Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. A game that pushes the DS to its limits and though it's a simulation in nature, GRID always puts fun ahead of cold accuracy.
  2. It's certainly true that apart from the graphical polish, this is essentially the same in terms of core gameplay, albeit structured slightly differently. But with new courses, new cars and the freedom to create your own content, it's hard to imagine too many DS-owning race fans being put off by such a piffling complaint though.
  3. With great graphics and stellar gameplay, GRID offers DS owners a fantastic console experience on the go. It’s more of the same, but with more vehicles, tracks and customisation options GRID will keep all who play it race-happy.
  4. The DS version of GRID seems to be more than a simple cash-in. It's unfortunate that the game suffers from technical difficulties. There’s a lack of speed, no damage physics and the camera viewpoints could cause the player some problems. On the good side, you can design your own circuits, you can race online and there’s a solid career mode. The sheer fun, catapults this game above average.
  5. Grid offers a great balance of arcade and simulation racing with enough extras to keep you entertained for hours.
  6. 83
    An impressive effort that has a lot going for it, and it’s a slight improvement over last year’s already impressive Race Driver: Create and Race experience. GRID is best played on the console, but the DS game offers up its own unique take on the core racing design.
  7. There was nothing wrong with it last time, and this is the same except with a more polished track editor. Top stuff for real driving fans. [July 2008, p.69]
  8. GRID is absolutely your best bet if you’ve got a craving for racing on your DS (sans turtle shells and banana peels), and it’ll keep you busy for quite some time.
  9. 42
    Call me a purist, but I like my traditional racers on consoles -- not my DS -- where I can sit on my couch, marvel at the crisp graphics, and feel the feedback coming into my racing wheel as I drive along the road. But if you really want to race on the DS -- and it's your only viable option -- GRID works as intended...mostly.
  10. It's packed full of features and is well worth a look for anyone wanting some racing thrills while out and about.
  11. Racing games on the DS have so far definitely not been the best of breed, which is exactly why we're so surprised over just how fun Race Driver: GRD for the DS is. Sure, graphics-wise is won't blow your mind but the presentation definitely does it's job well and driving is just pure fun. If you've been longing for the chance to burn rubber in a gratifying way on the DS, this is it.
  12. If you're after a good racing simulation on the DS then GRID is one of the best out there. [July 2008, p.97]
  13. a great handheld racing game. Compared to Race Driver, it's more like an expansion pack. It's very similar, although more refined. But if you haven't played the original, this is the one to get.
  14. If you’re a racing fan already enjoying GRID on your console but has a DS that’s craving for some love, this version is definitely worth picking up.
  15. Whether you're competing against CPU cars or your friends, though, GRID is one of the most challenging and entertaining racing games for DS yet. [July 2008, p.88]
  16. Fun racing and the brilliant track creation tool is almost a game in itself. [Issue#23, p.78]
  17. This Nintendo DS version isn't anywhere near the quality (or originality) of the console versions, but if you can accept it as a good racing game and not another version of GRID, you'll enjoy it very much.
  18. Being a kind of update for Race Driver: Create & Race, Race Driver: Grid it’s not the best investment for those who already own the first one. But if you don’t have it, and if you are looking for a “serious” racing game for the DS, this is the one to get. [Sept 2008]
  19. 80
    GRID is difficult at first, and the lack of a speedy frame rate may throw you off. Otherwise, there's nothing to hold you back from shifting into high gear. Buy it, hit the gas and race for the finish line.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. DSi
    Jan 17, 2010
    8
    Racedriver: GRID on DS is a pretty sweet game that takes 10+ hours to complete, so there's a lot to do. Track editor is really great, Racedriver: GRID on DS is a pretty sweet game that takes 10+ hours to complete, so there's a lot to do. Track editor is really great, and it uses DS's touch screen well. Altough graphics aren't that great, some cities look really impressive. Full Review »
  2. Ryan
    Mar 10, 2009
    8
    A console game virtually crammed onto a DS cartridge! Excellent grpahics and environments, as well as plenty of different types of challenges A console game virtually crammed onto a DS cartridge! Excellent grpahics and environments, as well as plenty of different types of challenges to put you through your paces. Astounding technical design makes this game feel unlike any other DS racing title. The only weakness is the reliance on a digital D-pad, thus making subtle steering impossible. Full Review »
  3. MichaelAlsup
    Jan 16, 2009
    4
    Grid on the DS looks like it could be a great game, but thanks to issues such as heinous graphical glitches, low draw-distance, an incredibly Grid on the DS looks like it could be a great game, but thanks to issues such as heinous graphical glitches, low draw-distance, an incredibly low difficulty, and the fact that nobody's ever online turns Grid into an exercise in boredom and frustration. Full Review »