I guess one way to know when a video game is dead is when there is more interest in the soap-opera-style drama surrounding it than there is in the game itself. That’s the way it has become in the tiny world of Dirt Track Racing 2. Accusations of cheating and rough driving are everywhere. Some of them have merit. Most of them don’t.
I came back to Dirt Track Racing 2 in late 2012 and I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were a few people still actively playing the game. It was always a fun game. The immersion and quality of racing was good, although it was actually better in the original Dirt Track Racing game. Alas, all good things must come to an end, and so it is with Dirt Track Racing 2. We all had some great times playing the game, but now it’s time to say goodnight and goodbye to an old friend.
The game had a lot of positive things going on, but sometimes the negatives get to be a strain. For one thing, Ratbag should have patched the game shortly after it’s release. There were at least a couple of bugs. Now, with only third party support, and a ten-player limit for online races, the limits are more cumbersome than ever. Add to that the graphics from 2003, the demise of the Gamespy multiplayer servers and various other shortcomings, and you find that you’re better off moving on to bigger and better things.
So goodbye Dirt Track Racing 2. You were a good friend and you will be missed. Rest in peace.