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Race Driver: Grid

Released on 30 May 2008

Rating: 7+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (55 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Race Driver: Grid is all about the race - that period from lights to flag; full of tension, pressure, noise, and action.

Grid will take players to beautifully realised and dramatic race locations over three continents to compete in an unprecedented variety of racing events. Packed with the most powerful race cars - new and classic, circuit and drift - players will compete to conquer the most prestigious official race tracks and championships and then go beyond to compete in challenging city-based competitions, through to road events and urban street races.

In Europe, race gamers will compete on the greatest official tracks in prestige Marques including Aston Martin, Koenigsegg and Pagani. Iconic cities across the U.S. - including San Francisco, Washington DC and Detroit and each with their own atmosphere and events - play hosts to diverse street races. In the Far East, Japanese racing culture sets the tone where night races, including Drift racing, take drivers through neon illuminated cities and to outlying mountain roads.

Unlock the in-game Play.com exclusive Aston Martin DBR9 using the following code: P47203845

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     Average rating (55 reviews)

     A Game That Needs to be Given Time to Shine

    | | See all Fleedleflump's reviews (58)

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    I had been looking forward to this game for some time, having enjoyed playing through Colin McRae: Dirt some months ago, so I was excited when it dropped through my letter box and fired up for the first time.

    The looks, unsurprisingly, are very impressive, and coupled with very slick presentation and an extremely well thought out UI and menu system, they draw your interest and leave you eager to get started on each race. This uses the Dirt engine, but it's been optimised, so not only are the graphics a little crisper and smarter, they also run more smoothly than previously, and the knock-on effect is that this will run nicely on a more modest PC than its rally predecessor. It's a fun and involving game. However...

    Let's say it's lucky I didn't write this review straight away, as the opening races (where you are picking contracts to race for random other teams) were a painful experience. The first car you drive handles like a wet bar of soap on a pane of glass. The next car will handle differently; it might be Imperial Leather instead of Dove... I got so annoyed fighting with my xbox-controller-for-PC (essential kit for this game) that I almost destroyed my entire set-up. At that point I would have written a very damning, probably amusing, spleen-venting rant of a review...

    But I persevered. For several reasons. Partly because I love racing and car sim games above any other genre, and usually don't have this initial problem with them, and partly because I had read such positive reviews elsewhere.

    This game comes into its own when you finally reach the point of starting your own racing team (when you've earned enough dosh by racing for other teams). I am always a fan in these games of starting at the bottom and slowly working up to the more powerful machines, and this game offers that once you get past the initial stages. This is an interesting idea, making it more of a "career" for you as a driver, but it is akin to throwing a novice swimmer in the deep end and telling him to retrieve a brick that's in the shallow end.

    When you do finally get your brick though, the game becomes a joy to play. Its slicker-than-slick presentation and flashy style can be slightly irksome, but it doesn't interfere, and when I did finally work my way back up to the more powerful cars, I found that all the practice with earlier models had got me used to this game's "soapy" handling, and I had no further troubles.

    The revolutionary trick this brings to the table is the ability to rewind time. Codemasters have implemented it by basically taking the replay system, which is otherwise the same as 90% of other current racing games, and giving you the ability to restart racing from any point in the replay (which generally extends back about 20 seconds before the opint it's triggered). This means that a tiny loss of concentration that sends you into a barrier of careering off a corner can be rewound and eliminated. You can do this 5 times per race on the default difficulty level, and it's a good feeling and an interesting addition. Be warned, however, that the races have been made damned unforgiving to compensate!

    So anyway, I urge anyone who's picked this up then ignored it in a blind fury to give it some more time. Even once you're into it, this game still has the ability to annoy beyond reason from time to time, far more so than any other racer I've played recently, so consider yourself warned. But it also brings many good things to the table, and is a worthwhile addition to the colection of any race-head like me!

    I hope my thoughts have been helpful.

     You need a high spec pc, but the game is great.

    | | See all TheChoZenOne's reviews (11)

    I knocked off a star because I had to upgrade my graphics card to play (my old one was a radeon x850, so never supported SM3.0). I don't have a job (still at school!) I had to settle for something cheap so went for the 3650. The game kept crashing after about one race in Grid world but none on other game modes, I bought a side panel fan for my case and it worked better. So my warning is make sure you have a decent graphics card and make sure it is kept cool.

    Now the game. I don't have a clue what Pixists is on about. It is an arcade game, not a sim, therefore it is not trying to be a sim. The graphics are stunning. They leave NFS Pro Street way behind. GT5 Prologue has a bit better graphics I have to admit but that is nothing to put Grid down by.
    The game is fairly short, not many events to do in the campaign. If anybody complains about the opponents being faster or spinning you off, then yes, they spin you off SOMETIMES. They are not faster though, I can get knocked off the track and catch up with them quite easily. If it is too hard, knock the difficulty down.
    Online is great although people moan a lot if you put them out (understandable in track races) but they even do it on demolition derby. I spend most my time on DD, it is a carnage race where you just smash everyone up and try to finish first.

    A quick note, I use a controller, the speedlink strike2 gamepad. Sets up just fine.


    | | See all soothsayer's reviews (8)

    Good points:
    1. Great sound on my 4.1.
    2. Good graphics.
    Bad points:
    1. Buggy - e.g. sometimes you can put your foot to the floor and although the engine revs the car won't move forwards.
    2. Frustratingly unrealistic - e.g. if you are on grass or gravel, stepping on the gas will spin you round in a doughnut no matter what you do with the steering wheel.
    3. Interface is too convoluted and slow to navigate and has weird counter-intuitive menu controls.
    Overall - nearly a good game but mostly just annoying.

     another epic sequel

    | | See all ozzyhamm's reviews (1)

    first try of the demo was with a 360 controller, i still havent tried the keyboard after 2 days of using the demo

     race driver grid

    | | See all tazz1963's reviews (1)

    downloaded the demo ,had a play using the keyboard found it hard to control , use xbox360 control and what a differance , much easier to control makes the game easier .would reccomened to anyone . can not wait for the full game to arrive .

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    Rating7+ (PEGI)
    Minimum RequirementsWindows XP / Vista with DirectX 9.0c (if running Windows Vista, SP1 is recommended)
    3.0GHz Pentium IV, Athlon 64 or equivalent (2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Athlon X2 3800+ or equivalent recommended)
    1GB RAM (2GB recommended)
    GeForce 6800, Radeon X1300 or equivalent (GeForce 8800, Radeon HD 3800 or equivalent recommended)
    Sound Card (DirectX compatible) (Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Sound Card or equivalent recommended)
    DVD-ROM Drive (Dual Layer Compatible)
    12.5 GB Hard Drive Space
    Broadband internet connection required (512kbps+ recommended)

    Supported Graphics Cards:
    ATI Radeon x1300, x1550, x1600, x1800, x1900, x1950, HD2600, HD2900, HD3870
    NVIDIA Geforce 6800, 7100, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950, 8600, 8800, 9600, 9800
    Please Note! Not compatible with all integrated sound/graphics solutions (inc.Laptops)

    Recommended Controllers:
    Microsoft X360 Controller
    Logitech G25
    Logitech MOMO
    Logitech Driving Force Pro
    Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Pro