• Apr 2nd 2009 at 5:58PM
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Fish need water, boys need father figures, and rally games need rally legends. Sadly, Colin McRae, the former world rally champion and the name behind Codemasters' popular DiRT franchise, was tragically killed in a 2007 helicopter accident, leaving big racing shoes to fill. Probably too big for anyone else currently in the World Rally Championship, so for the sequel to the successful video game, Codemasters looked instead to the X-Games and signed Ken Block.

Not to be confused with the Canadian hockey player or the frontman for rock band Sister Hazel, Ken Block is a fixture of the American stunt rally scene. He's also left his mark in skateboarding, snowboarding and motocross, and the extremesportsmeister is co-founder of D.C. Shoe – so whether he can fill McRae's shoes or not, he can craft a pair all his own. Follow the jump to watch the video.

[Source: Joystiq]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Bad joke of the day:

      "...so whether he can fill McRae's shoes or not, he can craft a pair all his own."
        • 6 Years Ago
        There is some SICK driving in that video though
      • 6 Years Ago
      But Ken, as good a driver as he is (we've all seen him hooning his Subie), is not the world champion that McRae was (RIP).

      However, if they add gymkhana and a man on a Segway to the game, all is forgiven.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't wait for that- DiRT was an awesome game and this one looks like its gonna be better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Forza 3 is already in development - news was floating around last June about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't want to start a war of origin of any driver but if they wanted to make it properly they would someone who was actually World champion and not the guy that had huge success with his shoes.
      Come on guys. Has nothing to do with American driver or not, this guy is simply not a class of Colin McRae. Its pure commercial guy, and it looks that Dirt 2 will be pure commercial game (read arcade).

      My pick would be Sebastien Loeb. he was 5 times World chapmion and is leading this year ( won all races so far). Maybe his car doesn't sound flashy (Citroen, must say don't like them) but this guy is a legend. I saw him driving F1 and he beat some f1 drivers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Better names:
      Sebastien Loeb
      Petter Solberg
      Tommi Mäkinen
      Marcus Grönholm
      Chris Atkinson
      Mikko Hirvonen
      Toshi Arai
      Or why not continue to call it Collin McRae?

      Ken IS a nobody amongst these names... X-Games? Who cares...

      Bring back Group-B and poor WRC/Rally... So many greats lost in suck a short amount of time.

      RIP - Burns, McRae, Freeman, Lovell, Etc...
        • 6 Years Ago
        It would have been nice if they could continue to put Colin's name on it. I mean Ken Block might be an entertaining driver but he's no WRC driver, he never met a top level rally he didn't crash out of.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly! Well said AstonLve

        Also, I have this feeling the DiRT1 users are much older on average then Codemasters actually realize, the love for Group B is much larger then the Xgames/xTremEEeee stuff.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Regardless if those are "better" names, they aren't faces or personalities that will sell a video game not only to purists but to everyone else that plays video games, who, you must admit, outnumber folks like yourself rather heavily. They are trying to sell these games, and for the audience, better a gaudy X-gamer than a silent Finn.

        I agree it's a shame about the dwindling interest in WRC, but be realistic.

        Also, they can no longer use Colin McRae's name because he is dead. This would seem rather simple, no?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The game is going to use Ken Block for the US version. It will still be Colin Mcrae's DiRT2.
      It's the same thing they did with the last DiRT.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This guy looks like a schmuck. Pimping his Monster energy drink, with the scantily-clad ladies, dressed like a douchebag. I don't care how he drives. No class.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your comment is perfection. You crystallized my thoughts precisely.

        Thank you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ken who? Was Sebastian Loeb not available?
      I'm a huge WRC fan and love that DiRT game but never heard of this person. Travis Pastrana is all over DiRT1, just stick with him IMHO :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ken who= Ken Block. He of one of the most amazing driving videos you'll ever see. Search YouTube for Gymkata or check wiki.

        With the internet searching for information really isn't that hard. You should try it some time. There's a site called http://www.google.com ~ check it out, neat stuff!

        If you have to ask, are you sure you're at the right web site?
        • 6 Years Ago
        DiRT was a great game, but it looks like they're trying to take the sequel in a more "XTREEEEEME" direction, with crazy stadium events with elaborate jumps and fire pits and an overabundance of Monster Energy Drink. I don't care if that's popular with the "cool" kids, that's not what Rally is about, and I don't want it in my game.

        What happened to Travis Pastrana? If they're going to go the X-games route, shouldn't they at least get the guy who's won it the last two years in a row, especially since he was already the voice of DiRT 1?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ken who, come on how could you not have heard of Ken Block, he is the founder of DC shoes, has been in so many car magazines it is unbelievable, and he is worth like 80 million dollars i think after he sold DC shoes to quicksilver. This guy also has tons of cars apparently like bentley's and lambo's.
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