Dirt 2 demo mucking up XBL, PSN

With Dirt 2 undergoing its final checks in advance of its September 8 race day in the US, Codemasters is giving gamers plenty of time on the practice track. Beginning August 20, Xbox Live gamers can hit the gas on the online-enabled eight-player sampler for the off-road racer, with PlayStation 3...

With Dirt 2 undergoing its final checks in advance of its September 8 race day in the US, Codemasters is giving gamers plenty of time on the practice track. Beginning August 20, Xbox Live gamers can hit the gas on the online-enabled eight-player sampler for the off-road racer, with PlayStation 3 gamers able to pick up the demo August 27.

The Dirt 2 demo offers gamers an advanced look at two events: Trailblazer and Landrush. The Trailblazer event is set on the Moroccan plains, and gamers can situate themselves behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Eclipse GT to navigate the long straights and tight turns. Landrush offers a more chaotic racing experience, as it's set on the Ensenada Port circuit in Baja California. Driving the West Coast Choppers Stuka Trophy Truck, gamers will navigate rough terrain and assorted obstacles.

Accompanying the demo's release, Codemasters has released a new trailer for the off-road racer, which can be seen below. Dirt 2 will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, and DS next month, with a DirectX 11-enabled PC edition to follow. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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DevilMightCry
DevilMightCry

I didn't say RS2 was a sim, or handled like one. The handling in RS2 was much more precise. And RS2 was not a slow game by any means. But the sense of speed in Dirt 2 is ways off. It takes corners too fast and unrealistic, and there is too much play in the steering. Don't confuse that with the car handling in certain surfaces. But in all honesty, RS2 was one of the best rally games.

Emperor_Jimmu
Emperor_Jimmu

@DevilMightCry - Rallysport 2 didn't handle like a sim, you could bounce off barriers without smashing up your car and carry ridicules speed into corners. I think the handling in the Morocco stage was quite realistic, especially in the way one can only hold a power slide if one is going the correct speed. You say it's too fast but rallying is fast on fast courses, which the Morocco stage was. I'm sure more technical stages will require slower driving.

DevilMightCry
DevilMightCry

Demo was weak. The graphics are solid, so is the sound. Presentation is excellent. The game physics, and handling is not very accurate of the rally sport. Handling is not precise, and loose. Too fast even for an arcade racing game. Makes RalliSport Challenge look like a Sim. RalliSport 2 blows this game out of the water.

XAVIER_17
XAVIER_17

when can silver members play on the 360??

kitty
kitty moderator

The demo is pretty solid, can't wait for this game to release.

SpeedFreak21
SpeedFreak21

Spartan and xxzak It says clearly The ps demo will be on the 27th Little reading goes a long way..

Chargrilled
Chargrilled

incredibly polished game judging purely on what the limited demo showed. great stuff, cant wait to get it.

pkountanis
pkountanis

listen to me..!! ALL..!! THE GAME IS JUST PERFECT.!!!! THE BEST RACING GAME EVER.!! THANK YOU....CODEMASTERS..!! YOU DID IT..!!

Spartan809
Spartan809

... I didn't see the demo at PS Store.

raverrozza
raverrozza

thenephariouson agreed! not to mention the 205 t16 and the rs200.they should just have a whole group b rally section.it would have to be hard as nails with mental crowds of fans littering the stage! god i wish i was old enough when group b was around.

raverrozza
raverrozza

hate to say it but the demo sucked. the whole air to the game feels so far beyond what the great man colin was all about.

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

im sure the game will be good, i just hope theyve made the cars feel like they have a bit more weight, im going to dl the demo 2morro if i can get a connection for a while

lloydy-46
lloydy-46

After playing the demo, did anyone else think, "GRID on mud?" (which isn't neccessarily bad)

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

The following cars are a complete neccessity: Audi Quatro, Lancia Delta (the daddy), Subaru, Mitsubishi Evo, and franticfrost im completely with you on the MK2 Escort (pure classic). Im sure we'll also see the likes of Citroen C4, VW Golf and Ford Focus hopefully among many others. Cant wait for this, i only hope it is as challenging as the original, and that they have'nt 'dumbed it down' ala SEGA RALLY.

