Grid 2 Review: Drifting for days

  • Posted June 7th, 2013 at 14:04 EDT by Lazar Odic

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GRID 2

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Grid might have been gone for 5 years, but in those years it developed into a truly great and unique racing game. From the wide variety of cars, to the insane level of detail and the great audio, Grid 2 offers something for all racing fans. While simulation racing fans might not prefer the mix with arcade, Codemasters did a an excellent job blending the two styles and making something quite unique.

We like

  • Superb attention to detail
  • High-quality audio
  • Realistic car performance

We dislike

  • Lack of tracks
  • Destruction derby multiplayer

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(continued from previous page) ...track offers. As you’re racing through wooded hills, the leaves on the road will fly back from the high speed you’re at. The crowd will cheer and get louder, while also going faint as you speed past them. Then, there are the little things like tracks having fireworks go off as you’re racing that just add a sense of realism into the game that no other game has yet inspired.

Another great thing Grid 2 does is in the audio department, from the sound of each car, to the roar of the crowd, or how sounds of the car change as you enter a tunnel. As you’re passing through event flags, you can feel the wind going off the car. I only wished it had a more refined soundtrack that played as you race. You get certain music tracks when you’re on the final lap, but it doesn’t happen often enough. If it did, then it was faint and barely audible.

But sadly, not all is perfect in the world of Grid 2. There aren’t an abundance of tracks in the game and you end up racing on the same one multiple times. It would have been nice to see some more tracks as you start to memorize them and to prevent the monotony of doing the same three laps on the same track over and over again. Then there is the multiplayer: While it offers a lot of what single player does in terms of customization and tuning of your car, people treat it as a destruction derby and races often end in multiple crashes or someone winning by a landslide. The rare occasion when a race felt genuine was a lot of fun, and I wish more of them felt that way.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Grid might have been gone for 5 years, but in those years it developed into a truly great and unique racing game. From the wide variety of cars, to the insane level of detail and the great audio, Grid 2 offers something for all racing fans. While simulation racing fans might not prefer the mix with arcade, Codemasters did a an excellent job blending the two styles and making something quite unique.

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    Release date (US):
    TBA 2013
    Developer:
    Codemasters Southam
    Genre:
    Racing - N/A
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