Summary: Codemasters' original Race Driver: Grid was -- and still is -- a pinnacle of automobile racing games. Back when it was released in 2008, I spent literally hundreds of hours with the game trying to rack up cars, medals, sponsors, and good teammates. From its excellent utilization of a very real cockpit view to the smart implementation of teammates that you could choose to hire or fire, the game took on sim racing with a slightly more arcade approach.
Excerpt: When it comes to racing games, there are two camps. There are the uber-serious car people, the types that buy steering wheels for their racing games and spend hours getting anal about the specs of their vehicle before each race like they’re a character from Fast and the Furious or something. And then there's your happy-go-lucky, bouncy types like myself, the types that would rather fling a red shell at a problem and drive wild and carefree in a magical sound shower.
Excerpt: Fans of the original GRID have had to wait five years for Codemasters to produce a sequel to this city-based racer. Unfortunately GRID 2 isn’t always able to live up to the expectations one has for a racing title developed by a studio which has proved its mastery over the genre time and time again. Although the game looks fantastic and has a great variety of event types, GRID 2’s career mode is overly drawn-out and its multiplayer component feels unbalanced.
Competent racer depicts car crashes with no consequences.
Common Sense Media
10 June 2013
Summary: Parents need to know that Grid 2 is a realistic racing game featuring authentic cars and manufacturers. Vehicles frequently get into accidents and suffer serious damages, but drivers are never depicted being hurt. All races take place on closed courses, meaning there's no risk of striking bystanders or crashing into civilian traffic.
Summary: Grid might have been gone for 5 years, but in those years it developed into a truly great and unique racing game. From the wide variety of cars, to the insane level of detail and the great audio, Grid 2 offers something for all racing fans. While simulation racing fans might not prefer the mix with arcade, Codemasters did a an excellent job blending the two styles and making something quite unique.
Pros: Superb attention to detail, High-quality audio, Realistic car performance
Cons: Lack of tracks, Destruction derby multiplayer
Conclusion: GRID 2 occupies a weird spot between sim and arcade racer. If you know what you are getting into this is a solid title that doesn't try to break any molds. Online racing a track design could be more compelling though.
Conclusion: "...Grid 2 is a slick racer with a lot to offer racing fans of all stripes." "There isn’t a single track that looks anything short of fabulous." "...hardcore fans will take issue with [the absence of a cockpit view].
Pros: Intense, gorgeous racing, Wide variety of competitions, Meaty offline and online modes
Cons: No cockpit view, No single-player car upgrades, Handling is initially jarring