Summary: Codemasters, up until recently, was known for releasing titles in the driving genre which were brutally, unabashedly simulative, and they didn’t care who knew it. If you were good enough to wrap your head around the technical presentation of games like Indy Car , and get a complete handle on their super-precise steering mechanisms, then you’d have a blast. Otherwise, it was back to Need for Speed for you.
Excerpt: Cars simply don't handle the way they ought to. Any slight bump, any slight deviation from the road, spells disaster. Let's say you're racing along an enclosed track and one of your tires strays over the line. The second you touch dirt, you're finished.
Summary: If you’re a fan of the “Race Driver” series, “Burnout” or any other true arcade racing game out there, I highly recommend this game. For those of you who are more into the realistic racing simulation titles, rent this game before you buy, but definitely give it a chance. “GRID” deserves to be a part of any car lover’s video game collection.
Pros: -Great graphics., -Realistic sense of speed., -Plenty of events to complete., -Very solid online multiplayer., -Perfect difficulty curve for all types of gamers., -Flashback is a really badass feature., -Never a dull moment during an event., -Car damage is really well done.
Cons: -No upgrade system to speak of., -A bit too easy at times., -Cars sound completely unrealistic and “cheap”.
Excerpt: GRID is all about speed and presentation. The races are insanely fast and you only need one wrong turn to lose (and to create an awesome crash). As for the presentation, GRID immediately pushes you into the game without a tutorial. To put it bluntly, GRID doesn’t cater itself in either direction in the racing game genre. Instead of leaning too much towards the hardcore racing fan crowd or the flashy “underground” racing crowd, the game is nestled in the middle.
Excerpt: For as long as I could remember, Codemasters has often disappointed me with practically every one of their racing games since the PS2. Pro Race Driver was one of those first disappointments, as the game was hard on the eyes, despite screenshots featuring beaming details. And of course, with a game like Gran Turismo 3 to compete with, Codies had a lot to live up to.
Excerpt: Codemasters' Race Driver series has long put the emphasis on making the driver, not the cars, the stars of the show. Grid is the spiritual successor to this series, and though it still offers you the chance to travel the world as a racing driver, the emphasis is firmly back on the racing itself. Taking in a wide range of international venues and racing disciplines, Grid's career mode puts you in the shoes of a top racing driver.
Pros: Plenty of racing disciplines and locations, Accessible and rewarding career mode, Excellent online lobby system, Superb graphics and presentation
Cons: Lacking online game types, No mechanical upgrades for vehicles, No split-screen multiplayer support, Sometimes finicky controls
Conclusion: Last are the multiplayer options. While better than DiRT , your options are still a bit restrictive. The game supports up to 12 players via Xbox Live, PSN or system link. Sadly there's no split-screen racing to speak of. On Xbox Live/PSN, you can jump in to a quick match or host your own. However, playing online is more or less limited to the same events that are available in GRID World. The only time you can customize the options is when hosting a private match.