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Race Driver Grid is an arcade/simulation racer for the Xbox 360. Whilst there is no ability to upgrade your cars in career mode, the game looks, plays and sounds great. Lack of customisation may put some off, though.

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      15.01.2012 21:47
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      An amazing racing game. One of the best for the Xbox 360 to date!

      Indeed, Race Drive GRID from British developer Codemasters is now almost 5 years old (how time flies!) but after all this time this game still has one hell of a reputation about it as a racing game. Yes we have so many great racing games available for the Xbox 360 (Forza 4, F1, DIRT, PGR 4 etc etc), but Grid's amazing arcade style and challenging career mode still puts it right up there at the very top of the ''top racing games of all time'' leaderboard.

      The game starts with you starting out as a newcomer, a rookie, a novice whatever you want to call yourself competing in a one off race to get you right into the game. Pretty much after you fill out your details (name and country) and after a few short credits you are rather unexpectidly thrown straight into your first race and wow what a race! set in San Francisco it is a lovely city based track which funnily enough is one of the best tracks of the game! After the first race you then have to race about 5 races in order to make enough money to create your own team and start your career!

      The career mode itself is layed out beautifully with a wide range of events to choose from. You need money to enter each event though so you can only afford to enter the events at the very bottom to begin with, but as you earn money as you progress through your career you will find yourself eligible to enter many more events. The vareity of events is really unique. There are street races, demolition derby events (only 2 though in career unfortunately!), Pro Togue events which consist of you going head to head with another car but can't make any contact with him/her or else you will receive a penalty which means you automatically loose the event. You have to be extra careful in these events and Midnight Togue which are the same as Pro Togue events except these are based in darkness which can be really hard to win depending on the difficulty level you have chosen.

      The car handling is very impressive and realistic. It can take a little time to get used to at first though and some racers won't immediately take to it straight away, but after you have got used to it, the handling of the cars will be as easy as pie and you will win race after race once you master both the handling and the layout of the tracks. Graphically as well Grid is stunning. Codemasters have done us very proud as always buyt it has to be said Grid looks like one of the best looking race games from a graphics perspective ever made to date!

      The multiplayer mode in Grid is simply amazing. It is one of the finest, most polished racing games for multiplayer fans ever made. You can choose between Ranked and Player matches, although competing in Racked matches will earn you precious Experience Points which in turn will increase your online ranking the more events you compete in. OK some of the competitors can be a little rough at times (OK very rough, lol), but that's what makes the online races so much fun to play. If someone crashes into you on purpose, you can always kick them off the session should you wish, although your vote to kick he or she off isn't enough to kick them off completely, more people would have to vote (back you up!) to accomplish this! But let's face it, kicking people off isn't very nice is it? After all it's only a game.

      Overall, Grid is an awsome game. I could spend the whole day talking about how good Grid is. If you haven't already played Grid, I strongly suggest you go out and buy it. You won't regret it!

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      05.05.2011 00:31
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      If you want to play a driving game get Gran turismo, but you can get this cheaply

      From codemasters, the makers of Micromachines games...remember them, come race driver grid, one of the first racer games out on the xbox 360

      Race Driver Grid is graphically very good, its a pretty good game to pick up and play, if your that type of gamer as I am !! I dont have time to sit around thinking about role playing games and the like. The single player mode is simple, its a career mode as youd expect were you play in events and competitions as 'Mike' the new guy on the scene. The dj at these 'battle' events seem to like you and mention you a bit too much if you ask me if you win a race !

      Genrreally it does not expand on the customization point, where you can tune your car and make it faster, more maneovable etcs, but doesn't go into too much detail. Its great for casual gamers like me, but really it like to be able to do more like with games like need for speen mmost wanted and that ilk.

      Like all games of this style it has a great playback mode when you crash, as you can rewind to if youd like to see spectacular crashes.

      One problem is the split screen verison , 2 player mode its a bit techy a bit basic looking and the gameplay is quite sluggish. the car control doesn't differ enough from car to car for my liking, they all feel the same to me realy, and this is a real problem on other games like Gran turismo when you buy a new car and you drive it for the first tme you ca feel the difference in the outset speed, the turning radius and the drag/braking etc.

