My first impression of Grid is how similar to DiRT it is; being a Codemasters title the menus and general feel of the game is very similar and the graphics too are equally as stunning as the rally sim. The campaign mode is recreated similarly with US, Euro and Japanese racing events for you to compete in, but only when you've earned the entry fee. Everything is recreated in such detail but as you fly past at 200 mph it all becomes a blur as the game also runs so smoothly. To start with the controls are only slightly tricky to get the hang of; but this is the beauty of Grid- it's a proper racing sim. You have to break or you will crash. You have to go easy on the throttle if you drift onto the grass on European circuits or you will spin. Take care with turning the traction control off too as you will almost certainly spin (I struggled to make it to the first bend (honestly)). DiRT was you against teh clock off-road. This takes the same racing experience onto the track against real competitors who will nudge, bump and force you fof the road. You can't just use opponents as stoppers either into that final corner as you'll write yourself off and not earn any money.
The US muscle events are fantastic with no room for error on the tight streets of San Francisco and other cities. The European circuit racing is excellent with genuine feedback from swaying off the track , even slightly, and losing traction. The drifting is a bit daft in my opinion as it's not about racing but scoring points for your drifting technique, but then Codemasters appeal to all by including sveral types of racing. Stock car racing, midnight duels on the open road, with traffic for those who like street racing, and other formats, each with their own skill required.
Whilst Burnout is a bit of fun and NFS and Midnight Club LA are all about street racing in an unrealistic world where you barely need to break and everyone calls you 'homey' and says how good your 'rims' look although there is a small part of Grid where you have to design your car into team colours and choose your sponsors this is only a small part and is by no means a feature to keep the creative entertained. This game is about racing, fast. I can't believe I waited 6 months to buy it. Pick up a bargain if you can but worth the full price. 9/10 (only because the drfting isn't for me and a little bit silly in my opinion-who races for points instead of position anyway?). Play the demo on PSN and see for yourself.