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.
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Release Date: Jun 4, 2008

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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
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ITC
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This Game is actually pretty decent, but fun to play, but now you cant play multiplayer anymore, because the servers had been shut down.

But it is a still good playable game.

I recommend you buy it since it has cool minigames.
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Tannsi
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Had this gem a few years ago, bought it on CD. Finally decided to buy it on steam.

I wish there was still some online playing available. But still this is the best racing game I have played.
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Odin Faktor
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
To arcady for my taste. But that is what makes me recommend it if you are looking for a semi to less serious arcade racer. Plus it has a few fun features to fool you into thinking its a real racing game (simulation). Fun title!
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ELPatron
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
it dont start up and steam dont give me money back greedy ♥♥♥♥ stupid game
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THE SUMMER SALE IS HERE
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
another legendary racing game by the legends at codemasters. it's an arcade/racing sim hybrid. why racing sim? because DAMAGE. LOTS OF IT. crash once and everything changes. it's brutally hard, but fun. however, i won't recommend this to people that like ACTUAL racing sims.

pros:
+the graphics are still amazing for an old game
+a very small but good variety of licensed cars
+legendary licensed tracks
+you can put driving assists if the game is too hard for you
+customization
+drift
+DAMAGE

cons:
-its difficulty
-customization is limited to patterns, sponsor decals and numbers
-unrealistic handling
-not too many cars to choose from
-some cars are ♥♥♥♥♥♥
-no oval tracks

final rating
9/10 would crash to a corner again
possibly the best racing game of all time.
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Washi
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
The controls don't work and can't find any fixes for the problem. So I'll have to give this game a bad review since I can't even play it.
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Theodore G. Bear
( 51.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Oh my...

"GRID", or "Race Driver: Grid", depending on whether or not you really wanna be formal about all of this, is a racing game developed by Codemasters, and has been released on all platforms that matter (I'm looking at you, Nintendo). Throughout the game, you build up your reputation as a race driver, and are faced with a series of different racing disciplines to prove yourself in: drift, F1, Touring, and many more. All of this leads up to a grand finale in each season: The Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance Race on the infamous Circuit de la Sarthe (the version with winding turns on the straightaway). There's a lot of content to barge your way through, and it'll take you a bit of time to get through everything. It's been a while since this game came out, but...

HOLY ♥♥♥♥ THIS GAME STILL LOOKS BADASS

If you take damage, it's full-on damage. Windows will crack, hoods will fly off, fenders will be bent, and if you crash horribly, your race is over. Granted, it's still hard-body; you're not gonna get the detail that GTA IV gave you with its soft-body damage model. Still, the way tires can come off, and your car ends up looking like it just got done with a demolition derby (which is a racing discipline in-game, mind~), it's a marvel to behold.

That being said, the game is wonderfully optimized. While I'm running some low-tech equipment, I'm still running everything on mostly high settings. It's wonderful to see the inside of your car and how everything reacts according to what's happening on track. It doesn't sound like much, but it helps with the immersion. It's the little things that count.

The cars handle a bit differently than one might be used to. When given the choice between "arcade racer" and "simulation", Codemasters seemed to lean more towards "arcade". Some people might be turned off by this, but, in truth, this really, really adds on to the fun factor. There's no real penalty to being a ♥♥♥♥ to your fellow racers, which, coming from a jaded ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, feels so ♥♥♥♥ing good. Drifting around corners at 100, just to slam into someone else and ruin someone else's day, is so satisfying. While the cars don't act exactly like they should, it's not going to take long to get used to their handling, and you'll find yourself knocking races out of the park in just a few goes.

GRID has a few issues, mainly with its AI. But, in truth, AI has always sort of been a problem (I'm looking at you, Bethesda). While the computer isn't as dumb as rocks, it most certainly could use some work. I'm not sure if it's intentional, but it seems as though the AI can be just as aggressive as you on occasion. Most of the time, they're as submissive as a small puppy, but regardless, a few can lash out like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ed rotweiller. It's jarring, but it keeps you on your toes, at least.

There's a lot I've missed in this review, but as much as I'd love to go over them, GRID just got done re-downloading, and that takes precident over everything else.

