Grid – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of GRID
With The flurry recently of Simulation Racers, like F12019 and Dirt 2 I have been hankering for something a little bit more arcadey and I think I have found this in Grid.
Grid developed by Codemasters in conjunction with Fernando Alonso’s consultation.
Grid shows itself off to be that middle ground between a full arcade racers like Need for Speed and a Sim Racer like the F1 games. This I believe is an area that has been sorely missing in the Xbox One library.
The game starts with you pitted in four separate races each using a different Car Class. This straight away acts as a tutorial for the player showing you what buttons to press and showing you the feature of the Racing Line.
The Racing Line shows the Player the optimal route to follow; it also through colour changes shows the player how fast they should be going. I.e Green for pedal to the metal, Yellow for careful speed and brake and Red for hit the brakes. This I found to be the most useful part of the game when I first started playing and helped me start to learn the tracks a lot quicker than I expected.
Through the opening tutorial levels it also allows you to meet the protagonist of the Career mode, a mode which I will touch on later.
What for me keeps Grid interesting is the multiple different race and car classes in the game, being able to swap between Touring Cars and Muscle Cars even down to the lowly Mini Cooper
Grid has a Car for everyone. Introduced into this Version is Car damage where most Racers only show minor cosmetic damage like scratches and smashed windows, Grid goes for the full monty do expect to lose wing mirrors, doors and bonnets as your opponent tries everything within its power to get you out of the way and out of the race.
If the Player sustains too much damage then your car will roll to stop and you will be forced to restart. This means that whilst banging into enemy racers is fun! This is no Destruction Derby and you must manage your Car through the whole event.
Nemesis is a new feature in Grid and one the player needs to be aware and careful of, if you cut off an opponent or continually nudge one car then that Driver will enter Nemesis mode; this means that they will target you for the rest of the race purposely trying to knock you out of the race by any means necessary. This especially on the harder difficulties can really make the difference between you finishing 1st or ending up a burning heap.
Included in Grid is a Career Mode where you race in different events (Lapped Races, Time Attacks, Point to Point etc) to get towards the Grand Final. The more races you win the more money you make and as Bruce Forsyth used to say points mean prizes and prizes in this case means new faster, better cars. This thankfully so far has not been affected by the Micro-transaction craze and still requires you to earn the money yourself. (Big win for Gamers).
Whilst I enjoyed my time playing the Career mode I did find that it was very short and sentiment that seems to point towards additional events and new cars being delivered through the Season Pass. Which is a shame but not overall shocking.
In addition to the Career mode there is a FreePlay mode this allows you to make custom events and races. This expands to the CO-OP as well.
Whilst I would like more in terms of customization for this mode what is there is plenty for you to whittle away at.
One of the big things in this game is the attention to detail, not only on the cars but also the tracks, you have The Sydney Street Course, The Old Silverstone Layout and many more which have been painstakingly recreated for this game. In addition to that, you can tell a lot of time was put into the sound effects and music.
Overall I would say Grid is very much a game that racing fans will be looking for and enjoying. Just expect that you will need to pay for the additional content.
Grid does offer enough in the base game that it can be worth the purchase but to get the 100% experience then you will need to purchase either the Ultimate Edition or the standalone Season Pass.
Review code supplied by Koch Media