Excerpt: With the untimely death of Colin McRae in 2007, Codemasters had a lot to live up to with the second outing of off road racer, Colin McRae: Dirt 2. In a bold move with the franchise the original Dirt had a bit of a shaky start breaking away from its grass root rally home and moving into a broader off road racer that split gamers in two as to whether this was a good idea. Sales were good but the jury was out even though it gained critical acclaim.
Excerpt: You wouldn’t know that Colin McRae: DiRT 2 was developed by a British developer: it’s headlined by a group of American drivers (Ken Block, Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra and Tanner Faust) and the presentation is way overdone, so much so that it’s over the top. Codemasters are obviously aiming to make an impact in the American market as this sequel is even more Americanised than the original.
Summary: DiRT 2 is the first of this years big racing games to the track and it’s undeniably made its mark at the top of the grid. With competitors like Need for Speed: Shift and Forza 3 all vying for your money, Codemasters have made a game that any fan of racing games must have in their collection.
Excerpt: If review scores were handed out for slickness alone Codemasters' Colin McRae: DIRT 2 would be an easy 10. It positively oozes class from the moment the 'press start' screen pops up, whether it be the slick in-game menu system, the neat loading screen info or the simple fact that you can make the voice over man use your real name. This is about as polished as a video game can get and we're only talking about the menu system.
Excerpt: Flu, stomach bugs, the cold – everyone gets infected with something in their lives. Army surplus quantities of chicken soup and a trip to the doctor later and we’re back on our feet. Although, if Dark Sector’s Hayden Tenno walked into his local GP he’d probably shit his pants. Stuck behind enemy lines in the remote Russian town of Lasria, Tenno is infected with a deadly virus which slowly mutates the carrier into a mindless, brutal killing machine.
Excerpt: If there’s one thing Colin McRae DiRT 2 (CMD2) does correctly it’s to pay tribute. Right from the start of this off road racing game it brings his name into play with fitting respect for what he had achieved in his life. Your first car in the single player game is Colin’s own from his appearance at the X-Games. There’s something here for everyone too.
Summary: Codemasters has stepped up its place in the racing genre over the course of this console generation. Dirt 2 follows suit with another solid entry of exciting rally-based gameplay. The battle-tested Ego engine looks gorgeous even at the fastest speeds, and the overall driving experience is a blast. Once again everything is wrapped in top-notch presentation, from the UI to the other drivers calling you by name during the races.
Excerpt: Two years ago, DiRT not only continued the Colin McRae series’ tradition of providing a top-notch rally racing game, but also enhanced it with incredible graphics, smooth controls, and one of the slickest menus systems ever seen in a racing game. Now, after a misstep with Fuel, Codemasters is back in full force with DiRT 2. It not only refines the already-excellent gameplay of the original, but revamps the career mode with a new structure and event options.
Conclusion: This gets old fast- but if any of you remember the 200 miles driven achievement from the original Dirt- finishing the game and all its events is a matter of endurance over fun. To sum up my in a minute review, Dirt 2 is a highly recommended rental or a buy if you can finish it and flip it while it's still new. It is a quality product and has lots of style and personality.