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Let’s be honest, not everyone can afford to drop a large chunk of cash on a dedicated racecar and has the time to make it to the track on a normal basis. Luckily for us, Codemasters is coming out with GRID 2 and to quote Codemasters and to put it quite simply: It’s all about the race. This means we get to experience the journey to the top spot of the podium of a new, ever-evolving world of competitive motorsport from the comfort of our own homes. So how did Codemasters achieve such an immersive experience? Read on to find out…
It’s not just the handpicked selection of iconic cars that represent the best in automotive engineering over the past 40 years, but the TrueFeel™ handling system that delivers an easy to pick up, yet challenging control aspect to the cars - with NO assists available. That’s right, no electronic systems modulating the brakes or throttle to save you when you make a mistake on the track. This time, it’s all about your own skill and being able to handle your car at its limits…or suffer the consequences. Love it or hate it, it really does come down to your own skill and driving ability.
Speaking of suffering the consequences, GRID 2 has two very interesting features that we’ve been yearning for in racing games.
First - Intelligent AI. We’ve all been there before. You’re racing along on a track in a game and the other cars on the track stick to the “proper racing line” like glue. To the point where you can’t even forcefully move them out of the way if you tried. Obviously, real racing doesn’t happen like that and the AI in GRID 2 makes that aspect a reality. These drivers not only adapt to the current surroundings, but they’re not afraid to go off the line to try to take you, as well as the AI controlled drivers, off the track.
Second - Unique car damage. In other games, you tend to not think twice about using that guardrail or car on the outside part of the line as “help” to make it through a corner. But the damage that happens to your car in GRID 2 will definitely make you think twice. It’s not exactly easy to race in the night with broken headlights or a non-existent bumper that gave you that much needed down force.
Let’s be real though, when it comes to racing, it’s all about being the best and getting that top spot on the podium. Believe us, we’re no longer playing Rad Racer on our Nintendo and trying to be the best kid on the block. Now we’re able to log on to the RaceNet online system and try to be the best in the world. There’s a whole new competitive aspect with RaceNet. Now you get a comprehensive look at how you stack up against everyone else in the world that is playing GRID 2. Will you be the racer seeking out the person in the top spot, or will you be the one accepting “Rival Requests” because everyone wants a shot at trying to take you down?
So what does this have to do with Skullcandy, you ask? Well, in true Skullcandy fashion, we’ve partnered with Codemasters to allow our Skullcandy fans to rep the brand in a very unique way. In GRID 2, you can fully customize your car’s livery in just about every way possible, including with Skullcandy logos. For those of you that don’t want to put in the work to create your own, you can simply use the Skullcandy Audi TT-RS as seen in the video above.
Keep an eye out this month as we dive deeper into our collab with these guys, including more exclusive coverage and discussions with the developers about the features in the game, highlights about our Skullcandy Gaming racing rig in our office that we use for “testing” (yes, our job is tough) and a cool look at the racing rigs that Codemasters uses to help “test” the game.
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