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: 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.
Conclusion: Relativement fun, Colin Mc Rae Dirt 2 pousse le raisonnement initié avec Dirt 1 un peu plus loin. Faisant état de belles qualités techniques, il gomme en plus bien des inconforts nés d'une jouabilité qui fut bien moins compatissante avec nos nerfs. Si la physique des véhicules ressemble de plus en plus à ce que l'on est en droit d'attendre, n'allez toutefois pas vous faire une fausse idée en pensant que Dirt 2 est une simulation de courses tout terrain.
Pros: Graphiquement léché, Fun et bigarré, Musique terrible
Cons: Un peu redondant dans les circuits, Parfois trop facile
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: 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.
Excerpt: Following up on the successful racing game DiRT from 2007 is Codemasters' sequel DiRT 2. Actually the franchise has existed much longer than that, but with a different name. The Colin McRae racing games always had a hardcore following with its ultra realistic rally car racing niche, yet failed to catch on to a broader audience. Codemasters let go of the Colin McRae name (sadly he passed away in a helicopter accident) and created DiRT in its place.
Conclusion: Concept: Dirt 2 fleshes out the first title, making it a more full-fledged experience
Graphics: This is undeniably one damn fine looking game
Sound: The soundtrack is pretty good, and I like how you can choose the voice of your co-pilot from either a female American or a Scotsman. Voiceovers from Travis Pastrana and Ken Block also add flavor
Playability: Hardcore drivers might not like that you can’t tweak your rides under the hood.
Conclusion: When stacked up against the first installment of the DiRT series, DiRT 2 provides a gaming experience that’s on par, and even better in several different areas. Fans of off-road racing games will love the level of value and content that Codemasters has provided within this title. If you are a fan of both simulation and arcade-style racing games, you will feel at home with how Codemasters took elements of both styles in order to create a unique and interesting gaming...
Conclusion: 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.