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As part of the Steam download process, the game has already been installed on your computer. To start playing the game, read the Getting Started section.

Getting Started

  1. Double-click on the Steam application icon. By default this is located in the Applications folder on your computer's hard drive.

  2. If you are not already signed in, the Steam Login dialog will appear. Enter your account name and password, then select Login.

  3. The Steam application will launch. Select the Library tab.

  4. In the library, highlight DiRT 3 Complete Edition in the list of games on the left-hand side of the window, then select Play.

  5. The DiRT 3 Complete Edition pre-game Options window will appear. Click on the Play button. The game will launch.

  6. After the loading screens, the Title screen will appear. Press the Return (↩) key.

  7. After the opening video, the New Profile dialog will appear. Enter your profile details, then select Continue.

  8. The Audio Name dialog will appear. Select either Boys, Girls or Nicknames depending on the type of name you wish to select, then select a name from the dialog that appears.

  9. The Experience Level dialog will appear. Choose an experience level, then select Continue. If this is your first time playing, we recommend you choose either Casual or Intermediate.

  10. A message will appear asking you whether you wish to enable autosaving. Choose an option, then select OK to confirm. We recommend you select Yes, as this will ensure your progress is saved regularly as you play.

  11. The Main Menu will appear. Select DiRT Tour.

  12. Select Season 1.

  13. Select Alpinestars Trophy.

  14. Select Clubman Shield.

  15. After the introduction to rally racing, the Clubman Shield screen will appear. Press the Return (↩) key.

  16. The Team Offers screen will appear. Select a team.

  17. After the loading screen, you'll find yourself in Finland, spiritual home of rallying, where your car is ready and waiting. Adjust your race settings, then select Race when you're ready to take to the track.


Main Menu

Here's what you'll find in the DiRT 3 Complete Edition Main Menu:

DiRT Tour
This is the main event. Compete in scored events over four seasons.

Compete in a variety of race types against human opponents online, over a LAN (Local Area Network) or in splitscreen mode.

Play time trials or custom single races.

Watch your replays, view your statistics and access extras.

Adjust settings for graphics, controls, audio and more.

Quit the game and return to the desktop.



You can customize your control configuration by selecting OptionsControls from the Main menu.

The instructions in this manual refer to the default keyboard controls; if you have customized your controls or are using a gamepad, the controls listed here will not apply.


Steer left / right A / D
Accelerate Space
Brake / reverse Shift (⇧)
E-brake L
Look back ;
Change camera C
Sound horn '
Replay / flashback F1
Gear up / down W / S
Look around
Pause Escape (esc)


You can play DiRT 3 Complete Edition using a dual analog stick gamepad. The diagram on this page is based on a standard controller layout; all gamepads have similar buttons but some may differ in layout from the gamepad shown here. For more information see Can I play DiRT 3 Complete Edition with a gamepad? in the FAQs.

Gamepad control diagram
Brake / reverse
Look back
Change camera
Sound horn (click)
Replay / flashback
Gear up / down
Look around


Most standard USB wheels will work with DiRT 3 Complete Edition.

You may need to map the game controls to inputs on your wheel and its components (such as pedals, if available) before racing. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that your wheel and any components are connected to your Mac, then launch DiRT 3 Complete Edition.

  2. From the Main Menu, select Options.

  3. Select Controls.

  4. Select Steer Left, then perform the action on your wheel to which you wish to map the “steer left” command.

  5. Repeat step 4 for all the other game commands, mapping them to the desired action on your wheel.

For a list of supported wheels and instructions on how to configure your wheel, see Can I use a steering wheel with DiRT 3 Complete Edition? in the FAQs.


The DiRT Tour

You've been signed as a DC Athlete to compete in the DiRT tour. Congratulations! Here's a quick run-down of how it all works…

There are four DiRT tour seasons for you to take part in.

Each season contains four championships, represented by the four small triangles that make up the larger “season” triangle. The central championship is the season final.
Each championship comprises a number of race events. The last event is always the prestigious championship final.
You earn points by competing in events. Collect points to unlock successive events and championships.
You earn “driver rep” by performing well in race events, with a bonus for completing an optional objective in each race. You can see the optional objective in the service area before starting a race.

More driver rep means more teams will make you offers, allowing you to race in their cars.

