Dirt Track Racing 2
Reviewed by Andy Small
Coming home from college my
mother calls me on the cell and says “Your game came today.” This is a
game I have been waiting for quite some time to play. Being sim racing addict I figured
this would be another disappointment, but I did not want to wait to find out!
Most of my sim racing knowledge hails from NASCAR sims so racing around on dirt
is a bit new
When I arrive home and open up the
box (a very nice scene on it), I throw the manual to the side, (I don’t read those things).
The CD is popped into the drive and that
puppy stars to install. The install process is very straight forward and easy.
System Specs used for this review:
Asus TUCL-2 Mobo
256 Megs of RAM
30 Gig Sony Hard Drive
64 Meg ATI Radeon 7200 with latest
Sound Blaster Live Sound Card
Windows XP Pro
Now lets get on to the fun stuff.
GUI (Graphical User
Seems a lot of time was spent with the GUI to give the
user a feel for what to do. Some games I have played seem harder to navigate
than Microsoft’s website. In DTR 2 you can run through the menus with
ease. The navigation seems like the wizards that
Windows would use, very straight forward. You know what you are getting into,
and you can always go back when you make a “boo boo”.
The sound is far more improved than the original DTR!
You can hear the car backfire, and bouncing off the walls may hurt your ears if you
have a surround sound system as I do. From the sound you will get the
impression your strapped in that computer chair with your head under a helmet.
This is one aspect of the original DTR
that I felt was lacking, however they have found a sweet spot for visuals
in DTR 2. You do not need a super computer to run this one either.
It easily ran 70
FPS in full traffic with my face full of dirt on my mid range system (see specs
Getting suited up:
Single Race Mode
The first thing I decide to try was
the single race mode in this game. Basically you’re put in a car for however
many laps you have setup. You are given no laps to familiarize yourself
with the track, and your starting position is given at random.
Being a Papyrus racing sim nut, I am disappointed that the level you
can take a papy game to, DTR2 lacks. “To each their own”, right???
This is by far the hardest and most
fun thing I’ve ever done in offline sim racing. You start of with 1,500 bucks
to create a race team. You must buy a car (a late model) and begin racing to
keep your butt in the seat. You will have to take care of this ride like
it is way to get to work each day. If not, you won’t make any money. I
found my self sitting up at nights stressing over how to get
money to fix my motor! I have yet to make it to anything other than the cheapest late
model. I don’t think I ever will. You have to be a darn good racer, and have a
lot of patience to get past that level.
1. Improved Graphics, you should not need to upgrade to get good FPS
2. Improved Sound
3. Improved Game play
4. Really cool “Dirt in your face
5. Career mode
1. Lack of “Test Session”
2. No Qualifying in Single race
DTR 2 picked up right where the
original DTR ends, and gives you the immersion the king of all Sims, NASCAR 2002
does. However, you
will not need to upgrade your mid range system to buy it. Most serious sim racers
will find this game a hoot. I think when I am burnt out on NASCAR 2002
I will be able to fire up DTR2 and have fun with it. That is, until I am refreshed enough to go into
N2K2 with a new outlook. This sim also gives the novice the chance to start
a new sim and have some fun, which is something I believe NASCAR 2002 lacks!
Go out and buy this game and learn
how to go sideways on DIRT!