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GamePro (US) (Sep 04, 2009)
DiRT 2 not only lives up to its spectacular predecessor, but it speeds past it in a blaze of glory.
Giant Bomb (Sep 22, 2009)
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.
TotalPlayStation (Oct 06, 2009)
DiRT 2 is one of the best racing experiences of the year. Hell, it might actually be the best racer of the year. It's certainly mine, and while I can fully understand that some might not dig the decidedly arcade bent that the Colin McRae (RIP) series has taken, the sheer amount of variety and longevity that you're given for your sixty bucks is flat-out fantastic. Combine that with a ridiculous sense of speed, some wonderful variety to the race and vehicle types and the single most impressive menus I've ever seen in a game and you'll understand why it'll take just those first 15 minutes to fall in love. Trust me.
Game Over Online (Sep 30, 2009)
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.
GameFocus (Sep 28, 2009)
I know that I’ve probably overstated it, but really, for rally fans and people who enjoy a different racing experience, this is the perfect package. It is the quintessential rallying experience and really your only option for a racing game that not only gets the spirit of rally right, but also features it as the primary game mode. 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 controller in the air. It’s brought out my inner five-year-old and I couldn’t be much happier.
Game Shark (Oct 02, 2009)
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.
Play.tm (Sep 04, 2009)
DiRT 2 has all the flair and panache we've come to expect from the franchise, building upon an IP that has come to represent the very best in off-road racing. Eight-player online racing provides endless gameplay and all eight of the relevant disciplines are catered for, from point-to-point endurance to time trials, rally and beyond. It is without doubt the most comprehensive and utterly playable off-road racing title we've ever played, the pitch perfect balance between immediate arcade gratification and detailed authenticity making for a matchless rally experience. Colin McRae: DiRT 2 is simply racing at its most unreservedly sublime.
Gaming Nexus (Nov 02, 2009)
This is a fun rally racing game that leans more toward arcade action than driving simulation. Newcomers will find it easy to get into and advanced players will enjoy multiplayer. The graphics and in-game presentation are well done.
videogamer.com (Sep 04, 2009)
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.
IGN UK (Sep 03, 2009)
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.
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.
XGN (Sep 04, 2009)
Ondanks dat het oude WRC-gevoel met Colin McRae in de hoofdrol niet meer aanwezig is in de game, is het Codemasters gelukt om een geweldig spel neer te zetten. De game draait niet meer alleen om rally, maar bevat nu veel meer soorten racetypes. Het spel is hierdoor toegankelijk voor iedereen. Mede door de mooie graphics, leuke details en goede gameplay, is Colin McRae: DiRT 2 een echte toptitel die iedereen in huis moet halen.
GameTrailers (Sep 04, 2009)
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.
GameSpot (Sep 09, 2009)
It'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.
GamesRadar (Sep 09, 2009)
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.
TheSixthAxis (Sep 11, 2009)
Probably the best arcade driving this generation, utterly unmissable for single players and great fun online too.
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.
InsideGamer (Sep 10, 2009)
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.
Cynamite (Sep 20, 2009)
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!
PSX Extreme (Sep 27, 2009)
So, all in all, you can see that I've scored DIRT 2 higher than Need for Speed: SHIFT. But, there's one thing to remember, in my NFS review, I told EA that if they patched the game up and fixed some of the errors and glitches, I'd bump the NFS score to a 9, as well. So the war for best racer of the year isn't over, EA has three months to fix a few odd issues. Regardless of NFS, DIRT 2 is a pristine racing game. Nevermind that it's focused on rally, it feels so damn tight and responsive, on top of looking like a dream. It's one of the best playing game engines out there, and one of the best looking too. And to experience this with a Logitech G25 or G27 wheel is heavenly. This is definitely my biggest surprise of the year. You must own this.
Kombo.com (Sep 28, 2009)
Truth be told, DiRT 2 is a lot like GRID. And that is perfectly acceptable. The off-road action and polished gameplay are enough to make this a real winner for racing fans. DiRT 2 walks the fine line between simulation and arcade racing with a great acrobatic routine that keeps each style in a harmonious balance that is fueled by adrenaline and high-octane gasoline. With the most polish and highest production values yet, DiRT 2 should be taken out for a test drive by everyone.
Gamer Limit (Sep 28, 2009)
DiRT 2 is an unmissable package for racing enthusiasts. It may have strayed even further away from its original rally roots but the execution is near perfection, reinforcing Codemaster’s racing pedigree in the genre.
Wonderwallweb.com (Sep 06, 2009)
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.
Vandal Online (Sep 08, 2009)
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.
