Upon first purchasing my Playstation 3, this game came with it. As a result, it was one of the first games I played and I was immediately blown away. I originally thought that I would have to go out and buy a couple more games to go with it in the first week because I would get bored of the games included in the package, but that was not the case.
I have been a big fan of Need for Speed games and I thought they were ruling the racing games. This excellent release from Codemasters has proved me wrong. This is one of the most realistic and fun racing games I have ever played. After being addicted to TOCA race driver 2 that I had on PC, I thought Codemasters were great and I longed for them to bring another brilliant game out, just like that one and here it is. It has been a long enough wait, but it was worth it.
When you first get on to the game, you will be asked to choose a nickname for yourself from the list of names they have. Don't worry if your name is uncommon though, they have a huge list of names, but you don't have to have a normal name, you can have things like Flash or Lightening. When you choose one of these names, your mechanic will say it to you all of the time, using phrases like "Great win, Flash!" or "Hey Flash, ready to race?" I think this is an excellent feature as it allows the game to be personalized a little more.
When you start your campaign mode, you will have to race for other teams, and your very first race will be for Ravenwest (a team that will become your rivals if you get to a stage where your team is ranked in the top 3) and so you will have some tough competition. When I first played this race, I crashed at about the third corner and I was so disappointed. I wanted to prove that I could do so well against the good people. This was when I realised that Codemasters have put in a great new feature called a flashback. This allows you to view a replay of the last approximately 10 seconds of your race, rewind it to before you crashed and then use a flashback to go back to that point and continue racing as if nothing ever happened. The amount of flashbacks you get varies between 1-5 depending on the difficulty. Anyway, after selecting a few other offers after this race, you will soon have enough money to start your own team. Unfortunately, you only have one car and you are the only driver, so don't expect to be winning the constructor's championship just yet. As you start doing the races you can with your current car, you'll get enough money to buy a new one, and you progress through the whole campaign having to buy new cars for certain events. A good little addition to the game from Codemasters is the second hand dealership they have added. This allows you to get the car you want for a little cheaper.
The multi player mode for this game is good too, however it unfortunately lacks a split screen mode, so the game is only one player and to play with others, it will have to be over the internet. There are many different styles of races you can do against people from all over the world and you won't have to buy a car when you are playing online, you will just get to select the car you want (obviously it can't be any car, it will be out of the cars you can use for that specific race). The online mode can get a little boring though. There are some people that just reverse at the start so your car gets destroyed immediately and others who just take you off the road half way through a race. Codemasters have put a ranking system in this game mode though, and I think it is quite good.
Another game mode is where you just select a race type, track and car and get racing. It will not count towards anything, it is just for you to have a race.
Also, one final feature Codemasters have added is cheats. This may seem stupid, but I think it's actually pretty good. You can either call them up and pay for the codes or you can complete campaign mode. This will unlock you all of the cheats and so it feels like a reward for completing the game.
Well this game runs on the same game engine as DiRT 2, or rather DiRT 2 runs on the same engine as this. But either way, they both share similarities in the game, despite one being street racing and the other being a rally simulation.
If you've seen the trailers or played this game before, then you've probably noticed that its very different to the other Race Driver games, such as its no longer a Touring car game. Instead GriD has branched out into the general racing area. It contains race modes such as Drifting, Downhill Racing, Street Racing on closed roads, Circuit Racing and more.
The game starts off where the main character must first race a few races for other teams in order to earn some cash to start his own team. After a few races you buy a cheap old car and start up your own racing team, after getting a decent amount of reputation up, a 2nd driver joins your team, he will aid you in your races but will take a percentage of the winnings.
I think there are about 80 cars in total, the cars are not customizable, except for changing the colours of each car, depending on what your team colours are. The types of cars vary quite a bit, from tuner cars like Toyota Supra's, to muscle cars like Ford Mustangs.
The physics in the game are impressive, driving the car feels real, even through the standard PS3 controller. Damage is also present in the game, both mechanical and cosmetic. Damage is split up into Steering, Gears, Engine, Suspension and Wheel damage.
