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Race Driver: GRID (Xbox 360)
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- Platform: Xbox 360
- PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Platform: Xbox 360
Race Driver: GRID (Xbox 360)
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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In a san francisco street race i ploughed into a tyre wall and was impresssed to see all the tyres exploding in different directions which is better than the solid tyre walls in forza. Another nice touch is you can rewind several seconds before impact and try to avoid it second time round which is good if you make a bad mistake on the 10th lap as you dont have to completely restart. In single player you work to gain reputation. you get more for harder difficulty like manual transmission. in multiplayer there is a voting system were everyone in the game chooses there preferred option. up to 12 players i believe.
The cars handle well but can get annoying when you accelerate and just spin it. there is a cockpit view which is just as good as the pgr one. The main problem i have with the game is the game types like drift mode which you have to do and on multiplayer it seems that you are lucky to survive the first bend. overall a great driving game with many new unseen features. well worth the money.
The game is a well-oiled race simulator and a very realistic one at that. The 'AI' cars crash and spin out, I've even seen retirements. The handling has actually been slated on a few reviews I've read now, which is a shock to me; the handling is actually pretty realistic (drifting is a bit daft in certain cars though). I think the reason for the contradicting views on handling has come about due to there being two MAIN types of racing games: Arcade and Simulator. People who don't like the handling in this game are probably used to their Need for Speeds where the handling is more arcadey and less realistic, this is not always a bad thing though. Look what happened when EA tried to make a need for speed simulator game (Shift and Shift 2) they were awful because NFS games are arcade style games and should not try to be anything else.
Overall I love this game, it's gripping and the layout is easy to use. Changing the difficulty settings will tailor the game to a level of play you are happy with.
Being super critical, the game won't appeal to you arcade racer fans and will generally have a short lifespan (always the same with racing games, as essentially, it's the same thing on repeat: race, buy new car, race, buy new car etc.)
I haven't played the game online but can imagine this will extend lifespan.
I suppose, to truly appreciate this game, you can't compare it to any need for speed game (bar shift 1+2 which it beats hands down) because its a race sim and not an arcade game. There is no corny storyline meaning it's all about the racing (thank god).
My rating: 77% (recommended to those sick of poor quality arcade racing games but be warned this game would have a short lifespan)
Genre: Racing simulator, Racing, Motorsport
however, after looking at the other reviews on this page it seems that many people are critisizing(sp.) the handling.
now i have to admit that when i began playing i found the handling wierd. then after looking around on the options, the game comes with an oversteer option turned on and after turning this off i found the game to be superb.
the graphics are superb and the quality of the racing amazing, i would definitely recomend forking out 40£ and buying this. just make sure you sort out the options before playing ;)
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