GameZone (Sep 04, 2009)
Many of the elements here are carry-overs from other games, but they are very well implemented into the overall design of Dirt 2. Couple that with impressive graphics, entertaining handling control schemes and you have a wonderfully enjoyable PS3 racer.
Extreme Gamer (Sep 21, 2009)
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.
4Players.de (Sep 04, 2009)
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!
Multiplayer.it (Sep 07, 2009)
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 rappresenta l'esperienza off road più completa su quattro ruote, una sarabanda di eventi e competizioni in giro per il mondo, bellissimo da vedere, divertente e frenetico, ma che relega il rally (come il nuovo corso impone), in un angolo. I molti livelli di difficoltà e l'inserimento del replay rendono il gioco adattabile ad ogni tipo di giocatore, ma proprio questa nuova feature potrebbe non piacere a tutti facilitando troppo le cose soprattutto ai livelli più bassi di difficoltà. In definitiva Dirt 2 è un ottimo titolo automobilistico, in bilico tra attitudine arcade e simulazione, con una doppia anima che oggettivamente funziona, ma che ci lascia un pò spiazzati sul reale focus del gioco.
While some might consider off-road racing a “niche” category without much wide appeal, they would be dead wrong when it comes to DiRT 2. This title manages to combine the fun and excitement of the X Games with a technically solid racing engine and come up with an experience that can satisfy nearly every kind of race fan. Add to that tons of unlockables and challenges, toss in some excellent multiplayer, shake well with a lot of attitude, and you’ve got a game that no racing enthusiast should miss!
Digital Chumps (Sep 18, 2009)
So Dirt 2 has renewed by faith in Rally racing games and made me hope and pray that people buy this enough to warrant a Dirt 3. With so many tracks, so many cars and so many ways to improve yourself in Dirt 2, I can't see how people would NOT want to take part in this game. Truly one of the better racing games in the last five to seven years.
411mania.com (Oct 20, 2009)
Dirt 2 is easily one of the best arcade racers on the market. In fact if you only own an Xbox 360 I’d argue that it’s quite possibly the best arcade racer on the system. Dirt 2 has amazing damage modeling, it has a sleek menu system, and the track selection is awesome. There are a few problems I have with the game such as the lack of local multiplayer, the sudden jump in difficulty, the occasional questionable spin-out due to the physics, and the tendency of the other racers not knowing when to shut up, but overall Dirt 2 is still a blast to play. It ranks right up there with Motorstorm Pacific Rift as the best arcade racer so far this generation. If only Dirt 2 had local multiplayer.
NZGamer (Oct 13, 2009)
The fact that it's called Colin McRae: Dirt 2 and is not in any way connected to the WRC means that rallying has been, to some extent, left in the dust. The focus on X-game favourites like Dave Mirra, rather then any of the really big-name rally drivers, means that this should come as no surprise. If you accept that going in you'll find a very polished, user friendly game that's packed full of fun and caked in a thick layer of dirt.
Game Informer Magazine (Sep 28, 2009)
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.
Meristation (Sep 04, 2009)
Las configuraciones mecánicas también se podrían haber mejorado y ampliado, lo cual no le quita valor a la diversión intrínseca que destila cada una de las carreras. DIRT2 es un muy buen juego de conducción, divertido, rápido, variado y espectacular. El único punto débil realmente transcendente que tiene es que no es un Colin McRae “en espíritu”, ni representa lo que los mejores juegos del piloto escocés sí nos hicieron sentir. Por eso echamos de menos a los primeros juegos de la saga, pero eso no quita que estemos ante un más que notable juego de conducción sin lugar a dudas. Seguiremos mirando con cariño los primeros “Colin McRae” y el gran “Richard Burns Rally”…
GamersGlobal (Sep 08, 2009)
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.
IGN (Sep 03, 2009)
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.
Gaming Target (Oct 05, 2009)
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 thanks to the meager racing options this fall on PS3, 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.
Games TM (Oct 01, 2009)
A compelling blend of Burnout-style accessibility and attitude, high-end handling models from the sim end of the spectrum and Codies' own top-notch production values as seen in Grid, DiRT 2 is an excellent racer indeed and arguably the best of the year so far. The Flashback feature from Grid adds to the pick-up=and-play appeal, helping you to learn from your mistakes without having to overuse the menu's Restart option. As the training wheels come off and you ramp up the difficulty at your own pace, DiRT 2 hits far more rewarding highs than it does frustrating lows. And while some may bemoan what seems like a slight lack of content, no one is going to dispute the fact that what the game does have is, on the whole, exceptional.