      You can buy great cars though for example on the Motors Muscle Cup : a Ford Mustang GT-R and actualy drive it on the the bumpy streets of San Francisco or washington and detroit, the Advan International Trophy, drive a fantastic Nissan S15 Silva in Yokohama, japan where you can partake in some drift racing on te mountains above the city and in the city itself,where else !

      one thing that is evident is how beautifully rendered the locations are over three continents, in Europe, you can drive prestigous Marques like Aston Martin and Koenigsegg.

      in conclusion, its a great fast paced game, but it only really caters for one type of arcade style gamer and the control of the cars isnt good enough to set it apart.

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        18.02.2011 13:33
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        A whole new racing game that throws down the gauntlet to GT!

        Until a friend lent this to me to play, I confess I had never heard of Grid. Described as a racing game such as Gran Turismo but with damage, it sounded intriguing and I thought I would give it a go.

        And I can honestly say it really isn't that bad of a game! Basically, you start off as a nobody, buy a basic car and begin to race for one of the big Teams. As soon as you have got a few races under your belt, you then get a chance to form your own team and choose the decals and colours all cars in your garage will sport. From there, the game is split into seasons where you have to race on tracks all across the world, finishing first so that you can buy more cars and compete to become the ultimate number one driver in the world!

        The good thing here for me, and something that the Gran Turismo series has lost, is that you can buy your cars second-hand as well as new meaning that some of the vehicles you purchase are already broken in! This is done through something called Ebay Motors and I shudder to think how much money must have exchanged hands to ensure that little deal! Don't like driving someone else's cast-offs, then the option to buy new is also there as is the option to sell some of the cars in your garage if you ever run short of funds!

        There are a wide array of races available from Continental Drift to Destruction Derby, races on public roads late at night with traffic to straight Formula One style competitions. Racing these boosts your notoriety and you can even go back and race for other teams if you are confident you can meet certain challenge requirements!

        One thing I don't like is the way all your cars have to look the same ~ with the same colours and motiffs throughout! This is a little bit of a let-down as one thing I enjoyed in the Need For Speed Underground games was the way you could customise the look on your cars!

        Apart from this though, this is a very well-crafted Racing game and easily offers Gran Turismo a bit of competition! There is something for everyone here and the use of flashbacks (where you can go back in certain races and begin from a certain point if you crash or it lookks like you might lose) is an inspired one meaning you may not nessecarily have to race again from the start!!

        Later on, you can even hire team members to join you in the race thus increasing the chances of your team doing well! You se? The high points of this game just keep racking up!

        Overall, I would whole-heartedly reccommend this to anyone looking for a more realistic racing game! It has almost everything you might look for in a car game and is nothing short of pleasyrable to play!

        Gran Turismo....your reign at the top looks challenged!

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        02.06.2010 16:32
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        A great game if you are tough enough.

        I got this game eager to play and feeling optomistic and I very much enjoyed it. You play as you character (whatever you called it) and race in different events earning money and respect from other drivers. Eventually you'll be come advanced enough to move onto different stages and hire team mates.

        The stages are split into three different categories The U.S., Europe and Asia all giving different driving experiences and rewards. Then again split up into three different levels of difficulty that you have to unlock by gaining respect while winning races. Eventually when you get so good you'll be put into the world series; a series of challenging events to pit your driving skill against. Some people have complained it is too hard even on the easiest difficulty level but i disagree all you need is practise.

        This game has a unique feature of sponsors: fulfill what they ask you to do and you'll gain money that you'll then be able to spend on other stuff. The better driver you are; the better sponsors you'll get.

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        28.01.2010 00:25
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        3 stars

        Grid is a racing game recently developed by Codemasters. It strives for realism in a racing circuit and definitely delivers what it sets out to, it's just a shame the gameplay is so weak.

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        The difficulty level of this game is extremely high, on the basic settings the AI is very demanding and requires even a seasoned gamer to be at the top of his game to finish anywhere near a podium finish. This does however allow you to improve your racing ability gradually as high as you want, something welcomed from anyone that tends to complete games on the hardest difficulty settings for more of a challenge. The key feature that sets Grid apart from other racing titles is the highly developed damage system that systematically allows your car to fall to pieces during a race. This encourages you to drive carefully and avoid contact with all other cars and scenery - The margin for error is extremely slim. Although this level of realism is great in a video game they clearly neglected the fun factor, as after a while the game becomes repetitive.

