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DiRT 2

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As it's predecessor, the racing-game DiRT 2 doesn't just focus on accurately simulating the Rallye-sport like the earlier installments of the Colin McRae-Series did. Instead eight types of Offroad-events await the player during the main campaign called DiRT Tour:
  • Rallye - The player has to get as fast as possible to the finish line. He's the only one on the course at the same time and instead has to deal with hairpin curves and difficult terrain.
  • Trailblazer - Basically the same as Rallye but instead of narrow courses, this mode features long and open stages.
  • Raid - Races over wide and open terrain with many dangerous shortcuts allowing the player to get distance between him and the other drivers.
  • Landrush - All drivers start at the same time and the tracks are littered with crazy curves and jumps.
  • Rallyecross - Takes place on round-courses with a mix of dirt and asphalt streets.
  • Gatecrasher - The player has a limited amount of time to get to the finish line. To replenish that time, so-called gates are scattered around the track each granting +2 seconds upon destruction.
  • Domination - Similar to Rallye, the tracks are divided into sectors. Each sector gives 1-10 points depending on how fast the player in relation to his opponents finishes it. In addition 1-10 points are added for his final position in the race once he crosses the finish line. The winner is the driver with the most points.
  • Last Man Standing - As the name implies, the goal here is to race around the course and be the last car in the race at the end with the last car being removed after each lap.
Each event requires either a different car or at least a so-called race-pack for that car both bought with the money earned by winning these events. Each car can be customized both visually and under the hood with parts unlocked by gaining a level. Experience points are awarded both for finishing races as well as completing missions like jumping over the finish line or getting through a race without any damage. The amount of cash earned at the end of each race, is influenced by the difficulty level. The higher the difficulty, the higher the reward. In addition the difficulty-level also changes the amount of flashbacks that are available for the race (from five to none). Flashbacks allow the player to rewind the action a few seconds when he made a mistakes or crashed and allows him to try that section again - hopefully without making the same mistake a second time.

The game features many real-world racers including their voices and their cars who give the player tips during the course of the DiRT-tour and also offer him additional challenges including duels and time trials. They'll also take part in team-events with the player, if he keeps them happy by not crashing into them that often during races.


DiRT 2 Windows The main menu of the game is integrated into the pit-crew-station.
DiRT 2 Windows Although I don't see anything anymore: that looks awesome!
DiRT 2 Windows Each race comes with it's own highly stylized badge.
DiRT 2 Windows BAAAM there goes the signboard.

Alternate Titles

  • "Colin McRae: DiRT 2" -- European title

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The Press Says

Game Over Online PlayStation 3 Sep 30, 2009 93 out of 100 93
Game Shark PlayStation 3 Oct 02, 2009 A- 91
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) Xbox 360 Sep 04, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Hellbored Xbox 360 Sep 29, 2009 8.8 out of 10 88
3D Juegos Xbox 360 Sep 04, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 3 Sep 28, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
NZGamer PlayStation 3 Oct 13, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Eurogamer.pt PlayStation 3 Sep 05, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Gamestyle Xbox 360 Sep 19, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Console Monster Xbox 360 Oct 05, 2009 76 out of 100 76


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1001 Video Games

Colin McRae: Dirt 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #2 Best Racing Game of the Year
    • 2009 – #2 Best Graphics of the Year
    • 2009 – Best Trailer Cut of the Year
  • Game Informer
    • 2009 - Best Racing Game
  • Gamespy
    • 2009 - The UI is King Award
  • Yahoo
    • 2009 - Best Racing Game of the Year

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