Eurogamer.de (Sep 11, 2009)
Was jedoch fehlt, ist Eigenständigkeit. Der Markt für Offroad-Racer ist nicht so klein. Auch wenn DiRT 2 dort definitiv zur Spitzengruppe zählt, reiht es sich brav in diese Spaß-Renner ein. Ich vermisse den alten Anspruch auf die Krone der Ralley. Der richtigen, simulierten, weniger „extremen“ und ernst gemeinten Krone. Dafür stand der Name Colin McRae und mit seinem viel zu frühen Ableben scheint dies vergessen.
Gamer.nl (Sep 09, 2009)
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.
Eurogamer.it (Sep 09, 2009)
Sebbene la maggior semplicità proposta possa in qualche modo deludere le aspettative dei giocatori più hardcore, DiRT 2 si dimostra prodotto di innegabile qualità, capace di assicurare un’esperienza di gioco coinvolgente e soprattutto divertente. Se siete appassionati di rally e, più generalmente, di simulazioni automobilistiche, questo titolo saprà regalarvi immense soddisfazioni seppur con qualche piccolo compromesso.
DarkZero (Oct 23, 2009)
While racing games – especially those of the Xtreme variety – are a dime a dozen nowadays, Dirt 2 features enough modes, extras, and overall dedication to detail that helps it stand above the pack. It may be somewhat lacking in old-school racing challenges, and can prove daunting for newbie racers, but the sheer volume of content far overshadows the game’s faults. Until Gran Turismo 5 arrives to challenge the crown, Dirt 2 stands as king of the racing mountain on the PS3.
Bordersdown (Nov, 2009)
DiRT 2 is a superb celebration of rallying as a sport, with a mixture of new events, which deserves to be played and enjoyed by any gamer with even a passing interest in the genre. The only real caveat is how much a potential player can stomach the more American-slanted approach the series is adopting with the departure of McRae.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Sep 03, 2009)
Although DiRT 2 won't satisfy the hardcore's demands for a return to the serious tone of the old-school Colin McRae titles, this is nevertheless a fine sequel to an admirable title. Adding GRID's flashback feature allows the game to hit that sweet spot of accessibility without blunting its appeal, and allied to a plethora of consistently entertaining race disciplines and locations, it's an absorbing and technically accomplished experience from start to finish.
Everyeye.it (Sep 04, 2009)
Codemasters taglia prima il traguardo e vince senz’altro la sfida. Colin Mcrae Dirt 2 è un gioco decisamente accattivante. A colpire è soprattutto la struttura di gioco, ricchissima di eventi, tipologie di gare, categorie di veicoli e obiettivi da completare. Dirt riesce nell'intento di far respirare all'utente l'atmosfera di un tour rallistico, coinvolgendolo ed invogliandolo a proseguire. Resta però da precisare qual'è la natura del titolo: nonostante siano molte le impostazioni per regolare il livello di difficoltà, il comportamento degli avversari e della propria vettura, Dirt 2 non elimina mai del tutto un'impostazione evidentemente arcade, in cui gestire i sovrasterzi è davvero molto facile ed il comportamento del mezzo appare sempre “stilizzato”. Gli amanti della simulazione devono quindi aspettare ancora (magari quel GT 5 che al suo interno includerà anche la WRC). Eppure, Dirt 2 resta un prodotto fortemente consigliato, per chi cerca un'esperienza longeva, divertente e veloce.
Teletext (2009)
The game is clearly aimed at a more casual audience than ever before (no race seems to last more than five minutes) but viewed as a standalone title the legion of fudges work. The graphics are superb throughout and the multiplayer seems to be much improved from the original DiRT. If at the end it's not the rally game that long-time fans actually wanted you can only really blame global economics.
GameSpy (Sep 15, 2009)
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.
Eurogamer.pt (Sep 05, 2009)
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 é um bom jogo. Temos um modo carreira de 100 eventos, mas um pouco chato de jogar, pois passamos diversas vezes nas mesmas pistas, onde facilmente poderia ter sido colmatado pela introdução de pistas reais ou fictícias de rally como na Suécia ou Reino Unido. Mas com o modo multiplayer teremos sempre muita diversão. Sentimos claro falta de carros como Ford Focus WRC, Toyota Celica e Lancia Delta. Os gráficos são o ponto forte do jogo com o realismo dos efeitos de luz, danos, sujidade nos carros e a água, com bonitos e grandes cenários e o frame rate do jogo sempre na perfeição. Um jogo que pretende agradar à generalidade dos jogadores com as suas diversas provas.
Game Positive (Sep 28, 2009)
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.
1UP (Sep 10, 2009)
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.
Game Revolution (Sep 09, 2009)
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.

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