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POSTED 1/6/13


GRID 2

Codemasters

PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC)

Dolls are for girls, cars are for boys...

A stereotype supported by the audio names in this latest racer from Codies. Three variations on ‘James’ for fuck’s sake, but the only girlie names happen to coexist as boy names. Umm?!

Deciding to play the hell out of it regardless of obviously not being welcome, we were going to start this review-like splorge of circumlocution with a list of famous female racing drivers. However, from Christine Gibson to Leanne Tander, plus hundreds more from all over the world in-between, it would obliterate our purposefully succinct 300-or-so word count that suddenly seems woefully inadequate.

Anyway, driving beyond its rampant sexism, GRID 2 is the latest track-racing accomplice of the fabby DiRT series (which actually contains girl’s names – it’s nice to know we’re considered worthy of playing in filth).

If you crave a cavalcade of driveable automobilistic wonders from classic Yank tanks to some of the best that Europe and Japan offer from past and present, then you’ll be smiley.

If you’re into solo story time, this rocks.

If you dig variation in arcade-skewed racing, from street sprints to track looping, hill climbs to eliminations and mucho drifting, you’ll be in clover (you probably should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque).

If painting and decorating vehicular wonders to your personal whims appeals, you’ll have much to entertain.

If you fancy gripping online multiplayer and social shit, then say “woo!”

If travelling the globe from the USA to Europe and beyond to the likes of the UAE appeals, you’ll be in four-wheeled nirvana.

If your foremost desire when racing is prettiness – just like Barbie, but less pink and more scenic - then you’ll love this. It looks simply kissable.

But if you’re female you’ll feel as welcome as a blown tyre at a track day. Something we wouldn’t know about, of course...

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