DiRT 2

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Thrilling offroad racer with plenty of depth, variety.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Racers will often share words of encouragement as you advance through the ranks. Some will even check to ensure you're safe following crashes or collisions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are occassions where racers use aggressive techniques like bumping cars to gain an advantage, but nothing strongly negative.

Ease of Play

Controls are the standard used in most racing games, with the left trigger handling brakes and the right trigger acceleration. Learning to turn with vehicles can be tricky at first. Players may feel the need to overcompensate and make a hard turn, which often results in spinouts. However, light braking and light taps of the thumbsticks lets players maintain greater control. Navigating between races and vehicles is pretty straightforward as well.

Violence

Crashes happen but no one is hurt.

Sex

Some song lyrics contain suggestive sexual themes such as "I'll be your hooker, I'll keep you up for days."

Language

Some of the songs contain racy lyrics, but they're tunes normally heard on radio. Also, the race commentators make some suggestive comments like "I know you want me but I'm married."

Consumerism

Quite a few companies serve as racer or vehicle sponsors, such as Carharrt, Monster Energy and the ESPN X Games. Various carmakers are represented as well, including Subaru, Nissan and Hummer.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Song lyrics that play in the background make references to drinking and using drugs. For example, "I found my religion in a pound of grass."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DiRT 2  is an offroad racing game. Unlike the first game in this series which was rated "E", this sequel is rated "Teen." Like some racers, aggression is often used by players and computer opponents to gain an edge. The background songs have some lyrics with mild suggestive sexual themes and a few references to drugs and alcohol, although they're not too different from what's played on radio. The race commentators can also be heard making suggestive comments. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12. The online play has open chat, so those conversations are unpredicatable.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom June 23, 2010

Great offroad racer.

DIRT 2 is a great offline racer which is too difficult for younger kids. There is no real violence in this, Just implied violence. When you crash the car rolls... Continue reading
Adult Written byReviewr September 27, 2009

Cool game

This game is awsome i recomend it 12+, it's a game where you can learn about History after around an hrs play i got stuck into it, it took me 30 mins to ge... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bytommy18 January 3, 2010

Online AGAIN problem

There is some crashing in this game. Aggresive intentional crashes. but there is lots of language online which makes it bad for online.
Teen, 15 years old Written bysnowboardsurfandcars March 12, 2011

Fun game

Fun game, pretty realistic.

What's it about?

DiRT 2 places players in the role of a rookie driver trying to make it in the world of offroad racing. Players start with an introductory race to get acclimated, then begin a tour spanning multiple countries such as England, Morocco, Croatia, China, and Japan. Drivers compete in a series of events from straightforward races to rally races with teammates. Players earn experience points after races that unlock more events and vehicle designs. By racing, players also earn cash to use toward purchasing better vehicles or outfitting current cars to compete in specific challenges.

Is it any good?

DiRT 2 is an incredibly fun racing title that packs plenty of depth and variety. Each of the tracks feels very unique, from dirty canyons to muddy jungle environments, eliminating any feelings of repetitive play. Players also have access to dozens of vehicles and liveries, or car designs. The bevy of options is complemented by gorgeous graphics. Dirt kicks up in the air as players peel away, while bumpers drag along the track after collisions. Once the beefy career mode has been completed, players can test their skills against others online. Difficulty levels accomodate players of all skill levels, and prove challenging as you enter the tougher difficulties. Overall, this is an exciting, addictive racing title.

Online interaction: Players can engage in open chat with others during online play. They may hear cussing and other language, depending on who they are talking with.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • How do these offroad racers compare to the video game racers on standard, asphalt tracks?  What makes them better or worse?

  • Do you think this game presents a realistic view of the sport? Why or why not?

  • Is this a game that is hard to put down? How do you go about setting time limits when gaming?

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