9/10
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VOSPITAN YLICAMI ROJDEN NEBESAMI
( 39.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
The game was true fun... until I get to the 3rd level of events. The amount of obvious rubberbanding went incredible, you can cut all the corners just perfectly, make a lot of clean overtakes - but it is all pointless cause as soon as you get to the final lap you can expect podium competitors catch you up with the speed of the millenium falcon. I understand this way of making the game more challenging, but when with every next race it becomes more and more the main (or only) part of AI skill, the game simply becomes a piece of annoying arcade turd, forcing you into bashing, smashing and redoing the same stage on and on till you are sick.

Honestly I just rage-quited after a few tries of getting through Ravenwest lead during Prototype Championship in J-Speed Super One. But enough is enough, I am simply tired of starting all the time in the last place (what the heck is the method of placing the starting position? Is it simply random?), forced to bypass a bunch of f***ing idiots (the biggest one being your teammate, I mean WTF man, are we for sure in the same team?!) bashing into each other or in the rear of your car. When you are done with them rookies, no matter how good you are it is hardly possible to keep your nerves together when all you can see are Ravenwest taking corners with ridiculous speed without even breaking… ♥♥♥♥ it! Try to do that exactly the same way – yeah, now you can rewind…

Other big issue is that game simply gets boring in the half of the way of the ‘Grid World’. I really enjoyed touges, D-Derby were just amazing and Pro-Types were incredible. But the second half of the game is mostly all about endurance (which is more a fight with your understeering car than taking care of competitors) or drift (where AI completly sucks and you nail the scoreboard with your eyes closed).
I do not want to dwell on the pros of this game, because there is as many of them as cons – and cons are the part that should be noticed – for getting rid of them in the future (yeah, we already had GRID 2 and Autosport so maybe it is too late to say this) and thus making them better.

Well, there is one special positive thing about entire series - each car has its own unique ‘soul’ making driving them a lot of fun – hard to say it feels like real but for sure you can feel the power and heaviness of muscle car. And that is the thing that will make me finish the game. Even if I am temporarily annoyed by it.
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NeedF0rS1eep
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Grid is a fun game i have way more than only 1.1 hours on there im not sure why it walnt update. But thats a minor problem.

This game is a bridge of the gap thats between the all out mayhem racing of need for speed, and the track racing from somthing like grand torismo or forza motorsports. And i have to say its fun more so than i expected and for the age of this game is still looks amazing though you have to go through a config file to get it to run 1080p but its worth the small hassle.

the racing itself reminds me of need for speed the way the cars handle and stuff but they are just on a track all the time while nfs only has track event some of the time

overall a great game for when i got it at the summer sale for a whole dollar totally worth
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Boomerang
( 39.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
I still play this today, keep coming back to it. Few other games capture the essence of starting with nothing and working your way up to create something. Races are exciting and visceral. And it still looks great.

Shame the rest of the series gave you free cars, etc. This is the pinnacle of the series, went backwards from here in my opinion.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
THIS GAME IS 8 YEARS OLD AND IT STILL LOOKS BETTER THAN ANY RACING GAME THESE DAYS.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
One of the finest car game thats old and still holds up to time i recommend this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
The game was true fun... until I get to the 3rd level of events. The amount of obvious rubberbanding went incredible, you can cut all the corners just perfectly, make a lot of clean overtakes - but it is all pointless cause as soon as you get to the final lap you can expect podium competitors catch you up with the speed of the millenium falcon. I understand this way of making the game more challenging, but when with every next race it becomes more and more the main (or only) part of AI skill, the game simply becomes a piece of annoying arcade turd, forcing you into bashing, smashing and redoing the same stage on and on till you are sick.

