|Colin McRae: Dirt 2|
|Developer(s)||Codemasters (PC, PS3, Wii, X360)
Firebrand Games (DS)
Sumo Digital (PSP)
Feral Interactive (OS X)
|Series||Colin McRae Rally|
|Platform(s)||Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS X|
|Release||Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii & Xbox 360
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 (or simply Dirt 2, stylized as DiRT2 or COLIN McRAE DiRT2) is a racing video game developed and published by Codemasters in 2009, first for the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Xbox 360, and then later for PC platforms (Windows, OS X). It is the seventh game in the Colin McRae Rally series and was the first game in the McRae series since McRae’s death in 2007.
It features Ken Block, Travis Pastrana, Tanner Foust, Dave Mirra and Mohammed ben Sulayem. The game includes many new race-events, including stadium events. Along with the player, an RV travels from one event to another and serves as “headquarters” for the player. It features a roster of contemporary off-road events, taking players to diverse and challenging real-world environments. The game takes place across Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. The game includes five different event types, plus three more “special” game modes. The World Tour mode sees players competing in multi-car and solo races at new locations, and also includes a new multiplayer mode. The sequel Dirt 3 was released in 2011.
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 features five racing disciplines, all of which are playable offline (against AI bots when applicable) and online. Also, three “special modes” are included. Colin McRae: Dirt 2 runs on an updated version of the EGO engine, which powered Codemasters’ Race Driver: Grid as well
- Rally racing occurs on non-circuit roads which usually involve public (closed) routes and technically challenging courses. Usually involving staggered starts, each driver competes against the clock. Besides, during rally events, a co-driver is present, constantly reading pace notes to guide the driver along narrow and meandering tracks of up to 6 km in length.
- Rallycross races involve cars identical to those used in rally events; the races themselves, however, are very different. Each rally-cross race involves up to eight racers competing in multiple lap events on circuit tracks of mixed surface type. The tracks, half tarmac, and half dirt exist in closed settings, such as in or around stadiums, and are approximately 1 to 1.5 km in length.
- The most similar real-world equivalent of Trailblazer events is hill climbs. Unlike hill climb events, however, trailblazer races do not require a positive change in elevation. Similar to rallying, trailblazing features staggered starts. Trailblazer (and hill climb) cars, unlike rally cars, usually feature massive aerodynamic aids, such as spoilers, diffusers, and splitters to help keep traction at higher speeds, regardless of track surface or conditions.
- Raid races are multi-car events involving heavyweight vehicles, such as buggies and trophy trucks. Each race begins with a simultaneous start of up to eight competitors, with tracks averaging 5 km in length.
- Landrush events are similar to raid races, but take place on a circuit. Each event features eight racers on a dirt track of about 1 km and involves multiple laps.