- With the current generation of consoles now really hitting their stride, last year saw a steady influx of triple-A racing titles for petrol-heads to gorge themselves on - from Forza Motorsport's refined take on an established formula, through to the zenith of the Project Gotham series with its fourth installment, and on to the triumphant return of SEGA Rally, there was no shortage of choice for those yearning for automotive thrills.
This year, with the imminent release of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and the full fat release in the later months, the din of engines has receded to a muted hum. Step forward Codemasters' Race Driver: GRID, which is looking to break the silence and once more get gamers singing the rasped tune of caterwauling engines.
Codemasters has steadily earned itself a respectable reputation in the racing genre - it established itself at the front of the automotive pack with the Colin McRae and TOCA series on the last generation of consoles, and with this generation it looks to be taking stock and pushing its franchises to new directions.
Last year's DiRT managed to be one of the most visually impressive titles on the new generation of hardware and pushed the series towards more instantaneous thrills. That trend looks set to continue with Race Driver: GRID, the first current...