Honestly I just rage-quited after a few tries of getting through Ravenwest lead during Prototype Championship in J-Speed Super One. But enough is enough, I am simply tired of starting all the time in the last place (what the heck is the method of placing the starting position? Is it simply random?), forced to bypass a bunch of f***ing idiots (the biggest one being your teammate, I mean WTF man, are we for sure in the same team?!) bashing into each other or in the rear of your car. When you are done with them rookies, no matter how good you are it is hardly possible to keep your nerves together when all you can see are Ravenwest taking corners with ridiculous speed without even breaking… ♥♥♥♥ it! Try to do that exactly the same way – yeah, now you can rewind…

Other big issue is that game simply gets boring in the half of the way of the ‘Grid World’. I really enjoyed touges, D-Derby were just amazing and Pro-Types were incredible. But the second half of the game is mostly all about endurance (which is more a fight with your understeering car than taking care of competitors) or drift (where AI completly sucks and you nail the scoreboard with your eyes closed).
I do not want to dwell on the pros of this game, because there is as many of them as cons – and cons are the part that should be noticed – for getting rid of them in the future (yeah, we already had GRID 2 and Autosport so maybe it is too late to say this) and thus making them better.

Well, there is one special positive thing about entire series - each car has its own unique ‘soul’ making driving them a lot of fun – hard to say it feels like real but for sure you can feel the power and heaviness of muscle car. And that is the thing that will make me finish the game. Even if I am temporarily annoyed by it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Oh my...

"GRID", or "Race Driver: Grid", depending on whether or not you really wanna be formal about all of this, is a racing game developed by Codemasters, and has been released on all platforms that matter (I'm looking at you, Nintendo). Throughout the game, you build up your reputation as a race driver, and are faced with a series of different racing disciplines to prove yourself in: drift, F1, Touring, and many more. All of this leads up to a grand finale in each season: The Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance Race on the infamous Circuit de la Sarthe (the version with winding turns on the straightaway). There's a lot of content to barge your way through, and it'll take you a bit of time to get through everything. It's been a while since this game came out, but...

HOLY ♥♥♥♥ THIS GAME STILL LOOKS BADASS

If you take damage, it's full-on damage. Windows will crack, hoods will fly off, fenders will be bent, and if you crash horribly, your race is over. Granted, it's still hard-body; you're not gonna get the detail that GTA IV gave you with its soft-body damage model. Still, the way tires can come off, and your car ends up looking like it just got done with a demolition derby (which is a racing discipline in-game, mind~), it's a marvel to behold.

That being said, the game is wonderfully optimized. While I'm running some low-tech equipment, I'm still running everything on mostly high settings. It's wonderful to see the inside of your car and how everything reacts according to what's happening on track. It doesn't sound like much, but it helps with the immersion. It's the little things that count.

The cars handle a bit differently than one might be used to. When given the choice between "arcade racer" and "simulation", Codemasters seemed to lean more towards "arcade". Some people might be turned off by this, but, in truth, this really, really adds on to the fun factor. There's no real penalty to being a ♥♥♥♥ to your fellow racers, which, coming from a jaded ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, feels so ♥♥♥♥ing good. Drifting around corners at 100, just to slam into someone else and ruin someone else's day, is so satisfying. While the cars don't act exactly like they should, it's not going to take long to get used to their handling, and you'll find yourself knocking races out of the park in just a few goes.

GRID has a few issues, mainly with its AI. But, in truth, AI has always sort of been a problem (I'm looking at you, Bethesda). While the computer isn't as dumb as rocks, it most certainly could use some work. I'm not sure if it's intentional, but it seems as though the AI can be just as aggressive as you on occasion. Most of the time, they're as submissive as a small puppy, but regardless, a few can lash out like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ed rotweiller. It's jarring, but it keeps you on your toes, at least.

There's a lot I've missed in this review, but as much as I'd love to go over them, GRID just got done re-downloading, and that takes precident over everything else.

9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
To arcady for my taste. But that is what makes me recommend it if you are looking for a semi to less serious arcade racer. Plus it has a few fun features to fool you into thinking its a real racing game (simulation). Fun title!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
251 of 260 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
I've played this game for nearly 6 years (my Steam hour count would tell you different). I used to own the CD version which never used steam, I've put MUCH more hours than a measly 40+into this game. So, I finally decided I should write a review about one of my most beloved racing games in gaming ever.

