DiRT 2
Excellent Critical Reception
Xbox 360
September 8, 2009
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September 9, 2009 - Excellent - The graphics remain impressive through the whole experience, the game is welcoming and fun for gamers of all skill levels, and online play should keep the game interesting for a long time to come.
September 14, 2009 - Excellent - All of this combines to form a wonderful racing experience that Colin McRae would be proud of, so pick up Dirt 2, rev some engines and enjoy one of 2009's best.
September 4, 2009 - Excellent - There are so many courses, cars and race types in DiRT 2 that it's almost overwhelming to look at your world map. At one point I had almost 30 unlocked, un-played events just waiting to be tackled. It's a dense game with a lot to do, and you'll want to do it all.
September 28, 2009 - Excellent - DIRT 2 is an unmissable package for racing enthusiasts. It may have strayed even further away from its original rally roots but the execution is near perfection, reinforcing Codemaster's racing pedigree in the genre.
October 2, 2009 - Excellent - At its core, this puppy has taken its serious sim roots, mixed in a few casual-friendly options and thrown in a plethora of content to keep finicky gamers interested. It kept me coming back even after failing an embarrassing number of races with my overzealous steering. Highly recommended.
September 8, 2009 - Excellent - If you have even a passing interest in off-road racing, you won't regret a second spent behind the wheel of Dirt 2.
September 4, 2009 - Excellent - Dirt 2 plunders the best bits from two great racing series to create what is essentially Colin McRae: GRID. The quality is so high, you'll wonder how your console is doing this at all, let alone so seamlessly. A racing classic that does Colin McRae's memory justice.
September 4, 2009 - Excellent - With stunning environments, a wide array of events, and an ingenious use of track surfaces, DiRT 2 is a superb ride for anyone wanting to rip through the wilderness at high speed.
September 23, 2009 - Excellent - Dirt 2 eclipses its predecessor on every front, and packages it in a modern, accessible package that race fans of any gaming pedigree are sure to enjoy.
September 4, 2009 - Excellent - [DiRT 2 is] a worthy update that could have done with another year or so in production, to ensure flawless handling and lush visuals could be matched in the longevity department.
September 4, 2009 - Excellent - After its long history of racing-game triumphs, Dirt 2 is exactly the kind of great racing game we've come to expect from Codies. Cheers to them for coming through again.
September 4, 2009 - Excellent - Codies must have faced some very tough decisions when it came to continuing the series beyond the death of its figurehead, but there's no finer tribute than a brilliant game that will introduce his legacy to legions of new fans and spark fresh interest in the sport he loved. DiRT 2 is exactly that, and you'd be well advised to join the party.
September 15, 2009 - Excellent - DiRT 2 is the real deal, capturing the thrill of rally racing in one hell of a slick package. Play it for the mud sliding physics alone.
September 4, 2009 - Excellent - A pitch perfect balance between immediate arcade playability and detailed realism make DiRT 2 a rally game for every race fan out there. Put simply, this is without doubt the best racing game you're likely to play this year.
September 5, 2009 - Excellent - Don't be deterred by the subject matter if you think you don't like racing games. Dirt 2 is charming, fun and exciting all rolled up into one big ball.
September 4, 2009 - Excellent - Minor problems aside, DIRT 2 is everything racing fans will want from an off-road racer. The driving is fast, fun and be tailored to your skill level. Hardcore fans will work hard shaving split seconds off their best times, while novices can still work through the career and have fun with their fiends online.
September 10, 2009 - Good - It's only a minor step up from GRiD, but DiRT 2 continues Codemaster's work to perfect its already entertaining racing formula. The game will probably disappoint gamers looking for a hardcore, rally simulation, but the truth is they'll probably be having too much fun to notice.
November 3, 2009 - Good - Dirt 2 is an exceptionally well made, accessible racing game. While some hardcore racing fans may not like some of the arcade-style aspects of it, most gamers will be won over by the brilliant graphics and addictive gameplay.
September 8, 2009 - Good - Now that Dirt 2 is out, arcade-ish rally racing gets its nonpareil, even if you do have to run a gauntlet of annoying presentation to get behind the wheel.
September 3, 2009 - Good - Although DiRT 2 won't satisfy the hardcore's demands for a return to the serious tone of the old-school Colin McRae titles, this is nevertheless a fine sequel to an admirable title.
September 8, 2009 - Good - Though it seems Codemasters has made a concerted effort to move away from the more simulation-like Colin McRae days, Dirt 2 should prove to be a great choice for both arcade and serious virtual drivers.
October 1, 2009 - Good - The game contains the sophistication of a sim-racer while still packing enough pick-up-and-play fun for anyone watching from the couch. I don't imagine, however, that there are going to be a lot of people content to simply sit and watch Dirt 2 without getting their hands on ­it.
September 28, 2009 - Good - With a career mode that will keep you busy for hours on end, high quality multiplayer and excellent presentation values, DiRT 2 should appeal to just about anybody.
September 9, 2009 - Good - Dirt 2 looks great and plays every bit as well as Grid, but loyalists to the Colin McRae series may not appreciate the greatly diminished rally content and simplified tuning controls.
September 15, 2009 - Good - DiRT 2 is extraordinary sensory overload. It's gorgeous, it's thoroughly addictive, it mends past problems, and it's fun. Really fun. But it won't please all the realists out there, and it may not feel quite so perfect over the long haul. At $60, maybe it should have.
September 3, 2009 - Good - Dirt 2 is a solid racing game with some really fun events and a slick menu system, but it could use a little less of the arcade action and a bit more of the sim.
October 30, 2009 - Good - Gamers looking for a more involving pure rally simulation will be better off playing the older titles, as the rally racing has been toned down. Those looking for an off-road racing game, though, should look no further, as this is the absolute best of the bunch.
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