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Grid 2 Preview

If there is one thing I've learned from my time with the preview build of Grid 2, it's that I'm terrible at racing games. Take my time taking part in the California Pacific race for instance; things started off well enough as I hurtled towards my first corner, however this is when things started to go wrong as I took the corner too wide and spun my car, creating so much smoke that it looked like my car was in the middle of enjoying a steamy hot car wash, rather than being in a battle for first place.

Unfortunately things didn't get much better later on as Codemasters decided it would be a good idea to include a dynamically changing live route within the game, meaning that you cannot learn the track due to it constantly updating. Let's just say my car met the walls of the circuit on more occasions that I care to remember. Luckily I had plenty of time to practice, which resulted in me eventually winning a few of the races, although I'm still not too confident that I'd be able to take on the best when it comes to the multiplayer side of things. Online is for another day though, for this preview code focuses on the Career Mode, so lets have a closer look.

Starting off in Grid 2 introduces you to your driver, here you'll find yourself racing around Chicago Riverside, trying to make an impression on some event starting big shot. It's a quick fire way of introducing you to the game as you vie for first place, although the end result doesn't really matter, as after your win or lose you'll be whisked off to watch your race on YouTube and make your way to the next race, The Indianapolis Circuit. Both of these races seem to be an introduction to the real thing, giving you a chance to test out both your racing skills and giving you an idea of how to drift around the tracks. It's a nice way to ease you into the game, although it'll take some longer than others to get used to it.

Once you have had your fill of Indianapolis then it's time to head to the hub of the game - your garage. From here you'll gain access to your computer, which acts as the main entry to various races. The preview code was limited to just three main races; the intro at Chicago Riverside, the Indianapolis Circuit and the previously mentioned Californian Pacific Way, a tight costal road full of bends and plenty of trees for you to crash into, which I found out on more than one occasion.

Completing the three races above gave access to the WSR events, which seems to be were the real action is. I managed to test out four of these events, which provide a mix of different challenges, such as Drifting, Simple Races, the aforementioned Live Route racing and also an Elimination event. Each of these events takes part on a different track, all of which have different challenges to negotiate, for example, the Drifting track, based in Okutama mountain was short but full of bends, perfect from drifting. Although perhaps the most impressive track, was that of the Elimination race, based in Paris. This was a night time race throwing in all of the famous scenery and action you'd expect as you try your best to fight your way to the front through a pack of competitive racers.

It has to be said that throughout my entire time with the preview build the action never let up. Rival drivers try their best to stop you from taking the lead, even resulting to dirty tactics. Thankfully you have the usual rewind feature to cancel out an mistakes, although due to my lack of skill even this didn't help me much. The handling of the cars is also fantastic, although they do take a while to get use to, with steering feeling very loose and there being no cockpit view to speak of (something which I'm used to having). I found it in interesting that my car always seemed to steer to the right, however that may have had something to do with the fact that I kept crashing it into a barrier.

Perhaps what stands out most about Grid 2 is the presentation. Each of the tracks look fantastic thanks to the dynamic lighting and attention to detail. There were a few graphical glitches during most races, however I'm assured that these will be ironed out by the time the full game gets here. It has to be said that the cars also look fantastic - you can really rip them to shreds, although there is the option to have damage as just a visual thing, rather than letting it affect the performance of your vehicle (perhaps something I should have tried myself, rather than letting my car steer to the right following collisions).

So far things are looking pretty promising for Grid 2. The presentation and the action both come together to provide what seems to be a authentic, yet arcade-style fun experience. Time will tell if this translates to the full game, after all we are still to try out the multiplayer which makes up a large part of the game, however if the Career mode is anything to go by then it looks like Grid 2 is pretty much up there on the starting line.

Edited On 01 May, 2013

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0000000000 2 years ago
i cant get excited about this at all ive lost all love for racing games especially after that thing that cant even be called a game need for speed most wanted, forza horizon was quite good but i think i wont be interested until the next gen forza!
troublemaker 2 years ago
I'm a little interested. it's arcade enough to be up my alley. I can't do Sim racers,. this looks like fun though
Johno Muller 2 years ago
NFS:MW > Forza Horizon
DynamiteWhyte 2 years ago
NFS: U2 is the best racing game.
Johno Muller 2 years ago
Underground 1 was as good as the second maybe better
DynamiteWhyte 2 years ago
U1 was good aye, but 2 I had a better car overall.
Gloria 2 years ago
Meh, Hot Pursuit > all
Bindiana 2 years ago
Burnout Revenge on PS2 best racer ever
troublemaker 2 years ago
Destruction Derby on PS1 or GTFO
Pyroloveridge 2 years ago
Split Second > all others I have played
Pyroloveridge 2 years ago
Destruction D was the bomb though!! as was Twisted metal!
LFC Bywater 2 years ago
Is there in car view where you an see the stearing wheel, Gearstick? Don't buy racing games now unless that comes with it.

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