Codemasters simply makes great racing games, and DiRT 3 furthers the argument that these guys are the best in the business. DiRT 3 mixes some really exceptional elements of traditional racing games with newer features, like the Gymkhana events, and non-competive multiplayer modes, to offer a total package that’s a lot of fun to play. With so much highly polished variety, DiRT 3 is one of those games that racing fans should be ashamed of for not picking up at first opportunity, and easily our choice for Best Racer of 2011.
While our readers didn’t quite see eye to eye with us on this one, Forza Motorsport 4 by Turn 10 took home our Reader’s Choice award in a crowded racing field of nominees. The Xbox 360 exclusive edged out Mario Kart 7, Dirt 3, Need For Speed: The Run, Shift 2: Unleashed, and Test Drive Unlimited by a healthy margin. Thanks for everyone that voted in our Reader’s Choice for Best Racer of 2011.