Excerpt: Anyone who has cooked for me knows my meal time preference: pasta. Noodles and sauce are the way to my heart. I'll eat them and relish them in nearly any form except one: deli-made macaroni salad. I should love it but I don't. When it comes to video games, I have a similar quirk. I'll play almost any racing game and I'll usually have a blast, yet things go wrong when GRID enters the picture. Even though it seems just about perfect for me, the game rubs me the wrong way.
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.
Summary: 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