As Grid and Dirt use the same engine, Grid features the flashback feature, allowing you to rewind the race to a certain point via an action replay. I believe this was the first game to contain such a feature. It was later used in DiRT 2 and a variation of it in Forza Motorsport 3.
All that said, its a good game, should keep you busy for quite a few hours, the variation in the event types also lengthens the lifespan of the game.
Very under rated racing game. It takes a little time to used to the tracks as the first few times you play it it's hard to come anywhere near the front. I recommend starting out on the easy level, even though that's quite hard at first. Even if you wrap you car round a post you can still win, so in that respect it's easier than Gran Turismo. There's 12 cars in each race so it's next to impossible to do race a without at least one wipeout. This game is more of an arcade style racer than anything serious. It has a good range of tracks and cars, from Touring cars, formula 3 and even demolition derby. At the end of every season you get to race around the La Mans track. The demolition derby is what I play the most of, as you can just stick it on for 15 minutes if you just fancy a quick change from whatever else your playing. If you like racers, this is one to try.
I bought my PS3 and this was one of the games that was part of the bundle and I just believed that the games would be like most games included in the bundle and would be below par and was put together cheaply. So I went ahead and bought Gran Turismo 5 Prologue as my racing game but this game I found rather boring and when a friend came around I decided to give Grid a chance and I have never turned back.
The game play in Grid is amazing, the way the game has managed to keep the user attention by having brilliant driving experience and the team mode where you will be able to create your own racing team and employee other drivers to race with you and the benefit of this mode is that you will not always be limited to the races you can compete in by your balance for buying new cars as the game will give you driver offers from other racing teams and this comes in handy in the 24 hour race at the end of every season as the cars that are required to race are not affordable at first . The 24 hour race is actually 24 minutes so don't think that you will be forced to sit up all night to complete the race.
The range of races keeps me amused as if I find a race challenging then I can go and try a different one and even try a different type of race from drifting to banger racing where crashes are enumerable. I am finding all the races very enjoyable and have managed to have fun while increasing my ability in the game and now am gather speed and am cruising in fifth gear to completing the game. The only thing I can think of that lets this game down is that you are limited on the customising the cars as all I have worked out to do so far is customise the paint and even this is limited.
I would happily recommend this game to anyone who is looking to fulfil that racing craving on the PS3 and would say that they should be careful as you can totally lose track of time when playing this game as it is so exhilarating.
Codemasters have always been know for making arcady style games, with the storyline of a true racing game, and they return with Race Drive: GRID. The story is very promising, you run your own race team and have to enter racing events in Japan, USA and Europe. For the different events like drift, open-wheel, muscle and more you need different cars. Buying the cars is simple. Either buy from new for the stated price, or buy one off eBay Motors, which have millage and times wrecked. The higher the mileage and more wrecked generally makes the car cheaper, but it could drive worse than a new car.
Once you finally get a car and at some point a team mate, you enter the races, in which for me, it begins to fall. You are met with spectacular graphics, fantastic sound and very visual damage. However, the arcady bit comes out, when you meet a corner. The steering is very unrealistic and hard to get used to, meaning most corners can be taken at full throttle or without braking. This one factor really let the game down for me, but after getting used to it somewhat, it was still not for me.
I bought this game a few weeks ago second hand and have not stopped playing it since. The game has awesome graphics and the lengthy list of cars all give you a fantastic sense of speed, yet also deliver realist driving capabilities. There are numerous tracks including the Nurburgring, Donington Park and Le Mans circuits.
The Japanese 'Drift' races are also a nice addition to an already expansive game.
The 'flashback' funtion becomes very useful as you progress in the game and the races get harder and longer as it allows you to jump back to a point in the race, before you crashed. However, to Gran Turismo fans and realism fanatics this may seem like cheating but I think it just makes the game more accessible to a wider audience.
