In the latest trailer for Codemasters’ GRID2 the audience gets to meet Patrick Callahan, the founder of the World Series Racing, sanctioning body of all the race events that take place in GRID2. In the trailer, Patrick details his vision for the WSR and some of the racing teams he has in mind as participants in his grand scheme. This trailer is actually the first in a multi-part series which by the end should give viewers some big clues on what the story of GRID2 will be. So far, things are looking pretty interesting! To see the new trailer for yourself just scroll down.
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GRID2 Is almost here! Are you excited yet GRID fans? Well get ready to wet yourselves because Codemasters just dropped an official gameplay trailer! Go grab a fresh pair of pants and watch the video below!
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If you have been waiting impatiently for GRID2 from Codemasters then today I have a fix for you that may ease your nervous itching. A slew of new information on Codemasters’ latest has hit my inbox today and it is all good stuff! Firstly, GRID2 has finally been given a release date! Expect the game to hit store shelves on May 28th this year. I know at first that seems like really long time from now but consider this, you can pre-order your copy today at Game Stop, Best Buy, or Amazon (more on that in a bit). They also dropped a few new screen shots which you can see at the bottom of the post. Finally, we also get to see the official box art (pictured above). Now, about that pre-order business. GRID fans will be happen to know that depending on which retail outlet they order from, they will be guaranteed a few DLC goodies! Here is how it breaks down:
If pre-ordered at Game Stop players can choose the GRID2 ”Turbo-Charged Edition“
The Turbo charged edition comes with the McLaren Racing pack which includes a special edition McLaren MP4-12C GT3 race car which will be available to play in single and multi-player modes as well as a special online event. This pack also includes two new routes around the Brands Hatch GP circuit. In addition to the McLaren Racing Pack the Turbo-Charged edition also comes with the GT-R Racing pack which includes a Nissan GT-R SpecV road car which will be available to use in both single and multiplayer. The GT-R racing pack also gives you access to an exclusive online event and all 5 course configurations of Yas Marina Circuit.
If pre-ordered at Best Buy players can choose the GRID2 ”Indy Car Edition“
The Indy Car edition comes with a special edition Dallara chassis Indy Car and an exclusive Indy Car Series pace car, both of which can be used in single and multiplayer. This edition also has access to a special online event and two extra course configurations on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Finally, if pre-ordered from Amazon.com players can choose the GRID2 ”Head Start Edition”
The Head Start Edition includes the Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT race car which is available to use in single and multiplayer modes. This edition also gives players instant discounts on car-upgrades in online game modes as well as a Codemasters RaceNet bonus.
That all sounds pretty good huh? It seems like you get the most when you pre-order from Game Stop and then it ramps down from there. I predict Game Stop getting the lion’s share of the pre-orders. Although the idea of driving an Indy Car in GRID sounds pretty awesome to me! Anyhow, if you want to see a crop of new visuals then click the thumbnails below for HD resolution screenshots.
GRID® 2 SET TO SHIP TO STORES MAY 28, 2013
Pre-Order Special Edition Revealed
Los Angeles, Calif. – Jan. 31, 2013 – Codemasters® today announced that GRID® 2™, the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed GRID™, will ship to stores on May 28, 2013* for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.
Codemasters has also announced a range of pre-order Special Editions for GRID 2 with extra content, redeemable via download on PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE® for Xbox 360 and Windows PC, illustrated in screenshots also released today.
Gamers who pre-order at GameStop can choose the GRID 2: Turbo-Charged Edition, which includes two additional packs:
McLaren Racing Pack
Receive the exclusive McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Special Edition car to race in single-player, multiplayer and a special online event; plus expand the game with two new routes around the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
GTR Racing Pack
Receive the exclusive Nissan GT-R SpecV road car to race in single-player, multiplayer and an exclusive online event; plus experience all five routes around the Yas Marina circuit by day.
Gamers who pre-order at Best Buy can choose the GRID 2: IndyCar Edition, which includes:
Receive the exclusive Dallara IndyCar and the IndyCar Pace car to race in single-player, multiplayer and an exclusive online event; plus expand the game with two new routes around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval Circuit.
Gamers who pre-order at Amazon can choose the GRID 2: Head Start Edition which includes:
Head Start Pack
Receive the exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT car to race in single-player, multiplayer and enjoy discounts in the Car Upgrades Store in online game modes and a unique 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 customization 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.
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I know with all the Forza Horizon talk it seems like things may have been quiet on the F1 front but today Codemasters made big news by releasing a demo for F1 2012 today on Xbox Live! The demo will allow players to try out the new “Young Driver’s Test” mode as well as some of the challege modes players can do during a season of competition. In addition to the demo Codemasters also dropped a new trailer and screen shots! All of which, can be seen below. If you have a Playstation 3 or your a PC gamer, have no worries as the demo will hit the Playstation Network and PC (via Steam) tomorrow (Sept. 11th 2012). If for some reason you cannot download the trailer, you can still relax because the game will be released in just 8 more days (Sept. 18th 2012)!
