Grid 2 (Codemasters)
Players can take a wild ride on GRID 2 (PlayStation 3 version), the second installment in the World Series Racing video game series after 2008’s BAFTA winning GRID…and yes, it was worth the wait. GRID 2 is part of Codemasters’ RaceNet online community portal that also includes Dirt: Showdown, F1 2012, and F1 Race Stars.
Players can make a name for themselves in on several game modes: single player, split screen local multiplayer, and online mode. In the role-playing style single mode, fan base helps advancement while the 12-player online mode lets players earn cash for new vehicles and level up in special challenges, rival battles, and other events. Online play requires a VIP pass code and includes leaderboards, messaging, friend invites, voice chat, and a great new feature – gameplay video recording, editing and uploading on You Tube (account setup and/or association required).
The new Truefeel™ handling system lets racers tackle various, formidable challenges (checkpoint races, drift showcases, duals, etc.) with quick turns, drifts, and quick cuts requiring quick reflexes. Even if players miss a move, the new reverse feature lets them try again. The tutorials and audio comments also provide some positive feedback. Wrecks are fun and rewarding replays while the feeling of a thrilling comeback is even better. The driver AI does not overwhelm, but will battle for position and have their own entertaining spinouts, so players are never out of the hunt when they make a key mistake.
Racing rules (like defining “cutting corners”) can be found in the pause menu at any time while the sound effects and memorable instrumental music tracks enhance the experience. This highly recommended game exhilarates and challenges in an all ages motorsports environments (***1/2, also on Xbox 360 and PC with special editions on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC). Got a lot of money to spare? Grab the GRID 2 BAC Mono Edition, which includes an actual BAC Mono supercar, for a cool $190,000…and if you don’t have that much then get the special editions or the following additional downloadable content (DLC): Indy Car Pack ($6.99), GTR Racing Pack ($4.99), Headstart Pack ($4.99), Super Modified Pack ($5.99), and Unlock All Cars ($6.99).