I love Codemasters's games. The Dirt series has been a favorite of mine. I passed on Grid one cause reviews werent that great. Man im sorry I did, Grid 2 is as great as the Dirt games have been. If you enjoy a perfect middle between arcade and simulation rent this game. Its very fun and its beautiful.
A fan of and hardcore player of racing games I consider myself a great guide into the racing game genre from arcade style to sim style racing. Grid 2 did a fabulous job at taking care of the biggest problems in the first. The largest flaw in the first game was that almost every car was like driving on ice,the handling was just always on the edge and even the slightest tap or wheel off led to spins and crashes galore. Grid 2 has much closer to real world physics for a game that is more grounded in arcade style racing. High power rear drive cars can be tough to wrangle where front drives understeer easy and all wheel drive rides get traction fast but feel heavy like they should. Engine sounds and track noise is pretty much right on with even most tracks having a heckler pop up here and there which at first there were people yelling outside my house until I figured out it was coming from the game. The music is like most racing games,pretty much turn it way down or off,but in any good racing game the cars provide the best music with high revs and turbo blow off and tires begging for traction. The only thing lacking was in depth tuning of your car for each individual race,as well as visual upgrades were very limited for those of us who love to get crazy personalizing our rides. This lack of truly deep customization leaves you not as in love with your car as a sim game would but you can do more personalizing than most arcade racers. Online is definately a bright point with a nice variety of tracks and car levels and with the rival modes and global challenges I find myself going online to race more in this game than any racer I have played to date. While the arcade style leaves the online races to be a bit messy with a lot of careless driving and sometimes you feel like you are in a burnout game but overall you are rewarded well even if it does take quite a long time to get to a high enough tier to have a diverse stable of cars. Overall,a bit of everything racer.