Summary: When Codemasters announced DiRT 2 , I was very happy to see that it still had Colin McRae's name on it. I found the first game to be "okay," and after playing the demo for this second installment, it seemed we had a great racing title on the way that would outperform its predecessor and honor the memory of the man whose name graced its cover. Did it succeed? Not to spoil what comes after the break, but yes. Yes, it certainly did.
Excerpt: There's no sense mincing words here: DiRT 2 is an amazing game, and anyone who even remotely appreciates the racing genre will love it. It's intense, accessible, and gorgeous to boot. The EGO engine is in top form. The level of detail in DiRT 2 's tracks, cars, and overall presentation is phenomenal. The Menu screens are axed in favor of a well-implemented thematic approach: your RV and the tables outside contain all of the game's Menus.
Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Latest Videos DiRT 2 – L.A Rallycross Trailer Codemasters have made a name for themselves developing and publishing some of the best rally racing games in the last two generations. Those games concentrated on the rally point to point races and offered a little variety all around. With the release of Dirt in 2007, the developers slightly messed around with the formula.
Excerpt: Well, with Gran Turismo 5 not hitting its much anticipated December release, that means that the fight for racing game of the year becomes that much more attainable to all of the other racers that made it this year. Wait, pump the brakes...how many qualifying racers did we even get this year? Sure Gran Turismo PSP was fun, but it was missing a plethora of options failing to compete with the big boys. So that leaves Need for Speed: SHIFT.
Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: In Dirt 2, you assume the role of an up-and-coming race driver who's competing on the off-road circuit against such pros as Ken Block and Travis Pastrana for the first time. That's a daunting prospect, but one of the many great things about Codemasters' latest racer is that you can have a lot of fun with it and end the lengthy Dirt Tour career mode a champion regardless of your skill level.
Pros: Variable difficulty caters to players of all skill levels, Lengthy career mode is tough to put down, Multiplayer is lag-free and loads of fun, Audio and visual presentation is superb