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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: GRID 2 brings the series up to date, adding a number of game modes while polishing up an already fantastic driving experience. It’s a driving masterclass, and while it may lack the depth of or , its take on the art of motorsport is unsurpassed.
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