|Race Driver: GRID|
Release Date: Out Now
Firstly I guess I should apologise if this review upsets anyone, from looking around the net it seems the GRID already has a very loyal fan base and many people are loving the game, however from within seconds of loading the game it did nothing but annoy and frustrate me.
GRID was a game that interested me, it looked great from the preview shots and a racing game with a story-driven campaign (as opposed to just races one after another) sounded very good. I was soon to be let down. Upon loading the game I got to name my driver for the single player events. Not only do you enter your name in text you can choose a name for the game to actually refer to you as in full speech. The problem (and the first thing to really annoy me) was that my real first name was not among the very limited choices, so I have to have the game refer to me by some “Top Gun” sounding handle. Okay this may be a small (and petty) point you may think, but to me if a game is going to offer a feature then it should do a full and proper job of it. Links 2004 did it FOUR years ago for golf games and Euro 2008 not only has my first name but also my surname should I want to be a footy player! Anyway at the time it was just a small matter, and one I was thinking would soon be forgotten about. However as it turns out GRID just seemed to do all it could to annoy me...
The cars just don’t feel heavy enough or that they are in any way connected to the track. Spin outs are far too common, even when not going round corners, and made worse by the other racers who seem to make no attempts to avoid you at all. However, once they have hit you they seem to be able to get themselves back on track and speed off into the distance a lot more quickly than you can.
Online GRID plays just the same, even with 12 racers the admirable bodywork damage is all present and correct but sadly so are the light handling and odd physics, making race-ruining collisions an all too common occurence.
In short, the game did nothing to make me want to keep playing it. The Project Gotham and Forza games all at least made me feel like I was achieving something. They started me off with cars that I could control and made the races fun. They actually made me feel like I was “racing” and that as the game got harder I progressed with it and got faster and better. GRID has none of this; all it did was annoy and wind me up, so much so that the first two attempts I had to switch off to save my temper.
- Well it does look nice
- Wasted and poorly implemented rewind feature