The main drawback of the game is the lack of a split-screen mulitiplayer option. I was really disappointed when I purchased the game to find that I could not play against my mates, as this would have been a really great feature as the graphics on the game are some of the best I have seen on the PS3.
Overall, Race Driver GRID is the best driving game I have played on the PS3 and is definitely worth a buy.
I agree with other review, this is the best driving game on the PS3. The last driving game I remember being this much fun was toca touring cars for the PS1. The realism is great and the AI is also superb. It is not an easy game to be good at by any means, if you are looking for a challenge this crtainly ticks that box. It is some what limited in terms of tracks, but there are plenty of variations and challenges to keep you going. The drift competitions are also good fun although again it takes a bit of getting used to. The online play is this games gem! It is great online with up to 12 players. It would be better with more, however keeping it down to 12 means you get no lag and its just as good as playing in normal offline mode except with the unpredictability of humans!
Race Driver Grid is an excellent new offering from those who used to offer us up the TOCA racing games all those years back.
This is a terrific game with numerous different racing styles, glorious graphics, amazing audio and such an addictive speed about it.
The racing varieties available mean that every racer should be covered and with a different feel to each different racing variety you never get bored or feel like you understand the full dynamics of the game.
I truly love the replays and once you have raced hard and come first you have the joys of the replay showing it and how accurate your driving style is with the numerous movements of the front wheels but the part that now makes this game even more amazing is that you build points as you gain results which adds such a new slant on this game style that it is likely to open this up to a new market.
So what of the controls? Well this is where this game is stunning...you have different styles of racing and for each one you need a different driving style so even once you have perfected one style of driving you have the chance to move onto the next challenge and work hard on perfecting that.
It takes a little getting used to for some of the racing styles but stick at it and when you finally get the hang of it and get to watch that replay it makes it feel like a huge achievement.
Stunning graphics, amazing audio, immersive environments that allow you a true sense of the speed you are reaching but it is not going to be as simple as you would think as it is going to take some hard work to master all of the disciplines.
In my opinion this is THE best driving game available on the PS3
I've tried all of the Need for Speed games, F1Challenge, Ferrari Challenge and Colin Mcrae Dirt and none come close to this, in my opinion. I found this game really easy to pick up from the start in relation to the controls and the overall handling of the cars. The game allows you to pick from three contrasting zones where you can choose USA, Europe and Japan each enabling you to select differing race tracks and vehicles. This also allows you to select different race types and challenges. The cars available are all real cars such as Dodge Viper, Pagani Zonda, Koenigsegg, Saleen, Spiker, TVR BMW's, F1 style cars and Audi's and each one has it's own realistic and unique feel including acceleration handling and engine noise. I find that I prefer the USA and Europe Europe zones as to be honest I find the Japan zone too difficult. In this zone you need to master the art of 'drifting' around the corners, maybe a little more practice needed here.
I'd say the only downside is that it is only 720p rather than 1080p therefore it's not full HD but you'll get so involved in the action that you probably won't notice the difference in the quality and the sound effects are excellent. You can play this in the online mode which adds another dimension to the game as you can race up to 12 players online.
I picked this up at around £20 at GAME as a pre owned title although the price obviously varies from place to place.
Being an avid fan of Gran Turismo, I had no idea what to expect from Codemasters latest arcade title, however, I am happy to report that I have been really impressed with this game. It has everything that you want from a great racing simulator, fast cars driving round real life tracks trying to outdo each other.
The opening montage sets the cinematic tone of the game, and also that the user should expect intense racing coupled where a small mistake could lead to a huge race ending crash.
Now those familiar to Gran Turismo may complain about the lack of cars available to purchase, GRID only boasts 43 cars in total but each of these cars are proper pedal-to-medal racing cars and therefore are the cars that you really want to drive. For example I would much rather race my Pagani Zonda around the Nurburgring rather than trawl round the oval shaped courses in Gran Turismo in my Nissan Micra. Now I am well aware that Gran Turismo does have its own super cars which is all well and good but there are far too many races which required the user to race against other road cars, which I find tedious.
