Race Driver: GRID is an open-world driving game developed by Codemasters for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. It's the seventh video game in the TOCA lineup. In Race Driver: GRID, you take control of the car of your choice and take on challenges around the world while overcoming the various barriers and hurdles set up by the game's villains. Although the objective isn't necessarily to win, it's the thrill of seeing your car make it to the finish line first - that is, if you succeed. In addition to this, you'll find other challenges in the game, such as upgrading your car, acquiring various upgrades, racing against some of the world's best drivers, and more.
Codemasters has produced a lot of racing games, but none have achieved the popularity of the Race Driver series, which is quite simply because of its visual and audio effects, as well as the excellent use of physics and road conditions to create a driving experience like no other. The environments in which you race are realistic, including the bumps and crevices you'll discover on the track, and the sounds and vibrations that naturally occur add to the excitement. All in all, it's not just about beating your opponent - it's also about getting a sense of achievement from overcoming the challenges you face along the way. Race Driver: GRID features a single player game mode, as well as a competitive multiplayer mode for two players who can either choose to play individually or team up to beat each other. There's also a single player stunt race mode, which is quite popular with players who like a bit of action thrown into their otherwise routine racing matches.
The graphics and sound effects used in the game look quite good, and have a real "atmobia" effect which I found quite hard to be disturbed by, despite being a little slow. The difficulty level does increase quite quickly, though, so don't let that put you off! Another thing I enjoyed about the game, other than the driving itself, is the customization of the cars, with all of the possible paint jobs available, as well as the option to make your car bulletproof or not. There's a wide range of possible upgrades, too, and they're pretty inexpensive. Overall, this game is a must-have for any Xbox 360 owners who are looking to expand their already impressive game collection.