A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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?
- Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PSP, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Price: $30-$60
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Codemasters
- Release date: September 8, 2009
- Genre: Racing
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: T for Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes
- Last updated: August 31, 2016
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