(http://www.dirt2game.com)  Rated T for Teen by the ESRB.  After the death of Colin McRae 2 years ago, Game Developer, “Codemasters” has released their once again strangely spelled sequel to Colin McRae: DiRT (which was released in America as just “DiRT”) for the Xbox360, PS3, and PC. And they have definitely not disappointed. In this tribute to an iconic sports legend, you race all across the world to various locations doing what rally racers do best, going fast and getting dirty. As you progress throughout the game you slowly unlock new cars and new tracks, eventually going to three different X-games and participating in several World Tours.

(http://www.dirt2game.com)  Rated T for Teen by the ESRB.  After the death of Colin McRae 2 years ago, Game Developer, “Codemasters” has released their once again strangely spelled sequel to Colin McRae: DiRT (which was released in America as just “DiRT”) for the Xbox360, PS3, and PC. And they have definitely not disappointed. In this tribute to an iconic sports legend, you race all across the world to various locations doing what rally racers do best, going fast and getting dirty. As you progress throughout the game you slowly unlock new cars and new tracks, eventually going to three different X-games and participating in several World Tours.

 

Presentation:

The game starts with you as a rookie driver, just being shown the ropes to off-road racing. This allows for the introduction of tutorials in different racing variants while still holding the illusion that you are inside of the racing world and tiny details help make what could be a good game into something that is truly amazing. The menus don’t feel like menus, the driving feels natural, and the scenery feels real. You will travel to such locations as Croatia, Los Angeles, and China and you will interact with such racing legends as: Ken Block, Katie Justice, and Dave Mirra.

 

Graphics:

One look at the opening scene of DiRT 2 and my jaw hit the floor. Everything was spectacular, from the beautiful shine of the cars, to the masterpieces of backgrounds, to the procedurally generated dirt that accumulates on your car. It’s obvious that plenty of time was spent on making this game look nice. The instant replay feature is evidence. During the race you can go back a few seconds in time just to watch what you just did. Watching the replay reels after the race sometimes was just as fun as racing. However, one detail that didn’t impress me was the damage applied to the car throughout the race, sometimes it felt like “cookie-cutter” damage and didn’t match the intensity of the crash that your car just experienced.

         

Gameplay:

Whenever there is a racing game, you can typically break it down into either a realistic racing game or an arcade racing game. DiRT 2 broke the mold by incorporating the best elements of both. It’s extraordinarily realistic, meaning that if you plan on making a turn at 100 miles per hour, you better think twice. But at the same time, you are given a limited number of replays where you can use the instant replay feature to travel up to about 15 seconds back in time to correct your mistake. But the entire time, the flow of the race never seems to break. Also, there are several different race variants, allowing you to take your pick and only play your favorite types. For example, some races are strictly time based, allowing you to rid yourself of pesky competitors slamming into you while you’re trying to maneuver. While others specifically put you close together so you can use the close quarters to use your opponents against themselves.

 

Sound:

Throughout the game and even during the menu you are presented with an amazing soundtrack of songs that exemplify the mood and feel of off-road racing. However, if you stop and listen, you may notice something strange: there is no music during a race. The interesting thing is that it doesn’t seem to matter. During the race, instead you are treated to the wonderful sound of your car revving, the sounds of your car as you slide past dirt onto asphalt, and much more. You are given the less traditional, but much more amazing “music” of the race. The sounds that you hear throughout the game are what make this game more than just good.

 

Longevity:

Unfortunately, the total amount of game play may just be this game’s biggest shortcoming. With only 9 different World locations, there is a limit to how many tracks there are. It may say that there is more than one track per location, but most of the time it is only slightly modified from another or perhaps ran backwards. You may find yourself playing a “new” track but experience a feeling of déjà vu the entire time. Fortunately, DiRT 2 slightly overcomes this downfall by having so many different racing types.  Also with how many cars you can purchase throughout the game and with all the different paint jobs you can unlock for them it evens out to be quite a long game play experience.

       

 

Innovation:

DiRT 2 doesn’t bring too many new things to the table. Except for the ability to use the instant replay feature mentioned earlier. However, they did do an amazing job of taking the best concepts from various games and combining them into one truly amazing game.

 

Conclusion:

A game that will blow you away with graphics, suck you in with intense adrenaline fueled racing, and keep you racing till your fingers bleed. DiRT 2 is definitely a game that everyone should try at the very least. While it isn’t the best game on the market by far, it should definitely warrant some attention. However, if you are fan of rally racing or any off-road racing, this game is definitely a must-buy.

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