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The latest racing game to be released by experienced developer Codemasters has finally arrived, but will GRID be worth your cash?

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Beasts: One of the main draw-ins of GRID are the cars. While there are only less than fifty-cars available, each and every one of them are high-powered beasts. This proves to be both a flaw and a great feature.

Since there aren't any stripped down cars, you will only be racing with Porsches to Lamborghinis to a Koenigseggs. While it is fun to be behind the wheel of one of these beasts, the learning curve is quite steep because of it.

The realism continues on the track too. GRID allows for extremely realistic damage to be displayed on your car, and the damage even effects the way your car handles.

Hit the wall one too many times, and your bumpers will fall off, your doors will scratch deeply, and your handling will become severely impaired.

T-boned: While on the track, you will notice that the presentation of the game gives you the feeling that you on going intensely fast. There are some, less then realistic aspects of GRID though.

One of the most significant additions to GRID that sets this game apart from any other is the constantly shown vehicle damage and the intense wrecks. The crashes that you will partake in are absolutely visceral, and you will often feel like your car shouldn't even be driving anymore.

Oddly though, the crashes sometimes get a little too outrageous. On occasion you will be sideswiped, then flip through the air in barrel rolls, and then land magically in first place.

These ludicrous wrecks will often give the game an arcady feel to it, even though GRID attempts to come off as a racing simulator.

Globetrotting: The modes of the game are broken into three main areas and each have a distinct feel to them. The street racing that you will do in Japan is different from the GT racing in Europe and that's different from the stock car races that occur in the U.S.

Although, the main focus of the game lie in the GRID World Tour, where you will progress through by winning races that unlock new tracks and challenges. While there isn't much here to make the World Tour feel much different then every other racing game tour, GRID's is still a blast.

You also have the option to play online. Online, you can use the user-friendly lobby system to have races with up to eleven other players in a variety of different races.

Rent vs. Buy: GRID doesn't do much anything wrong, and gives you a solid experience with amazing graphics and crashes. The game isn't the most original racing game to be released, but is still a great racing sim/arcade game that you won't soon forget.

Report Card

GRID doesn't do much anything wrong, and gives you a solid experience with amazing graphics and crashes. The game isn't the most original racing game to be released, but is still a great racing sim/arcade game that you won't soon forget.. (Krakrabbit.com)


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