My Dirt 2 Review

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  1. jms493

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    My Dirt 2 Review

    DiRT 2 review

    I have been looking forward to DiRT's sequel all year. I enjoyed DiRT 1 but the handling was a bit floaty, the brakes were too strong and the career mode was frankly boring. This year Codemasters improved on almost every aspect of the game.

    Graphics and Sound
    The visuals in this game are superb! I have no complaints at all. It is very photo realistic. The cars are very detailed and in dash view is amazing. When water hits the windshield, while the same no matter how you hit a patch of water, is jaw dropping. It is better looking than last year's version and one of the best looking racers on the market.

    The sound is good but not great. Nothing revolutionary here, the cars sound like cars but nothing really pops like the new NFS: Shift game does. Don't expect anything crazy here. Racing around the track you will here your fellow racers get mad, praise you and add some other comments. These are funny but can get repetitive. I like how they have real life Rally racers in the game. Most of you will recognize names like Dave Mirra, Travis Pastrana, and Ken Block from miscellaneous X Games.

    Gameplay
    Codemasters took everything from DiRT 1 and improved on it. The cars handle beautifully. I can't say it is 100% sim but it just feels nice. There are no assists in this game to turn on or off but I don’t think you would need them. Once you learn the tracks, the differences in cars and the simple concept of braking at proper points and letting go of the gas around big turns anyone will do just fine.

    The game steals the rewind concept from GRID and inserts it exactly into this game. I love this feature. It is a goal not to use it but it is great to be there especially after you have been racing for 10 minutes and screw up on the last turn.

    This game has 6 different Difficulty settings: Easy, Amateur, Serious, Hard, Savage, and Hardcore. (I think those are the titles) My review is based all on the "serious" difficulty. While not that hard but hard enough to where you can't go bumping around the course and not hitting the proper race line and expect to make the podium. The harder the difficulty the more XP and cash you get and the less rewind tries. On Hardcore there are no rewind tries.

    What I do like about the racing is while you will do you fair share of trading paint I don’t encourage it. Banging into cars especially at higher speeds ends up throwing you off course more often than not. This isn’t Gran Turismo (hehe). The learning curve is not steep anyone can jump and race. Just use the brake and don’t full throttle it the whole course. You need to learn where you cars are going to get thrown around; there are little bumps in the road that can really screw you up if you are mashing the gas. And listen to your co-driver on trail blazers she is a savior!

    There are car setup settings that I needed to tweak in order to win some races. I like this it adds another dimension to the racing experience. You can also save the car setups. I have 3 setups saved at the current moment. (check these out in video 2)

    Lasting Appeal
    The variety in the DiRT career is great. There are Trophy Trucks, 4X4s, Buggys and Rally Cars. There is also a nice pallet of races including, point to point, Rally Cross, Elimination (last man standing), Domination (earn fastest times in the certain racing sectors), Time Trials, one on one races and team races. I love the Elimination races!

    You will race in a multitude of racing regions and as you gain more XP the more regions, races, X Games events, and invitational events open up. The invitational event requires qualifiers. As with any racing games as you get further the races get longer and the events require you to compete in more races to complete. I kind of wish the AI and caliber of racers would improve. That is the way GRID is as the drivers at the end were ruthless! There are about 100 events and placing 1st in all of them could take quite a while.

    You can also check your race times against your friends as like last year. Except this year it is more of pain to check it. Last year it displayed at the end of each race. This year you have to go into "My Stuff" in the trailer and choose the specific race to compare. That was a stupid decision IMO.

    Online: I haven’t ventured into any online races yet but I am expecting it to be much of the same with any other online racers. This is not a precision game so trading paint is not as frowned upon like Forza so I could see it being very fun.

    Strengths: Graphics, Variety of races and the RACING!
    Weaknesses: Sound could be better, no real visual customization of the cars, a pain comparing my times to VASteelahs.

    Overall I would give this game a 9.0/10

    It is worth a purchase.

    Check out the 2 random video on posted on YouTube of some game play and a little replay.


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  2. VaSteelah

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    Spot on GOVNA!!!

    What lap times of mine are you talking about?
    Just to let you know, my bitch ass is playing on Casual.
     
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    Funny thing is when I played the other day you were on the cover of the magazine in the first screen. It said you were burning it up in the new Suburu Impreza STI.

    If you go to My Stuff you can look up your friends times on any track/race. I dont remember which ones.

    Please move it up to serious...it is still easy if you dont screw up but it is challenging to the point that you will be chasing 1-3rd place most of the race and will have to pick your spots to pass.
     
