Happy holidays/Merry Xmas from HP Fansite (+Colin McRae DiRT 2 preview)

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas from HP Fansite, the title says it all. 2009’s holiday season has been a busy one indeed, and I bet most of us are hoping for an even better year ahead in 2010 (better economy, more saucy HP notebooks and hardware, more mind-blowing game titles, etc).

Oh, speaking of games, I’ve just got the new title Colin McRae: DiRT 2 (it’s a car racing game) for PC for review. I had planned to crash at a friend’s place for a mini “DiRT 2 party” since I know several people who have the game too. Unfortunately, because of everyone’s busy Christmas schedule and my friend/the host’s nice HP Elitebook 8730w(drool)’s display backlight failing at the last minute, I ended up having to play the game myself yesterday.

Although I’m not a huge fan of circuit/grid racing (more of an open-world, non-race car racing game fan), I’m a big lover of DiRT 2’s amazing graphics and sound. Gameplay wise, I’ve finished about six races so far and it’s your pretty standard Need For Speed-style, race to the finish and get 1st place kind of game. I have one beef about DiRT 2 so far though – and that’s painfully long loading screens and wait time before/after every race (the so-so hard metal/rock music during the waits don’t help much either).

I’m not sure if it’s my Pavilion dv4 showing signs of age (hmm, frame rates during races are still good) or poor optimization on DiRT 2’s developers’ behalf, but either way, the 1-2 minute long “Loading…” screens are driving me crazy. I’ll have to go see how the game fared (or fares, not sure many of my buddies would have the time for unboxing video games on Christmas week) on some more powerful notebooks. And that’s it for my initial impressions. I’ll be back with a full review of DiRT 2 after I’m done with the game.

Have a Merry Xmas 2009 everyone!

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