franticfrost
franticfrost

played the demo there,not bad just hope it hasnt left the joys of rallin behind..sick to death of all the silly crap thy try to put in tryin to keep it original...fs folks it should be rally only and i hope the mk 2 escort is init and all the classics or ill be disapointed :)

jcbullen
jcbullen

@TevoxZi Well put, let's leave it at that.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@jcbullen I do see your point, however it doesn't change the fact that some games improve better later and some well... ...won't turn out compare them. :)

jcbullen
jcbullen

@TevoxZi Well it seems as if you haven't figured out that Dirt and GT have different feels from one another and appeal to different types of racers. If someone likes the feel of one more than the other, they will most likely enjoy the sequel to that one.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

the demo is nice, but the game will be hard as hell. I completed Dirt 1 Arcade and a few championships on the Normal and Hard difficulties (depending on the events), but I could only get first place in the Marroco track which is more like point-to-point rally, on the occassional difficulty. Anyway, I'm just waiting for FM3, then every decision will depend on how hooked I get.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@jcbullen Yet they're very different. I really doubt you've played them as you didn't figure that out. I never said they're not in the same serie, I said they're very different from each others. Except that both of them are in the RPG genre.

jcbullen
jcbullen

@TevoxZi Final Fantasy 6 and Final Fantasy 7 are in the same series. So, kind of a bad response.

djmiranda15
djmiranda15

I downloaded this demo today ( 21/08 ) on my PS3. lol is it because i'm in Europe?

sophiasky
sophiasky

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sophiasky

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Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope the game turns out well

FYMonkey
FYMonkey

Very good game, presentation is awesome, id go as far to say better than EA's menus/presentations, very creative and seamless! The demo is very good, esp as its also an online demo - seamless integration into races as well as spectator mode whilst waiting in the lobby! Top stuff indeed! Can't wait for full game now! :) ~funkyellowmonkey(ps3 id)~

runstalker
runstalker

Say what you will about Codemasters' highs and lows through the years, these guys have possibly the best in-house racing studio this generation. Dirt, GRID, now this. The demo flipping owns. The game will be excellent.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Looking nice - tempted to try the XBL demo on kids Xbox rather than waiting for the 27th though!!

juberline
juberline

I played it on Xbox and where is the "in memory of Colin McRae"? It's a good game don't get me wrong but come on, the guy was a rally legend and they don't even put that in at the start of the demo.

antonisbob
antonisbob

wtf? the PS store updates every thursday, it should be out today... frickin' micros*** they should never had made a console but they just needed MORE money didn't they....

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@jcbullen It's not like Final Fantasy 6 and Final Fantasy 7 are the same. So, kind of a bad response.

asdfpo
asdfpo

whats wrong with the EU store? Why didnt all countries get it -.-'

Byrner13
Byrner13

redskins2156: "I'd rather not pay $50 bucks a year just to get demos a couple weeks early, No thanks" KingDustero: "Yeah and you guys also have to pay for content that he PC is getting for free. coughL4Dcough. Shows a greedy M$ is. They make you pay just to play online and then force the devs to charge for DLC on the console when they have it for free on the PC. M$ isn't getting another $50 from me once my subscription ends in February." @redskins2156 @ KingDustero You sirs are paying way too much for your "$50.00" subscriptions. Check anywhere online and you'll see you can get 12-month Live cards for 1/2 that. Also, has anyone ever tried to actually PLAY a multiplayer game with any succession on PSN? Friends list is impossible, disconnects galore. Oh but it's FREE, so it's OK. (rolls eyes)

jcbullen
jcbullen

@TevoxZi Probably because the person has played Dirt1 and GT4 maybe?

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

Interests me a bit, might check it out. :) --- [quote="silentsniper359"] for me its gonna be more fun than gt5 [/quote] How can you say that when GT5 isn't even out yet..? Just a question :P

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Both Dirt 2 and NHL 10 are UP on XBL! Both are pretty sweet!

Imaginative
Imaginative

Go to get this game and NHL 10 was there. Best day ever. Love this game, NHL 10 almost done.

chingchow48
chingchow48

really disapponted they have nothing on NHL 10 actually i am pissed off i know this game will be good but NHL 09 was the sports game of the year last year!

aero250
aero250

Anyone else having issues downloadiing the demo.

olle1990
olle1990

i have played the demo,one of the best car games ever =D

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Dirt2 & Forza 3 mean that ALL my motor racing needs are catered for : )

aero250
aero250

I need to beat the developers 2.51 but thats gonna be hard since he skipped most of the turns. So he obviously knows the track like the back of his hand but i love a challenge.