Codemasters' original Race Driver: Grid was -- and still is -- a pinnacle of automobile racing games. Back when it was released in 2008, I spent literally hundreds of hours with the game trying to rack up cars, medals, sponsors, and good teammates.
From its excellent utilization of a very real cockpit view to the smart implementation of teammates that you could choose to hire or fire, the game took on sim racing with a slightly more arcade approach. Races were fantastic and exciting, but you needed some real skill to truly progress through the game's lengthy main campaign.
Fast forward to present day, and Codemasters has finally heard the clamor of fans like myself and responded with a sequel to its shining star.
Unfortunately, the cries for a true champion seem to have gotten loss in the noise for a quick and dirty 'sequel' that barely gives a nod to its predecessor.