Dirt 3 is now available and has been getting a favourable response from reviewers and gamers – but Playstation 3 owners won’t be enjoying online multiplayer until the Playstation Store is back online, hopefully by the end of May.
In order to compete in the multiplayer mode, you’ll need to redeem a VIP pass included with the game. Not a problem for Xbox 360 or PC owners, but with the recent issues affecting the Playstation Network, the Store is still offline, meaning the code can’t be used.In addition to multiplayer, it also means PS3 gamers can’t share their Dirt 3 videos on Youtube.
A similar problem affected Mortal Kombat but was solved when the online pass was disabled. However, Codemasters have said that the online pass is hardcoded into Dirt 3, and stated their position to Eurogamer:
‘”Changing this would require considerable development time and a patch which would need to go through the submission process. This in itself would be a longer process that waiting for Sony to bring the PSN Store back online.”‘
With Sony continuing to only give a vague ‘before the end of May’ aim for the Playstation Store to return, and the fact the Japanese firm is continuing to experience hacking problems, it’s a real pain for PS3 racers.
Incidentally, if you’re buying a secondhand copy of Dirt 3, keep in mind that multiplayer will require 800 MS points, or £6.29 if and when the PS3 store returns.