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        The game includes lots of cars that you can purchase with funds from winning races. The cars are well modelled and so are the tracks that you race around on. The tracks are modelled on real world locations and feature a nice range of visual styles to keep you from getting bored.

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        Overall this is a well designed game that falls short just because the gameplay element is so weak. Essentially this is a racing simulator rather than a racing game.

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          24.01.2010 21:50

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          Unpretentious and loopy

          I have never played a game, let alone a racing game, quite like GRID. It is developed by the folks behind the considerably more realistic Colin McRae: DiRT, and is one of the nuttiest and strange racing games I've ever played, yet it is also a whole lot of fun and well worth checking out if you're not overly serious about your racing.

          This is a game PACKED with stuff to do, and by not adhering to any particular modus, it has something for everyone. There are rally cars in here, F1-style cars, hulking muscle cars and tonnes more, which can be contested against one another in a pleasantly eclectic series of modes, from the famously challenging Le Mans 24 hours to a simple and brutal Destruction Derby. The game also has a GRID World mode, which has you playing through a career, where you will encounter every mode and every type of car, and are given a choice between a few different types of race each time. This is a game that never sticks with one mode long enough for you to get bored, and as a refreshing slice of freneticism in the often ironically stratified racing game, it gets top marks.

          What's REALLY great, though, is the ability to rewind your play and continue from an earlier point if you've just crashed or gone slightly wrong on a corner. As you progress, you're allowed to use these less and less, but it's a nifty idea that shows this isn't meant to be overly serious and is just intended as a lot of fun.

          Visually, it's also a blast to look at; vehicular damage is a big part of the experience and is delivered here with immense detail. Also the sounds are very meaty and heighten the intensity further.

          Through and through, this is an exhilarating and highly entertaining game that's well worth your time and money.

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          19.01.2010 17:24
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          Codemasters have really outdone themselves with this game. The races focus on several different disciplines, including: Drift, Touge, Muscle, Formula 3 and Prototype. The main single player campaign dubbed 'grid world' allows you to race and master the above disciplines. One of the new features you'll probably have heard of is the flashback feature. This allows you to rewind during a race up to 10 seconds before, say, a crash. This gives you a second chance (and a third, fourth, fifth, tops). I found this feature useful, and I really liked not having to restart a le mans just because of one mistake.... or 5.

          Oh yeah, after each season (each one lasts about 4/5 races) you're given the opportunity to race in a Le Mans 24 hour race, either for your own team or you can be hired by another team for the event. Whilst I did enjoy competing in the event, it only lasts 24 minutes in real life - which is kind of a downer for me, I was looking forward to pit stopping etc. The day/night cycle is however included, and driving in the dark (yes, I normally brake my headlights in the first minute) is incredibly difficult.

          I'll judge GRID by its essential elements. I'll start with game play.

          GAMEPLAY: I really like the take Codies have taken in this arcade racer. Like most other racing games, right trigger accelerates, left decelerates/reverse and B is handbrake. The game is incredibly easy to pick up and play and I found the controls very responsive. The ability to change the control scheme is also available. 9/10

          GRAPHICS: Utterly sublime. The car models are beautiful; the tracks look slick and refined, and the user interface has a very appealing theme. The skid marks on the track which accumulate over time look great and there's nothing better than seeing the car in front's rear spoiler dragging along the ground at 90mph and eventually fall off, sparks and all. 9/10

          SOUND: From screeching tyres to your team mate's funny accent, all the sounds add to the overall experience and everything's in sync. Some more sound tracks to listen to whilst navigating the menus would have been nice though.

