The Best Racing Game Since GT5

How do you unite every racing discipline into one easy to swallow TV listing on a Sunday morning I hear you ask? Well you must tour and dominate all of the racing clubs in Europe, Asia and America!

I recently tried out GRID 2 and I had high expectations for it. I played a lot of the first GRID and must have competed in that dreaded 24 hour Le Mans race dozens of times failing the majority of them, but when once you win the only thing I can think of getting close to that feeling is when you pass your last license in Gran Turismo. Passing every licence in GT is hard as nails but is probably my favourite memory in all the racing games I have played in the last few years. Anyone that is a racing game fan has probably played Gran Turismo and knows exactly that I am talking about. I have been searching for a feeling similar to that of GT on the PC and GRID 2 is the closest I have found and is at least on par with GT5.

What I found is lacking in PC racing games is the lack of a substantial career mode but GRID 2 doesn’t buck the trend and has a very deep and engaging career option. It is all about creating the ultimate racing division and combining all disciplines of motorsport into one amalgamation of excitement and crashes called the World Series of Racing.

How do you unite every racing discipline into one easy to swallow TV listing on a Sunday morning I hear you ask? Well you must tour and dominate all of the racing clubs in Europe, Asia and America. Of course these continents come with their own driving style you have to master and this really helps vary the gameplay to stop it from becoming stale. The career has lasted me ages and I still haven’t finished it you definitely get good bang for your buck with GRID 2.

I haven’t described the gameplay yet though and I have to say it is the perfect balance of arcade and sim, you feel as you are always on the edge of control as you would with a simulator but not so much so that you are spinning out of every corner. That balance really gets the adrenaline pumping. Not to mention the amazingly detailed damage modelling. Every crash has a substantial feeling and makes you wince as you plough your £350,000 super car into a wall.

Last but not least the Multiplayer, I can confirm that enemies were made between my friends and I as I was spun out at the last corner which left my lovely Alfa Romeo beached in the tyre wall. Sadly this was online but with the inclusion of local split-screen multiplayer (finally!) in GRID 2 you can make sure your mates don’t get away with such things without some sort of physical pain being inflicted.

It is these sorts of experiences that make GRID 2 stand out from the other racers on the market. Any self-respecting racer fan should pick this up.