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Race Driver: GRID - Platinum Edition (PS3)

Platform : PlayStation 3
4.1 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0028T365W
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 17.2 x 1.6 cm ; 27 g
  • Release Date: 21 May 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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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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Very very cool game - a real variety of racing types inc Muscle car, Touring car, Drift, Destruction derby etc and really attempts to get the feel of each rather than just changing the course graphics etc. Damage is also focused on as part of the game with it being very possible to end your race in one crash or coax your car to the finish line if not too serious. There is a 'rewind' option when you completely total it - letting you try the section again with a limited number of these available per race.

For those just looking for a quick blast - this might not be the game for you but personally... I'd say still give it a go as there's a good chance you'll get addicted!

Once you get into it and master the sometimes tricky controls it's an awesome game and I'd recommend it to anyone serious about racing games - buy it now!

Pros: Contains lots of awesome!
Cons: Takes some work to get the awesome
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Brilliantly fast, smooth, and graphically clean racer finally introducing the speed that the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza have recently sucked out of racing games in preference of "real driving simulation." Controls are responsive and the artificial intelligence is spot on, at times too much as the cars will crash into you in order to get you off the track and may even end up smashing your car up which after a few attempts does tend to suck the fun right out of the game.

Having R2 button as acceleration is a brilliant idea, especially in auto gear box mode as it allows the acceleration to be much more controlled, taking corners using the amount of acceleration the player feels comfortable with. The speeds at times are incredible, short windy true to life circuits in a formula 3000 car comes blisteringly to life and the frame rate stays incredibly smooth.

The career mode allows wide scope for different types of racing. Open wheeled events for purists, touring car events and for those mad on Japanese performance the pro tuned races really bring the cars to life. The choices of cars for events are very limited. For example the touring cars have the choice between the BMW 320i and the Chevrolet Lacetti. The lack of car options does not really take anything away from the game.

The main reasons for not getting a great score especially in the fun rating is the shear anger and loss of patience that this game creates, the write offs that are out of the players control and restarting the race countless times. This is not helped when your car is randomly placed on the grid which may stick you in last place and you have to overtake all of the cars in front in 3 laps without crashing or making a single mistake. This sometimes makes it all too realistic and completely takes the fun out of what is mostly an enjoyable game with intense action,superb graphics and beautiful cars.
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Race Driver: GRID is very good, slightly flawed racing game. Well worth taking for a spin.

An evolution of the TOCA series it mixes in some concept ideas from DiRT, mainly variety in racing disciplines to produce a racing game that covers all tastes. You get all sorts, GT, open wheel, touge, touring cars, the lot.

GRID world is the career mode. This starts with a couple of races to get your racing license then a few more to build up cash to start your own team. This is when the fun starts. Kudos to Codemasters for allowing you to put your own name on the leaderboard. You can also name your own team and create your own livery. It really does personalise the game. You earn cash when you race and can add sponsors who pay up if you complete their objectives. You spend your cash to buy additional cars to access different championships. You can also take up one off events to raise extra cash.

You get Race Day which is a single race mode where you can try any car, track and race type, all unlocked. Then there is the multiplayer, pretty good fun actually.

The graphics have the same bronze hue as DiRT and whilst decent, they are showing their age a bit now. Also, there is noticable slowdown and jerkiness when things get hot and a lot going on at the one time. It is a minor irritation. Handling is pretty good and different vehicles do have their own feel. You also get the familiar voice overs and pit crew giving you words of encouragement. All together it makes a very pleasant racing experience and dare I say it, exciting. The whole point is to build up your reputation.

But there are flaws. The difficulty can vary and generally, the game is tough. You do get to choose difficulty before each race.
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I gave this game a go after struggling to find a decent realistic racer on the PS3. This one sounded like it was the nearest thing. Reading the manual the game sounds very promising, online play, test drive cars and race round any track posting your fastest lap times and compare against the world records, download the world record ghost laps, etc.

First up and this is a basic bit of knowledge you need to know about this game, if you want to use the X button for Accelerate and the Square button for Brake like I've been used to on console racers then forget it. Using X to Accelerate makes the cars almost uncontrollable because there is no gradual level of acceleration, it's full acceleration or nothing if you tap X, which is where I suspect those who don't like the handling in this game are going wrong. You simply keep skidding all over the place , especially with the more powerful cars which oversteer.

The game has obviously been programmed to make use of the analogue trigger buttons so you can apply variable levels of acceleration or brake. You don't even get the half press acceleration with the X button like there was on GT4 on the PS2. You simply have to use the default control set up to even play this game. I'm surprised no one else seems to have mentioned this - please note I turn all driver aids off when I play driving games.

The handling is pretty sharp and the controls took a bit of getting used to because I've always used X and Square for Accelerate and Brake and then the shoulder buttons for changing gear. Once you've mastered the controls you can start playing. The simple Main Menu gives you the option of an immediate race or Grid World where you can start your career as a race driver.
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