• Dec 3rd 2007 at 7:01PM
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If current driving games have left your pulse cruising in the slow lane, then Codemasters, the company behind the well-received DiRT rally game, believes it has the racing game for you: Grid. Using an evolution of the engine from DiRT, Grid is all about racing. And if you think "racing game" means spending hours adjusting damper settings and orange-peel-metallic-fade-to-lilac paint jobs, then prepare to be shocked. Says Chief Game Designer Ralph Fulton, "This is not a game about collecting cars or spending all of your time in the front-end tuning suspension settings or designing liveries. We want to make racing exciting again." Well, for some, adjusting dampers is exciting, but we digress.

Grid says it will be a "step-change" in the racing game world, offering tracks in Japan, Europe, and America that highlight local racing flavors: drifting and underground in Japan, classic race tracks in Europe, and street venues in America that include Detroit. Cars will run from Koenigseggs and Astons in Europe to Camaros and Challengers in the US. We aren't sure how much more focused you could be on racing than in the driving games currently offered, but we're always up for a new player. Grid arrives in the middle of next year.

[Source: Joystiq]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I just played Richard Burns Rally for an hour. My eyes burn, my hands are sweaty and I'm all stressed out and frustrated! Sure seems like a 'sim' to me. If you can driv...er... slide a car around a track for 30-40 minutes without a single major mistake (i.e. drive it like it's your real car), this is the game for you. And yes, you can play with dampers, spring rates, even like a 50-setting differential lock map that I don't understand. It's a great game except that sweating your palms of for 30 minutes just to crash and lose everything... is not much fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Dirt is a great game. The graphics are very good and it's a lot of fun. Some of the physics aren't exactly realistic and most of the cars handle the same, the only drawbacks.

      I hope grid allows you to customize the look of your cars. That was really the only thing I liked about the last few NFS games.

      I like to have a virtual version of the car I drive in real life that can be tuned to race with cars later in the game.

      Also I hope that it uses the full range of my GT4 racing wheel. I don't like it when games only use the limited range.
      • 7 Years Ago
      NFS: pro street is plenty of fun. The cars are realistic, geometries seem right, and I get to have a CTS-V, I'm sold. I think some people have a problem with track racing, but idk why?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because track racing is not what made NFS the franchise that it is. What do you get in HP2: loud music, uber fast cars and awesome action. Titles like GT are for track racing. Thank god i only rented and didn't buy the new NSF.
      • 7 Years Ago
      TOCA Race Driver 3 for me is the best racing game going right now. It's just not a waring game if oyu can't hop into several evolutions of Formula 1 car AND V8 Supercars. I hope Grid has the same variety.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Note the production rear end of the Challenger
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree, most of the discussed games are just junk, arcade games, no relation whatsoever with real driving.

      LFS is great, for the money.

      Forza2 is a great racing simulator. Also it has a proper wheel and pedals available from Microsoft.
      Give it a try. Learn to drive properly. It pays off handsomely :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are you guys joking?

      All a bunch of arcade games, bleh (my opinion)

      I'll stick to LFS etc. That's where it's at.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "and street venues in America that include Detroit."

      huh. better disable the controller's rumble feature, or stock up on AA batteries...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man you guy love your arcade games. GT is way more realistic then any other arcade like games. GT5 with a G25 was surprising to me. Still not a true sim but not bad. NFS is for children. The most realistic NFS was probably NFS PU which was probably the worst selling edition of them all.

      Ditch all the arcade games and get rFactor, GTR2 and/or LFS. Oh and ditch the game pad to. Last time I checked they didn't have game pads in real cars/racecars. Also.. before you guys critique any racesims, step into a real racecar on a real track.

      Also, someone said GTR2 is boring because it is a sim like flightsim. I would hardly compare the two. GTR2 may be boring to some of you because for the life of you, you can't do a complete lap without going off. But that is what makes it fun.. just like real driving. Well.. not in a blazer.. but a real sportscar. :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        I guess you can compare them in the since that they are both based on realism to it's fullest. But just like you said, a flight sim is boring due to all the downtime. There is no down time in SimRacing. :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        I said he'd find it boring. I said most people find it boring.

        Me, I like it. I drive it with my G25 with no driving aids except sometimes ABS. Clutch, gated shifter, etc. Having to feather the clutch and gas to get out of the pits. It's heaven. The only bummer is there's no real way to drive a 7-speed car with the gated shifter. The game needs more config options.

        It's totally a sim like a flight sim. The essence of racing is to do the same thing over and over every lap, to hit that perfect line every time. Many people find that boring, but that's what real is. Some people find flight sims boring because of all the dead time in straight and level flight, but others like it that way because it's real.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man you know what. Reading all these opinions about driving games makes me realize that this generation of people is going to kill manual tranys and force massive driving aids on us that can't be disabled. ABS, TC, PSM, DBW all that sort of trash. Crap the new Bimmers even have sort of a SBW (active steering). hahaha. Real cars are doomed. :(
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