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
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a straightforward racing game. An aggressive driving style is required here, unlike some of the more authentic racing simulators. The game is playable online , a feature Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for kids under age 12. Parents of new teen drivers might want to consider a recent study which suggests that playing some racing games can increase one's willingness to take risks while driving in real life.
Conclusion: Defense Grid: The Awakening offers what is easily the best tower defense game on the Xbox 360 and is a game that anyone interested in that genre should check out. Besides the fact that this game is only half of the price (800 points or $10) it costs on Steam and other digital download services on the PC, the 24 levels with quite a few alternate challenge missions adds a lot of replay value that will keep you busy for a while.
Excerpt: Racing games aren’t exactly rare, so it’s nice to see one break the mold a little bit. GRID , the latest game in the Race Driver series by Codemasters, is the spiritual successor to DiRT , the gorgeous rally racing game that wowed audiences last year. Built on similar framework, GRID provides a balance between hardcore simulation and Burnout style silliness that ends up being both challenging and addictive.
Excerpt: Given that Grid replicates over a dozen racing styles, and a variety of different disciplines within those disciplines (the drifting style alone has four of them), it has a bit of a learning curve to it. Fortunately, it’s a steady one that really allows the player to ease into things at their own pace.
Excerpt: For years, the Race Driver series has been revered for its robust amount of racing types that allow players to experience the thrills of many different racing disciplines and for its exceptional quality given the vast quantity of racing styles replicated within in. Back with an all-new gameplay rewind system that allows you to playback a mistake and correct it, a revamped version of DiRT’s game engine, and a slightly more dazzling version of that game’s slick interface,...