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Colin McRae: Dirt 2 (PS3)

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Genre: Driving & Racing / ESRB Rating: Teen / Release Date: 2009-09-11 / Published by Sony

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      31.01.2012 20:09

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      A well polished game

      This is a game which has taken up more of my time than I originally thought it would. Compared to the old Colin McRae games this is a far less serious style of racing, with loads of collisions and at the start of a race how you get through all the bumps and shunts will often dictate how the rest of the course is driven. But being less of a simulation and more of an arcade racer isn't necessarily a bad thing.

      By starting with basic cars and having to earn you way to the better, faster vehicles you're encouraged to learn about how each one handles on the various surfaces and this stands you in good stead for the later races where the competition gets a bit more serious.

      If you're not an experienced racer then the easier settings make things a lot less daunting to start you off and you can slowly increase the difficulty as you build in confidence. There is quite a steep learning curve for the harder difficulty settings but with perseverance it all seems possible after a while.

      Based on this, I'll definately be buying Dirt 3 when the new version is released late in February with all the downloadable content included on the disc.

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      23.01.2010 22:35
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      Dissapointed and will not be buying Dirt 3 unless problems are sorted

      Well after playing the original Dirt game for over a year and loving every minute, I could not wait for this game to come out. That said I did wait a couple of weeks for the prices to drop a bit. I got it and was really excited to see what it was like. I started it up and liked the way it was set out in a interesting walk through menu so to speak.
      You start out as a rookie driver and have a little money and you buy your first car and do a few races to earn money and xp. Xp adds up to rank you as a better driver with more experience which is the same as the original which is good. As you get better and earn more money you can buy better cars which helps your chances of winning.
      The graphics are really good and there is a good amount of detail in both the game play and the replays. One thing I hoped would be possible in the game is to save replays to show friends etc but this is still not a feature which I personally would like to see.
      The cars do sound and handle differently which you would expect, and you can feel the characteristics of the car change if you choose to alter gear ratios for example.
      The biggest dissapiontment for me is that when doing a rally stage the co-driver says "hard right follwed by medium left" instead of in the old game "3 right followed by 4 left". What I mean is they are calling out notes that in real rallying they dont say. They call out what gear you need to be not hard right. I really enjoy driving to the co-driver as if I was in a real rally because it makes it more realistic. I think they have done this to make it easier for people to get to grips with the speeds they shoud be doing instead of thinking what gear they need to be in.
      I also think the driving and handling of the cars is more realistic in the 1st Dirt game.
      As mentioned in another review on this site it is quite like the X games layout and feels more like and arcade game rather than a drivers game. Also in another review on here it was mentioned that someone was reversing round the track in online play. I have also found this and people team up and just mess around to take you out which is not how it should be. They can do this because they dont get any penalities for hitting other cars derby style! Another let down in the game.
      In conclusion I think its ok as a racing game but if you were thinking about going to buy it to replace the original I would not. I think the original is overall a better game. Yes online is not as good as Dirt 2 but the game has been developed over 3 years so you would expect that. Save the money and if you have not got it already go and buy the original Dirt!
      Hope you have found my review useful.

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      06.01.2010 12:03
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      Dirt 2 is a copy of motorstom, just go and buy that or a more rewarding experience!

      Dirt. It is a pretty basic title, and a pretty basic driving game. When I first slotted it in to my PS3 I was initially impressed with the look of the game. Think of the 'X Games' and then imagine the layout to be in that grungey style. I went into a few quick races just to get the hang but all I did was drive into walls, career off into all directions and defiantly did not finish in the top 5. I thought to myself, this is the worst driving experience I have ever had on a console. It was shocking.

      But then something quite remarkable happened. After about an hour of racing around tracks, getting lost and not knowing what direction to go and often going around the track in reverse trying to find out, then it hit me. I started to control the car around corners, speed up, slow down and even win races. I was good at the game. I thought to myself, as my girlfriend had got fed up a long time ago from watching. 'This is quite rewarding and satisfying'. Being able to get a game, be awful at it and then master it after a while.

      The first hour may of been painfully annoying but the hour after that was fun and almost exciting. This however is where it went downhill. Once I had conquered the game for an hour I realized to myself that this was just a bog standard racing game. There was nothing special about it. Ok the graphics are beautiful, the water looks good enough to drink and the dirt looks good enough to, well, get dirty in. But we have come to expect this of the PS3 now as it progresses with time. The fact of the matter is that Dirt2 is annoying for an hour, maybe less if you are good at racing games, and then satisfying for another hour. After that the boredom kicked in. I found myself getting annoyed at the menu with its teenage like look. I found winning every race, even on hard, boring. Online was mildly entertaining until it just ended up like a normal race with one idiot spending the entire time trying to go in reverse.

      Overall I would not recommend this game. Go out and get Motorstorm 1 half the price, or motorsorm Pacific Rift if you have the. This to me seems like a cheap copy of Sony's brilliant motorstom.

