GRID (Xbox 360) by Codemasters

GRID (Xbox 360) by Codemasters Box Art

North Amercian Release Date: June 3, 2008.

Average Overall Score:
9.47 / 10

Just last year Codemasters brought us the graphical masterpiece DIRT. Once again, they have shown their graphical expertise in driving games and delivered GRID.  From the initial intro movie to the actual gameplay you?"

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Spin & Win
Complete a 360º spin and still win the race
Get the car airborne for 1 second
Road Block
Be involved in a 3 car pile-up
Car Wreck
Cause insane damage to your car
Combo King
Get a x50 Drift Multiplayer
Gotta Drive 'Em All
Drive every car
Driver for Hire
Race for a team from every region
When Will I Be Famous?
Get onto a Hall of Fame Leaderboard
Global License
Unlock your Global License
New Kid on the Block
Complete your first race
First Wheels
Buy your first car
Full Rep
Earn the full reputation available on EXTREME difficulty
Corporate Power
Fill all your sponsor slots
Stick Shift
Win a race using manual transmission
Gentleman Driver
Win an entire GRID World Event without making contact with other cars
Hard Charger
Win a 12 car race starting from the back of the Grid
High Mileage
Drive 750 miles in a single car
Short Haul
Drive a total of 500 miles
Long Haul
Drive a total of 1000 miles
Head 2 Head
Win your first Head 2 Head race
Hire & Fire
Hire a new teammate with a higher rank than your current one
Flashback & Win
Use the Flashback feature and win the race
Keep Rolling
Roll your car 20 times
Sunday Drivers
Finish a race at least one lap ahead of the rest of the field in GRID World or Race Day
You Again?
Lap an opponent in a 12 car GRID World race
Last Man Standing
Be the last survivor of a single player Demolition Derby
Le Mans Rookie
Complete your first Le Mans 24 hour race
Keep Drifting
Drift your car for 5 seconds
Filthy Rich
Earn enough to buy a brand new Lamborghini Murcielago GTR
Power Seller
Sell a car for more than you paid for it
Globe Hopper
Race at every location
Top of the Tree
Top the Driver Leaderboard
Top of Team Leaderboard
Top the Team Leaderboard
Record Breaker
Complete a lap of Okatama Grand Circuit in under 90 seconds
Seasoned Pro
Win all Event Trophies
City Slicker
Race in every city
1st and 2nd at Global
Get a 2-1 at Global Level
Hot Lap
Beat the original lap record on any track
Speed Demon
Reach 200mph in any car in a GRID World race
Touge King
Win a Touge Event on EXTREME difficulty
Back To Front
Cross the finish line in first place in reverse
Winning Streak
Win all races in an Event
Le Mans Legend
Win a Le Mans 24 Hour race on Pro Mode.
First Win!
Win your first race
Team Win
Take your team to win its first Event
Online Elite
Obtain the 'Elite' rank in the Xbox LIVE game mode.
Online Legend
Obtain the 'Legend' rank in the Xbox LIVE game mode.
Beat Codies
Beat the developer or anyone who has beaten the developer online
First Xbox LIVE Win
Win your first ranked Xbox LIVE race
Five Xbox LIVE Wins
Win 5 ranked Xbox LIVE races

User Reviews

Score: 95
Overall User Average: 9.65 / 10 (94.7%)
Gameplay User Average: 9.60 / 10
Graphics User Average: 9.75 / 10
Sound User Average: 9.25 / 10
Date reviewed: August 26, 2008.

