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GRiD Game Designer: "Most Exciting Racing Game Ever Made"

Ooooh, we're big fans of over-the-top statements. It proves just how confident a developer is with his/her project, and it also sets the bar super crazy high. Makes for darn good news titles and quotes, too.

According to a ButtonBandits interview with GRiD Chief Game Designer, Ralph Fulton, racing fans are in for one of the best experiences ever. In fact, he says flat-out that this anticipated game will be "the most exciting racing game ever made," and that competitors like Gran Turismo and Forza are more about the "car list rather than the racing."

We have been desperate to get everything into it we wanted to get into it and I think were all really pleased now the dust has settled on it with the product weve got," said Fulton. "I think its a really exciting racing game, Id go as far to say its the most exciting racing game ever made, it looks stunning and I think were all going to take a well deserved rest after this."

Well, that's certainly encouraging, isn't it? Over 1 million people downloaded the demo, and most sources say GRiD is very promising. Some might say there aren't enough cars in the game, but Fulton has an answer for that, too-

"Yeah I can understand that. When you have competing games like Gran Turismo and Forza, which pride themselves on the car list, they're all about the car list, thats their focus. I know Turn 10 have been quite open about the fact that Forza is just really a car list. Which is great for them. Does it make sense for Codemasters to try and do the same? Probably not, I think from a number of perspectives. Not least of which is that their doing that already. I think you can put a different slant on a racing game and I think we have done that by making it about racing."

Well, we may have to disagree with ya there, Ralph. Gran Turismo may have a lot of cars, but as any racing enthusiast will tell you, it's all about the realism, accuracy and above all, the racing. Let's not forget that. The amount of money and research dumped into GT5 is absolutely insane, and that level of quality is already clear in Prologue. But we're not taking anything away from GRiD, which could be poised to be a major financial and critical success. Here's hoping!

Related Game(s): GRiD

5/26/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (7 posts)

Qubex
Monday, May 26, 2008 @ 11:05:59 PM
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Hmmm... sniff... It is a game I am likely to purchase, I do have fun racing with it and have played it far more of it than I have GT5. GRID can really be fun if you have a bunch of respondible racers online, and the racing is tight but fair. Don't know how long the fun factor will last, I guess if it sits there and you want to have a spin every so often why not. It should last a fair few years without losing its appeal. Depends largely on how GT5 develops, and what other racing titles come on the market. Ultimately though I do feel that an ultimate racing game has not been made yet. I would really like to see a console version of Live For Speed. Most racing games miss out on the little details that give the serious racer a choice, things like pitstops, tyre wear, progressive damage (the rougher you drive the car the worst it gets) ...and changeable weather. The ability to set up long long races, like mini grand prix should you want to, or race with groups of people who would want that... there are still quite a few features that are missing in todays racers... Besides Geoff Crammonds F1 games, there have not been many others that have sparked an interest. For a fun spin though, I think GRID should do it for me for a little while anyway. It will give me more entertainment than watching a couple of movies anyway.

Q!

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Fabi
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 @ 1:43:21 AM
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Hey, interesting comment, but try using paragraphs to make it easier on us.

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Qubex
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 @ 10:32:46 AM

Ok, I will re-edit it Fabi! But I can't seem to do that right now, seems the edit link has dissappeared for me?

Q!

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dillonthebunny
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 @ 6:13:25 AM
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"Yeah I can understand that. When you have competing games like Gran Turismo and Forza, which pride themselves on the car list, they're all about the car list, that’s their focus. "

erm, I cant speak for Forza, but thats not the case for GT5. anyone who has followed the GT games will tell you that. Its just that theyre so well established and have such a production in place that 1,000 cars is possible.

Im not sure about GRiD.. I'll see how it goes, but I wasnt too keen on the fairness of the game myself, but I'll probably have another bash at the demo.

maybe im missing something.

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Xanavi23
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 @ 7:26:12 AM
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This guy doesnt know what hes talking about ! GT is just about the cars ?! Obviously he never completed the Mission Hall in GT4 where every mission required the drive of your life, the GT world Championship among others and thats just GT4. GT forces you to learn and step up your driving skill consistently, not usually letting up on it. Theres much more to be had, and to be said but ill leave it at that. GT5Full will reign supreme...make no mistake.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 @ 10:14:01 AM

Yeah, I don't think too highly of Forza, but GT really is all about the driving. Just because there happens to be a big car list doesn't mean it's the game's focus. That's absurd to say.

I think he made a faux pas, there.

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Zapix
Thursday, May 29, 2008 @ 10:00:42 PM
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After playing the GRiD demo earlier, I have but a single thought in mind... The developers have likely worn out their DVD of, Fast and The Furious Tokyo Drift...

I just couldn't get into it. I enjoyed Ridge Racer 7 more than this, and I wouldn't pick up Ridge Racer 7 if it was the last racing game on the planet.

Where Forza is concerned, I've never purchased any of the additional tracks or cars from LIVE!. I personally see no reason to pay for additions like that. In that sense, Forza is a money machine to dump spare change into. I'd rather put it into something more worthwhile. I enjoyed the game out of the package though.

GT5P on the other hand, is incredible. To say they intend to make the final product better has me scratching my head wondering... "How do you make it better?!?"

As Cartoon Network put it... Forza is a racing games for the casual and masses. They're right, it is! GranTurismo is for the enthusiest who wants a more realistic experience, and indeed it is exactly that!

Honestly, I won't even notice GRiD. The very fact I found myself in an orange Nissan S15 with that ugly wing on the back, doing some wtf drifting was just... Ugh. Gimme Initial D, then I'll reconsider my thoughts on a drifting game.

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