The last time I sat down with Codemasters to get a look at their upcoming racer, Grid 2, not much could be said about the multiplayer. I was excited about the single player campaign, which emphasized “being the star” of fictional Patrick Callahan’s World Series Racing, a sort of UFC of driving. But that excitement also made me equally apprehensive about Grid 2‘s multiplayer, which sounded like it would be bereft of that “star quality” the single player was touting. But after sitting with Codemasters again to discuss Grid 2 multiplayer’s at length, I’m glad to say those doubts were proven wrong.
Very, very wrong.
Not only is Grid 2‘s multiplayer as much about “being the star” as its single player experience, Grid 2 also seems to incorporate some of the same “next-gen” ideas that Sony spoke about at their conference: emphasizing strong gameplay, strong mechanics, and smart driving just as much as creating a lively online community and sharing your experience with the world.