  4. Hellisan

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    Hey JMS, I am just curious.... Do your cars get faster after you get more experience points? Or is that just a number? i'm playing on hardcore and I'm getting pwnt. I win a race here or there, but the rally stages it's impossible for me to win. I raced against a fast time done by another player (ghost) and he just took off and was gone before the first turn. His time is 10 seconds better than mine in a short rally stage, his car is just way, way faster.
     
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    Yes you have to upgrade your cars as you get further in the career mode (they will perform better in all aspects). They sort of make you upgrade to enter certain events. There is one car out there that looks like a top fuel dragster that I heard everyone is using online that is like a rocket ship.

    Don't forget to tweak your settings......it does help IMO.
     
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    How do you upgrade your cars? Is that something that happens when you get to a certain EXP level or can I spend my money right now to upgrade my car and I just haven't figured out where?
     
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    I really like how the times by the cpu players in rally stages are so random. In one stage I was getting 43 seconds and I'd finish 7th. Then I bettered it to like 41 and came in sixth. After a few more runs I was at 38 seconds and I finished eighth. heh
     
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    It will happen once you gain more XP and get to a certain Driver level. From what I am understanding that you cant win these early races b/c your car is too slow? Maybe when you can upgrade you can go back and win with a faster car?

    I am not sure that's how it works.....
     
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    yeah I noticed that too.......I would come in 4th place and look at the 1st place time and say to myself I need to hit that time..I finished like 1 sec faster than my previous run and won....lol.

    Hardcore must be a fucking bitch...i am not sure i have the patience for that....I would like to have at least 1 rewind try.
     
  10. Hellisan

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    yeah you can go back and re-run a race at any time. when I look at the replay I'm taking the right lines and such. I'm not wasting time through corners or anything, my car just isn't fast enough to win in a long rally stage. it's the circuit races where I seem to have a shot. But in the last man standing race I wasn't fast enough either. I have to drive way BETTER than the AI just to keep close on hardcore cuz they're faster.
     
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    Eff rewind. I just hit restart.
     
  12. VaSteelah

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    Same here, I dont know why though.

    The reason Im on casual is I dont want to get frustrated.
    I will amp it up once i finish the last tier of races. They are already harder on the "superstar" level and its pissing me off on Casual,lol.

    How do you all do in the night races? That shit is real hard for me.
     
  13. Hellisan

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    Real hard. I've only done one, but I couldn't tell where I was going at all. Let me tell you, I owned an STI ok and the headlights are incredible even without hi beams on and in this game you can't see a damn thing! LOLOL
     
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    I like the night races....you race pretty much the same courses alot so I memorized the tracks.
     
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    I don't memorize courses well. that is why you will destroy me on some of the new courses in Forza. Once I memorize them I am competitive but until then.... Yikes.

    And in this example not only is it at night, but it's backwards. I had no idea where I was giong.
     
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    Yeah I memorize track pretty quickly for some reason especially in this game b/c there are no brake lines...lol

    Does hardcore not give you the GUI map on the bottom left?? I take a peak at that every so often on new tracks. It is actually easy to trail the 1st and 2nd place car for the first and second lap b/c they will indicate brake points and what not.

    Funny moment: I was racing in a trophy over a big jump and when I landed and truck freaking landed on top of me and flipped over and went flying into the right wall.....it scared the shit out of me....it was like it came through my room and into my TV!
     
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    Damnit! You're making me want to play. I'm working at home and the 360 is just beckoning me!!! I refuse!

    yeah I have the map but I can't do two things at once, as soon as I look at the map (it's on the top of the screen in my view) I lose track of where my car is going, lol.
     
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    In some of the vehicles, they actually have a working Nav screen right in the middle. The 1st time I noticed it I wrecked though,lol.
     
  19. Hellisan

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    LOL Steelah that is exactly what I would do!

    Anyway one portion of the review that I have found to be inaccurate is the statement that no matter how you hit the water you get the same amount on the windshield (or however Jason put it)

    I've noticed if I skirt it and just barely hit it, I'll get just a little bit, etc. It's really well done. there's no reason to drive straight through the water unless there's zero options.
     
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    Yeah i haven't seen too many different water animations....probably b/c I mainly drive behind the car but i watch the replays alot.

    Yeah this review business is new for me.
     
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    I agree with 99.9% of the review! :)

    As a guy who exclusively uses the in-car unless the windshield breaks (hood view in that case) I can confirm, there are many different types of water spray on the windshield.
     
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    I dont have Dirt or Dirt 2 but I thought it was a good review JMS.
     

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