I love this game, it is no secret to my friends, family and probably my neighbours (the outragous roars from car engines and crashes most likely shake the walls). I've always wanted more and more people to try and play this game, my passion. I have a long term passion for ANYTHING motorsport, be this Moto GP, BTCC, Formula 1 and all the way up to prestigious Le mans 24. Race Driver: GRID manages to capture a real genuine feel of BEING a REAL race driver in a REAL team, after you have finished a few races you are able to set up a team. Later on, bring in a team mate (fair few to choose from each having different discipline specialities and stats). You can create a livery (albeit from a rather limited customization level) and obviously, give your team a name. Within races you will have a team engineer talk to you from time to time to update you on damage to the car or, whether an opponent has spun and who is leading the race. Your team mate ALSO makes communication with you but, this is primarily used to tell you where he is on track. All of this combined along with having a personalized garage of cars allows for complete immersion (for me atleast) into the world of 4 wheeled motosport.

The career being the main SP experience of the game is split up into 3 different categories: USA, EUROPE and JAPAN. The USA focuses more on Street type tracks, Muscle cars and GT1-2 spec cars. EUROPE is focused on Tourers, open wheel and endurance type races. These mostly play out on race tracks such as SPA, Jarama, Germany's famous Nurburgring and Donington Park. Japan goes the route of drifting, Touge and Tuners. Tuners being beefed up Nissan Skylines and Honda NSX's (My favourite tuner). There is also a GLOBAL catagory that unlocks once the player has reached 10,000,000 REP points (this combines all regions 3 into one). You have a liscense for EACH of these locales that levels up as you complete races and earn REP (XP). One you select an event or race, you can select your difficulty, assists and what-not. Turning all the assists off and boosting the difficulty can boost REP dramatically.

This career mode is also split by seasons (there is no obvious prgress through a season) but, it seems to consist of 5-10 finished races per time. These are unlimited and are used to promote the played with entering a 24 Hour Le mans race, either as a hired driver for another team or allowing the player to enter his/her own team. This race is 20 minutes (realtime) and transitions to night time then back throughout, with some big money payouts it's hard to say no a lot of the times. This event CAN be skipped whenever the offer arises the player is never forced to enter the Le mans race.

Outside of the main team progession there is also an option called 'driver offers' this takes you to a screen that randomizes 3 events for the player to choose from. You wll be racing for other teams whilst also using the car listed on the event. You will have certain objectives to complete and the payouts are much higher sometimes.

Now, lets talk about gameplay, that IS what you are here for right? Let me make it clear to you that this is NOT A SIMULATOR, sure each car has it's own behaviour and feel but, Codemasters have found the perfect balance between real and arcade. Sometimes the cars can feel floaty but, that's usually fixed if using a wheel with some decent forcefeed back. Each discipline does feel almost completley different from one another, Formula 3's for example really need to be tamed with decent accelerator control. I recomend playing with a wheel, manual gears, ALL assists off and blast a Formula 3 around Okutama (Grand Circuit). GRID manages to capture the intensity of speed insanely well, the amount of times I have skipped a heart beat whilst driving GT2's, Prototypes and Formula 3's are un-countable; it's incredible. The vehicular damage in the game has some of the more accurate damage in gaming. You smash your front left of a wall and you will feel it. do something to your engine you'll know about it but, there is much more than just these two examples that can happen. Endless possibilities for damage.

This game is just genuinly FUN and fluid to play. It is one of the more simpler racing games to play, it's not complicated, there's no rule book, the AI is genuinly decent and very aggressive and it's completly immersive with amazing engine and ambient sounds. The game visually still holds up but, it does have a rather odd spepia like filter over it, there is a MOD availible called the 'Dargos Mod'. Not hard to find, it makes the game look crystal clear by removing the sepia and adding some beautiful colour.

Thanks for taking the time to read my review, I'm sure by now you have come to the conclusion that I just love this game. If you have any questions about the game please, give me a bell.

10/10.
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214 of 257 people (83%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2015
better than grid 2

10/10
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99 of 107 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2014
i think this game speaks for itself ! Old = Gold 10/10

I Recommended you a Guide: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=142145065
Unlock all bous car's , get the DLC's and Google is your friend for an Ultra High Graphic Mode.

After using all this , it's look's like the game is released 2012 !
http://youtu.be/3fHXlsePQVw
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90 of 103 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
It should have ended here, the first GRID is the only one worth it's money.
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105 of 126 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
107.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Released in 2008
Still holding as the best racing game ever made.
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