finals on a chaotic tour of motorized mayhem.

There are three broad categories to DiRT Showdown’s thrilling action-sports racing. Players will use nitrous to blast past rivals and negotiate courses filled with ramps, pinch points and obstacles in full-contact Racing events. Gaming’s most advanced damage engine is unleashed in Demolition Derby themed events where players smash and crash their way to victory in bone-jarring style. Finally, in Hoonigan events, gamers will send fans wild in huge stunt parks where accessible new controls offer every player the chance to become a freestyle driving hero.

From San Francisco to Miami and London to Tokyo, players will dominate their rivals and wow the crowds on their way to becoming a driving superstar. Pyrotechnics, lasers and thousands of fans give each venue a vibrant sports entertainment atmosphere, with the player taking center stage. Over 50 different events across four championships will challenge gamers in a variety of conditions – sun, snow and rain – through the day and under the floodlights at night.

DiRT Showdown will feature an exciting new line up of off-road machines. Ken Block’s all new Gymkhana FOUR H.F.H.V. Ford Fiesta debuts alongside an eclectic mix of vehicles across a range of classes. From saloons and muscle cars to pick-up trucks, hearses and vans, players have a wide selection of custom cars to trick, race and destroy.

DiRT Showdown will be Codemasters’ most connected game ever – split-screen multiplayer, eight-player online racing, on and off-line quick-fire party games and YouTube integration all come as standard. Players will also be able to issue “Showdown Challenges” to compete with friends whether they are online or not.

Powered by the award-winning EGO Game Technology Platform, DiRT Showdown will be uncaged May 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.

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