GRID 2 review (Xbox 360)

N7_E1ite | 500d ago | User review
Reviewing: GRID 2
The perfect mix of Need for Speed and Forza for your enjoyment!
Codemasters have come up with quite a unique title that comes off as a fluid combination of an arcade and simulator racing experience.

When you start Grid 2 it doesn't give you a tutorial or really a guide on how you are supposed to move forward. Instead, it makes you put your big boy pants on and tells you to race through the mean streets of Chicago demanding you show what your made of. Unlike most racing titles where you are just a regular Joe, Grid 2 treats you like a racer that just happened to catch the eye of the right person at the right time and the single player campaign blossoms from there. There is beauty and detail in every location you race in, I commend the level designers on making such pristine locals available to enjoy.

Every car is very responsive and feels like they can really get up and go. The customization and fine tuning for this title is not very deep. The player is able to change paint schemes and color patterns. When it comes to performance, you can upgrade a few things with the in-game currency that you earn from racing. Most of your currency will be applied towards purchasing new cars to burn some rubber on the track. Online multiplayer is where this game really shines. There is no shortage of racing modes to enjoy. There is the standard race to the finish, lap circuits, time trials, drifting contests, and last but not least, Touge.

Now with all the other race modes mostly self explanatory, Touge pits you against another player. The goal is to win the race of course but any contact made with the other driver results in a disqualification. It will help you develop a racing discipline that will pay off when racing all out against 11 other people online. A race is much more enjoyable if you all drift around a turn together as a pack instead of causing a big ol' pileup. Granted, Grid 2 is no simulator experience, it is close enough with its handling mechanics that it may deter some of the younger consumers that just want to... and dare I say "Watch the world burn."

The leveling system with Grid 2's multiplayer ranges from 1 to 30. The higher you place in a race the more experience you will earn and the quicker you level up and progress. If you come in dead last then you will see your experience bar snail its way up. If you win a race then you will see a huge jump in both experience and cash earned. To ease your mind, no you do not have to be max level with all the best upgrades and cars to come in first place. I actually won the second race I was in using a stock car that you start out with, beating other players that were capped at level 30 with the best cars and upgrades. Yes those cars perform a little better but it is all in the skill of the driver. One more little tidbit is the higher level you are the furthur back in the starting grid you begin the race in. Therefore, the new guys get to start out front while the seasoned veterans have to fight their way to the front and try to avoid any wrecks.

In short, Grid 2 is a fun all out racing bruiser that allows the player to let loose and have a blast. If you want a Need for Speed feel mixed with a little bit of Forza goodness then Grid 2 may be right up your alley.
Ups
Online Multiplayer
Campaign Progression
All out Fun
Downs
Fine Tuning Cars
Score
9.0
Graphics The Cars look great and the Locations are even better
9.5
Sound Sounds are clear and distinct bringing the cars to life
8.0
Gameplay Gameplay is progressive and doesn't throw every race type at you out of the gate
9.0
Fun factor Tons of fun to be had with this romp on wheels
9.5
Online This title shines in the online features.
9.0
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
notkon  +   499d ago
Amazing game, i love it...But It's a shame they ruined so much, like removing cockpit, derby races, and swapping the awesome drift events from the first with some ridiculous drift event in the second.
WarThunder  +   499d ago
I respect your opinion and more power to you... But IMO, Grid 2 is one of the most boring racing games i have played... I got it for my PC and after playing like 10 races i got bored of it...

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GRID 2

Average Score 8.1 Reviews(92)
Release Dates
PC Release Dates
US Q2 2013
EU Q2 2013
AU Q2 2013
JP Q2 2013
PS Vita Release Dates
PS3 Release Dates
AU 2012
EU 2012
US 2012
PS4 Release Dates
Wii Release Dates
Wii U Release Dates
Xbox 360 Release Dates
US May 2013
EU May 2013
AU 2013
JP 2013
Xbox One Release Dates