Let's get one thing clear from the start. Grid 2 is a good racing game but it bears little resemblance to what made 2008's original Grid a great racing game.
Some of the most enjoyable race modes have been filtered into Codemasters' other monosyllabic racing title, Dirt.
The Demolition Derby, which gave Grid its solid replay factor, is a criminal omission this time around.
Also noticeable by their absence are any significant real-world tracks to race on apart from Indianapolis, Yas Marina and Brands Hatch.
On a positive note, Codemasters have nailed AI when it comes to driving games. Even when playing against the console you get a genuine feeling that there are living, breathing and thinking drivers in the opposing vehicles.
Even if you are in last place you never feel like you're out of contention because the other cars on the track are actively racing each other, spinning out and getting nudged around rather than going through programmed routines.
This does a great job of teaching you the skills needed to tackle the online racing modes, but only a month after release the number of players online has fallen considerably.
Graphically, the game is as good as you'd expect from a console late in its life - great detail and a terrific frame-rate. The soundtrack is typical "racing game music" but is not intrusive.
Grid 2 is a fun game but does nothing to advance the series.
For: Xbox 360
Rating: 3 / 5