GRID is a racing experience like no other. Offering unrivalled moment-to-moment racing, GRID returns with an all-new experience where every race is the chance to choose your own path, create your own story and conquer the world of motorsport. Take your place in the GRID World Series and fight in thrilling wheel-to-wheel battles with the most iconic and desirable race cars – current and classic, from GT through Touring and Muscle to Stock and Super Modifieds – and in some of the world’s most iconic locations.
GRID captures every moment of the race, from the adrenaline rush of lights-out to the elation at the chequered flag – and in-between, it’s all action too. Incidents come one right after the other – tight overtakes, bumper-to-bumper scrapes and competitive collisions – all heightened by rivalries, team-mates and a nemesis driver who will all either try to help or hinder your progress.
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GRID – Review
The GRID series has an interesting history. Like its predecessors, this is a multi-discipline racing game that straddles the line between arcade and simulation handling. The Career mode is your main destination and consists of six different branches of motorsport. From stock cars to GT races, it provides you with a decent variety of events.
This accessible approach permeates the rest of the game, too. From the start, Free Play is unlocked, allowing you to set up custom events with any car class. If you don’t own a car in a given class, you can loan one. Multiplayer is similarly easy to get into. Again, you can create custom races for you and your buddies, or select Quick Match to be put into matchmaking. Unfortunately, there are no local multiplayer options, but online at least seems very robust in our experience.
As you might expect, the handling model feels great. Where many of Codemasters’ other racers are leaning into the simulation, GRID is refreshingly forgiving on the default settings. Though the number of cars is somewhat slim compared to other titles, the various categories are at least pretty different when you get behind the wheel. Having said that, you can throw more or less any vehicle around quite happily here.
As mentioned, player options are key, and you can of course increase the challenge in a number of ways. A handful of driving assists and other aids can be toggled on and off, allowing players to adjust the racing experience to their tastes. The AI has some interesting tricks up its sleeve. Other drivers all have their own unique quirks, meaning each one behaves slightly differently.
Teammates make a return from previous entries, allowing you to recruit a partner. As with the other AI, each one has unique traits; some may listen to you more on the track, while others may be less loyal but better drivers. It’s a fine enough system, but its implementation does feel a little distant. You’re picking a teammate, but even if you use the basic commands mid-race, it doesn’t really feel like you’re part of a duo.