Look out for DC challenges when selecting events in the DiRT tour, which are indicated by a DC logo on the event description. These offer a break from pure racing and challenge you to put your skills to the test. You’ll earn a driver rep bonus based on your performance in each one.

DC Compound

A driving nirvana for you to sharpen your skills or simply cut loose and have a little fun. To find out more, see The DC Compound.

World Tours

Once you’ve proved yourself as a driver, the world tours let you compete in each discipline at the absolute highest level. World tours will unlock as you progress in the DiRT tour.

Tour Disciplines

Rally and Trailblazer are classic point-to-point disciplines. Your aim is to pass each control point in the fastest time, rather then racing directly against other drivers. Rally is the more technical of the two, while trailblazer takes place on wider, more open tracks that encourage speed as much as precision.

You’ll also race in three circuit-based disciplines, in which the aim is simply to cross the finish line first. Rallycross takes place on tight, mixed-surface tracks, while Landrush makes use of more extreme, off-road routes. Head-2-head races are high-profile, one-on-one battles on thrilling crossover tracks.

Look out for the exciting new Freestyle Gymkhana discipline as well!


Race events can take place day or night, come rain or snow. Your tires will be selected automatically to suit the conditions but you’ll still need to take extra care on wet and snowy surfaces and pay special attention at night when you have reduced visibility.


DC Challenges

You’ll encounter a number of these special publicity challenges during the DiRT tour. Perform well to earn medals and driver rep.

Gymkhana Sprint
Follow the route around the compound as fast as you can, hitting all the gymkhana tricks in sequence along the way.

Gymkhana Attack
This time you can hit the tricks in whichever order you like. Plan your route wisely to complete them all as fast as you can.

Smash Attack
It’s the robot invasion! Smash as many robots as you can in the time limit, but watch out for the civilian buildings!

Drift Showcase
Drift down the short track, then turn around and drift back to the start. Score as many points as you can along the way.

Follow the route laid out around the compound, driving through all the gates in sequence as quickly as you can.

The trick to many of the challenges is simply to find the right route. If you just can’t seem to get that platinum medal, have a look at how other players are doing it. Select Time Trial from the Singleplayer menu, choose a challenge discipline, then select some ghost cars from the top of the leaderboard and see what their secret is!


The DC Compound

When the people at DC Shoes found that the old power station in Battersea, London was up for sale, they couldn’t think of a better place to create the ultimate automotive playground. It’s being renovated in three stages, but the plans below should give you an idea of some of the exciting locations and tricks that the guys have in store for you.

The DC compound is unlocked after you complete the first season in the DiRT tour.

The Parking Lot
The tarmac is fast and the jumps are high. Practice high-speed drifting, donuts and spins, and don’t miss the awesome four-way crossover jump!

The Depot
This former container yard offers plenty of high-speed driving at ground level and technical driving on top of the containers. The warehouse is great for laying down rubber!

The Power Station
Inside, you’ll find a huge full-pipe on the ground floor, with scaffolding platforms and jumps towering above. Outside, the surface is mostly dirt and there's an insane two-way corkscrew jump!

DC Missions

To keep you on your toes, there’s also a ton of DC missions for you to complete around the compound. You can view a list of the missions by selecting Missions from the in-game Pause menu during a session in the DC compound.

Look out for the hidden packages in the compound: collecting them all will be no easy task!

Multiplayer Joyride

If you want to explore the compound with friends, just set up a multiplayer Jam Session (Main MenuMultiplayerOnlineJam Session) and set the discipline type to Joyride.



Gymkhana is the freshest, newest and most exciting discipline around. It's a chance to showcase precision driving while putting on an unforgettable show for the crowd.


Freestyle gymkhana is a stadium-based gymkhana variant. Freestyle arenas contain a number of color-coded trick objects, with drivers competing to pull off tricks quickly and skillfully to score maximum points.

Trick Meter – The trick meter appears at the top of the screen. The three triangles around the edge show you how well you performed a trick. The more you fill, the better the trick. One triangle means it was good, two means it was great and three means it was awesome!

Crowd Multiplier – Keeping the crowd interested will multiply your trick scores by up to 3x. Fill up the central triangle by pulling off tricks quickly, but slow down or crash your car and the crowd will lose interest!

