posted by MadCat360 (WALNUT CREEK, CA) Jun 6, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
gamers (92%) found this review helpful
I've gone through racing school and have raced a few times and I can honestly say that this game is the first game ever to give me the same sort of adrenaline rush as I get from real racing. The thing to bear in mind is that this is not a realistic racer. If you want to tweak camber and toe angles, get another game. If you want to carefully feed in the throttle while drift understeering out of the apex of a corner, get another game. If you want to take the smallest bump and retire from the race because of mechanical issues, get another game.
The core car behavior is there; turn in with too much rolling speed and you'll liftoff oversteer. Gas it too much without traction control and you'll kick the tail out. This game is to racers as Ace Combat is to flight sims. When played with a wheel, you can feel every bump and when the tires let go. If you play without aids like stability management and traction control, you get a significantly more challenging experience.
People have said the AI is stupid. Quite the contrary, in my opinion. Having been through racing school and knowing what drivers are supposed to do in situations I can say that the AI is virtually flawless, except for being slightly aggressive. They also make mistakes, and spin occasionally. For the first time I am not frustrated by AI that fails to "play by the rules".
All in all, if you've found console racing games like Forza 2 or Gran Turismo to be too stingy and complicated, this may just be the perfect compromise. Even if you do enjoy simulators you should check this out if only for a change of pace.
Those who truly understand The Race will love this game.
gamers (89%) found this review helpful
I wasn't quite sure about this one, I was a big fan of Forza 2, but I was drawn to GRID because of the in cockpit view which I love. At first this was a little frustrating, I was braking to realistic speeds to take corners and being passed by NPCs. When you realize this game isn't a racing sim like grand turismo and Forza you'll start having a mountain of fun, slamming the hand brake and drifting corners at 90 miles an hour with superb graphics and intense opponents, this game is a rush!
I've heard some people whining about a limited selection of cars and an unrealistic driving experience.. This game has 45 RACING cars, if you want to drive some hunkered down, stock, ---- car realistically, why don't you grab your keys and walk outside. The game isn't about simming your drive to the super market, it's about capturing the rush of driving at 180 miles an hour, and it does... Spot on. 10/10
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This is quite possibly the best racing game ever made. I have played all the need for speed, and test drives, and PGRs and grid beats all of them by a long shot. The graphics are amazing, and the gameplay is fun. You can race so many vehicles and so many different race styles, such as drift, derby, and tour. Must play!!!!