500,000 get DiRTy

Codemasters confirms Colin McRae's latest racer sold a half million copies in its first week on shelves.

First-week sales of Colin McRae: DiRT (just released as DiRT in the US) have surpassed 500,000, according to the game's publisher Codemasters. The title, which is currently available on the Xbox 360 and PC platforms (with a PlayStation 3 version coming in September), has seen a further half-million gamers downloading free demos of the title for the Xbox 360 and PC.

DiRT is the sixth Colin McRae rally sports racing game and was released in the US and Europe earlier this month. The first game in the series was Colin McRae Rally, first released in the UK in 1998 for the original PlayStation and PC platforms. DiRT is the first in the series to use Neon, Codemaster's proprietary game engine.

Codemasters' CEO Rod Cousens said that almost half of the first week sales had come from the US, which "means momentum behind the series is taking hold in new territories."

For more on DiRT check out GameSpot's full review.

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quilpie
quilpie

great single player game the damage you can do to your car is unreal i would have given this game 10/10 but the multiplayer is bad you only race against the clock you dont get to even see the other players . it would have been fun crashing into people online. and seeing the damage you do to them. stay away from online. just play single player. wait for faltout uc.

erostad01eb
erostad01eb

Ok so will Microsoft PLEASE make another Rally Sport Challenge? It seemed like the ball was just starting to roll with RSC2

sirvampalot
sirvampalot

This game looks great,they could of done more with online play.

Jebril
Jebril

They put a ton of money into the game THEY NEEDED THIS TO SELL!! If it didn't Codemasters would have gone bankrupt.

walrus8303
walrus8303

Great game worth the 500.000 copies

walrus8303
walrus8303

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fastpunk
fastpunk

I've played 3 of the past 5 CMR games and they are very fun! I'm glad the sixth one is doing so well. Codemasters are pretty underrated but they are very good!

kappareign
kappareign

i was pretty impressed when i was the trailer for this. i guess i wasnt alone

Watcher77
Watcher77

The game is fun, what else can you say? Only problem is though, its Codemasters only good game ever released. Them going away from the very traditional rally rules and adding more arcadey options seemed to have paid off in the US, finally they will make something fun instead of something that tries to imitate real life to the fullest.

bigmick07
bigmick07

i can't beleive this above-average game sold this many copies, its not that great.

Latinbro1
Latinbro1

i'm still debating whether I should get this. anyone willing to testify on the game overall... including the online and frame rate aspect of the game mentioned in the review?

blackace
blackace

WTF!?!? 500,000 copies in one week? How many of these copies were for the 360? I played the demo several times and it's a great game, no doubt about it. I'm definitely planning on getting this game very soon. I want to get a bit further with Forza 2 for now, but DiRT is on my Top 5 games to get next list. I'm glad it's selling well. I can assume CodeMasters will be kind enough to make a sequel. As for the PS3 version, we all know developers are having a b**** of a time developing games for the system, so I'm sure it's taking CodeMaster a bit longer to finally finish that version of the game. I doubt it has anything to do with Blu_Ray, besides the slow transfer rate.

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

I'm guessing that the PS3 delay is likely due to Blu-Ray disc's having slightly more storage room, or they may be trying not to screw up the graphics so that the may at least equal the 360 or surpass it. Remember, just a guess.

talonkard044
talonkard044

The game is damn good - played it on the 360 at a friends house - but, Motorstorm is still tops IMO. But just a smidge. ;) Dirt is more of a simulated off-road racer...So comparing it to Motorstorm is like comparing Gran Tursimo to Midnight Club. Both are awsome - or all 4 for that matter - but it depends on what type of racing you want: Simulated or Arcade racing. Hope that helps. :D

holenjd
holenjd

WOOHOO!! Go Codemasters! I just hope Overlord does well too. It deserves it.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I wasn't expecting it to sell that much after seeing the multiplayer in it.

bghattas
bghattas

Once I'm done with Forza 2, I'll be getting DiRTy, too.

zalealb
zalealb

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Mcgnnis1
Mcgnnis1

what's up with the PS3 delay..??

JonnyNemesis
JonnyNemesis

What's with all the negativity? Ever since I traded in my old XBox, thus losing Rallisport Challenge 2, I've been waiting for a decent Rally Racing game. Yes, it has it's flaws, but it's still a solid game. Loosen up guys.

DaWhatWhat
DaWhatWhat

This game is lacking so much, I am shocked it sold that much.

Travis281
Travis281

Game could be much better, framerates are lacking too much and driving feels like you're floating. Online multi-player is a joke. I realize the game is fun, but it needs to be better next time, this is a longstanding series, act like it. Codemasters, get with the program.

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

and what the hell is up with all these dirt racers with no offline multiplayer? wtf? what...is split screen racing outdated or something? jesus people. lets get it together!