Mix It Up! – If you repeatedly hit the same trick, the crowd will get less and less excited by it each time. Make sure you mix things up to keep your routine fresh and avoid tricks being marked as stale!

Spin Zones

Get into the zone and spin as fast as you can.

Smash Blocks

Smash the blocks as you drive between tricks.


Jump as far as you can off the ramp.

Drift Gates

Skid sideways between the posts or through the archways at the highest speed you can to score maximum points.


Spin around the object with your car sideways and as close to the center as you dare!


Having trouble with your spins and donuts? Turn on the “Tricksteer” assist and it should help you keep things under control. To do so, select Difficulty and AssistsAdvanced Settings from the service area before a gymkhana event, and set Tricksteer to On.

Tricksteer will help you stay on the right line for donuts and spins, making a smooth spin much easier. You'll still need to judge your approach speed and angle carefully, as it won’t do all the work for you!


Pro Tips

When you get it right, freestyle gymkhana is a thing of beauty, but it’s not easy at first. Here are some expert tips to get you going…


Speed and angle are what counts. Passing through a gate as part of a long, smooth drift is ideal. However, if there’s not enough space, get up as much speed as you can, then steer hard and tap the emergency brake just before the gate to turn the car sideways.


Control is key here. To begin with, approach at a low speed and drive past the central object. Just as you go past, hit the throttle, steer hard into the donut and tap the emergency brake. With the throttle held, balance the steering to keep your spin smooth and close to the center.

Spin Zones

Again, the approach is key. Don’t drive straight at the zone, but aim to drive past it, and not too fast! As you draw alongside it, floor the throttle, turn hard into the zone and tap the emergency brake to spin the back end of the car out. Keep the wheels at full lock to get the tightest spin possible.

Crowd Control

If you want to maximize your scores you’ll really need to work the crowd. Keep your eye on the crowd multiplier and aim to get it up to 3x as quickly as you can, then make sure you cash in as many tricks as possible while you’re in the 3x powerplay! Experiment to see which tricks have the biggest impact on the crowd.

Time Trial

Of course, you can always resort to drawing inspiration from others. Choose Time Trial from the Singleplayer menu, pick a gymkhana course and take in a few ghosts from the top of the leaderboard. You can then see exactly what their secret is and maybe even borrow their routine!


In the Race

Look out for these settings in the service area before each race.

Difficulty and Assists

Experience level – the experience level lets you select the level of challenge appropriate for your skill level. You can choose from preset options for Casual, Intermediate and Advanced players, which will determine your difficulty, damage and driving assist settings automatically.

You can also tweak settings individually to create your own custom setup. Select Advanced Settings to adjust the following options:

Difficulty – determines the skill of your opponent drivers.

Damage – determines whether damage to your car resulting from crashes affects its performance when driving.

Assists – allows you to enable or disable driving assists that help you control your car:

Prevents brakes locking when braking heavily.
Dynamic Racing Line
Shows the racing line on the track, colored dynamically to show braking and acceleration zones.
Stability Control
Prevents the car from spinning when accelerating quickly.
Auto Steer
Helps keep your vehicle on the optimal racing line.
Corner Braking
Brakes automatically at corners to prevent overshooting.
Throttle Management
Stops you from speeding dangerously.

Vehicle Setup

Select Vehicle Setup to adjust your car's mechanical make-up. You can also see a summary of the track type on this screen, which will help you decide on which settings to choose.

Gear Ratio
A shorter gear ratio will give you better acceleration; a longer ratio will increase your top speed.
Increased downforce will improve grip when cornering, but will limit the vehicle’s top speed.
Stiffer suspension will improve cornering, but will mean the vehicle is more difficult to control on uneven ground.
Ride Height
More ground clearance is useful on bumpy terrain, but it can reduce stability on corners.
A stronger differential encourages oversteer and makes powersliding easier; a looser differential improves vehicle control.
Brake Bias
A rear brake bias will increase oversteer on the way into a corner, making it easier to set up a powerslide. However, overall braking efficiency is reduced.

Vehicle Damage

If you set Damage to Full, you’ll experience realistic handling effects as a result of vehicle damage during races. Watch out for the damage indicators on the race HUD:

Wheel / chassis damage
Engine / drivetrain damage

Yellow – minor damage
Red – major damage

Co-Driver Calls

Corner Severity:
Complex Call: 65 43 21 “Hairpin”
Simplified Call: “Easy” “Medium” “Hard”

You can choose between simplified and complex co-driver calls by changing the Style setting (Main MenuOptionsRacing StyleCo-DriverStyle).