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Today Codemasters is known for their racing games. In fact, they have changed their entire corporate strategy and focus their energy strictly on racing games now. However, things were not always that way. Even though they had a few years of Colin McRae rally games under their belt, it was not until the release of “GRID” that Codemasters solidified themselves as a racing game developer worthy of mention among the big boys like Turn 10 Studios and Polyphony Digital. Today Codemasters officially announced that GRID2 is coming.
GRID2 will bring semi official street racing back to the masses and this time they are taking players around the world in various iconc licensed cars. To improve realism and handling physics, GRID2 is being developed on the newest version of Codemasters’ “EGO” game engine which should provide “total race day immersion” according to Clive Moody, the Executive Producer of the game. From the looks of the trailer I might be inclined to agree with the man. See for yourself, along with the first screen shots below.
THE RACE RETURNS IN 2013 – GET READY FOR TOTAL RACE DAY IMMERSION AS CODEMASTERS® UNVEILS GRID®2™
Be Fast, Be First, Be Famous – GRID 2 Trailer Makes Stunning Debut at www.GRIDGAME.com
Los Angeles, Calif. – August 8, 2012 – Codemasters® today announced that GRID® 2™, the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed GRID™, is in production at Codemasters Racing Studios and set for a 2013 launch for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.
Revealing the first of the game’s new locations, including Chicago and Paris, the debut GRID 2 trailer video is now showing at www.gridgame.com and captures a snapshot of the relentless, high-impact aggressive thrills that lie at the core of GRID 2’s cinematic race experience.
GRID 2 will challenge players to be fast, be first and be famous as they enter a stunning new world of competitive motorsport. In pre-production for two years, GRID 2 is now in full development on the latest evolution of the award-winning EGO Game Technology Platform. Following the success of GRID, which set new standards for damage, AI, visuals and introduced the Flashback time rewind feature – now adopted by many racing games – GRID 2 will again raise the gameplay and technological bar for motorsport gaming and remain true to the series’ core values – it’s all about the race.
“GRID’s back and we’re going to make street, track and road racing exciting again,” said Clive Moody, Executive Producer. “The core design philosophy for GRID 2 is that we treat the race as a character, not a consequence of simply putting cars on tracks. Everything that goes into the game impacts on that second-to-second, in the moment, blockbuster drama – the feel and personality of the race.”
“We’re pushing boundaries once again with what can be accomplished in the genre via new tools, technology and innovations. In single-player, split-screen and online, the next-generation of the EGO Game Technology Platform will power graphics, AI, handling and damage advancements that will immerse players in the racing experience like never before. Like its predecessor, GRID 2 will put the sheer thrill and adrenaline rush of the race at the heart of the experience. It’s what we call Total Race Day Immersion.”
In an expansive career mode, players will experience aggressive wheel-to-wheel racing against advanced AI where each spectacular race unfolds with cinematic immersion. Building on the handling model from GRID, the new TrueFeel Handling System will use real physics to hit a sweetspot between accessibility and simulation and deliver handling that is approachable yet challenging to master.
Going behind the wheel of a handpicked selection of automotive icons spanning four decades and three continents – North America, Europe and Asia – players will race their way to the top of a new, evolving world of motorsport. From Paris to Abu Dhabi, Miami 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 races in gaming.
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.
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Very early this morning (or late last night depending on where you live) Codemasters announced via the official F1 game twitter account that F1 2011 WILL include a saftey car. This is something that fans of the game have been requesting since F1 2010 was released. For a long time most thought it would not happen since it would require some legal gymnastics and permissions to license the saftey car for the game but it appears the team at Codemasters finally pulled it off! To confirm the F1 2011 game communcations manager Andy Gray used his cell phone to tweet a screen shot of the Mercedes SLS AMG saftey car in action. No word yet on how much players can interact with the safety car of if the saftey car could single handedly ruin an entire race but we do know a few things: it is not controllable by the player, players will still have some control over your car while following the safety car, and the saftey car will be a part of online play. As soon as more information is made public we will try to update this post ASAP. We can’t wait to review this game!
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Before the team at Codemasters brought us racing games like DiRT2, DiRT3, and F1 2010 they gave us GRID. GRID got critical acclaim for its balance of racing realism and fun factor. It was also the birth of the EGO gaming engine that all of Codemasters racing games have utilized since.
If you have never played GRID before then today you are in luck. Codemasters has announced that for a limited time GRID will be available for PC via Steam streaming service for only $4.99! What really makes this awesome is that all profits from this promotion will go to charities like GamesAid, Nesta, and Livingstone-Hope.
If you want to get in on this you will have to act fast as this sale will only last from July 19-21.
So head to the link below and go virtual racing for a good cause!
Steam store link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/12750/