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 (1,732 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
164 of 199 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
42.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
better than grid 2

10/10
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.7 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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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
old but gold!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
This is the funnest racer I've played since the old (pre-2000) Need For Speed days. It's an arcade game, not a simulator. The XBOX360 controller worked well with no configuration needed.

The game revolves around The 24 Hours of Le Mans, During career mode -- where I had to run Le Mans 21 times before completing the game -- the 24 hours are compressed into 12 minutes. I love the day & night transitions.

Grid is not that serious of a game, however. Alongside fictional circuit courses there are also various drift events and even downhill, nighttime, canyon races against traffic.

The AI does have a catchup element, but I didn't even notice it until the last few hours of the game.

There is a good selection of cars. Most cars handle quite differently than each other.

A big complement is that the AI occasionally makes big errors. That is a realistic feature that is missing from many games.

At normal settings, your car can take quite a beating, There are hard difficulty levels, but I'd say the base difficulty is good for casual gamers, assuming you do use the driver assists. Personally, since they do use traction control at Le Mans, I don't mind using especially without a force-feedback wheel-and-pedals setup. Again, it's not a realistic simulator. It's a fun arcade game.

My chief complaint would be that the races are too short, but that's a two-edged blade. If the race is too easy, you don't want to race so long that you keep lapping second place. If the race is too hard, you don't want to spend too long limping to the finish line. It's just a feature of human experience that we want longer races when they're good races. I'd have liked them to be longer in general though.

I do wish we even had some kind of fake pitstops for trying to run a full 24 hours of Le Mans. I'm not so delusional that I don't expect to need some damaged repaired if I make an error after 12 hours. Moreso, the game also needs a save feature for extended races. The game does autosave your rankings in between events, but you cannot leave in the middle of race and continue it.

It took me 40 hours to complete the career mode, and I have started a second career at harder difficulty and am playing stand-alone events. This game is worthwhile in hours per dollar.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
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