Excerpt: Codemasters is well known as one of the leaders in the racing game market, but with the PGR, Forza and Gran Turismo series all leading the way the UK-based publisher needed Race Driver: GRID to be something special. With the most impressive visuals ever to grace a racing game, brilliant variety and game-making rewind feature GRID is everything we wanted it to be and quite possibly the racing game of 2008. GRID sees you driving for a new racing team.
Conclusion: As Codemasters first installment of the Race Driver series for next generation consoles, GRID is a very solid progression. Some may feel hesitant to purchase due to the lack of customizations options and online gameplay modes, but for what is included within the title, you couldn’t get a better representation of what racing is all about.
Excerpt: Blimey. Codemasters has taken its time bringing its much-admired non-rally racer to next-gen consoles, but the good news for us punters is that it's been well worth the wait. Race Driver: Grid does everything that you could possibly want from a development team with such a pedigree, and then some. Codies signature of collision damage is present and correct (if a little buckled around the edges) and the depth and range of gameplay is astonishing.
Excerpt: Codemasters have a long list of reasonably well respected racing games. TOCA Touring Car Championship was released towards the end of 1997 and proved popular in territories like Australia where motorsports are very prolific. A number of sequels followed and the TOCA series was renamed V8 Supercars in Australia and New Zealand. 2006 saw Codemasters bring out TOCA Race Driver 3 which continued with the theme of ever expanding motorsports available to contest.
Conclusion: Race Driver: GRID may be almost arcade-like as a racing experience, but its depth comes your way via a worthwhile career mode, a multiplayer mode that deserves exploration and a wealth of racing categories to try your hand at. Looks great, plays great. The PC is an excellent offering, but if you’re without a wheel and you’ve got the choice – grab it on console.
Pros: Looks terrific, Stacks of style and racing options
Cons: Can get a little easy in the early to mid stages (especially on PC)