Race Driver: Grid

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Race Driver: Grid
Race Driver - GRID (box art).png
Developer(s)Codemasters[1]
Firebrand Games (DS)
Spiced Bits (Java)
Publisher(s)Codemasters
Glu Mobile(Java)
Sega (ARC)
Feral Interactive (OS X)[2]
Composer(s)Ian Livingstone, Aaron Sapp, Thomas J. Bergersen, Allister Brimble (NDS), Anthony N. Putson (NDS)
SeriesGrid
EngineEGO 1.0
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Arcade, OS X, Java
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows,[3] PlayStation 3[4] & Xbox 360[5]
  • EU: 30 May 2008
  • NA: 3 June 2008
  • AU: 12 June 2008
Nintendo DS[6]
  • NA: 5 August 2008
  • EU: 8 August 2008
  • AU: 15 August 2008
Arcade[7]
  • EU: 10 November 2010
OS X[8]
  • EU: 14 April 2013
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
Arcade systemSega Europa-R

Race Driver: Grid is a racing video game developed and published by Codemasters for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, arcade, Java and OS X. It is the seventh game in the TOCA series.[9][10]

Gameplay[edit]

Grid features several different types of motorsports spanning three major regions.

Grid was developed and published by Codemasters, the creators of the TOCA series. It is a game in which the player runs their own race team, acting as the primary driver. As players progress they gain sponsors and can hire a teammate to drive alongside them in certain events.

The game begins with the player accepting jobs to drive for other teams to earn money, and once the player gains enough capital they can purchase their own vehicles and drive independently, as well as continuing to drive for other teams should they choose to. Grid features a gameplay mechanic known as Flashback which allows the player to rewind gameplay by up to ten seconds and resume from their chosen point. This is a limited-use feature, determined by the difficulty setting.

Grid features several modes of competition using various cars. Three main regions are found in the game, United States, Europe, and Japan, each with their own championship. Each of the game's 43 cars are tied to one of these three regions. Grid also features several types of events to compete in, including GT championships, drifting, touge, open wheel racing, and demolition derby, as well as variants on several of these motorsports. Players can also participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the end of each racing season.

Courses in the game are a mixture of real world and fictional circuits and point-to-point tracks. Real road courses such as Le Mans and Spa Francorchamps are included, while some defunct street circuits such as the Detroit street circuit in Michigan and the Washington D.C. street circuit are also included. There are also several fictional tracks inspired by real-world locations and circuits, such as street courses in San Francisco, California and Milan, Italy as well as Mount Haruna.

The Nintendo DS version is a racing simulator consisting of 20 available circuits across Europe, Japan and the US, along with 25 cars to choose from. The game also includes an updated version of the track designer from Race Driver: Create and Race, which allows players to create their own custom circuits and roadside billboards.[11] The game also features vehicle customization and online multiplayer.[12]

Development and marketing[edit]

Grid uses Codemasters' own Ego engine, an updated version of the Neon engine already being used in their previous release Colin McRae: Dirt. The damage code has been completely rewritten to allow for environments with the potential for persistent damage.[13] Ambisonics was used in the audio engine of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.[14]

A demo was released on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace and for PC in May 2008.[15] The demo allowed players to try two game modes: racing and drifting. The demo also featured a competition challenge, with a BMW 3 series, as a prize, for European-based gamers,[16] and a Ford Mustang for U.S.-based players.[17] The American competition ended at midnight on 25 May, whereas the European competition ended on 31 May, also at midnight. The demo also had two competition tracks available online, and allowed up to 12 players to compete online. The demo has been downloaded by over one million people over three platforms.[18][19]

In 2010, an arcade version of the game was published by Sega. Grid has had its official servers for the PC and PS3 shut down as of 19 June 2011.[20] The servers for the 360 version are still running as of July 2014.

Downloadable content[edit]

Codemasters released two downloadable content (DLC) packs; the first of the two was released on 4 December 2008, the 8-Ball Pack on the Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Network. The pack contained eight new cars and these include the McLaren F1 GTR, TVR Cerbera Speed 12, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, Honda S2000, Nissan GT-R (S-G2008), VW Nardo, Pontiac Firebird and the Volvo C30. The 8-Ball Pack also came complete with two new multiplayer events set on existing circuits from across Grid's three continents. The second DLC pack dubbed the Prestige Pack was released in March 4, 2010 (for the PS3 only). The pack added Mount Panorama Circuit and ten cars, including the Ferrari F430 GTC, Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari F575 GTC.

Reception[edit]

GRID received "generally favorable" reviews on all platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[46][47][48][49]

Edge ranked the game #41 on its list of "The 100 Best Games To Play Today", stating that "it blows cobwebs from the genre, with handling a great balance of sim twitchiness and arcade abandon, breathtaking speed, and a sense of being there like no other racer".[50]

North American publication Nintendo Power gave the game a score of 8.5 out of 10. The review heaped praise on the game's robust car and course customization features, superb graphics, and multiplayer modes.[12] N-Europe gave the game an 8 out of 10.[51] IGN awarded GRID with its DS: Best Racing Game 2008 award.[52]

Awards[edit]

Grid won several awards, including IGN's Editors' Choice Award 2008 as well as their Best Racing Game of 2008 award.[citation needed] It also received a BAFTA award in the Sports category at the British Academy Video Games Awards.[53]

Sequels[edit]

Codemasters released a sequel to Grid, named Grid 2, using the improved EGO engine and was released in May 2013.[54] It is followed by a second sequel GRID Autosport, released in June 2014.[55][56] A fourth installment, simply known as Grid, was released in September 2019 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.[57]

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