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The original Dirt was a fantastic game. It had great driving physics, graphics, and a slick presentation, all of which conspired to create one of my favorite racing games of all time. Dirt 2 eclipses its predecessor on every front, and packages it in a modern, accessible package that race fans of any gaming pedigree are sure to enjoy.
Colin McRae DiRT 2 is easily the best racing game of 2009 and with only a few months left of the year, I'm doubting that another game of this genre will knock it off its perch. With perfect gameplay that can be played by all levels of gamers, it also often veterans of the series something sturdy, challenging and difficult but for the average gamer, it makes racing fun. Add in some extraordinary detailed graphics, a pumping soundtrack and a enriching career mode and it's easy to become caught up in the atmosphere of DiRT 2 that will keep you wanting to race just one more track.
DiRT 2 is an absolute triumph, and anyone who had a hand in its production should be very proud of themselves. Please, keep doing this. Keep honoring the memory of Colin McRae with outstanding videogames that capture the spirit of what he did. Continue this kind of sky-high quality and you've already got my money waiting for the third installment.
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Much of DiRT 2 is, actually. Anyone who loved the original should pick this up as soon as possible, and if you’re new to the genre, at least download the demo and give it a shot. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it once you’ve gotten used to the controls, and find that the game’s wide variety of well-done events result in an incredibly fun experience that should please nearly anyone.
DiRT 2 is without doubt the most comprehensive and utterly playable off-road racing game we’ve ever played. The overall racing experience is never anything but pleasurable, the depth and range of challenges on offer lending massive longevity and the presentation is also nothing short of exceptional. A pitch perfect balance between immediate arcade playability and detailed realism make DiRT 2 a rally game for every race fan out there. Put simply, this is without doubt the best racing game you’re likely to play this year.
Don’t be deterred by the subject matter if you think you don’t like racing games. Dirt 2 is charming, fun and exciting all rolled up into one big ball. A lot of times when we review games here at TeamXbox, we don’t really end up playing them all that much after the review is done—even the good ones. But Dirt 2 is one of those games I can pick up at any time and still have a great time. And that simple designation is the best recommendation I can possibly give a game.
It’s fun, exciting, and the first game in five years to get me perched on the edge of the couch, coaching my car through turns by twisting my 360 controller in the air. It’s brought out my inner five-year-old and I couldn’t be much happier.
At its core, this puppy has taken its serious sim roots, mixed in a few casual-friendly options and thrown in a plethora of content (both online and offline) to keep finicky gamers interested. It kept me coming back even after failing an embarrassing number of races with my overzealous steering. Highly recommended.
Once again it seems as if Codemasters excels at what they do best, which is racing games. Without a shadow of a doubt this is the most addicting off road game to date, it's gorgeous in every aspect, provides hours of game play in single player mode, and even more in multiplayer events, handles wonderfully, and even has adjustable A.I. for various skill level gamers. If you liked the first DiRT title, then you'll love DiRT 2. If you just like racing in general and haven't tried your hand at off road rally events, you may just find yourself falling in love with a new way to race, or even if you've "been there, done that" with Colin McRae for many years, DiRT 2 still provides enough freshness and frantic racing that will make this a purchase for you as well. Enjoy your stay; it's going to be a bumpy ride!
Seit DiRT versteht es die Colin-Serie, den idealen Mittelweg zwischen Simulation und Arcade-Raserei zu finden. Es macht unglaublich viel Spaß, sich hinter das Steuer meines dicken Rallye-Wagens zu klemmen und die Gegner meinen virtuellen Dreck schlucken zu lassen. Dieses Mal bleiben die ansprechenden Rennstrecken auch von Rucklern verschont, weshalb Freunde des schmutzigen Rennsports bedenkenlos zugreifen können!
DiRT 2 is about as good of a sequel as you can ask for. It took everything that made the original so good and amplified it, while still managing to address all of the criticisms. If you love rally racing, or just racing games in general this is one of the best out there right now. Hardcore simulation fans may be disappointed by the more arcade approach, but if you can get past that you will find plenty to love with Codemasters' latest. One of the most beautiful, best playing racing games ever created; be sure not to pass it up.
t's not details like these that make Dirt 2 such a superb racing game though. What makes Dirt 2 so special is the fact that its multiple difficulty levels and forgiving gameplay mechanics make it accessible to newcomers while offering a significant challenge for veterans of Codemasters' Colin McRae Rally series and other off-road racers. There's also the single-player mode that spans no fewer than 100 events (often comprising multiple races), a suite of multiplayer options that includes plenty of different modes and leaderboards, and, of course, your sweet RV, which fills with souvenirs from all of the locations that you race at as your career progresses. If you have even a passing interest in off-road racing, you won't regret a second spent behind the wheel of Dirt 2.
DiRT 2’s got character – admittedly it’s one that’s over loud and a little obnoxious – but, as an antidote to the buttoned down brigade of driving games that are on the horizon, it’s more than welcome. Even those who might sniff at the game’s focus on the extreme end of off-road motorsport will find it hard to scoff at its rewarding handling model, its sense of atmosphere and its sumptuous visuals, all of which help make it a highlight of the Colin McRae series.
With stunning environments, a wide array of events, and an ingenious use of track surfaces, DiRT 2 is a superb ride for anyone wanting to rip through the wilderness at high speed.
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 bevat geweldige graphics, goede gameplay en bevat meer dan genoeg verschillende races en toernooien. De game is daarbij zeer toegankelijk voor iedereen. Daarom is Colin McRae: DiRT 2 een ware top titel.
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DiRT 2 is a worthy successor to the original, getting practically everything right. While I would have liked to have seen a greater emphasis on more technical rally racing, I had a blast with every aspect of the title. From the solid visuals to the sweet tracks, DiRT 2's got a lot to love.
Official XBox Magazine
After its long history of racing-game triumphs (the Colin McRae and TOCA series, Dirt, and then Grid), Dirt 2 is exactly the kind of great racing game we’ve come to expect from Codies. Cheers to them for coming through again.
Minor problems aside, DIRT 2 is everything racing fans will want from an off-road racer. The driving is fast, fun and be tailored to your skill level. Hardcore fans will work hard shaving split seconds off their best times, while novices can still work through the career and have fun with their fiends online. Wrap up this enjoyable rally experience with the best racing game visuals we've ever seen and DIRT 2 becomes a must-buy game. It's too early to give it the crown of racing game of the year, but it'll take something very special to outdo this classy Codemasters effort.
Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
More than that, though, the cars are great fun to drive, the races are exciting and each one of the courses is beautifully thought out and lavishly decorated. Codies must have faced some very tough decisions when it came to continuing the series beyond the death of its figurehead, but there's no finer tribute than a brilliant game that will introduce his legacy to legions of new fans and spark fresh interest in the sport he loved.
Dirt 2 plunders the best bits from two great racing series to create what is essentially Colin McRae: GRID. The quality is so high, you'll wonder how your console is doing this at all, let alone so seamlessly. A racing classic that does Colin McRae's memory justice.
Totally Gaming Network
Now every event can be played online with up to seven of your friends. In multiplayer every car is available despite what your progress is in your offline tour mode. There is some great damage modeling on the car and the replays after you complete a race add a cinematic feel to the game and can definitely show you some “cool” moments that happened throughout the race. Dirt 2 is a really fun racing title that everyone should be able to enjoy. If you are not a fan of one particular type of racing then you can simply play something else. If you want to complete the tour you will have to play every mode, however, it is broken up enough where everyone should be happy. Check out the demo on XBox Live and see what you think. If you like what you see I highly reccommend that you give the retail version a chance. Even if you are someone who tends to like their racers more “arcade-y” you owe it to yourself to give this title a chance. You might be surprised by how much you like it.
Dirt returns to the gaming scene better than ever and pays a nice homage to the career of Colin McRae. From bumper to bumper, DiRT 2 is a complete and feature rich experience that looks and sounds as well as it plays. Race fans should not miss this one.
All in all I was pleasantly surprised with Dirt 2, the look and feel of the game made up for the lack of the “Sim” factor, but to be honest I enjoyed the more casual approach to it. I didn’t miss the Sim like feel of the Rally Sport series as much as I thought, Dirt 2 offers up simple choices in the pits but delivers big time on the track. The casual feel extends into the events themselves by not making you have to finish all events to unlock new ones keeping the game and racing fun and fresh and still delivering a sense of accomplishment as you move from event to event. So if you enjoy rolling in the “Dirt”…had to do it, Dirt 2 is well worth your time and gaming dollar, a great racing package was delivered by Codemasters with this one.
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 is een prachtig product geworden. De game heeft het ouderwetse rallygevoel een klein beetje verlaten en de nadruk op spektakel gelegd. Als purist vind ik dat een klein beetje jammer, maar ik heb wel enorm van de game genoten. Het ziet er fantastisch uit, het heeft een perfect racegevoel en dankzij de flashback hoef je nooit meer een race vijfhonderd meter voor het einde opnieuw te doen. Een must-have voor elke raceliefhebber.
If you have any interest at all in rally racing, then Dirt 2 is simply a must play. Even if your interests in the racing genre lie in other disciplines, you’d still likely do well to give Dirt 2 a try. By combining fantastic presentation with impressive racing action, Dirt 2 could very well be the sleeper victor in a very crowded genre.
„Colin Mc Rae: Dirt 2“ hat mich auf der einen Seite ein wenig enttäuscht und auf der anderen doch wieder sehr überrascht. Leider gibt es für ein Renn-Spiel relativ wenig Autos zum kaufen, und auch Langzeit-Motivation ist im Karriere-Modus auch nicht gerade großgeschrieben. Dafür hat mich voller Überraschung der Online-Modus sehr überzeugt. Im Großen und Ganzen ist „Dirt 2“ eine gelungene Fortsetzung mit kleinen Macken. Trotzdem sollte jeder der auf Rallye und Renn-Games steht zumindest einmal die Demo-Version herunterladen. Fans der Serie können blind zugreifen.
Dirt 2 is an exceptionally well made, accessible racing game. While some hardcore racing fans may not like some of the arcade-style aspects of it, most gamers will be won over by the brilliant graphics and addictive gameplay. If you're not a rally fan, after playing Dirt 2, I assure you will be.
There is a lot of racing here to keep fans happy, and really, that’s the important thing. With online tournaments that take a leaf from Project Gotham 3’s book there’s also a reason to keep playing long after you’ve completed the 100 career events. With plenty of other driving games either fresh on the market or soon to drop, it would appear that Colin McRae DiRT 2 has the off-road side of the fence stitched up. If you’re a fan of racing through mud and dust, you’re not going to find a title out there that’s better than this.
Dirt 2 isn’t only for rally fans; it’s for all racing fans that have ever enjoyed pushing the pedal to medal in neck-and-neck high speed race. Not only does Dirt 2 have the speed, but it also has the danger, the graphics, and polish to be one of the most notable racers in the "next-generation" era of gaming. Codemasters knows how to make an impact and Dirt 2 continues to push the boundaries of off-road racing to the next level. The purists might not want to admit it, but hell; Dirt 2 is one smashing rally racing game. Sure, the sim aspects have been toned down, but Dirt 2 still has enough mojo to make you forget what you've missed in the first place. If you are a fan of racing games then Dirt 2 should be moved up in your priority list... this is one racer you shouldn't miss. Colin McRae would be proud, Codemasters has done it again.
Dirt 2 is the first of the big racing games about to be introduced to our consoles with the others (and perhaps bigger names) such as Gran Turismo 5, PGR5 and Blur all on the Horizon. The advantage that Dirt 2 has is that it is out first, is quite diverse and is also a very good racer (both in looks and execution). Whether you intend to buy these other games or not this title is certainly worth a look in the meantime.
