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FragManiac

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  1. FragManiac

    Share Your Favourite GRID Photos & Videos!

    Here's the next set of 3 events, featuring GT1, Prototype, and F1000 classes. The 1st event was the American GT Championship, and the rain soaked Indianapolis track was by far the most challenging. It proved to be a good battle with some lead changes. The final race at San Fran reversed, though tough to get used to, resulted in very fast times once I got the hang of it. The 2nd event is the FA World Tour Part 2 in the Prototype class. The highlight by far of this event was the final race at Okutama GP. It ended up being quite a pursuit to catch the leaders, and I had to yet again, but eventually prevailed. The 3rd event is the Okutama Grand Hillclimb in the F1000 class. It was quite a struggle to get the feel of it, but I eventually got a 1st place hotlap. I nailed the hotlap with a sub 3:54 time, so I knew I had a good chance of winning the race, and managed to stay ahead the whole way.
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    Share Your Favourite GRID Photos & Videos!

    Been taking a break to play Monster Energy Supercross 3 and Ghostrunner, but I now have 3 more events done in GRID 2019. This set features the TC-1 Special and Super Modified classes, and introduces the updated Jupiter in Stock class, which is far more than the demo derby car of original GRID, but still frustrating to drive. It was actually all going well until the Crescent Valley track, where the combination of the tough to handle Jupiter and a challenging race course, along with AI scripted to drive it fast, proved very difficult. I couldn't manage any better than the default 16th place start when trying to improve my position via hotlaps, but still managed to podium. I usually can avoid it, but the game's Nemesis system proved to be erratic again. I know I fully deserved the two that agroed at Zhejiang in the TC-1 Specials Asia event, but at Crescent Valley, there were two cars I hit harder than the one that agroed, and the other two remained calm.
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    Share Your Favourite GRID Photos & Videos!

    Three more events, this time featuring GT Group 1, Super Tourers, and Classic GT classes. The highlight here is the Historic GT event in the Ford GT40, but it also includes by far the most frustrating race yet in the game, Cathedral Pass at Barcelona. It's narrow walled off streets don't lend well to loose handling cars of days past. The 3rd race in this event was so hard I had to drop AI to Med, but left everything else on Hard.
  4. FragManiac

    An easy job for EA: Race Driver Grid REMASTERED

    Yeah the original is still best in most ways. Pros 1. The damage model was far more realistic, and forced you to drive as clean as possible. It also had a nice onscreen indicator showing affected parts of the car. 2. The AI drove pretty clean as long as you did. 3. The multiview replay was best I've ever seen in a race game. 4. The crowd presence was felt when they cheered. 5. The track selection was great, with lots of iconic locations. 6. The crew chief chatter makes far more sense than in a lot of race games, especially compared to GRID 2019. 7. You could customize race length. Cons 1. The game would freeze momentarily out of the blue at certain spots on a lot of tracks, which often made you go out of control when it unfroze. I played the game again recently on W10 and this problem still persists even with all available patches, no matter how ridiculously above spec your hardware is. 2. The night 24 Hrs of Le Mans races were very unbalanced due to the AI driving in the dark so fast. 3. Not having hotlap qualifying was not only unrealistic, it made the game feel more arcade than it needed to, having to battle through the entire grid every race. 4. No weather effects whatsoever. 5. This is personal preference, but I REALLY hated all of the events with drifting. I have to say, these cons really matter, enough so that it makes GRID 2019 FAR closer in enjoyment to me. The main thing that killed playing the original anymore for me is the freezing though.
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    Share Your Favourite GRID Photos & Videos!

    A few more events. This set includes TC-1 Specials, Pro Trucks, and Super Modifieds. The highlight of this set, is the one thing these 3 events have in common, a frenetic final round in Barcelona. Playlist so far...
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    Share Your Favourite GRID Photos & Videos!

    Just a few of the last events I've battled through, two of which were some of the hardest I've faced so far (Tenshi Way, Indy Sport Circuit in GT40). Playlist up to this point...
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    GRID the most underrated car game

    If I think hard about what Race Driver GRID had, some of the tracks I miss are Circuito del Jarama, Nürburgring GP-Streckenlayout, Donington Park, Istanbul Park, Milan, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Washington DC, Detroit, and Long Beach. I also miss the more realistic damage model, which made avoiding contact very necessary. What I like from GRID 2019 is hotlap qualifying, and absolutely none of the momentary freezing problems at certain points on the track I experienced in Race Driver GRID. I DO wish however they'd kept the option to customize race length. Many of the events in GRID 2019 seem impossible at first, like the Tenshi Way track that ends with a steep hill climb at Okutama. However I managed to get a 4th place starting position via qualifying, and managed to win the race. Despite it's few minor shortcomings, it manages to challenge you to find ways to win, and has decent replay value. Sure the Nemesis system vs a realistic damage model is a more arcade approach to keep you driving clean, and the lack or abundance of track warnings often makes no sense, but the race action feels very immersive just the same.
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    GRID (2019) Needs to improve car engine sound

    Actually, GRID 2019 often gets praised for it's realistic vehicle sound, and quite deservingly. IMO it's one of the most immersive things about the game.
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