Codemasters has a history with high-simulation, gearhead-friendly racing games that is, when you get right down to it, as impressive and diverse as any other publisher's. So, when Codemasters releases a new racing game, you can do worse that pay attention. That said, on first glance Grid 2 fits in where its highly regarded predecessor — and for that matter the majority of games with cars on the cover — do these days, less in the simulation space and more in the get-in-and-drive space. The Grid 2 team argues this is because they've eliminated all driving and track assists from the game, so to avoid making it too hardcore, they've also adjusted the driving model to be more forgiving and gamer-friendly.
I want to be critical of that decision, but in reality when done correctly that can prove a very fun (if not entirely accurate) experience. It took me a while to come around with the same kind of choices made in Forza Horizon, but once I embraced the spirit of the game that the developers had built instead of holding out for the spirit of the game I thought I should be playing, I had a great time. So in the spirit of hoping for the best, I'm giving the nod this week to Grid 2.
Also this week, Fuse lands on the Xbox and PS3 and the Wii U adds a bevy of classics to their virtual console.
- 99 Spirits (download)
- Expeditions: Conquistador
- Grid 2
- The Night of the Rabbit
- The Swapper (download)
- Wargame: Airland Battle (download)
- CastleStorm (XBLA)
- Grid 2
- Hunter's Trophy 2: Australia (XBLA)
- Grid 2
- The Warriors (PS2 Classics)
- Ghosts 'N Goblins (Virtual Console)
- Mega Man X (Virtual Console)
- Spelunker (Virtual Console)
- Gummy Bears Mini Golf (eShop)
- The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves (eShop)
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (eShop)
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (eShop - $5 until June 20)