En definitiva estamos ante un juego sobresaliente, un título que apuesta por ofrecer carreras de estilo extremo pero que requieran cierta habilidad, como intentando tender un puente entre los numerosos juegos arcade de este estilo y los simuladores más tradicionales. Sin duda lo consigue, abriéndose a más jugadores, pero abandonando esa simulación que muchos buscarán, nostálgicos de aquellos juegos de Colin McRae que no llevaban ese "Dirt" molón. El buen ritmo del modo carrera, sus numerosas posibilidades, el doblaje al castellano y detalles como la aparición de "míticos" como Dave Mirra o Travis Pastrana, que te hablan y son tus colegas, lo convierten en un juego muy entretenido y llevadero, y las carreras son lo suficientemente buenas y variadas como para que logre ser bastante adictivo. Muy recomendado para todos los fans de la velocidad.
Im Prinzip wurde hier GRID ins schroffe Gelände übertragen, wo man durch die vielen Unebenheiten noch deutlich mehr durchgeschüttelt wird als auf den Asphalt-Pisten - einfach schön! Aber warum wurde der Umfang so stark kastriert? Und so motivierend und cool sich die neue Dirt-Tour auch präsentiert: Eine zusätzliche klassische WM im alten Stil hätte dem Spiel auch nicht geschadet - im Vorgänger ging es doch auch! Außerdem sollten sich die Entwickler langsam mal ihre Rempel-KI zur Brust nehmen, die schon im ersten Dirt, bei GRID und jetzt auch bei Dirt 2 einige Rennen durch unfaire Aktionen versaut! Doch der kurzzeitige Frust ist schnell vergessen, wenn man beim neuen Anlauf wieder die malerischen Kulissen genießt und sowohl offline als auch online vom überzeugenden Renngeschehen gepackt wird. Colin McRae Dirt 2 ist abseits der Simulationspfade momentan das Maß aller Dinge im virtuellen Rallye-Motorsport!
DiRT 2 consigue algo que parecía difícil, mejorar su brillante primera parte. Con esta entrega la saga de conducción de Colin McRae consolida una de sus mejores entregas de la historia, y nos ofrece el mejor videojuego de off-road de la actual generación de videoconsolas. DiRT 3 tendrá el listón altísimo.
Planet Xbox 360
DiRT 2 is honestly one of the year’s best surprises in the sense that it surpasses expectations. The multiplayer this time around is improved by leaps and bounds since it now supports up to eight players competing to cross the finish line. Even for gamers who don’t appreciate the racing genre, there’s a lot of fun to be had in DiRT 2.
A definite step up from the original in more ways than one. Immersive racing, jaw-dropping visuals, an extensive career and a vastly improved online mode make up for the game's few minor annoyances... like riding in vehicles that just aren’t that fun. It would be nice to see Codemasters step back towards the rally and rallycross aspects of the title for the inevitable sequel and leave the frankly boring aspects behind. Let’s face it, racing buggies and hummers isn’t exactly what I call fun. I wouldn’t race in them in any other racing game, so why force me to race them now? Otherwise, Dirt 2 is an impressive racer, but it kind of makes you think about what could have been though.
MS Xbox World
If you're not so fond of the realistic or simulation based racers such as Forza Motorsport or Race Pro, and prefer the more approachable, and more importantly arcade racers such as the likes of the Project Gotham Racing series, GRID and of course the original DiRT, then Colin McRae: DiRT 2 will certainly appeal as the finest racer of 2009, even if it is somewhat over shadowed by the dated original.
Game Informer Magazine
Dirt 2’s amenities aren’t the only thing it has going for it. Codemasters’ bread and butter – racing – comes through loud and clear. The speed and hair-raising moments of rally racing or the more technical rally cross tracks require different racing mindsets, and the more offroad truck races (no semis this time, though) are another matter altogether. The game contains the sophistication of a sim-racer while still packing enough pick-up-and-play fun for anyone watching from the couch. I don’t imagine, however, that there are going to be a lot of people content to simply sit and watch Dirt 2 without getting their hands on it.
