On the Grid
Content - 75%
Graphics - 95%
Audio - 80%
Gameplay - 90%
Realism - 90%
Intense Race Action Like No Other with New Cars, New Settings and Unrivaled, Unpredictable Racing. Sparks fly, cars spin-out and nemeses are formed in the first GRID® gameplay trailer released by Codemasters®. As the lights turn green, cars jostle for the lead as they hurtle towards the first corner in the long-awaited return of the much-loved racing franchise – Codemasters
Lets not dwell on previous games in the series. Actually, while we’re at it, lets leave the term “reboot” out of this too. Right, lets get started then.
The Grid launch caught me by surprise, it was like I woke up one morning and the new Grid was released. Not sure if I was living under a rock or if it wasn’t as hyped up as with other releases. I had to investigate, even if you’re just mildly entertained by cars, you should too. One trailer video in and I was throwing money at my screen. I needed to play it asafp!
First thoughts: The game feels ultra familiar, the sepia tone in the menus, the music and the icons(remember we are still ignoring the previous games). The cars, although beautifully detailed also carry the same familiarity. The moment you enter a race the game changes though. The handling is dynamic and sharp, a great improvement from before. The other striking thing is that the game is forgiving enough to be played with a controller(yes Dirt, I’m looking at you), but with the flip of a few menu switches, the game can instantly be sharpened up to the point where a racing wheel would be a great idea.
Speaking of racing wheels, check the link below:
An interesting article from the Codemasters blog lists all the compatible racing wheels. Its a very impressive list, so it should get you into sim racing right away. It’s worth noting that any analogue controller will work perfectly too.
Graphically the game is a standout, it looks amazing and isn’t too power intensive. I had some great results on my laptop with the little 1050ti, with more hardware the game just gets prettier. Another plus, this is a big deal for me, the wheels are correctly modelled! Just look at them!
All things considered, it really is a great racing game and it straddles the line between Sim and Fun. It looks great and sounds amazing. I would have loved to see some more class specific cars, especially a bigger field of Touring Cars, but there is more than enough to keep racing flowing.
- Its fun af
- Looks amazing, with great audio to boot
- Appeals to a broad range of motorsport fans
- a Few more class specific car are needed
- Another bullet point, because one seems to few