GRID's main career mode is known as GRID WORLD which requires the gamer to set up his or her own racing team. After selecting an appropriate team name and decided on the custom colours your shiny cars will sport on race day, it is up to you to build up your reputation on the track and to earn money. Money is earned buy winning races and successes on the track will enable you to make additions to your race team. Additions include hiring a team mate to race alongside you and also exceptional track results will attract potential sponsors. Sponsors will approach your team and offer you sums of money in return for having their logos on your car.
With four separate areas for you to race in (EUR, USA, JPN and GLOBAL) there is a hell a lot of racing for the user to participate in, not to mention the online facility which allows you to race against other users from all around the world.
GRID caters to gamers of all skill levels, the pro mode allows experienced users to race without driving aids such as traction and brake control for a more challenging experience. Similarly novice users are also aided with GRIDs innovative "Flashback" feature which allows users to use the instant replay function to rewind up to 10 seconds and restart the race from any position within the previous 10 seconds. For example, imagine you are in front of the pack of racers, with two corners to go and the second place driver is breathing down your neck and you lose control and smash into the wall gifting the victory to driver behind you. Rather than restarting the whole race the flashback facility will allow you to effectively rewind to the exact point when you lost control of the car and have another crack at it.
There is only one criticism that I can think of and it is that there is no split screen option for those of us who have siblings or friends that frequently come round for a game on the PS3.
In conclusion, this is as a realistic a racer as you will find on the PS3, graphically it is a beautiful game and the gameplay, with its huge crashes and intense overtaking will leave you wanting more.
I picked up this game after loving the demo and I have to say, it is a fantastic game. Everyone, race fans alike with love it! The game is made by Codemaster, the people who brought who the TOCA Racedriver series.
This game is packed full of features including a career mode, where you can even hear you name in the races! You can start you own race career and try to become the best. You start for another team but try to earn enough money to start for yourself. There are lots of difficulty levels and reputation points are gained. You compete in 3 licenses and need to have a new car for each. You can also get sponsors if you do well.
There are lots of different types of races and plenty to keep everyone playing this game for weeks! You can also hire a team mate and you even get to keep all his prize money. You can send your car back to another point in the race if you get hit by using the flashback feature.
There is only online multiplayer which is ok but alot of people just try to take you out.
The graphics are really good and the gameplay is very realistic! The game has a good soundtrack and the game has no framerate issues.
I have to say, what a game. The game is almost like a story, using a very cool feature called Audio Naming, this allows you to put your name into the game, your manager and your driving co-ordinator will say your name ( If its on the list, or you might want to use a nickname, like me), I found that it engages you more into the story, plus you can add team mates and a range of different cars. The graphics are absolutely amazing the cars and the buildings are beautiful, however I did feel that it missed some pit girls walking around your garage. The damage physics (or how the car looks like after a bump or two) is spot on, you will spend at least an hour or two just playing Destruction Derby just to get your car wrecked and do a evil laugh at the destruction you have caused. The music is something to be turned off because it is so bad and off-putting during gameplay. But if you love Gran Tourismo then you will love this, but even if you don't its deffinatly worth a look.
Initially when playing this game I was disapointed how arcade like this game is but this was my own fault for not reading any reviews before I bought it. Once I accepted that this was not GT5 and an arcade racer I started to really get into it.
The idea is to build up a successful race team of your own, and to do this you start off driving for other teams that already exist until you have enough cash to get started. Once you have got a race team you progress unlocking more and more events, taking on an aditional team mate and culminating in a one of one race with your biggest rival to end the game once you have completed all the top rank events. The game is split into a seasons and if there was one thing I would critisise it would be the length of these seasons. They are very very short.
The gameplay itself isn't at all realistic. A slight tap from a rival and you spin wildly out of control and the cars don't drive like a simulator such as GT5 but once you've gotten over this you soon pick it up.
The graphics are generally ok although I wasn't impressed with the cars themselves. They don't look at all realistic and the proportions are all out but the background graphics are pretty good.
