With the release of GRiD 2 only a few months away, and the Xbox sale last week cutting the price of Race Driver: GRiD down by about 80% I thought, “Why not give it a go!” So I did, and it’s probably the best think that I’ve ever suggested to myself to do in a very long time.
The original Race Diver: GRiD is actually a part of the TOCA Touring Car series and was released on PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 in 2008. It’s based around the player having their own racing team and essentially dominating other teams and becoming the top team in the various championships available throughout the game. Players play as the primary driver but as the game progresses and you get better and better you gain sponsors and team mates to help you win races.
The game starts with the player needing to raise £40,000 to repair a car and get the things together to create a team. This is accomplished by being a “driver for hire” for various different teams, after around 4/5 races you’ll have acquired the funds along with a small bit of “respect” in the three districts available (Europe, North America, and Japan) this increases substantially though once you race for your own team.
Before all of that though, you enter your name and location and then you’re prompted to choose your name from a list, this gives the in game narrative the ability to say your name during races and when you’re back in the garage it adds a real sense of personality to the game which I think is brilliant.
So the game Aesthetics aside the reason why I fell in love with this game is that for a game that’s coming up to it’s 5th birthday it feels and has the appearance of a game that’s been out for only a couple of months. During the Xbox sale I also downloaded Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfare because I remember playing it a few years ago when it first came out and thought it was great. Playing it again I noticed that games have changed a lot since then, it was very clunky and hard to play and it just looked old. I haven’t played any of the other Ghost Recon titles but I’m sure they’ve improved substantially compared.
Race Driver: GRiD has impressed me no end, it maintains a sense of realism in both the way different cars handle and treat the road to how managing a racing team works. From the very beginning you’re thrown into hard challenges from racing a Ford Focus, to trying to control a Lamborghini two respectively different cars and if you play this game you’ll realise how difficult it actually is to go from one to another. The cars also react with smashes and bumps with a hard knock to your right side could damage your right wheel so you’ll find that your car now drifts to the right. It can be super annoying but it’s another step closer to realism.
Another fantastic point to this game is the replay option. If you find yourself losing control and smashing into the barrier you can just press start then instant replay and if you’ve caught it right, you can get to a point where you can press ‘X’ and start from that point and try the corner one more time. Depending on the difficulty you choose will depend on how many times you can do that, but it’s a great idea for those of us who don’t want to restart the race because we crashed on the last lap.
This game also includes real world tracks, events, and cars with each of the 43 available cars being tied to one of the three regions. Events such as Le Mans 24 hours is available to play, along with GT Championships, Demolition Derby’s, Drag races, & Drift races.
There is a multiplayer available but I haven’t actually given it a go yet. I have read though that the PC and PS3 servers were discontinued in 2011 but the Xbox 360 server remains online, so I might have to give it a try.
If you missed out on the Xbox sale you can still download grid from the Xbox Marketplace for £19.99, a little pricey for a game that’s almost 5 years old, but trust me it’s worth it.