Home / Gaming / Games / Race Driver: GRID / Race Driver: GRID

Race Driver: GRID - Race Driver: GRID

By Stuart Andrews



  • Recommended by TR
Race Driver: GRID


Our Score:


The best news of all, however, is that GRID never falls down where its predecessor did: visual quality. You can never call this game inconsistent. Codemasters' NEON engine was already impressive in Colin McRae: DIRT, but here it pulls off sterling work, managing up to twenty cars on spectacularly detailed tracks, complete with genuinely gorgeous lighting and some of the most lifelike reflection effects I've ever seen, and all with only the most occasional dropped frame or sign of tearing. I'm not usually one for copious post effects and depth-of-field or speed blurs, but here they work to give the game a rich cinematic sheen. And when something goes wrong and you see two vehicles collide in a snarling mass of shattered glass and twisted metal, the effects are breathtaking. In short, GRID really does look hot.

The icing on the cake is the online play. With twelve players on the track it's fast and furious, and there's none of the wussiness about car collisions that made GT5: Prologue a slightly odd experience when played live. Admittedly, the lack of Flashback (for obvious reasons) means you can wait several minutes to join a game only to get wiped out on the first tricky corner, but that's a small price to pay for racing this raw and exciting. This one deserves to run and run.

I hope that, by now, I've made my case clear. GRID is one of the premium driving games of this generation. On the PS3, there simply isn't any serious competition; this is the best road racer on the system, and one that leaves GT5: Prologue feeling sterile and anaemic, for all the excellence of its visuals and its handling. I mean, even the crowd have more meat to them, cheering you on as you pass and cowering back as you plough out of control towards them. On the 360, where it faces Forza 2 and PGR4, it's still a belter - it's a far more engaging single-player game than the first, and it's only the highly tuned gameplay and cool weather effects of Bizarre's PGR swan song that make it a close call as to which game is the best. In any case, GRID deserves to be a part of any serious racer's collection, and I'd urge anyone who even likes driving games to give it a look. You might have ignored TOCA, but this time there's really no excuse.


Forget the underdog tag; this time Codemasters has created one of the finest road racers of a console generation. New features like Flashbacks deserve to become standards, and the visual excellence and richness and variety of the racing make for an exceptional game.

Overall Score



June 12, 2008, 12:46 pm

A few words of caution regarding the use of the Logitech G25 on the PC! A growing number of users have reported 'axis confusion' and lack of 'force feeback' with GRID whilst using a G25.

A third party 'calibration clear' tool has been released in an attempt to resolve the issue. Vista uses beware this may not fix the issue.

This result is a real 'kick in the teeth' for hardcore driving fans tend to be owners of the G25.

Surely it should be expected that adequate product testing should eliminate such issues. For along time there have been conflicts between software and hardware companies. Will there be a resolution?


June 17, 2008, 4:46 pm

Axis confusion indeed. But that is only if you use the preset. It is very easy to get round by using the custom controls. Once I used this with my G25 it worked perfectly. And the Force feedback works fine with no problems.

I am using Vista Ultimate as well.

In fact the only issue I do have is that after about 20 minutes or so of playing the game the game freezes every few seconds which is annoying when it does it during a braking or turning zone only for it to come back on and I am in the wall or something, however, to get round this I simply do ALT + TAB back to windows for about 5 seconds and then go back to the game and it is okay again for another 20 minutes. More frustrating than anything.

But, all in all, a superb game. I have already earned my class A license in Europe and am on my way to getting my Class A in the USA as well. No Japanese races completed yet.


June 17, 2008, 10:53 pm

I and others have tried the custom method to no avail!

However the force feedback issue has been resolved thanks to the Grid patch 1.1 that has been released.


June 18, 2008, 2:41 pm

The first tiem I tried the custom method I couldnt work it out.

But highlight the option you want, then press CTRL to allow the change then press the pedal or move the wheel...etc. However, when I tried it the first time it didnt accept it, so I tried it again and it did. Just the way I got round it and it works a treat.


July 23, 2008, 6:00 pm

I use the Xbox 360 USB Gamepad.

It works like a treat and with force feedback.

comments powered by Disqus