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  • Summary: (Also known as "Race Dirver: GRID") GRID takes players to dramatic and beautifully realized race locations over three continents to compete in a variety of racing events. Packed with the most powerful race cars - new and classic, circuit and drift - players compete to conquer the most prestigious official race tracks and championships then beyond to compete in challenging city-based competitions, and then on through to road events and urban street races. The drama, the rivalries, the aggression and the crashes; this is not a game about collecting cars or spending all of your time in the front-end tuning suspension settings or designing liveries. Codemasters wants to make racing exciting again. Gamers compete on Europe's greatest official race tracks in prestige Marques including Aston Martin, Koenigsegg and Pagani. Iconic cities across the U.S, including San Francisco, Washington DC and Detroit - each with their own atmosphere and events - play host to diverse street races, where high-performance V8 muscle cars set the pace in aggressive, closely fought pack competitions. And in the Far East, Japanese racing culture sets the tone where night races, including Drift racing, takes drivers through neon illuminated cities and to outlying mountain roads. There's also the opportunity to compete in races that operate on the fringes of legality in the back streets and industrial areas of Yokohama. [Codemasters] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 100
    Many will balk at the game because it doesn’t offer a million different models of car. Those who do are missing the point. Grid is all about the fun and excitement of the race. It’s racing with a capital ‘R’ minus the frustration. You won’t find a more fun racing game this year.
  2. No pit stops, no car tuning. Race Driver: Grid is all about driving, having fun and running a racing team. The game drops you right into the race without training laps or qualifying. AI opponents with almost humanlike behaviour, physically correct damage modelling, up to 40,000 spectators in 3D, bloom effects, smoke and force feedback create an amazingly intense feeling of being right smack in the middle. Need for Speed feels like bobbycar racing in comparison.
  3. The PC is an excellent offering, but if you’re without a wheel and you’ve got the choice – grab it on console.
  4. Race Driver: GRID is tearing up the tarmac this summer without a challenger in site.
  5. A racing experience that both simulation and fast thrills lovers will enjoy.
  6. The game entices you with its beauty before hooking you with its effects and finally landing you with its enormous gameplay depth. [Sept 2008, p.66]
  7. Overall, Grid is an impressive racer, slick enough to forgive its obvious console origins and deep enough to forgive the frustrating AI. [Aug 2008, p.59]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 121
  2. Negative: 32 out of 121
  1. ElliotL.
    May 31, 2008
    This game is awesome. I have one issue with it, its so addictive! It looks amazing and its great fun!
  2. lugduweb
    Oct 7, 2009
    The graphics of this games are really impressive. For me, it's really the best 2008 game The game is quite difficult at the start, then you get used to it and it becomes really fun. Note that It requires a very good gfx card to get all game dimension. Expand
  3. Oct 22, 2010
    Every RED rated review for GRID suffers from the same problem: Their own bad driving. The physics are great, The AI tries to finesse their turning when in close proximity to you or others, giving a small amount of intelligence to them. They don't want to be hit! People say there needs to be a 'speed limit' so one doesn't go flying into walls? These cars are equipped with both standard brakes and an emergency brake, and the ability to NOT floor the gas at all times. Try it. Once you ease up on the throttle a little and practice your braking, it gets easy to dominate the simple circuit, but fret not, raising the difficulty will provide plenty of new challenges. This is the street version of DiRT 2, and when people say it should be "like dirt", they should take note that it is by the same publisher and pretty much a clone of DiRT2's engine with a fresh set of textures and no truck/buggy racing. What this game gives up in diversity of vehicle class, it makes up for with beautiful, fun tracks, and rewarding, precision driving. Expand
  4. Sep 8, 2013
    Although it may now be superseded by better graphics and sound, GRID is still, for me, the best racing game in terms of balls-to-the-wall, skin-of-the teeth action. view FTW! why oh why did they remove it in GRID2?

    It can be difficult to get to grips with the controls at first, but once mastered there is a real feeling of joy and achievement when you win events. The cars do handle very well, and each has a defined personality.

    It precedes Codemasters' obsession with those tedious Drifting events, which are mercifully few in this version.

    I'd like to have more tracks, and split screen, but for a few quid I'm not complaining. It's my go-to racing game an has given me many hours of looking ridiculous, tongue-out, wrestling the controller
  5. AWG
    Aug 13, 2013
    A very good racing game. A little bit difficult at the beginning but never unfair. Awesome graphics. Just a suggestion: play it with a wheel or don't play it. Expand
  6. LucaC.
    Jul 1, 2008
    Grid is like a top fashion model without soul . Driving means to feel your car. Where is the car's phisic? Bah... Good looking graphic... like a beatiful saker cake.... but without any taste. Expand
  7. Aug 20, 2013
    If one game with all details turn on minimum can't stay at 30 fps with an HD5870, I'll not waste my time.
    What a shame for a such good
    gameplay ruined by design choises. Expand

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