CHESSINGTON, England -- Sega Amusements has announced the extension of its Grid driving game line with a larger alternative to the Grid 32" standard model. The new model is equipped with a 42" monitor, and bridges the gap between the standard and the top-of-the-line 55" deluxe.
"Monitor size makes a big difference in both presentation and gameplay," said Sega sales manager Tom Keil. "Players have become so accustomed to large-format displays that it's expected in most commercial applications."
Sega's Grid is based on Race Driver: Grid, a hit consumer game from British videogame developer Codemasters Software Co. Ltd. Sega's arcade rendition offers full-feedback steering and a stereo 2.1 sound system, with the subwoofer mounted in the seat to enhance the immersive experience by providing "road feedback." The player has the choice of automatic or manual transmission, any of three views (cockpit, "bumper cam" or bird's eye), and "quick race" or "three-tier championship" play. | SEE STORY
Players also can select any of 12 high-performance "supercars," including Aston Martin, Bugatti, Dodge, Ford, Jaguar, Koenigsegg, Mercedes-Benz, McLaren, Pagani, Saleen and Toyota models, all meticulously rendered. Sega's Keil explained that there are subtle differences from one car to another, ranging from engine sound through acceleration and braking capabilities to maximum speed.
During play, true damage modeling provides striking illustrations of the effects of accidents: "If you hit the wall, you see the results that include broken glass, flapping hoods, swinging doors and dragging bumpers," the manufacturer reports.
Eight road-racing circuits from around the world are available, among them Detroit, Donington Park, Long Beach, Milan, the Nürburgring, Okutama, San Francisco, Spa Francorchamps and Washington.
The cabinet features tricolor LED illumination, the colors of which change to match the action. As many as six cabinets may be linked to permit multiplayer competition. Operator-selectable options include race length (two, three or four laps), difficulty settings (easy, medium and hard), "continue" on or off, default view (again, cockpit, bumper cam or bird's eye), and choices of messaging in English, Spanish, French, German or Italian, as well as speedometer readings in miles or kilometers per hour.
When assembled, Grid 42" deluxe measures 71" deep x 51"wide x 81" high.
Based in Chessington (Surrey), England, Sega Amusements is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan's Sega Corp. Sega Amusements' U.S. team is based in Illinois. Information on Grid 42" deluxe and other games from Sega may be found online at segaarcade.com, or requested by emailing to Tom.Keil, Vince.Moreno or Peter.Gustafson, all @sau.sega.com. Gustafson can be reached by phone in Elk Grove, IL, at (224) 265-4281.