DiRT 2 is different enough from its predecessor that this can be considered a companion piece to the original, as opposed to a full-blown sequel. This isn't a knock on the game at all. The graphics are a little better than the original, as is the sound; the atmosphere also has a better sense of immersion than in games past. However, some of the more serious aspects of rally racing, which were present in the prior version, are now missing. The 100-person online play, even if it wasn't simultaneous, will also be missed. Gamers looking for a more involving pure rally simulation will be better off playing the older titles, as the rally racing has been toned down. Those looking for an off-road racing game, though, should look no further, as this is the absolute best of the bunch.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Though Dirt 2's hip new outlook is a bit irksome, it's still an excellent racing game. It looks incredible, the driving is a lot of fun and it's got a healthy online component. Touches like using your 360 avatar as a windshield ornament, the way old buildings will actually fall apart when you crash into them and the game's music running backwards when reversing a replay all demonstrate the care and with which Codemasters have put this game together. The game's range of courses and cars aren't as far reaching as most titles, but Dirt 2 opts for quality over quantity. If you're into racing games, this one is a no-brainer.
Eine grandiose Fahrphysik, das gefühlvolle Gasspiel, die knackig harten Kurse und die erlebbar unterschiedlichen Fahrweisen der Boliden machen Colin McRae Dirt 2 zum Hit. Schade nur, dass die Simulationsserie ein wenig in den Casual-Sog geraten ist: Den nächsten Teil wünschen wir uns mit weniger Erfahrungspunkte-Gedöns, dafür mit 30 Wagenmodellen mehr.
Dirt 2 is prettier than its predecessor, has more varied tracks and a functional multiplayer offering. What it doesn’t have is a focus on pure time-trial rally races, which is really what I expect from a rally game. The other disciplines are fun to dabble in, but I’m old school and want a bit more tradition from a racing game. Dirt 2 is a solid racing game with some really fun events and a slick menu system, but it could use a little less of the arcade action and a bit more of the sim. I think the vast majority of racing fans are going to love what Dirt 2 has to offer, but there will be a few who long for the days when a hill climb was considered the ultimate racing experience.
Though some parts of the game tend to be frustrating in how poorly they were handled, Dirt 2 is still a good, fun racing game in a genre that's underrepresented on every console. This is one of those strange games that manages to exceed the sum of its parts, that being a hodgepodge of off-road racing styles thrown together and tied together with the whole X-Games thing. Thankfully those styles resulted in some good racing action, though as one might expect, the rally racing still manages to be the best part of the game. It almost validates some of the crazies who have practically pinned Codemasters to the stake for distancing themselves from the genre. Thanks to a lengthy career mode and solid online, the game has tons of value for its $60 price and is one of the few choices for genre fans. At least it's a good one. Long as you're not hung up on the whole rally thing, Dirt 2 delivers solid fun.
Teaming up with other drivers (player or CPU-controlled) is an interesting addition to the gameplay. It makes racing a bit more dynamic than before. For that reason, I'd sooner recommend you play this one in multiplayer. Otherwise you may not get the full effect if you stick with the Career Mode. The previous game made if possible for 100 people to take part in online racing. The major bummer was that you couldn't compete with others on the same track. Now, each event in the game can be experienced online against or with up to seven other players. Getting into the races this way, literarily changes the overall appeal of DiRT 2, making it one of the most enjoyable driving games I've played in a long, long time.
Enfin un digne successeur de Rallisport Challenge 2 doté d'une réalisation qui casse la baraque.
With a career mode that will keep you busy for hours on end, high quality multiplayer and excellent presentation values, DiRT 2 should appeal to just about anybody. There is almost no end to this title - the career mode is gigantic, and will take about as long to play through as the most expansive games in the genre. That length is then further expanded with a well-designed multiplayer mode component. This excellent rally experience should not be missed by anyone with even the slightest interest in the sport.
DiRT 2 is extraordinary sensory overload. It's gorgeous, it's thoroughly addictive, it mends past problems, and it's fun. Really fun. But it won't please all the realists out there, and it may not feel quite so perfect over the long haul. At $60, maybe it should have.