Generally, I enjoyed this game although I did complete it very quickly which was a disapointment but it's worth a play whilst nothing else is available and if you like arcade racers then this game is definately for you.
Grand Turismo 5 this 'aint. Be in no doubt that Grid is an arcade game at heart, albeit a very fun one.
You start off as a lowly racer, with almost no money and a bad car. You slowly work your way up in the three different regions (America, Europe and Japan), which have different driving styles (most notably, Japan has drifting which is good fun). You earn rep points as well as cash for winning races. The rep points go towards racing licenses, which are simply awards.
It's great fun to hire teammates and create a proper team. Another excellent features is the way you can also get sponsor offers, which not only make your car look like a proper racer, but also bring in some much needed cash needed to purchase new and better cars for races.
The graphics are quite good, and the sound that the cars make is okay, but really this is just a fun game you can pick up and play. A wheel adds to the fun, but is far from necessary due to the arcade style of gameplay. Recommended.
Race Driver Grid is a recent racing game brought to us by Codemasters, the brains behind the successful Toca Touring Car series.
Talk about jumping in at the deep end! With the likes of Gran Turismo and Need for Speed ruling the racing game scenes at the moment, Race Driver Grid certainly has a lot to live up to.
Like many recent successful racing games, a career mode is present, under the name 'Grid World'. Here you can start your very own driving experience, tear up the roads and become the ultimate driver. But even the best of us have to start somewhere. You begin by racing for other teams, trying to earn £40,000 to buy your own car. With each race, you get a certain amount of reputation points depending on the difficulty level you choose, the higher the difficulty level, the higher the amount of reputation points you earn.
When you have enough money to buy your own car, your can start racing under your own team name. Here, you will earn a lot more reputation points. To begin with, you will only be able to take part in 18 races depending you have enough money to buy the appropriate car. These 18 races are divided into three divisions; America, Europe and Japan. With 6 races in each division. When you have earned enough reputation points in the specific division, you will be given the next license where you can compete in a further 6 races. There are three licenses in each division.
The range of events you can compete in is surprisingly broad;
Grip Races - First to cross the line wins
Drift events - The highest score accumulated by drifting the car wins.
Pro Touge Races - A two leg race. Up and down a hill. Winner is the fastest over two runs.
Endurance Races - A longer race. At the end of each season, you will be given the opportunity to compete in the prestigious "24 hour Le Mans". You will only be racing the cars in the same class as you, so coming second isn't all that bad. Oh and don't worry, you don't actually have to race for 24 hours, now that would be a bit harsh. 24 minutes is the longest you have to race for.
Demolition Derby - My favourite. Last one standing wins, depending you cross the finish line.
Furthermore, earning money for simply winning races certainly isn't enough. As you win races, sponsors will approach you with different offers were you have the opportunity to earn serious cash! Kerching! The developers of this game certainly have thought of everything. Plus, for those of you who love finding bargains on eBay, yes, you guessed it! Race Driver even has it's own eBay! A good feature, but in all honesty doesn't really serve of any purpose.
When you have acquired enough reputation points, you can hire a team mate. He drives in all the same races as you do, but if he wins, you get all the money. Bargain! Also, your cars will get damaged during races and you could even total you car if your driving isn't up to scratch, never mind though, because with a new 'flashback' feature it doesn't matter. This allows you to rewind the game from where you crashed and attempt the same play over again. The amount of times you can use this feature depends upon the difficulty. Multiplayer races are online only, therefore it's a 1 player game. A bit of a disappointment really, as my 10 year old brother thinks he's better than me? Yeah right!
The graphics are immense, the gameplay is fantastically realistic, and each car has individual attributes that you can actually commute with. Also, with a range of driving assists ranging from traction control to brake assist, it makes it playable for all ages. It is a superb game, heavyweights Gran Turismo and Need for Speed might be beaten to the line for racing game of the year if they're not careful!
Lewis Hamilton? Eat your heart out son!