Flashbacks give you power to rewind time and correct your mistakes - just press the F1 key during a race to be taken into instant replay mode, in which you can watch how events unfolded and flashback to a given point in time.

You only have a limited number of flashbacks in each race, so keep an eye on the flashback icons in the lower-left corner of your race HUD. At the end of a race, you’ll earn a driver rep bonus for each unused flashback.


F1 Play / pause
F2 F3 Rewind / fast-forward
F7 F8 Change camera
F9 Show / hide controls
F12 Flashback
Escape (esc) Exit



There are two online multiplayer modes: “Jam Session” and “Pro Tour”.

In a jam session, you get to choose exactly how you play: you can set up your own session and customize it according to your preferences, or join a jam session someone else has set up.

The pro tour is for more serious racers: pro tour events have a greater influence on your fanbase (see below) and you’ll have less control over which tracks and disciplines you play.


Taking part in multiplayer races will increase your fanbase. Increase your fanbase enough, and you'll move up to the next fanbase tier.

Pro tour events are worth more than jam sessions, and the higher you finish, the more fans you’ll earn. Increase your fanbase tier to earn driver rep, liveries and other special items.

A driver's fanbase tier is shown next to the triangular Fanbase icon in the lobby before starting a multiplayer race.

Fanbase Bonuses

If you beat a driver whose fanbase is five or more tiers above yours, you'll earn an “Against the Odds” bonus.

In team events, you’ll earn a team bonus if your team places first overall.

Driver Rep

Just like in the DiRT tour, you can earn driver rep for completing an optional race objective. You can see the optional objective in the service area before starting a race.


You can use flashbacks during multiplayer races, but they work a little differently from those in single-player races. Rather than letting you rewind the race to a point of your choosing, your position and damage will be instantly rewound by a set amount while other drivers continue racing. Be ready to pick up control and get straight back into the race.

Keep it Clean

In multiplayer games, you’ll receive an “impact rating” that lets other racers know what kind of driver you are. A driver's rating is indicated by a colored circle in the lobby before starting a multiplayer race. The ratings range from white for careful drivers, through green and yellow, to red for drivers who enjoy a bit more contact.

You can also be disqualified from races for poor conduct, such as driving backwards or driving deliberately slowly.


Party Modes

DiRT 3 Complete Edition includes a set of new multiplayer party modes. They're a bit less serious than your typical rally, but a whole lot of fun.


Race around the compound picking up the flags and taking them to the drop zones to score points. You can steal the flag by “nudging” an opponent, so expect a full-contact experience!


The robots are back! Hunt down and destroy the robot invaders as they beam in, and try to avoid causing collateral damage to the civilian buildings.


One racer is randomly infected at the start of each round - avoid them at all costs! Once infected, you score points for infecting other players, but you score more for staying uninfected, so try to stay clean until the end of the round if you can!

Cat ‘n’ Mouse

This team-only discipline takes place on standard rally and rallycross tracks. Each team must race to get their slower “mouse” car over the line first. Cats should do whatever it takes to help out their own team's mouse while making life difficult for their opponents' mouse!



With special thanks to:

Campbell Roy, Christian Stevenson, Colin McRae Motorsport Ltd, ESPN, Gale + Co., Jen Horsey, Ken Block, Kris Meeke, Sebastien Ogier, Tanner Foust, Wasserman Media Group, LLC

Thanks to:


Abarth & C. S.p.A., Adam Opel GmbH, Audi AG, Automobiles Citroën, Automobiles Peugeot, BMW AG, Bowler Off-Road Ltd, Cosworth Group Holdings Limited, FIAT Group Automobiles S.p.A., Ford Motor Company, Fuji Heavy Industries Limited, General Motors Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Nanjing Automobile (Group) Corporation, Renault Merchandising, Rhys Millen Racing Inc, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, Volkswagen AG


Comas Historic Racing, Crawford Performance, Doran Motorsport Rallycross Team, Isachsen Motorsport AS, Kenneth Hansen Motorsport, Lawrence Gibson, MillenWorks, MMC Automotores do Brasil, Monster Sport Co. Ltd, Monster World Rally Team, Pailler Competition, Robby Gordon Motorsport, Tanaka Industrial Co., Ltd., Team Birkbeck, Tusk Engineering


