posted by flyboy8498 (ELIZABETHTOWN, KY) Sep 13, 2009
Member since Aug 2009
gamers (70%) found this review helpful
DiRT2 has virtually all the qualities you want in a game of this nature, & it is one you can't put the controller down once you start playing.
The graphics are off the charts & eye popping. There are no flaws that I could see. The water splashes like it should when you fly though it, the naturistic things like grass & dirt acts the way it is suppose to, the enviorment is very realistic, & it continues on from there.
The main improvement from Dirt to Dirt2 is flashback. Codemasters took the flashback idea from Grid & applied it to Dirt2. That can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. From a casual gamers stand point, it most likely is good. From an expert gamers stand point, it may not be as good.
The handling of each car is darn near realistic. Brakes become more & more useless as the race progresses, & vehicles want to drift around each corner. Casual gamers & beginningers to DiRT will have a learning curve to this, but it's WELL worth the effort put in to it.
There are less rally events compared to stadium events, but that is the way the audience is going these days. Is it more proffitable to show Mirra, McRae, & Pastrana at the X Games or is it more proffitable to show them at a rally event? Along with the stadium events, the races become shorter, but that is the nature of that beast.
There aren't a whole lot of tracks, which is great in my opinion. There are more emphasis put on a few tracks & the quality of them compared to a little emphasis put on a lot of tracks & the quality. Less tracks inevitably equals better quality.
This game is great for casual & expert gamers alike. There is a cavet here: If you're use to NASCAR racing and going 100mph at all times, and expect it to work here, you WILL be BADLY disappointed. With patience & a small learning curve, this game is VERY rewarding & I would recommend it to everyone. The problems are so minescule that they are far over shaddowed by the greatness of gameplay.
posted by SergeantPope (CHARLESTON, IL) Sep 16, 2009
Member since Apr 2007
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
I never played Dirt one, but i played Grid, which from what i heard was the same just all on road game. But for Dirt 2, you live in a really junky trailer, and you travel all around the world in that trailer to go to your races. And just so you know the trailer is the main menu of the game. The campaign is called Dirt Tour, and it has regular races and then it has X-Games events which are really fun. Theres a bunch of different types of races in Dirt Tour and im not going to say them all, but they really change up the game a lot and dont get you bored fast. The graphics are breath taking. One thing you have to keep in mind when your playing Code Master's racing games is that handling is very realistic and hard to control cars at high speeds, so when going into a corner slow down. But prouble one of the most recognizable things in Code Master racing games is you can rewind the game a few seconds back and start over at that time of a race. And you get more or less replays depending on your difficulty. And the multiplayer is pretty nice and will give you something to do after you beat the game. So overall this game is just amazing, and if you like racing games, this is one that you really need to try out and buy.
gamers (64%) found this review helpful
I haven't played much of the first DiRT this year so it took a little while to get used to it again, but everything about this game is better than the original. For Example...
While D1's multiplayer was simultaneous single player racing, in this game they manage to have seamless full contact multiplayer racing by limiting the draw distance of cars in front of you... not enough to be a problem though. I haven't experienced any lag yet.
D1's interface between races was very clean and professional, but in all honesty it was boring. this one is a much more Action Sports feel, and it definitely holds your attention better.
I like the chatter between drivers, but sometimes it's repetitive, and the water is nice, but after a while it's just water. Neither of these really took the score from a 10 to a 9, but what did it for me was I felt the game stopped a little short of what it could have been. there didn't seem to be any customization of how the car ran, just what it looked like and what the horns were. I think there probably could have been half a dozen more tracks, not just reverses of them.
It's definitely worth buying, but it's not worth a 10