Have you ever loved something BEFORE it became POP culture? That is kind of how I felt about Dirt 2. I Loved the orginal Dirt, I enjoyed the sequel, however, it has gone very mainstream racer. It seems to throw an energy drink plug at you every chance it gets. The race types are cool, there more than just your typical offroad types such as Raids, Hillclimbs and Rally's. In fact, Rallys actually take a backseat in this title. Since Rallys are my personal favorite race type, I actually spent time looking for "Rally" events in the event selection menu. Overall here is the breakdown.
+ The game looks good on consoles and PC. Car reflections are nice and the jungle stages are colorful
+/- Sound is Meh. Nothing really new over the first installment. You will hear the car slide on gravel and splash through puddles. The crowd will cheer when you jump.
+ The menu design is wonderful. This is something Codemasters is known for. Navigation of the menus are a breeze and beautiful to look at.
+ I could look at the stages over and over again. My recommendation is to start out on casual until you get a feel for the handling, then bump it up to Serious difficulty.
+The game plays without too many hiccups. The handling is tight when it should be, in all actualality, its a little too tight on loose tracks.