DiRT 2 Review
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System: X360, PS3, Wii, PC, PSP, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Sumo Digital 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Codemasters 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sep. 8, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Presentation-wise, the game runs smoothly, but otherwise there's nothing too impressive about it. As the road approaches you, the textures seem to come via time warp from two console generations ago, and the roadside props look incredibly fake. The latter is particularly true of the cacti on the desert tracks, which pop up and fall to the side like cardboard cutouts when you run into them. The cars and shadows look decent, though.

DiRT 2 screenshot

The sound work is acceptable, if similarly unimpressive. The engine roars sound fine, but when they fade in and out as cars approach and fall away from you, the effect is unnatural. There's music playing during the menus, but nothing particularly catchy, and for some reason it shuts off during gameplay.

Of course, it's not all bad; the game creates a great sense of speed, auto-saves after each race, offers a good challenge starting in the third set of races, and in a lot of ways walks the line between sims and arcade racers perfectly. The A.I. cars are a little too meek to begin with but become more aggressive as the difficulty increases. The tracks are quite nice, with lots of twists and turns to keep you on your feet. It would be unfair to call this a cheap knock-off of its next-generation brethren with the same name.


The fact remains, however, that this is far from a great title. It won't top end-of-the year lists, and it won't become a cult classic. The graphics and sound are too threadbare, the first half of the game too easy, and lack of online support and realistic damage too disappointing.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Freelance Writer

The environments look uncannily Nintendo 64-like until they get close, but the cars and shadows are fine.
The tilt control doesn't work well, and on the off-road sections, neither do the more traditional control options.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music shuts off during gameplay, and the effect of engines getting louder and softer sounds unnatural.

Play Value
There are plenty of tracks, many of which are too easy, and plenty of challenges, many of which are no fun. The sense of speed is great, though.

Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Taking the very best of real-world off-road racing as its inspiration, DiRT 2 mixes adrenaline-charged, contemporary action-sports event atmosphere with sublime racing to deliver a stunning arcade experience on Wii.
  • DiRT 2 will take players on a World Tour to compete in over 40 exhilarating events set in diverse and challenging real-world environments. From arena events set at the iconic Battersea power station in London and races set in exotic locations like Iceland, Japan, and Ethiopia, the world becomes the player's off-road playground.
  • Players get behind the wheel of best-in-breed vehicles like the Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Nissan 350z, and Hummer H3 to experience the most rewarding and thrilling off-road racing on Wii.
  • Conquer traditional game modes and new challenges. DiRT 2's extensive career mode includes both circuit and point-to-point racing and is complemented by an arcade mode for instant race thrills and a challenge mode featuring 20 trials in which players are rewarded for performing jumps, power slides, and high speed runs.
  • Perfect for party play, DiRT 2 delivers accessible four-player split-screen head-to-head play and offers support for all major Wii control systems, including Wii-mote and Wii Wheel, Wii-mote and Nunhuck, Classic Controller, and, for the ultimate racing experience, full Logitech Wii Wheel support.

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