Discover a stunning world of motor sport brought to life, from racing muscle cars through the iconic streets of San Francisco and competing in the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans to drifting around the docks of Yokohama.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,584 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 4, 2008

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About This Game

Discover a stunning world of motor sport brought to life, from racing muscle cars through the iconic streets of San Francisco and competing in the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans to drifting around the docks of Yokohama. Jump behind the wheel of exhilarating racing cars in the most aggressive, spectacular wheel-to-wheel races you've ever experienced.
  • Incredible persistent world of racing encompassing Muscle car racing, Drift racing, and Circuit racing in Detroit, San Francisco, Milan, Tokyo, Yokohama, Spa, Le Mans and many more
  • Mind-blowing soft-body damage to vehicles and environments to the most aspirational and incredible vehicles and tracks — all fully licensed
  • Stunning visual treatment and accessible handling system
  • Evolution of the physics system used in Colin McRae™ DiRT™ — EGO surpasses all previous engines in terms of AI, effects and packed grids

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista/XP
    • Processor: Athlon-64, Pentium 4 3.0GHz
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1300, NVIDIA GeForce 6800
    • DirectX Version: 9
    • Hard Drive: 12.5GB Hard drive space
Helpful customer reviews
82 of 100 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
42.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
better than grid 2

10/10
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
TL;DR: 8/10, would use as an alternative for an adrenaline epipen.

So I bought this game not really knowing what to expect. I'm into racing games, but mostly the Need For Speed series. This game is certainly the most unique racing game I've played. Keep in mind that I haven't played NFS: ProStreet or Shift, so I can't make a comparison with those games.

GRID is a racing game that attempts to simulate a professional's driving career, and in my opinion, succeeds for the most part. You're allowed to create your own team name, colors, and run just about everything else. You can buy cars, hire drivers to gain more points for your team, etc. However, you never seem to pay for damages taken to your car, which might irk some who want extreme realism. You also have the option of accepting other teams' offers and driving for them to earn some extra cash. Along the way, you'll gain sponsors, which you can put on your car to gain extra money if you meet the company's requirements for the race (e.g. Get above 2nd, win $4K).

The biggest aspect of the game is, of course, the driving. I'd say it's one of the best handling and realistic driving mechanisms I've played, especially for PC and using a keyboard. The options menu gives you control over how sensitive key presses send your car so that you're not constantly hitting left and right to straighten your car (although you still have to do that sometimes, but not often). The stats of each car accurately correspond to how they handle on the track, and there's a variety of classes and brands to choose from.

One thing I'll say, if you're used to racing Need For Speed, get ready for a rude awakening from the world of realist driving games. You can't just press up and bounce off cars and walls constantly to get a win. If you hit things, your car will take damage, and the way it's shown on the car is very accurate. Take too many hits and you'll start damaging things like the wheels, transmission, etc. If you slam into something too hard, you're out of the race. Braking is very imporant in this game and it'll take a few tries (and wrecks) to get the hang of it, but after you learn, the game is a blast.

So far, multiplayer hasn't worked for me. Perhaps they took it down. Even if they did, though, the single player is enough to keep you extremely entertained and have your heart pounding. The AI is very well programmed, trying to avoid hitting you and taking routes that a normal pro driver would. The tracks are very nice, with some (I'm not sure if all) using real-life tracks. The soundtrack is very good too, although you won't notice it most of the time, as the driving takes most of your focus.

Overall, a very good racing game. There are a few nitpicks I have like how your spotter sometimes says, "You took some damage, but it's nothing serious.", even though your car can be severely damaged. The graphics can also wear on your computer, so if you have a sub-par graphics setup, then make sure you can run the game first before buying it. They look very good though, even on lower FPS the game looks to run smoothly. Like I said, an adrenaline rush that is worth the money (even moreso if it's on sale).

(Appending this to the review, apparently if you have to reinstall the game on another computer, your campaign data is lost and you'll have to start over. Removing .5 points since I don't know if it's the game's or the producer's fault.)

8/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
One of the better racing [series] that you can throughly experience a world of racing in.

I've played this game since day one on the Xbox 360, and when switching to the PC I found the switch tough. The screen resolution wasn't the best and it actually looked better on the 360 in my opinion. BUT by deleting a hardware restriction file, options for 1080p are available. Stunning.

I have all 3 methods of controlling vehicles and I have to say using a racing wheel is my favorite. It's realistic, and sliding a drift car around at an angle of 30+ degrees is a lot of fun. Xbox controllers are still very usable and for a new player, might be the way to go since the keyboard has you pressing keys to turn left/right around sweeping corners. It keys annoying with a keyboard.

11/10 best racing game of my childhood (Forza was fun too) and I am really looking forward to new development in the future. Codemasters did a fine job and the third installment, Autosport, is stellar.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
A game that's very cool and more realistic even from 7 years ago even from around the world.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny