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2.0 out of 5 stars Codemasters disappoint once again, 10 Sept. 2009
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Colin McRae: Dirt 2 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Codemasters used to be the undisputed kings of driving simulations. The Toca and Colin McRae series on the PSX, PS2 & Xbox set the standard with accurate car physics & in-depth game modes. Somewhere along the way they got lost. Dirt 2 suffers from the same major issue as Race Driver Grid, namely it can't decide whether it's a simulation or an arcade racer, thereby ending up as neither. Throughout the career mode you are thrown into different short races in radically differing race classes which makes it difficult to get used to the handling and learn your way around the game. The track design is poor too, with rocks, bridges, walls et al being strategically placed to cause just the right amount of annoyance. Whilst this would work on an arcade racer where you'd just bounce off and keep on going, it doesn't work with the more realistic handling as more often than not your race would be ruined. Although he handling is quite realistic it doesn't seem to have the 100% accuracy we're used to from Codemasters - 4WD rally prepared Impreza's oversteering like RWD V8s on tarmac? Not realistic.

The presentation of the game is poor too. The graphics are absolutely gorgeous, but as we know great graphics do not a great game make. Firstly, why is the game full of BMX & Freestyle MX riders? Surely a game that bears the name of a rally legend might just have a few rally drivers in it. Also during any race you have other drivers talking to you throughout the proceedings. Why? Fine if you're on Xbox live but on a 2 lap rallycross do you really need Dave Mirra saying "Woah Dude" every time you try & overtake him? On the rally stages you do get a nice grumpy Scottish co-driver, but the pace notes have been simplified to "Easy left... fast right" and he is more concerned with recounting the damage to your car than telling you what's coming up. Twice I have been informed that the wall I just clipped had caused just a scratch, information that didn't warn me that there was a hairpin just ahead.

Overall for the serious racing fan it is an intensely frustrating experience given Codemasters' pedigree in the genre, and will probably have you digging out your PSX to relive the glory days on Colin McRae Rally 2.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2009 23:26:57 BDT
SwordSwingin says:
i agree, codemasters with toca and the first colin mcrae on ps1 both made me say "whoa this is amazing!". now there just boring and unrealistic, and without mocking americans just having the continuos american voices in the games puts me right off. good graphics thats about it. they should go back to basics.

Posted on 11 Sep 2009 09:37:44 BDT
M. Deakin says:
Need for Speed Shift and Forza 3 for me i think. I felt the same as you after playing the Dirt 2 demo, i was most annoyed. The first dirt was better in terms of playability (imo).

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2009 17:20:48 BDT
Andrea says:
few yours ago you did not have that much choice, so the old/easy/bad looking games used to keep you happy, now it's getting more and more realistic and still is not satisfactory, I feel the same way, but not with all games - Dirt 2 is a great game, the graphic is amazing, it's more difficult to control the car (comparing to the 1st Dirt), that's why it makes it's all so very realistic and I LOVE IT !!!!
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