          One of the unique (I haven't seen it before, anyway) features of GRID is that before anything else, the game asks for your name. There is then an archive of voice files which contains a list of names. Once it has your name, it'll say it whilst your navigating the menus to tell you stuff and during races your pit crew will continually update you with important information such as "Well done [YOUR NAME], you just took 1st place!" or "OK [YOUR NAME], your radiator's taken some serious damage, be careful." I absolutely love this feature and think it should be included in more games. 9/10

          MULTIPLAYER: This is where GRID trips up. The online is unrewarding (except from a few achievements) and getting into a game is an unnecessarily irritating process. Not only this, but in most games I got into were riddled with lag. Split screen is available though. 4/10

          LONGEVITY: There're plenty of events to compete in, and once you've won them all and mastered each discipline (this takes quite some time, don't expect to be trading the game in within a week or two of purchase) there're some quite cool achievements to conquer. Although the multiplayer is pretty disappointing, you can still play with friends split screen or use the track day mode which lets you play on any track with any unlocked car. 8/10

          If my review hasn't convinced you, at least try out the free demo available on Xbox Live - it won't disappoint.

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          16.01.2010 16:24
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          The best racer on 360 bar none

          The release of Race Driver GRiD follows Colin McRae DiRT after its 2007 release on to the HD consoles as Codemasters look to freshen up their long established racing franchises (TOCA and Colin McRae Rally) In a very similar way to DiRT, (just with tarmac instead of mud) Codemasters have broadened the appeal of the game with an emphasis on multiple disciplines, they are basically European circuit racing, American street racing and Japanese Drift events.

          Like DiRT, its to the credit of Codemasters that they've managed to cram so much in. There really is an awful lot. The game's career mode has a similar pyramid structure to Dirt's with three distinct paths for the three regions mentioned above. Again, like Dirt, some of these work better than others. After finishing and thoroughly enjoying the career I really only returned to the European circuit racing, particularly the touring car races which are probably the most popular and fiercely contested events on XBOX Live.

          One of the most appealing features in the game that I saw before purchase was the addition of the Le Mans circuit and the Le Mans 24hr race. Any new tracks are a blessing for racing game fans who are all too familiar with Silverstone and Laguna Seca across other games and Le Mans was one that I hadn't tackled. The game translates the 24hr race into a 24 minute one with a countdown on screen (it's really only 12 minutes) which equates to just under 3 laps of racing depending on how good you are.

          After a few races at Le Mans I decided that the track wasn't best suited to racing games with it being little more than miles of straights divided by occasional chicanes which was disappointing.

          Having dabbled with the online side in Project Gotham Racing 3, I knew the greatest challenge (and most satisfying races) would come through XBOX Live. The lobbies for a lot of disciplines are generally very popular and the game does a great job of getting you into a race quickly and you're not at the mercy of a Host who can kick players he doesn't like the look of. This is done with a much fairer voting system where each player has one (anonymous) vote to get rid of abusive or unsporting players. Over the course of a few races it's clear that this system works really well.

          The thing I love about Grid and Dirt and Codemasters games generally is that the racing is always fun. It doesn't ever pad out the single player game with extra laps of over familiar tracks like some of its competitors do. The game is all about close racing rather than paintjobs or hitting apexes. With up to 12 players at once in the online mode, Grid is a technical marvel that doesn't share any of the screen tearing or other bugs from Dirt. At the time, this was the best looking racing game i'd ever played and is probably now only matched by Dirt 2. I can't wait to see what Codemasters do with the Formula One license now, it couldn't be in better hands in my opinion.

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            09.10.2009 18:36
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            A decent racer thats worth a play through, albeit an annoying one

            Race Driver Grid, or just Grid, is the latest racing game to come from Codemasters, unoffically its TOCA 4, but don't tell anyone. The game offers (almost) everything you would expect from a arcade/simulatuion racer and throws in a few twists of its own, including the Flashback system which we'll talk about more later.

            The Career mode of the game, the heart of most simulation racers, is confusing at first but after a few races you realise how solid it is. Originally you only have a choice of racing for one of 3 driving teams in one of their cars, this continues for a bit and also allows you to jump into some great cars early on (including a Forumla 3 car). When you finish a race you earn reputation depending on the country you raced for and also some money, earn enough reputation and you'll progress to the next stage of the career. This is where everything opens up to you, your handed your first car and have a whole host of races avaiable to you. And that money you earned, how would you like to upgrade your car with it? Well you can't, that's right, Grid comes with no upgrade system whatsoever. It's a strange call by Codemasters and to be honest I think it brings the game down substantially and really limits the depth. Once you buy a new car, that's it, that's how its going to be for the rest of your career. Luckly your garage will quickly fill with cars, but an upgrade system would have been nice.

