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Review

Grid 2 Review

  • First Released
  • Reviewed: May 28, 2013
  • X360

With a variety of driving disciplines pulled from all corners of the globe, Grid 2 is an exciting blend of arcade and simulation racing.

The first few moments of Grid 2 should be a disaster. You're strapped into a bruising muscle car and immediately asked to negotiate the corners of downtown Chicago amid a cavalcade of roaring V8s. But rather than serving as a messy reminder of why so many driving games ease you in with something a bit more sensible, this opening race is a perfect example of what makes Grid 2 such a blast. This is a game that takes every opportunity to remove the barriers between you and the thrill of all-out street racing. With an exciting career mode and handling that strikes a great balance between arcade and simulation, it succeeds brilliantly at that task.

Whether you're drifting through the hills of rural Japan or careening along California's Pacific Coast Highway, Grid 2 gives you the tools to perform some truly spectacular automotive feats. This is all thanks to a driving model that borrows equally from the forgiving handling of an arcade racer and the demanding physics of a driving simulator. Cars are nimble and highly responsive, but there's a very real relationship between your tires and the surface beneath them. You can give up only so much traction before a drift sends you spinning into a barricade, while accelerating too quickly out of a corner can spell disaster if you've forgotten that you're in a rear-wheel drive. There's this delicate balance between the flashy and the grounded, but it's a balance that Grid 2 pulls off extremely well.

It's only fitting that with such an empowering driving model, Grid 2 treats you as an ambassador to the sport rather than a no-name up-and-comer. You're the poster child of the newly formed World Series of Racing, an organization designed to bring together drivers from all corners of the globe. Your job is to win over these international stars and convince them to join the cause. You do this by traveling the world and competing against everything from muscle cars in Miami to hot hatches in Barcelona to luxury sedans in Dubai. You'll even find yourself driving in supercars on real-world circuits, whether it's the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway or the relatively new Algarve Circuit in Portugal. All the while you're earning new fans to bolster the WSR, a sort of currency that propels you from one event to the next.

Grid 2 features no shortage of spectacular locations, and every one of them looks gorgeous. From the golden sunset above the construction cranes of Dubai to the glittering lights of nighttime Paris, these environments feature an exceptional attention to detail. The varied selection of cars looks just as great, no matter if they're in pristine condition at the start of the race or shedding metalwork left and right via the game's frighteningly convincing damage system. The whole presentation is simply top-notch, right on down to the immersive soundscape of roaring engines and squealing tires. The frame rate occasionally drops during vicious collisions, but for the most part, Grid 2 is a smooth and technically impressive racing experience.

No matter the track, Grid 2 looks fantastic.

There's a lot more to Grid 2 than its impressive presentation. This is a robust package with a lengthy and exciting career mode. You're constantly being introduced to new driving disciplines and event types. There are standard offerings such as elimination and time attack, as well as more specialized events such as drifting contests and touge, an automotive ballet where two cars race through narrow mountain roads and any collisions lead to an immediate disqualification.

But the most fun can be found in an event type called live routes. Normally urban locales like Miami and Dubai are divided into six or so predefined tracks, each taking you on a tour through different areas of the city. What live routes do is generate a dynamic layout that stitches together sections from every single one of those six tracks. It's an event where you never know what's around the next bend, which keeps you on your toes as you maintain an exacting focus on each randomly selected turn.

The focus of Grid 2's career mode is very much about getting you on the road and having you experience one crazy race after the other. This is not a game that wants you to spend too much time in the garage. Instead of buying cars and upgrading engine parts, you're simply awarded a choice of vehicles after milestone events. As your garage expands, you develop a collection of grippy all-wheel drives like the Audi RS5, demanding track cars like the KTM X-Bow R, and all manner of other makes and models. With such a varied selection of cars and event types, there's a deeply satisfying sense of challenge in learning the nuances of each vehicle and deciding which one is best suited for a particular event. Rarely does the most powerful car win by default; Grid 2 demands a familiarity with your garage and is all the more rewarding for it.

Even with its forgiving handling, Grid 2 can get quite challenging--especially toward the latter stages of the career mode. There's no driving line to guide you through each corner, and full vehicle damage is enabled by default, meaning your car starts to pull and sputter if it has taken too many hits. As the game ramps up in difficulty, you may find yourself wishing for optional driving assists, which are sadly lacking here--your only option is to raise or lower the difficulty level. Fortunately, Grid 2's fleet of vehicles are such a blast to maneuver that you'll be more than up to the task. Add in the ability to rewind time after a nasty accident, and what you get is a game that challenges you but rarely leaves you frustrated.

As engrossing as Grid 2's career mode is, it's just as easy to get sucked into the multiplayer side of things. Besides giving you the opportunity to race all those same tracks and event types in a competitive online environment, Grid 2's multiplayer serves as a nice counterpart to the career mode by allowing you to get a little more hands-on with your collection of cars. Racing online earns you cash to buy new vehicles, which you can tune by upgrading the engine, drivetrain, and handling. And while you're keeping tabs on your garage, the game is keeping tabs on you by tracking your driving style and ensuring that you're matched up with drivers who race just as clean or dirty as you. The multiplayer is a terrific addition to an already excellent game, and the ability to play local split-screen is just icing on the cake.

