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whatshot Race Driver: GRID PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 8.7
Sound 8.5
Value 8.5
Distributor: Atari Australia
Classification:
G
Review Date:
June 2008
Reviewer:
Howard Bourke

8.5


Race Driver: GRID

Codemasters returns to the racing world with Race Driver: GRID that once introduces the gamer to the world of high speed "street" racing as they begin their career in this exciting sport. Unlike Gran Turismo IV Prologue, the title is more arcade racing then simulation and is definitely one of the better racing titles on the market at the moment.  


 

Features:

  • Incredible persistent world of racing encompassing Muscle car racing, Drift racing, and Circuit racing in Detroit, San Francisco, Milan, Tokyo, Yokohama, Spa, Le Mans and many more
  • Mind-blowing soft-body damage to vehicles and environments to the most inspirational and incredible vehicles and tracks – all fully licensed
  • Stunning visual treatment and accessible handling system
  • Evolution of the physics system used in Colin McRae™ DiRT™ – EGO surpasses all previous engines in terms of AI, effects and packed grids
  • 3D crowd ( up to 40,000 in the crowd) and highly detailed environments – a living breathing racing world
  • Built for online multiplay – up to 12 players
  • Over 40+ vehicles spread over various racing styles including drift, closed circuit racing and open road racing
  • Over 60+ AI driver profiles ensures competitive racing experience is different every time atari games

With that said, Race Driver: GRID is your classic racer, however the developers have put a focus on damage realism in the title that also affects the gameplay. The moral of the story is to try not to crash and for those new to the world of racing, there is some in-game assistance that gives you a heads up while you race such as recommending when the driver should brake etc.

One of my favourite features of Race Driver: GRID is the ability to use “Flashback” which rewinds the game by a few seconds in order to avoid the upcoming crash that you may be facing. It’s also a cool effect and can only used for the lower difficulty levels of the game. With that said, the learning curve of Race Driver: GRID is rather low but it will take some gamers a little time to master, however it’s definitely worth the effort.  

In the career mode of Race Driver: GRID, by winning events, your character is awarded money that can then used to purchase new vehicles and parts with the ability to create your own racing team, even with sponsorship.

The developers have ensured to keep the racing unique and varied as you race across the world from Europe to Japan which all contain different circuits, ensuring added longevity of the title. The title also contains a great multiplayer mode online for up to 12-players at once. 

Graphically, Race Driver: GRID is a visual treat on the PlayStation with detailed gaming environments and great modeled cars. The smashes are quite spectacular and realistic which even make you shudder at times from the realism. With beautiful reflected surfaces on the car and some realistic lighting effects, Race Driver: GRID is pure eye candy with an arcade touch. The soundtrack of the title suits the genre perfectly, however does become a little repetitive at times and of course there are a wide gamut of realistic sound effects.

 

In conclusion, Race Driver: GRID is a thoroughly enjoyable game on the PS3 with slick graphics, decent gameplay and some interesting multiplayer options. The game also contains some great one-off gameplay modes to increase the playability of this well made title. Check it out!





 

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