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Race Driver: GRID

by Codemasters Limited
 Ages 7 and Over
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game

Product details

Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • ASIN: B00140ECRM
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm ; 27 g
  • Release Date: 30 May 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,754 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation 3

Amazon.co.uk Review

As the all-new racing experience from Codemasters Studios, creators of Colin McRae: DiRT™, Race Driver: GRID is all about the race. Every moment from the adrenalin rush at the start lights to the elation at the chequered flag – the tension, pressure, noise, and action.

Featuring only the most powerful race cars – current 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.

With races crammed with action and incident, high-impact moments will come at you thick and fast, one right after another: engine blows, tyre blow outs, tight overtaking, accidents, opponent cars flipping, spinning, collisions with other cars and trackside objects.

From humble beginnings, earning a few thousand dollars a season, build a feared and respected racing team with a multi-million dollar income and complete at dramatic race locations and dominate a multi-disciplined world of racing.

In Europe, race prestige Marques, including Aston Martin, Koenigsegg and Pagani, on the greatest official race circuits. Enter street competitions and race high-performance V8 muscle cars through iconic U.S. cities including San Francisco, Washington DC and Detroit. 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.

As the antithesis of the box-ticking, plodding single-player race game, Race Driver: GRID delivers a diverse career mode in a persistent world of racing that provides each player with a unique experience as their team writes itself into racing folklore.

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another sublime game from Codemasters. 4 Jun. 2008
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I traded in my 360 to get a PS3 recently, primarily to get GT5 prologue as I have been a huge GT fan for years. Whilst that is not the disaster some people will have you believe, I was very under whelmed, and was beginning to regret having to get rid of Forza 2 and PGR along with the 360. At last though, a brilliant racing game has finally graced the PS3 and goes someway to alleviating the pain of not being able to play PGR or Forza 2 any more.

GRID does what PGR does perfectly, it makes racing games fun again. Whilst GRID is not as easy to pick up and play as some racing games, the handling is fine once you get used to it. Anyone who has played DIRT will know what to expect as it runs on the same engine and feels very similar. Where this excels over DIRT is in the number of cars on track at once. The AI is also superb and makes the supposed "new and improved" AI in GT5 look like a joke. Cars will actually try and avoid crashing into you, and will make mistakes as a real person would. Cars rarely, if ever, spin out in GT5 and follow the exact same lines lap after lap, even if another car is in the way. GRID feels much more real and gives a sense you are racing against actual people rather than the computer.

The structure is simple to follow, progresses quickly and has a very good learning curve. I laughed at another review that said the game was "intimidating". Although there are only around 45 cars, the game never feels repetitive. The challenges keep coming, and its one of those games that has that "just one more go" factor and hours disappear in the blink of an eye.

I could go on and on about how good this game is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Newcomer 29 Nov. 2008
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Over the last few years we've seen a lot of driving games. Some good, some decent and a lot of terrible games. The constantly improving Burnout series, in my opinion, still heads this race to become the GTA of driving games whereas other series, such as Need for Speed has spiraled into a pit of cheap and more importantly boring gaming and the long awaited Gran Turismo 5 is still very much in the works and promises to be another un-realistic yet car filled game - basically the FIFA of this genre.

And now finally we arrive at Racedriver: GRID. This was the first PS3 game I played on my crappy TV and I was blown away. The graphics are outstanding, the detail on the cars is staggering and are matched by the pure, fast and realistic gameplay. After I had settled myself into racing I tried out GRID World - which is the career on GRID. You start of with a beautiful (although crappy) old Mustang and have to earn money before you can enter it into any serious racing, so you must drive for other teams and get your reputation up. Once this is done, the game really begins. Racing your Mustang and buying new cars gets you into different races such as drift, touring, F3 and muscle car racing. The variation is incredible. Eventually you must hire a team mate, customize your car and gain sponsors. You also must earn licenses by completing races to be able to advance - which is far less tedious than GT.

To conclude I believe this is the culmination of the great driving series. It has the variety and customization of NFS, it is as spectacular as Burnout and has the depth of GT but despite this it still feels like its own game.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GRID - A Contender For Gran Turismo 5 5 April 2009
By Angus F
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have had the pleasure of playing Gran Turismo 5 Prolugue which I thought surely would lead on to be the best car racer on Playstation 3. However, since purchasing this game from the developers Codemasters (creaters of the hit Colin McRae Rally Series), I have been totally stunned by the shear complexity and racing fun that this game has to offer. It is simply a stunner and in my opinion has a lot more to offer than Gran Turismo 5 as it stands at the moment. It also is more realistic having the inbuilt effects of every day driving and Fromula 1 (which Gran Turismo 5 doesn't offer). As you race you find other computer generated drivers make calculated mistakes as any other human being would. I find this makes the whole experience more realistic and gives you a greater challenge to overtake/dodge the other drivers. Unlike Gran Turismo you also slide/drift a lot more so you have to get used to counter stearing which takes some getting used to. You also have a greater range of cars to deal with from American Muscle cars to british/european cars to the Japanese Turbo Charged Drifters.
So there you have it - finally a car racing game to give the developers of Gran Turismo a run for their money and a game to either try to match or beat with an even better game program
The Game has also won the best car racer of the season in Top Gear Magazine and is rated 9/10 in Playstation Magazine UK
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Racer Available 27 Sept. 2008
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The best racer available. Race Driver: GRID places its focus on actual racing, and injects a breath of fresh air into what was becoming a stagnant genre.
Simulation-heavy games like Gran Turismo & Forza are nothing like GRIDS arcade approach. In fact, its difficult to pinpoint exactly why GRID is such a good racer. Every aspect just feels refined and polished. It isnt perfect, but the closest thing available.

In the career mode GRID World, the aim is to climb the ranks. Simple aspects are introduced as the seasons progress, such as choosing sponsors and selecting a team mate. This is all done in a fashion not to overwhelm the player, and provides more objectives to chase than simply winning. Another great innovation in GRID world is the fact that progression is entirely dependant on the player. There are a total of 51 trophies to win, spread across Japanese, US & European racing. An almost unlimited amount of Driver Offers are also available, where specific criteria has to be met in order to win the cash.
Purists may complain there isnt more to tinker with (as all management is done above the bonnet); but this is all about fun.

Not every event in GRID has to be won. For example, if Drift isnt your thing then the whole section can be ignored and reputation points earned elsewhere. As your fame increases, so does your surroundings. Grids menu system is one of the most streamlined I've ever seen. Everything feels like a physical part of the world, viewed from inside the team garage. The whole thing is incredibly detailed.

One of GRIDs most innovative features is the ability to rewind crashes. A superb feature, again one that can be ignored, but helps prevent habitual replays. It doesent destroy the tension or that sense of accomplishment. The graphics are sensational, particularly in HD.
Just buy.
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