Mobile Cellphone Info has posted a new item, 'Review: Race a worldwide range of
tracks with Grid'
Typical - you wait ages for a good racing game and then three come along at
once. Theyre all from the same company too, as Feral brought F1 2012 to the Mac
just recently, and have just released Sonic Racing recently as well (which we
have lined up for next month).
The F1 2012 game inevitably had to follow the format of the Formula 1 race
season very closely. In contrast, Grid lets it hair down a bit and allows you to
take part in a wider range of races that take place on professional race tracks
and also on ordinary streets in various locations around the world.
The start of the game is a bit of a shock. Theres no tutorial as there was in
F1 2012 and you are thrown into a rookie race that you have to complete in
order to earn your racing license. The starter car that youre given for this
race seems extremely sensitive at first and even a slight tap of the left or
right keys on your keyboard can send you screeching into the barriers at the
side of the track. Its worth trying out a gamepad if youve got one available, as
that might provide smoother controls.
It doesnt take long to get the hang of things, though, and Grid also includes a
flashback option that allows you to rewind the action to just before a bad crash
so that you can try again without having to replay the entire race from the
Grid includes dozens of different race events around the world
Once youve got your license you can accept offers to race with existing teams,
and this is a quick way to earn some cash and get yourself a better car. But in
order to succeed in Grid you also need to earn reputation points, and that means
saving a decent wodge of cash in order to start your own team. You can then take
part in a wider range of races, including drift racing where you deliberately
over-steer in order to perform a high-speed skid-turn, and touge races that take
place on public roads winding through the mountains of Japan.
But for many people the real fun will be the Demolition Derby, where pretty much
anything goes as long as you manage to cross the finishing line. The 3D graphics
in Grid could perhaps be a little more detailed, but the sparks and chunks of
metal that go flying in the Demolition games are realistic enough to create an
enjoyable sense of mayhem.
Theres a multiplayer mode too, with an option for playing with friends on your
home network. However, you have to use the rather obscure GameRanger service to
find opponents on the Internet, so you may struggle to find a good race online.
And, like many of Ferals games, Grid is rather particular about its system
requirements, so you should check the Feral web site first to make sure that
your Mac can run the game properly.
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