|System: Xbox 360*, PS3, PC|
|Release: May 28, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
Multiplayer, however, is another story. The two modes are completely separate, meaning you can’t bring your single-player cars into multiplayer races. Instead, you’ll have to race online in order to level up and earn cash. Unfortunately, this is a horrendous grind, with cash merely trickling in. It takes multiple races to increase in level. You’ll unlock cars very slowly in multiplayer, which is frustrating because you will have already experienced them in the single-player mode. If anything, this is kind of a multiplayer deterrent, which is a shame because online racing is pretty fun. It’s just too much work to grind your way up to the car you really wanted to be racing with in the first place, especially since you have to buy your paint job and car graphics. That’s just needless padding.
There’s one thing that GRID fans probably want me to talk about, and that’s the lack of a cockpit view during races. Yes, this view is entirely absent from GRID 2, and fans of it will probably be upset. Honestly, the dashboard/hood view works just as well if this is your viewpoint of choice, but it lacks the same level of immersion that the hands-on-steering-wheel view provides. In addition, car damage looks pretty bad up close. While the cars themselves look like beautiful recreations of the real thing, a damaged hood or tire looks like a faulty model from a PS2 era racing game. Once again, it’s a minor annoyance, not enough to make you stop playing the game, but it’s worth noting.
All bells and whistles aside, GRID 2 is a pretty fun game. It delivers on the promise of a solid, balanced racing experience. Though the tracks get repetitive, the multiplayer is a grind, and you’ll be forced to race with an in-front-of or behind-your-car viewpoint, these flaws are insignificant compared to the huge payout that is GRID 2’s campaign. It’s easily one of the better racing games to come out this generation, and if you are a racing fan, you shouldn’t pass this one up.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Date: May 29, 2013