            There is a large choice of cars in the game, but not really initally. Its almost annyoing that you can only use some cars in some races. I know it worked for Forza, but Grid has gone over the top with it and its just frustrating to spend your hard earned money on a car so it can only be used in one race in your tier. But the cars themselves are nice, a good selection of Hot Imports and American Muscle. Even your starting car, the Mustang is a great car, and IF you could upgrade it I would have kept it throughout the story. Every car handles differently, from the powerslides of a Shelby to the percision driving of a Porsche.

            The visuals are awesome. Every car ir perfectly designed, every track is as it should be, all based on real locations and with lovely back drops. The cockpit view is the best looking, however I also find its particulary hard to drive in this view, more so than other racing games, so I shy away from it and stick to the behind the car view. The sounds are up to par with any of the other racers to date, the engines sound great, the screech of the tyres sends shiver down your spine, just like it should. I cant fault the game on presentation at all.

            But beware, this is a hard game! Its not one you will finish in a matter of hours, but will take a long time to complete. Is this a good thing? Normally, but I'm not too sure on this occasion. The reason why the game is so hard is not down to computer AI, or a lack of horsepower, it lies in your cars ability to stay on the road, the slightest nudge from another car, or even a back wheel on some grass will, 90% of the time, lead to a crash or spinning off the track. This gets tedious as once you're behind its very hard to pull back. The game saves itself slightly by introducing a "Flashback" system that lets you jump into an Instant Reply to about 10 or 15 seconds ago and rewind to that point. Meaning if you have a big crash, you can jump back to a few seconds ago and avoid it, however they are limited to a few per race. It's a nice method but it does not stop the game from being frustrating.

            As a Career driven racer, Grid is a bit disappointing on paper, but makes up for it on the track (when your not restarting your race for the 11th time). Overall a solid racer that can get on your nerves sometimes, but hopefully not enough to deter you from playing it. Worth a go.

            Andy Creighton

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              06.08.2009 00:49

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              5/5

              I bought this game last week and all i can say is wow, i paid £9.99 for it and what a bargain it is. This game grabbed my attention from the demo, on the demo you can race online and me and my mates were having races having a laugh and it was great fun so i decided to buy the full game. The graphics of this game are superb, the detail of the damage on your car when you crash is amazing and the tracks and the surrounding views are perfect. The career mode on Grid is great you have 3 tiers in Europe, America and Japan that you have to complete each containing 6 events and then a head to head event. After completing these events you unlock a global event, there are around 42 model of cars from the Lambergini to the Forumla 3000. Grid also added the 24 hour Le mans which you can actually do for 24 hours!!!! if your that insane haha, finally the gameplay of this game is very smooth if you crash your car you will feel the effects and cornering can take time to master as you can handbreak turn most corners. Overall i give this game 5/5 because it is a game that will you will enjoy and is a bargain.

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              03.07.2009 20:43

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              9/10

              When I heard about the release of GRiD, I was really excited about the release. I was even more excited about the game after the official gameplay video was released. However, when I downloaded the GRiD demo from the XBOX Live Marketplace, I was left frustrated and disappointed with the game, and the game's physics, such as; the handling and graphics of the cars. After the game was released, I looked at several reviews about the game and managed to pick the game up for a discount price. I'm glad I did. The game is fantastic and the physics were vastly improved from the demo. Everything about the game was just about spot on, and I believe I did find a bargain. The game has several fantastic game modes, especially the World Tour mode which the seasons aren't very long, but it's still enjoyable and very fun to play. Online mode is also very challenging and very enjoyable and I'd recommend this game to anyone who likes to play racing games. The graphics are just about perfect, and the game is one of the best games out. The inclusion of the Flashback feature is very useful as you can use them to correct any mistakes you make throughout a race. Overall, I give this game a 9/10.

