Posted: May 29
This is the funnest racer I've played since the old (pre-2000) Need For Speed days. It's an arcade game, not a simulator. The XBOX360 controller worked well with no configuration needed.
The game revolves around The 24 Hours of Le Mans, During career mode -- where I had to run Le Mans 21 times before completing the game -- the 24 hours are compressed into 12 minutes. I love the day & night transitions.
Grid is not that serious of a game, however. Alongside fictional circuit courses there are also various drift events and even downhill, nighttime, canyon races against traffic.
The AI does have a catchup element, but I didn't even notice it until the last few hours of the game.
There is a good selection of cars. Most cars handle quite differently than each other.
A big complement is that the AI occasionally makes big errors. That is a realistic feature that is missing from many games.
At normal settings, your car can take quite a beating, There are hard difficulty levels, but I'd say the base difficulty is good for casual gamers, assuming you do use the driver assists. Personally, since they do use traction control at Le Mans, I don't mind using especially without a force-feedback wheel-and-pedals setup. Again, it's not a realistic simulator. It's a fun arcade game.
My chief complaint would be that the races are too short, but that's a two-edged blade. If the race is too easy, you don't want to race so long that you keep lapping second place. If the race is too hard, you don't want to spend too long limping to the finish line. It's just a feature of human experience that we want longer races when they're good races. I'd have liked them to be longer in general though.
I do wish we even had some kind of fake pitstops for trying to run a full 24 hours of Le Mans. I'm not so delusional that I don't expect to need some damaged repaired if I make an error after 12 hours. Moreso, the game also needs a save feature for extended races. The game does autosave your rankings in between events, but you cannot leave in the middle of race and continue it.
It took me 40 hours to complete the career mode, and I have started a second career at harder difficulty and am playing stand-alone events. This game is worthwhile in hours per dollar.