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      06.01.2010 00:31
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      improved but still not the best in the series

      Colin McRae Dirt 2 is the sequel to the original Dirt game which let me tell you it was a good rally games but at the same time it wasn't the best in the series because it had minor issues like frame rate problems, long load times, and there was no proper multiplayer really let the game down.

      Well what I can say about Dirt 2 it has sorted out the issues that the original game had and also at the same time added new features to the series.

      One of the reasons I like Dirt 2 is that you can live the life of a sports star; I like how the menu takes place within a virtual RV, through this you can pick when your next race is going to be, and you can also choose which can to pick in your car collection.

      In terms of graphics they have really improved on it and it's much nicer to look at, the reflection of your car look good, and also the car damage look real and the car details are done to detail.

      They have also improved the loading times which was an issue in the previous game and loads much faster so you wait less before races, also the frame rates are stable when you are racing.

      I like the feature where famous rally race car drivers lend their voice to the game which rally fans will like.

      There is a career mode where you will be racing events around the world from typical rally races, perfecting your lines in gate crasher, and you will also by racing giant trucks.

      The career as a result feels more varied as a result and you will get a different experience. The rally cars handle really well and have a much better weighting, there is also a mission structure where you can earn XP points which enable you to unlock stuff.

      I really like the new flashback and rewind feature so that if you mess up and crash somewhere you can rewind it to where you was before the race.

      I also like the respect feature in this game the more races you win the more they respect you and sometimes they become your friend and help you in races.

      The biggest feature in this game is the full online multiplayer and there is a lots of modes for you to race with your friends or you can race against people around the world this feature feels fun as it really makes the race more intense when you test your online.

      Well what can I say this game has the best visuals on a rally game and it looks fabulous, but what still lets this down even though they have sorted the problems from the first game is that the end to end rally racing is not even the focal parts of this game which I feel it's a shame as its meant to be a rally game. Also the career mode in this game I felt is quite solid and there a lot of added features within it.

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      14.11.2009 19:48
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      Excellent fun - kept me occupied for weeks

      A fantastic driving simulator! There are several different driving experiences from rally-cross to landrush. The way in which new races are unlocked means that you go between these modes constantly which I found keeps you on your toes as the vehicle types have different driving styles. The graphics are outstanding with realistic damage, environment and multi-angled replays. There is also a great feature which rewinds time and allows you to retry a section if you bury your bumper into a wall. Each race earns you money, points and respect from the real life petrol heads and nothing feels better than crossing the line sideways ahead of Ken Block in a head to head challenge. You can't wait to build up your cash to buy the next new vehicle and take it for a hairpin frenzy in Croatia or flatout mission through Utah. The cars are lethal ranging from the new Subaru Impreza to the Bowler Nemesis and nothing beats the chirpy little MG Metro 6R4 which pops out outside when you min the x games. The duration is excellent with endless amounts of races becoming unlocked and new challenges all over the world. Great fun!

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        25.10.2009 22:24
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        A good game, but seems to have turned into a game with an 'American' flair.

        This game is great fun, with good graphics and a lasting appeal. However, you can't help to feel like it has been ruined a bit, with an 'Americanised' feel, taking away the hardcore racing appeal of the first game. This affects everything from the handling, to the gameplay experience.

        The game case is very nice, with a jazzy design. The disc also seems to come out very well, not in too tight, creating problems seen with FIFA 09.

        The menus are easy to navigate, easy to read and quick. There is plenty of options for everyone. The modes are very good, with lots of appeal. Wether it's for a short blast with the quick races, offering lots of choice with lots of locations and cars, or the career as you try to rise through the ranks.

        The graphics are beautiful, some of the best seen on the PS3, but not quite as good as GTP5:P. The sound is also brilliant, with great engine sounds making it seem like you are really there. Some of the music might not be to everyone's tastes, but it's not that bad.

        However, this game seems to be more 'Americanised'. This ruins the game a bit and affects everything from the menus to the gameplay. First, the menus are 'American' style, different from the first game. The game style is also more American, with the 'American' co-drivers and announcers, taking away from the nice feel of Colin McRae 1. This seems to be more like they are just using his name after his death. This also affects the handling, with a more 'American' feel to it, more like GRiD, than DiRT 1.

        The handling is better than the first game, with the issues removed. It's got flair and the game is fun to play.

        The game is requires a bit of skill, easy in in places but harder in others.

        Also, the game does have a lasting appeal. The online is fun, with enough people online but this can sometimes be more of a 'bash and crash' experience rather than racing but is still fun. However, it doesn't have many modes and gets quite boring quickly. It's a good thing the single player has a good amount of gameplay.

        Overall, it's a good game but I would wait for the price to drop before picking it up. The graphics are good, and the handling is improved but the 'Americanised' style seems to have ruined the experience for me, compared to the 'hardcore' English style DiRT 1 racer. Such as shame.

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