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              27.05.2009 23:33
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              This is the best game for fun and realistic matters

              I have played many racing games as I am intrested in them and grid has to be the best by far. I think this because the graphics the game has are the best graphics i've ever seen on a game which is weird because it's made by a english company. But the main features on the game is the damage system on the cars, because when you crash it's realistic such as if I crash on my right wheel the wheel would be buckled and the breaks would be dodgy also the bumper would be hanging off, but thats just an example because much worse can happen than that. The other feature is when you crash and your car is wrecked then you can rewind it to when you hadn't crashed and carry on from there, but you turn that off if you want this is called "pro mode".

              The game is packed with cars which are different brands and are made from all over the globe. There are loads of game modes online and offline such as formula 3, drifting, demolition derby, these are just some of them. In demolition derby you have to wreck your opponents by crashing into them and try to come first, this is lots of fun.

              I think the best game mode on the game is 24hr le mans this is a race with super cars and you have to do a 24hr race this is great fun because this is realistic with or without a steering wheel.

              Overall I think that this game especially is the best racing game out there and is well worth getting if you want a realistic and fun game. Remeber that the graphics are the best graphics i've ever seen and I don't have a HD television either.

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                11.04.2009 00:53
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                very very good

                Racedriver Grid made by Codemasters who brought you the Colin McCrea series, LMA manager series and more! I rented this game at my local Xtra-Vision and as soon as I played the first few races I knew this game was very good. At the start you have to race for other teams to get £40,000 to repair an old car it only takes around 3-4 races if you win and reach the bonuses that the team your racing for set. After you raise the 40k you get three licenses an American, European and Japanish. The type of races there are, are drifting, muscle, gp, f3, and more. After each race in a certain area you get experience points for that place and after 60 odd thousand you get to choose a team mate from three people. They now race with you every race. You also get to choose team colours and details. You can also choose Sponsorships which go onto your car. You can have 1 major which pays double and 6 minors. If you reach the bonus they ask you to get every race you get lots of cash. You can buy better cars through out the game (when you get the money). It is quite easy to get achievements and they have a good gamerscore for them aswel. Overall this game is very good one of the best driving games out there!!

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                12.03.2009 14:56
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                If you like cars and racing then you must own this game!

                Brought to you by Codemasters the developers behind TOCA Touring car which first appeared on the PS1.

                The general premise is to build up your reputation as well as your racing teams until you reach the top. Pretty simple when you think about it but the challenge is well thought out and this game does not get boring in the slightest!

                You start of racing for other teams and earning a wage to pay for your own cars and eventually to enter your own team and employ another driver.
                There are 3 continents to race on (Japan, America and Europe) and each has it's own variety in types of races and cars.

                The variety of cars is excellent from Japanese Tuned factory cars (Skyline, NSX, etc) to Formula 3 and Le Mans spec racers.

                The damage model is excellent with cars folding and breaking all over the track we realistic enough effects on the performance of the car.
                Also if the crash you have is too detrimental to the race you have the option of pausing and rewinding to a point where you can try again (almost like in the original PS2 Prince of Persia game) but this is a gimmic that can be turned off if it is not to your taste.

                The overall presentation of the game is fantastic and the graphics are extremely believable with the shadowing and sun glare reflecting off of the cars realistically.

                If you are a petrol head then this is the game for you.

                Only one very slight downside is the game may be a tad too short.

                9/10

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                07.03.2009 15:49
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                If you enjoy racing games, then this is for you

                This is one of my favourite racing games. It is the perfect balance between sim (such as Forza 2) and arcade (NFS series) and the controls feel extremely smooth. This is the main reason I liked the game so much. You can't take a corner at 100mph but at the same time, you don't have to crawl to a stop.

                There are many cars in the game, around 40-50, and these can be bought when you earn money in the campaign. You have to try and earn trophies in different regions of the world by racing and hopefully winning. After a certain number of events, you have the option to race in a 24 hour endurance race which is pretty fun but can get tiresome. They are only about 15 mintues though.

                A nice addition is that you can re-try corners if you crash by rewinding. The harder the difficulty, the less amount of times you do this, but the more money and rep you get,

                It is not just racing, there are also drift races and a variety of racing classes. The in car view in this game is brilliant and I found myself using this a lot, which I don't normally do. The graphics are impressive thoughout as well.

                Definitely recommend picking this up for any racer fan.

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