Thanks to Feral Interactive, the BAFTA award-winning racing game GRID roared onto the Mac some time ago. Developed and published by Codemasters for PC and consoles, it's part of the acclaimed TOCA Touring Car series. And if you like racing games, you'll want to be behind the wheel in GRID.
The graphics in the $24.99 game are vibrant and gorgeous. I wouldn't describe them as realistic, but "ultra-realistic" with the vibrant colors.
GRID also has several neat options. You’re in charge of your own racing team. This means you can choose sponsors, buy and sell cars, hire and fire teammates. If you cash strapped, you can even race for other teams to earn some moolah.
GRID is easy to learn, but achieving spectacular racing results isn't so easy. When you start the game, you're diving a Dodge Viper on a street circuit. This helps you learn the rules of the game.
I found driving using only a keyboard very difficult; however, my son -- a more seasoned gamer -- didn't. Still, I'd recommend using a supported steering wheel or at least a gamepad with GRID.
Auto set-up options would be nice, but they're not here. Also, there's no option to save replays.
Here's how the game is described: "Style meets substance in GRID, an exhilarating mix of sublime handling, dazzling visuals and extreme speed that puts players behind the wheel of massively race-tuned road cars by manufacturers such as Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. With a sophisticated damage model, adjustable difficulty settings and a handy 'Flashback' feature, GRID rides the sweet spot between sim realism and full-on arcade racing.
"GRID World is an extensive career mode that sees players race their way around the world from the US to Europe to Japan on spectacular tracks ranging from city streets to mountain roads to famous circuits such as Spa and Le Mans. Players are challenged to advance from rookie to pro and eventually lead the top racing team in the world by proving their chops in five very different driving disciplines.
"The Feral Legends version of GRID comprises the base game plus the 8-Ball and Prestige DLC packs, which soup up the Race Day and multiplayer modes with 18 extra cars, two new events and one new track. The game includes LAN and online multiplayer modes and supports a large selection of gamepads and steering wheels."
Minimum system requirements call for a 1.8GHz Intel Mac with at least 4.0GB RAM, 256MB or better graphics card, and Mac OS 10.7.5 or later. The game does not support the following graphics cards: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, ATI HD2400, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and NVIDIA 8xxx series. The following cards require you to have 8GB of system RAM: NVIDIA 9400, NVIDIA 320M and Intel HD3000.