All in all Dirt 2 is a marked improvement on Dirt and a solid entry into the McRae series. It will have its detractors and traditionalists who will look down on it, but in a sport that is fading away in popularity it has enough to keep people interested. Dirt 2 is never going to be your main racer and it does have its faults, namely online ranked matches and the lack of a Championship mode, yet it is a perfect partner to your main racing game and works as a lovely pick up and play title.
DiRT 2 es, por tanto, un juego de carreras terriblemente divertido y espectacular, una delicia para los aficionados a la velocidad y uno de los mejores del año en su género. Completamente recomendado dejar atrás lo que esperábamos de un juego que está bajo la sombra del nombre Colin McRae y dejarse llevar por la velocidad, las curvas cerradas, los coches impactando y los pedazos de carrocería volando por doquier.
The presentation and X-Games affiliation don’t feel like the most natural directions for the series, nor the most effective, and often Dirt 2 seems like it’s simply trying too hard. But look beyond that and it’s clear that Codemasters is as attuned to track-building and racecraft as it has ever been.
Dirt 2 leek in de eerste instantie een gepimpte versie het eerste deel te worden, met vooral de nadruk op het showelement en overdreven spektakel. Codemasters heeft echter opnieuw een racer van formaat afgeleverd. Schitterende graphics gecombineerd met uitdagende gameplay en uitstekend racegevoel maken van Dirt 2 een waardige opvolger.
With the arcade racing innovation of Split/Second and Blur just around the corner, and the simulation behemoths of Forza 3 and Gran Turismo 5 occupying the other end of the scale, DiRT 2 – with its ultimately well-judged balance between substance and style – is perfectly placed to occupy the niche that exists between both racing camps. The purists, those reared on the early Playstation games, may gripe that this isn’t the McRae series of yore. And they’d be right. For DiRT 2 is something altogether more ambitious, interesting and fun. It’s also a fitting testament to the great man himself.
Aesthetically Dirt 2 is incredible. On the inside though it is flawed – the arcade nature of the game has changed the handling and feel to the game and for that, it could well be the downfall for the title. Let’s hope the next instalment which will probably feature without the Colin McRae subtitle, will improve things, otherwise repetition and off-road racing is not a good mix. Dirt 2 is a definite recommendation and worth a rent, but it’s not riding on the success of the original.
Ultimately though, my complaints about DiRT 2 are very minor. The game captures the fun of arcade racing while keeping its little toe in the simulation pool. It's only a minor step up from GRiD, but DiRT 2 continues Codemaster's work to perfect its already entertaining racing formula. The game will probably disappoint gamers looking for a hardcore, rally simulation, but the truth is they'll probably be having too much fun to notice.
In other words, if getting “knocked up” is something your “mates” regularly do to you, then you’ll probably wonder why Codemasters decided to “cock up” the series. For everyone else, Dirt 2 is a fine sequel to Grid… um, I mean, Dirt.
Imagine my surprise then that the game seems as huge step backward compared to the first game in terms of content. Retailers such as GAME expect you to pay £45 for this, that's more than £5 per full rally stage. No doubt we'll be offered some courses as DLC, but Dirt 2 really can't be said to offer value for money without at least 10 more rally courses at a bare minimum. I really enjoyed playing Dirt 2. It breaks my heart really to give it a low overall score, but you just can't expect people to pay high prices for very little content. In these hard economic times value for money is as important as gameplay.
The Video Game Critic
There's a lot of edgy guitar music, and the load screens are nicely disguised by colorful montages previewing the race ahead. Still, there's nothing really exceptional about Dirt 2. The controls are hard to grasp, and you'll be hitting restart a lot. The "flashback" option lets you "rewind" a race to correct a mistake, but this feature is both cheap and poorly explained. There's no split-screen option. The game also places too much emphasis on superfluous unlockables like liveries and dashboard toys. Who gives a [expletive]? All in all, Dirt 2 is a serviceable rally racer that fails to stand out from the crowd. Casual gamers need not apply.