DiRT 2 Game Poster Image

DiRT 2



Thrilling offroad racer with plenty of depth, variety.

What parents need to know

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

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.


Crashes happen but no one is hurt.


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


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."


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."

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Available online?Available online
Release date:September 8, 2009
Topics:Cars and trucks, Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:T for Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes

This review of DiRT 2 was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Satisfying arcade racer with intuitive controls.
  • Scaled-down PS3 race with gorgeous graphics.
  • If racing's your thing, a must-have Xbox360 title!
  • One of the best off-road racing games.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

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.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bysnowboardsurfandcars March 12, 2011

Fun game

Fun game, pretty realistic.
What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 15 years old Written byOfficialGHG November 8, 2014

Dirt 2 review

It's a game about rally cars. It is from 2009 though, so the cars used in this game are not the same as used today, such as the VW Polo (Used today). Still a fun game though, but needs experience, as there are no assists, at least on my version. Fun game overall. But i'd watch out for trolls and inappropriate people on the online multiplayer, but the multiplayer can easily be avoided while still having fun racing other people on the singleplayer.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?