Overall: Codemasters has been providing us with fantastic racing games for a few years now, and, GRID displays all off their graphical and technical might. There are multiple reasons why GRID gives you the fullest racing experience of the continuing series and multiple reasons why you'll be pulling all nighters quite often with this game the same way i do and i guarantee you won't be putting this game back into the box for a very long time.
Gameplay: As soon as you arrive at the main menu of GRID you'll be offered a road to take first. You've got GRID world which is the main career mode, race day which allows you to try out any car on any track without risk, multiplayer where you can share the brilliance of the game with someone else, whether it be on xbox live or right there on your tv screen and an extras section spotlighting credits and development of this brilliant game. Now, although the physics may take getting used to at first, they are quite well executed. The handling, speed, braking and acceleration are all evenly distributed depending on which vehicle you take whether it be a 1018 hp Koenigsegg CCXR or a 180 hp open wheel 1000cc one seater. Opponents you face have a bit of aggression formed together with a bigger focus on making it to the end before you do. One thing that should have been worked on is the drifting mechanics, as they can be unpredictable and volatile at times, sending your car into a wall for no good reason. It still deserves a 9.5 however.
Graphics: The minute you enter a race the visuals will take your breath away. The cars look fantastic and the enviroments just as good. Lighting is absolutely perfect in every aspect, and the crowds that litter the sidelines of the tracks look vibrant and alive. No expense is paid to the detail. From brake discs heating to an orange color under pressure to shadows changing based on time of day to the accelerated daylight and nighttime of the 24 heure du mans events. It is all so well made that there is absolutely nothing left to be desired. The damage modeling is astounding in both detail and effect on the vehicle and the @!%#*!pit view is amazingly accurate to that of the real car. The driver can even be seen stomping on and off the accelerator and changing gears based on the stick layout. Breathtaking. So good it'd be a sin not to give it a 10.0 for visuals.
Sound: The audio is very strong in the game and matches the visuals and gameplay as though they were conjoined triplets. Enviromental sound such as tires squealing before an opponent gets owned hard by a wall followed by a kaboom of broken gl@!%#*! and twisted metal sounds beautiful. Cars make pretty accurate growls and barks and turbochargers and superchargers can be heard playing a role in the sound of the car as well as the gearbox whining and gears changing. The music is extremely catchy and matches very well. The text however will get old quick which is the only thing that keeps the perfect 10 out of reach for audio. However it gets a well placed 9.5.
Suggestions: Codemasters has done an amazing job with this game. A few things whould make it better though : downloadable car packs. Although the cars already included are all fantastic, there are only so many. 43 to be exact. Perhaps a Bugatti Veyron and a McLaren F1 can be thrown in to spice up the car list along with some group c and imsa cars. But otherwise, excellent work codemasters. Final grade : 9.5

Overall: 95 %
Gameplay: 95 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 95 %

Date reviewed: June 6, 2008.

Overall: GRID is third installment of Codemasters TOCA style racing game. Part sim part arcade, you are driver/slash owner of a racing team. Grahpically, this game looks great cars are almost photo realistic. As I am from the D.C. area I paid attention to the city detail, not only did it look good, streets and buildings were very accurate. The audio we pretty good as well. The cars all have a distict sound sound field sepereation was very good. You can here care coming and going. Also road noise was on point. Theres lots of bumbing smashing and crashing in this game. All of which sounds great. The only problem with the game is your in car pit man, he tells you everything late especially accidents ahead! Additionally his attempts to warn of terminal damage are inaccurate. Older versions of this game did a better job.

As for the game play lets talk first about whats not there:
No pit stops
No tuning
No email

However you do have sponsorship to help you earn money to buy cars to race. You can change your car graphics, although the choices are fixed but, colors are endless. They game has three regions and about four teers. You have to earn rep to gain the ability to race up the teers. This is similar to Dirt. Playing the game can be extremely easy to extremely hard dependign on your settings. Leave all the @!%#*!ist on and you stop, turn, and accelrate on a dime. Take them all off, and its slip and slid, crash and burn. Until, you master the feather touch on the throattle and brake. However, if you do crach and burn you can replay and start before the crash and try to avoid making the same mistake again. This is very useful on the final lap when your up front and goof up. All n all, with the m@!%#*!ive variety of cars tracks cities and the graphic and sound quality this is a great game for the none tuner(see FORZA), who likes raciing all kinds of care even demolishin derby. You can make it hard or easy and take time to redo your mistakes. If you loved Forza but hated tuning this is your game.

Overall: 98 %
Gameplay: 97 %
Graphics: 95 %
Sound: 90 %


Codemasters Acquires F1 License
Codemasters today revealed it has acquired the Formula 1 license, ending Sony’s four year ownership of the franchise and paving the way for a new series of current generation F1 titles across all major formats.

GRID Demo Coming This Week
Clear your schedule, make sure your hard drive has space, Ensure you close all unnecessary downloads; the GRID Demo will be released this week for all the non-handheld formats.

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