ACT, Advan, AEM, Alpinestars, Andrews Heat for Hire, APR Performance, Arai Helmet, ARK Performance, ASD Motorsports, Autopoint Specialist Engineering, Avon Tires, BF Goodrich, BHP Performance Show, Bilstein, Blaupunkt, BMC Air Filters, BOGE, BOS Suspension, BP Ultimate, Brembo, CAI Vision, Car@nifty, Carella, Carello, Castrol, CDX, Cibié, Cobra Seats, Compomotive Motorsport Wheels, Computervision, Corbeau Seats, Cricket & Co Europe, Dalik Fodda, DC Shoes, De Carbon, Dunlop, Dürr, Eibach Springs, Elf, EMC2, Endless, Eneos, Esso, Etnies, Exedy, Facom, Falken Tires, Ferrita, Fidanza, Flip, Förch, Forge Motorsport, Fulmer Helmets & Memphis Car Audio, GAB, Garmin, Gemini Car Alarm System, GIK, Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking, HANS Performance, Hella, HKS, Honeywell Turbo Technologies (Garrett), JMB Stradale, K&N, KC HiLiTES, Kenwood, Kicker Performance Audio, Koni, Kumho Tires, KYB, Lucas and Diagonal, Lucas Oil, Luke Racing Systems, Magnetti Marelli, MCNsport / Darren McNamara, Michelin Tires, Milltek Sport, Mintex, Mishimoto, Mobil 1, Momo Racing, Monster Energy Drink, Motegi Racing, Motors TV, Motul, NGK, NickyGrist.com, Nixon, No Fear, NX Energy Drink, Oakley, Ohlins, Olsbergs MSE, Omex, OMP Racing, Oreca, Osiris, Oxy, OZ Racing, P&O Ferrymasters, Peltor, Phil Price Rally School, PIAA, Pioneer, Pirelli, Prodrive, PUMA, Quaife Engineering, Rally America, Recaro, Red Bull, Reddmango, Repsol YPF S.A., Ripla, Rockstar, Rogue Status, Sabelt/TRW, Sachs, Scott, Shell, Siem, Simpson Performance, SKF, Skyjacker Suspensions, SLiME, Smith Optics, Snap Off, Snap-on Tools, Sparco, SPC Performance, Speedline, Spy, Stilo, Texaco, Total, Toyo Tires, Traxxas, Valeo, X-Trac, Yokohama

Additional Thanks

Aspen Ski Co., Battersea Power Station & REO (Powerstation) Limited, California African American Museum, a California State Museum, Edward S. Levin, Gary Gee, Mini Cooper S, 33EJB, from the collection at the Heritage Motor Center, Gaydon, Sarova Hotels, Resorts & Game Lodges


Technical Support

Every effort has been made to make DiRT 3 Complete Edition as compatible with current hardware as possible. However, if you are experiencing problems when running DiRT 3 Complete Edition, please read on.

The latest version of the FAQs can be found by selecting the FAQs button in the Support tab of the DiRT 3 Complete Edition pre-game Options window (this is the window that opens when you launch the game), or by going straight to the Feral website: http://support.feralinteractive.com

Contacting Feral

If the FAQs and/or updates do not solve your problem, then please feel free to contact us. The following information must be obtained before contacting Feral Technical Support:

  • The error message displayed when the problem occurred (if any).
  • A DiRT 3 Complete Edition Report.txt file. This contains:
    • An Apple System Report of your Mac
    • Any crash logs that exist for DiRT 3 Complete Edition
    • A list of the game's contents

All the information required can be obtained by opening DiRT 3 Complete Edition and clicking on the Support tab in the DiRT 3 Complete Edition pre-game Options window. In the Support tab, click on the Generate Report button. Once the report is generated it will appear as a file in your ~/Downloads folder (the “~” symbol refers to your home directory). Now click on the Create Email button. Remember to attach the DiRT 3 Complete Edition Report.txt file to your e-mail.

In your e-mail, please include a brief description of the problem you have experienced with DiRT 3 Complete Edition.

E-Mail: support@feralinteractive.com



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