Review: Grid (PlayStation 4)

GRID is a racing experience like no other. Offering unrivaled wheel-to-wheel racing for everyone, where every race is unpredictable as you create rivals and nemeses on your road to conquering the world of motorsport. Buy now and get your heart racing.

Pros:

  • Stunning graphics.
  • 42.22gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • HDR support.
  • The opening set of races across the disciplines.
  • Fov slider.
  • Racing gameplay.
  • 6 difficulties-very easy/easy/medium/hard/very hard/custom.
  • On-screen display settings.
  • Can rebind keys/invert axis/sensitivity sliders/input delay.
  • Supports steering wheels.
  • Profile-name/number/banner/panel/accolades.
  • Five race disciplines Touring/Stock/Tuner/GT/Alonso.
  • Free play-Choose track/discipline/race options.
  • Pre race tuning-gear ratio/sprimgs/dampers/anti roll and brake bias.
  • Team-hire/fireteam members to get boosts and new abilities.
  • Objectives-own in-game achievement system.
  • Online-private and quick match.
  • Earn EXP from in-game actions like drifting, drafting, overtaking and race position. Level up to unlock new profiles/objectives/team members.
  • Cash-earn based on performance and any objectives met.
  • Full damage model.
  • Tight handling model.
  • Six driving views.
  • Rewind system.
  • A handful of weather types.
  • Fun to play.
  • Car models can lose parts even on the lowest difficulty.

Cons:

  • Leveling up feels empty.
  • Doesn’t explain all the team management/objectives.
  • Rubberband AI.
  • Career feels disconnected and lifeless. You just race and have no hook to keep you caring.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.8/10

Summary

Grid is back! Codemasters are back with their flagship racing series. Upon booting the game you know exactly what you are in for thanks to the immediate racing of several disciplines in the game, not all will like this approach but thems the brakes. As its Codemasters, the handling model remains untouched and with that, you can trust its top tier and solid. Taking in a handful of popular race disciplines, career mode allows you to jump between different disciplines at will and work your way through the many many events, all you need is in-game cash to buy the specific cars then you are good to go. The main issue with career and to be honest, the whole game is it feels disconnected. Races are just that with no overall arc or sense of progress. It’s a huge shame as you land up just playing a handful of races here and there. Online is again quite barebones with no extravagant modes like championships etc. Grid is just racer which handles really well and looks spectacular but lacks any hook for the player and leaves you feeling isolated.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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