Grid 2's damage system isn't just for show: it can severely affect the performance of your car.

Whether you're competing online or off, Grid 2 offers a fantastic blend of arcade and simulation racing. This is a game that wants you to experience the thrill of breakneck street racing, and gives you all the tools necessary to do just that. With terrific handling, gorgeous environments, and a broad selection of event types, Grid 2 slams on the gas and rarely slows down.

The Good
Handling strikes a great balance between arcade and simulation
Stellar audio and visual design
Broad selection of events reflect a variety of driving disciplines
Engrossing multiplayer
The Bad
No driving assists to fine tune the difficulty
Occasional frame rate hitches during collisions
8.5
Great
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397 comments
Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

This game is the biggest load of crap I have ever experienced.

Good: Handling strikes a good balance between arcade and simulation. Are you out of your f*cking mind? This game has no handling, you barely even need to break for corners in this sh*t. You just fly around corners with its stupid grip "physics".

Total and utter waste of money.

Bahamutx21
Bahamutx21

why would i even compare this to Hot Pursuit!!!! is a dumb racing game,i also prefer this over HORIZON,this has better breaking system than any other racing games i have ever played,i mean on HORIZON before coming to a conner and you slam on the break you would lose control unlike on this game.AWESOME GAME...this review sucks bad!!!!Lol

cpfast
cpfast

What a disappointment this game, loved the first one. Feels like an outrun clone, its even more arcade than any nfs to date. You are actually faster if you DRIFTTTT thru all the corners...its not all that fun to me.

jesped
jesped

Anybody interested in a GRID2 immersive experience with Cockpit Immersive Cameras, new HQ settings, TrackIR support, No Engineer speech during the race, etc.  check GRID2 BayetasMod ( http://bit.ly/BayetasMod3 )


Gameplay Video with TrackIR in Cam4 (Extreme Immersive)


http://youtu.be/52xU01wy7SU


Replay comparision with Cameras 1-4 (no TrackIR used, although you can use TrackIR in replays too)


http://youtu.be/5MfTKV5Jnso

mertol871
mertol871

You, mister suck at reviewing racing games. This one is a piece of shit. Even pirating it was a waste of time.

glenny90
glenny90

OMG! I can not believe that this game is from the same guys that have won so many awards for racing games. What a great disappointment!

Surface_sk8
Surface_sk8

I am a fan of both simulation and arcade racing games and this is the good and the bad about this game IMO

The Good:
-the game visuals and audio are amazing, the garage environment and the way you choose your options/customize your car are really nice
-realistic crashing

The Bad:
-the game is unfair and fail as a simulation in a lot of points like, if you hit another car or another car hits you, its doesnt matter how much weight or how did you hit/got hit by the other car, you'll always be the one who's spinning/crashing while the other car acts like a fly just splashed on its window. the difficulty is based on computer's cars down force, since they can do some curves faster than you can even if you're both using the same car
-breaking, pointing and accelerating does not work here cause you will loose time no matter how perfect you did it or car you have. Instead you need to break late, point and accelerate earlier while avoiding any touch with other cars if you want to get 1st place.
-few options of cars and tracks as a lot of racing fans favorite's cars and tracks are missing

So heres the deal if you like simulation, do not buy this one.
If you like arcade racing games this is a great game for you.
And if you like both like me, its your choice, but if you buy it, be prepared to get angry at some points of the game

Zamboet
Zamboet

this game is great? better than Hot Pursuit? Advice please, i have plan to play this game

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

no driving assists is a positive not a negative.


depman1972
depman1972

I tried the game and I think its poor, the handling is atrocious, and trhe tracks are repetive

brucechandler
brucechandler

Wows. This Shaun guy has been payed in full by CM. This game sucks compared to Race Driver Grid. No cockpit view; no derby; can't turn off driver asst; can't adjust the finite settings on controller. The car turns from the pinpoint center of the car.. It feels like driving that Atari's Hard Drivin game just add $10,000.00 in graphics. OMG!! that game had a COCKPIT VIEW!!! Can some one tell me when Hard Drivin was realest? Shame on you Codemasters. Shame on me for buying it. :(

DAP2010
DAP2010

whats the max number of splitscreen players that can play with multiplayer on this plz?

GpVon
GpVon

Playing this on pc and I have to agree with the masses in that this is NO WHERE NEAR a sim at all. This is pure arcade and can NOT be a possible contender for raver of the year. It's fun for what it is, but it does tend to get a bit "blah" after awhile.

Caitsith123
Caitsith123

Took the racing line into the corner, braked early to get a good run out of the corner and a guy comes drifting round the side of me as punishment for trying to drive properly.

McInstyer
McInstyer

Come on, they could have given the options for turning off driving aids. Another ego swelling waste of time.

scvpluto
scvpluto

even real racing 3 on iphone is more real than this.  please dont say anything about simulation, thanks

ecurl143
ecurl143

Drive Club for PS4 looks to be in trouble already looking at this.

