Codemasters released the first gameplay trailer for GRID 2. And as the sound of the cheering crowd, the screeching of tires and the thunder of the mustang’s engine fill my ears, my hands itch to grab the Logitech steering wheel and return to the race.
I played Race Driver: GRID for days on end, I simply couldn’t tear myself away from the thrill of the race. The variety of racing cars, challenges and skills required to master each grabbed my imagination and attention to such an extent that I was lost to the real world. Looking at the trailer for GRID 2 I suspect I will again disappear amongst the roar of engines for a few days.
Let’s take a look at what GRID 2 holds for fans of the racing game genre.
The gameplay video reveals a flavour of GRID 2’s unique racing experience and unveils a selection of the game’s beautifully realised locations, including Paris, Barcelona, Chicago, California and the Red Bull Ring.
GRID 2’s Road Racing locations are represented as cars including the BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution, Ford Mustang Mach 1 and Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS SS 1970 race head-to-head on the California Coast. Track Racing is shown at Austria’s Red Bull Ring, where the Ariel Atom 3, BAC Mono and KTM X-Bow R go flat out around this historic circuit.
Street Racing, meanwhile, is shown in Paris, as marques including the McLaren MP4-12C, Mercedes Benz SL 65 AMG and Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition tear around the Arc de Triumph. Hot hatches including the Alfa Romeo Giuletta and Ford Focus ST race into the night in Barcelona and stunning cars including the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Nismo Z Tune, Pagani Huayra, Koenigsegg Agera R and more charge through Chicago.
Pre-order bonus: Hatch Edition
Fans who pre-order at Game online or in store can choose the GRID 2: Brands Hatch Edition which includes extra content redeemable via download on PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE for Xbox 360 and Windows PC. The GRID 2: Brands Hatch Edition includes:
McLaren Racing Pack
Receive the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Special Edition car to race in single-player, multiplayer and online events. Plus expand the game with two routes around the legendary Brands Hatch GP Circuit.
Head Start Pack
Receive the exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT car to race in single-player, multiplayer and online events. Plus make cash earned in-game go further with discounts in GRID 2’s multiplayer vehicle and modification store and receive a RaceNet bonus.
GRID 2 will challenge players to be fast, be first and be famous. Going behind the wheel of a handpicked selection of automotive icons spanning four decades, gamers will race their way to the top of a new, evolving world of motorsport. From Paris to Abu Dhabi, Chicago to the sun-kissed California coast and beyond, beautifully created city streets, licensed circuits and edge-of-control mountain roads will become home to the most visceral and exhilarating racing yet.
GRID 2 will also set new standards for a racing multiplayer experience with an entirely distinct and extensive gameplay component and unique progression system. Deep customisation options and integration with RaceNet – the online community portal for Codemasters Racing games which tracks player’s races, rewards and rivals – will offer further immersion and connectivity in GRID 2’s new world of motorsport.
Source: Games Press
I prefer playing first-person shooter games, except for when the rare opportunity presents itself to race in the Le Mans, then my heart longs for the thrill of mastering the GRID experience. Racing games present a unique challenge, and no other game captures that challenge as superbly as GRID.
GRID 2 releases for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360 on May 31. Will you be grabbing the steering wheel to return to the most challenging virtual race this century? Remember to pre-order the game here for the exclusive Hatch Edition content.
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