GRID Review
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System: DS, X360, PS3, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: FireBrand 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: CodeMasters 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Aug. 5, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

At times the A.I. can seem a little unfair, as they tend to lose control much more easily when bumped by you or another A.I. vehicle. In later stages, they tend to dominate the lead positions. You'll always be playing catch-up, but they aren't totally unfair. Some good driving and the proper deployment of your powersliding techniques will put you back into the running.

GRID screenshot

Overall the A.I. does a good job of simulating actual players, but if it's real players that you crave, the developers have taken care of that also. Multiplayer modes can be accessed locally or online through the Wi-Fi connection (it will accommodate four players). There were not a lot of online players at the time of this review, but I did manage to find someone willing to let me beat them during the wee hours of a weekday morning. Gotta' love those unemployed game addicts; the more the merrier with the multiplayer component. With the local network, you don't need multiple copies of the game, but you are limited to only a few different races and vehicles.

The track editor is incredibly comprehensive. You will feel like a game developer as you literally plot your own course. Using the stylus, you outline the route of your track and select the various objects, obstacles, and scenery. New sections and locations are acquired in-game, further fueling your incentive to both excel in the challenges and experiment with the create-a-track mode. These new tracks can be shared with other players. You can even design your own billboards. Cool!

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Thanks to improved camera angles, the draw distance has been improved dramatically. It's easier to see the turns and obstacles in your path, which reduces the trial and error style of gameplay that occurred in Race Driver, where you had to memorize sections of the track. In GRID, you'll have a few seconds to react, and that can mean the difference between overtaking an opponent or taking a guardrail on head-first. The scenery is impressive. It's varied, colorful, and nicely detailed. The vehicles are nothing to write home about. They look great as display-models but lack the same details in-game. Just as well, as there is some perceptible slowdown on busy corners. Lighting and weather effects are subtle and highlight the realism without obscuring any of the onscreen action.

From the opening credits, GRID lets you know that it not only wants to be seen but heard. The tunes rock, the engines roar, the tires scream, and the crashes really make you feel as though a lot of things have been seriously broken. You will hear a lot of the same samples, especially with tire squealing and engine revving, but at least the impact sound effects are varied to complement the appropriate amount of damage.

GRID is a great handheld racing game. Compared to Race Driver, it's more like an expansion pack. It's very similar, although more refined. But if you haven't played the original, this is the one to get.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.4
Graphics
Great scenery and draw distance. Some slowdown around corners. Cars not well detailed in-game.
4.8
Control
Exceptionally smooth and responsive controls.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Authentic sound effects, though some are repeated with little variation.
4.3

Play Value
Lots of gameplay variety including multiple modes, multiplayer, and track editor.

4.4
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Extensive online and multiplayer options let players compete in adrenaline pumping four-player races.
  • Climb to the top of global online leaderboards for every race event, or share up to four individually created tracks with up to four players in the ultimate custom race series.
  • Gamers can also upload and download new tracks to GRID servers.
  • With a stunning selection of real-world settings, outstanding racing cars, a powerful track editor, and incredible graphics, GRID is the most exciting, fun, and feature packed racing game you can fit in your pocket.
  • Developed by Firebrand Games, the team responsible for the award-winning Race Driver: Create and Race.


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