Preview: Grid 2

I look forward to some rubber-burning and screeching car madness for SquareGo



There have been racing games almost as long as there have been computers to play them on, and in these days of superb graphics, complex physics rendering and gravometrical manifold-potatoes (What? – Ed) one of the series which created quite a stir was the Codemasters’ TOCA racedriver series.

Amidst the competition of rival series, TOCA always seemed the small contender of the group, doing well but never first in people’s minds. That was until they finally struck gold with Grid.

Sure it was a racing game, one like any other.  It was massively varied, featuring Touge, GT Championships, Fast and Furious style drifting challenges, and to top it all off a gruelling Le Mans 24 hour race at the end of each season.  It took a little getting used to and the controls were more than a wee bit merciless to the uninitiated but it was a fine fine title, with an ace up its sleeve.

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The gimmick of Racedriver: Grid was that unlike almost every other racing game, it featured a Braid-like ability to wind back time, giving players the ability to fix small errors, such as coming off the final corner badly and losing a race. Instead you could simply dial back the previous 5 or 6 seconds and take it again. This ridiculously obvious but hithertoward untried novelty combined with the scope and brilliance of the tracks, cars and the sheer speed and joy of Grid meant it was a surely a new big player on the scene, and finally it now has a sequel.

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Details are at this stage still fairly sketchy, Apart from the inevitable, latest cars and riders, Althought there have been announced bonus packs for pre-orderers.

McLaren Racing Pack

  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Special Edition
  • 2 new routes around the Brands Hatch GP Circuit
  • Special Online Event
Head Start Pack

  • Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT
  • Discounts in the Car upgrades store
  • A unique RaceNet bonus
Indycar Pack

  • Dallara IndyCar and the IndyCar Pace car
  • 2 new routes around Indianapolis Motor Speedway Circuit
  • Exclusive Online Event
GTR Racing Pack

  • Nissan GT-R Spec road car
  • Yas Marina daytime circuit
  • Exclusive online event

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So if those are the sorts of extras that tickle your fancy then you could do a lot worse than pre-ordering.  There has also been news that there are tracks in Paris, Abu Dhabi as well as many US races amongst the many new testing grounds.   Another new concept is something called the “Truefeel” handling system.  Hopefully that’ll mean less crashing and difficulty for the new players, as well as representing enough challenge and the right “feel” for the experts and old hands.

Grid 2, will be out on XBOX 360, PS3 and PC on May 31st


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