Environments look beautiful.

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serginho_scp

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Thisnames
Thisnames

This review is poor. It omits several things that are potential deal-breakers such as the lack of cockpit-view (should I really have to find this out by searching the comments?).

It also gives the false impression that it boasts "demanding physics" that cater to the sim public. In GRID 2, drifting the curve is faster than slowing down and using the grip method. In what world is this remotely sim?

Moreover, GRID 2 is a sequel to GRID, but there is no mention of the features that have been removed. You'd be forgiven for thinking that this iteration is everything you had in GRID and more. Instead, it shunts the fans of the series trying to become the next Burnout.

GameRockUK
GameRockUK

Apparently Cockpit view hasn't been added, a racing game without cockpit view? jesus, kill me now!

bobasweat
bobasweat

pc version is appaling

my system can run just about any game at high/ultra


cant get more than 8fps out this on ultra low


unplayable

hocksterdev
hocksterdev

The game is super arcade. Any real race enthusiast knows this. Check the GRID2 forum...

Big game developers fool kids today making them think if it looks real its simulation. That is wrong. How the data is handled makes a simulation. A non license car in a game that handles as a real car is simulation. Games like GRID2 have real cars that don't behave like real cars = game, and not sim.

And every real simulation have cockpit since that's the point of simulation. Doing it like the real world.

No, GRID2 is a fiasco. GRID1 was fun and in between game and sim (more game), but GRID2 is pure game and very forgettable. Super short races and back to menues and that damn dude patronizing you by telling you what to do all the time. Even told me to race when the light is green...DUUUH! Talk about a game for casual gamers and no simulation as far as you can see. Crap game.

Looking forward to Project Cars. That will be way way way better than this pile of garbage.

survivor9712
survivor9712

The drifting challenges were insane on Grid. It was so much fun. I hope they have the same for Grid2.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Racing Game of the year contender for sure. Engine sounds are awsm and cars handle nicely. Codemasters are rocking at making racing games.

BassMan
BassMan

The game reminds a lot of the PGR series.  It is a good break from GT and FM without pushing the arcade elements too far.  The game has a very nice balance like PGR.  I am quite enjoying this game on the PC with the 360 controller.

nick-nikol
nick-nikol

From my comments anybody can understand that I am a big supporter of this very good game. As I am heading towards the end and feel very sorry that all good things come to an end,I must point out some things which at my enthusiasm when I first started to play the game i didn't recognize. A game of this caliber which it respects itself and its supporters it is unforgivable not too have ONE MODEL CAR OF THE FOLLOWING,Ferrari, Lamborghini ,Porche , Second,what's a racing game without the Ring of Germany ,Spa,Lemans, Monaco,Silverstone,and some other vary important tracks.In closing i would like to express once again to CODEMASTERS for a job well done,But none is perfect sometimes. It would have been very fun to drive a Porche PANAMERA,or a CAYENE OR AN X5 OR TUREG AROUND those open highways of the game like Hong Kong or San Francisco .

hitomo
hitomo

the KING is a live ...

marvelx3
marvelx3

cant wait to play Grid 3 on xbox one. 

forbiddenmow
forbiddenmow

bought this last night and played it for a few hours. i have to say why are people saying this treads the line between sim and arcade? it's practically a pure sim. it's one nudge away from ridge racer.

seanbrandowen
seanbrandowen

The game has a easy and very easy setting use it if you miss the driving line.

slimskelter
slimskelter

I really miss racing games, but when you're epileptic it's a big no no. This game looks sweet though.

Demonjoe93
Demonjoe93

Hey, can anyone tell me if this game has split-screen MP for it?

crazynotstupid
crazynotstupid

@cpfast if you think its more arcade than any nfs game then you don't know much about racing games at all.

goncaloabq
goncaloabq

@Zamboet, played hot pursuit all the way, and this for about 2 hrs....it's just that great. Challenging but forgiving and not frustrating, and realistic! I think Hot pursuit is just another game from the NFS series...if you like racing games, buy this one...In my opinion, way better than NFS, which is laking realism and challenge! This one, made me get out of home in order to focus and work....just that addictive!

erazerswe
erazerswe

@bobasweat Well dont know what hardware you got, and what games you usually play. But i run this with most settings on ultra with my amd phenom IIx6 1055T, 6gb ram and an evga GTX 480 and the benchmark ingame says 64 fps average

brucechandler
brucechandler

@Cirkelinespark

CM added new tracks; made it look better; and then took all the great things that made Race Driver Grid great out of the game.

Caitsith123
Caitsith123

@berserker66666 Just admit that you work for Codemasters. I've never seen more of a generic 'positive' comment in my life.

d33pak001
d33pak001

@forbiddenmow its more sim than arcade...but there surely is some arcade in it and thats what makes it different from anything in the market

cpfast
cpfast

@crazynotstupid @cpfast hows that?? So u just state something and dont back it up in any way??

If u say that a game where u are faster when u are drifting thru the corners has an once of realism thats your problem dude...At this point anything is more realist than this

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