Grid 2 preview: can Codemasters’ sequel bring anything new to street racing?

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The logo for Grid 2 is the logo for Grid with a ‘2’ stuck on the end. Hopefully the artist still had the old Photoshop documents to hand or he’d have been kicking himself. In anything other than the deadly eliminator of modern racing games, it wouldn’t even be worth mentioning – but now you’re wondering what it means when the proudly progressive Codemasters makes such a linear gesture.

Dark matters: the future of lighting

Dark matters: the future of lighting

What would it take to make a Formula 1 game photorealistic? Ten years ago, you could have started just about anywhere. Likely answers would include, but weren’t limited to: high-resolution textures, better surface simulation, motion blur, depth of field, bloom, virtual lens defects, realtime reflections, and the dynamic modelling of light and shadow. Nowadays, you only have to look at F1 2010 to know that we’re close, the gap coming down to the last of those factors. And tech demos like Epic's Samaritan for its Unreal Engine (pictured above), only prove it.