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Windows 7: Grid 2 review


28 May 2013   #1

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Grid 2 review

I've just gotten Grid 2 and have spent the last few hours playing with it.

It's awesome. If you like racing games, you should check this out for sure. It's the prettiest racer I've ever played, the controls are tight and responsive, and it's more arcade racer than sim. It's easy to play and get into.

The A.I. is very interesting too. There are about 80 different 'qualities' and each CPU controlled racer in the game gets a random set of 3 of them. So, some racers will come after you for revenge if you hit them, others will try to avoid contact, another might refuse to allow passing, where as another might let you pass. It creates a very dynamic race where no two racers behave the same way. It's really cool so far and the behaviors can vary wildly and you never know exactly what kind of racer's you'll be up against in a given race.

Another neat feature are the 'Live Routes' in which the tracks actually dynamically change as you race them. That forces you to pay attention and keeps you on your toes. There are also overtake events, in which you have to drive past a line of slow moving trucks without crashing gaining score for each one passed without incident. Hitting something knocks your score down as does not passing something in a set amount of time. The rest of the races are the standard group of track rules that have shown up in various racing titles like elimination, drift events, face off, Togue, and your standard, but not any less well done 'finish first' standard race.

I could do without the annoying guy talking to me on the menu screens. I think it's the same guy from Burnout Paradise, but he's not trying quite as hard to be a hipster douchebag because he's not pretending to be a fake radio announcer this time. It does bear some similarities to Burnout Paradise, as well as Need for Speed. It's not open world, the cars are destructible but more realistically so and a bit tougher than Burnout or NFS's vehicles.

The tracks seem very alive. Squirrels dart across the road, geese fly through the air, and tons of people line the sides of the raceways. Seriously, there's a lot and they are well animated. The human models are actually kind of low res and muddy, but you won't notice it during a race because they go by so fast. It can be a little jarring in the pre-race scenes where the camera pans about a little around the starting point.

Oh, and up to twelve cars on the tracks at once. That's quite something to see, especially when they are all controlled by human players. For those who don't know, that's very impressive for this sort of game.

Anyway, high speed fun, destructible cars [either realistic or cosmetic damage], and an awesome rewind feature that makes giving into the urge to do something stupid just to see what happens all the more easy to give into.

Check my screenshots. These are all at Ultra settings BTW:











This game is seriously sweet so far. The original Grid was a game changing racer that had a huge influence on the genre. It appears that Grid 2 is no different. Amazing game and well worth the wait. I highly recommend that you pick this up.

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28 May 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Great review! The screenshots are a nice touch, which is an idea that I might steel from you if I ever do a game another game review.

I don't think I am going to get this one though. I got Grid 1 and wasn't a really big fan. I am more of a true simulation type and prefer Gran Trurismo or Forza.
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29 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Nice screehshots Contrabardus and nice review. I might order this game. Even though I did not like the first part.
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29 May 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

It looks AMAZING, I'm not really into racing games but this might be worth getting.
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30 May 2013   #5

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

I can't get into a Racing game on the computer but those screenshots look awesome... enough to entice me to try something new

One question though, do you drive with the camera behind the car only or does it give you the option of first person view as well?
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30 May 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

It's released tomorrow in the UK, the game will unlock in around 2.5hrs, I have it pre-loaded but I will wait until the morning to try it for the first time.

Thanks for the review, I am glad to hear it's a good game.

@AstaLaVista, A decent game controller is a must for PC racing, I use an Xbox controller for Windows.
And I always use "bumper" cam when racing, I think it gives a more realistic feel to the games.
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30 May 2013   #7

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

I take it "Bumper Cam" translate into normal/everyday drive view? ie:... real life view
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30 May 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Actually I am getting my views mixed up , I use the bonnet cam view where you can see most of the bonnet.
Bumper cam is where you don't see any of the car, just the road.
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30 May 2013   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
I can't get into a Racing game on the computer but those screenshots look awesome... enough to entice me to try something new

One question though, do you drive with the camera behind the car only or does it give you the option of first person view as well?
Yeah, there is no cockpit view, but as mentioned there is a bumper cam where you can't see the car and another cam that's similar to a cockpit view where you can see the front end of the car on the lower part of the screen.

The original Grid did have a cockpit view where you could see the interior of the car, but the devs axed it because it freed up more resources for processing everything else and nobody really used it. [They've said something like only 5% of players used it.] It apparently took quite a bit of processing power to render the entire interior and the rest of the game looks a bit better because they cut it out.

I kind of wish they'd left it in as that's the best way to play a racing game using Oculus Rift. It's not too bad though as the front end cam is close enough to work well.

The front end view is best for using a wheel, but the 3rd person view seems to work best for a controller. I only occasionally play with a controller, pretty much only when I'm really in the mood for a racing game, but too lazy to set up my wheel. I've got a Logitech G27 so I usually either set it up or play something that's not a driving game. I've also got a Dev kit version of the Oculus Rift, and there's no point to playing with that if you're just going to use a controller.
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30 May 2013   #10

 
 

I'm one of those 5% of players who uses cockpit cam...

I like the idea of that Oculus Rift. You're quite the gadget guy
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