"Codemasters has been listening. It knows some people were less than impressed by DiRT 2's effort to appeal to a wider crowd. It's aware of objections to the game's unashamed bombastic stance, the leaning towards fun at the expense of realism. It recognises the argument that the game reduced the core rally content to such a degree that it was at odds with the essence of the Colin McRae titles.
It's interesting to note, then, that McRae's name is nowhere to be seen in DiRT 3. There's no need to panic, though - this decision may seem indicative of a new direction for the series, but DiRT 3's content suggests the opposite is true.
Sure, Ken Block's involvement is more prominent (both in-game and in reality, with the WRC driver apparently visiting Codemasters' offices on an almost monthly basis to provide feedback). But just because Block keeps Pirelli's shareholders grinning by going everywhere sideways, doesn't mean he's not passionate and serious about the sport he's involved in."