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

it's coming to PS3 right? i sold my 360. anyone have both systems and know if it's better than motorstorm?

Dreski83
Dreski83

as hyped as I was about this game, the lack of multiplayer really takes a lot of appeal away for me :( I still look foward to enjoying the purchase, but not at full price...

JamMessiahJC
JamMessiahJC

Glad Codemasters is finally recieving the sales they deserve in America, the Colin McRae series delivered some great visuals on the Xbox and PS2, along with some of the most engaging races on any platform. DiRT is no different, in fact, its blows every other racer I've played in terms of visuals, intensity and fun factor.

faseli
faseli

Mmmm i don't think any McRae game could be considered an arcade game, it is still probably the best effort at trying to convey a rally simulation; though that Richard Burns effort isn't too shabby. Colin McRae was the first to give actual racing against the clock, rather that a series of poor different coloured cars. I do not consider myself a rally driver or expert but to brush the latest Mcrae game to one side as merely a pretty good arcade effort, is probably a little insulting to the developers.

Amir_Badshah
Amir_Badshah

So awesome.. Now you see Codemasters. Your game was too sweet but also alot DiRTy!

Chainblast
Chainblast

I'm hoping Codemasters can make a good PS3 port.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

5.5 Million units is the pseudo units sold number, because that's how many units that have been moved to distributors to meet demands in markets. It is not how many units that have been bought by consumers, but rather a combination of total sales and projected demand by retialers. As for this game, it's an arcade racer, and is fun to play. I never played the orignal series, because I'm not a fan of rally racing compared to your standard track racing, but gave this one a shot, and was entertained. I hope this doesn't continue the trend away from driving sims though, because I feel like the market is saturated with arcade racers.

Mr_Bodywave
Mr_Bodywave

wow--I am shocked by that jumpoff18 kid. I don't usually notice the fanboi idiot posts, and only happened to see his because I saw people respond to him. I forgot there were people out there like that.

decebal
decebal

Well that ussually works well. Dumb the game down, so you can reach a more casual market, and you will sell more. That being said, it doesn't mean it's a bad thing. I personally enjoy Dirt. But the real fans, are pretty upset. I will be too, once Bethesda will ruin Fallout like they did Oblivion. I mean... sure it will be great, it will just carry the wrong title. At least Codemasters had the dicency to change the title of the game. Bethesda doesn't.

rdo
rdo

the should have released it on the ps3 too, then they could have 500,001 in sales.

CyphenX
CyphenX

Good job for a good game.

tuff_gong92
tuff_gong92

The Colin McRae series rally games haven't really been selling well but I'm glad it is in that aspect. This doesn't include Europe and Asian countries which is where the real market for this game is so yay Codemasters!

mohammed888
mohammed888

Yo jumpoff long time no see and whats that ohhhhh you brought your fanboyism with you OHHHHH WARA CUTE LITTLE PUKE BAG YOU GOT THERE.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I'm so happy for Codemasters, they are true masters at what they do best. However, I hope the genuine simulation-aspect of Collin McRae games doesn't die. The next installment should contain pure simulation (customizable/a la Forza Motorsport) modes and Arcady-like ones, just like old Formula 1 games used to be. I love the game by the way, I got it and rate it 9.3/10. Word up

s3lFc0nTr0l
s3lFc0nTr0l

"Codemasters confirms Colin McRae's latest racer sold a half million copipes in its first week on shelves." haha gamestops headline says 'copipes'......but anyways....i bought this game and love it, just wish i could play rally raid or CORR online

Adyyyyyyyyyy
Adyyyyyyyyyy

Lordofultima If DiRT is a "Rally Simulator" then my Grandma is a llama. I played it and it's pretty darn arcadey. The damage model and the in-car view are fairly impressive, but the cars are way too loose. yeah yeah .... fan boy talk ... when the ps3 vers is out i bet u will play it and u will find this game awesome , but now cuz it s on 360 u don t like it of course ... all of u fanboys make me sick with your jealos posting about other consoles and it s games....

Blisster
Blisster

I'm not surprised that it's selling so well. It is a very fun game. I did have some stabilities issue on my computer, but console gamers won't have to deal with that.

Lordofultima
Lordofultima

If DiRT is a "Rally Simulator" then my Grandma is a llama. I played it and it's pretty darn arcadey. The damage model and the in-car view are fairly impressive, but the cars are way too loose.

xbox360istruth
xbox360istruth

JumpOff718 last I check the ps3 was only at 3,506,505 million sold lmao. I mean how can the ps3 have sold 5.5 million when they only sell like 10,000 ever month? (lmao).... On top of that the 360 is selling 150,000 and over ever month so yeah the 360 is out doing the ps3 by a lot.

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

I heard the game's a ripoff: short single player, no voice chat in multiplayer, and you don't really race your opponents head-to-head online. That's why I'm not getting it. I'm surprised it sold that many copies already though.