GR Racing Game Thread - Grid reboot coming september

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PostRe: GR Racing Game Thread - Grid reboot coming september
by jawafour » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:30 am

Eurogamer has made a "Recommended" assessment for Grid. It sounds decent!

Eurogamer wrote:...Grid excels at getting to the very essence of motorsport with economy, style and open arms to players of all abilities. So what exactly is this Grid? It's a refined arcade racer, and it's Codemasters doing what it does best - and doing it that little bit better, too.

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PostRe: GR Racing Game Thread - Grid reboot coming september
by Robbo-92 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:47 am

Probably won’t be getting it mind, loving playing Grid Autosport for the first time on the Switch and then WRC 8 is meant to be coming out 14th of November, so between the two I’ll probably be good for a while regarding racing games, even more so when online multiplayer gets added in on Grid Autosport although they’ve not said when that might come out.

Edit, https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Ninten ... 51321.html Except on here we’ve not actually seen anything of the Switch version of WRC 8, if these are screenshots of the Switch version that is (although looking at them I’d say they are), if it plays really well and looks like that I’d be happy enough though.

Only other series I’d like to see come to the Switch is the F1 series of games, hopefully if Autosport does well on the Switch (sales wise) it might stand a very slim chance of happening.

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PostRe: GR Racing Game Thread - Grid reboot coming september
by Gemini73 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:48 pm

Grid does look good, but I've more than enough racing games.

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by Trelliz » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:30 pm

The specialist racing game press have been a bit less kind to GRID than mainstream sites like Eurogamer, in ways which put me off:

...the paucity of locations means you’ll feel that sense of “been here, done that” quite early on. Different times of day and the inclusion of rain might alleviate this slightly — and running tracks like Brands Hatch and Silverstone in reverse is fun — but GRID desperately needs more variety in the track list. Thankfully, Codemasters has said new locations are incoming as part of the DLC plan, and they’ll arrive free of charge.

Unfortunately that samey feeling applies to the single player experience too. It’s almost mobile game-like in its simplicity: there’s a tile board of events to compete in, divvied up into different disciplines. All of these follow the same point structure, with up to four races per event. Players can focus on whatever area they like, but the progression within is quite linear. The Invitationals largely require other disciplines be complete too. There are no prize cars or different event styles, which can make the progress feel like a slog.

Qualifying is a welcome addition in an arcade title, but it’s also necessary in the harder difficulties. That’s because the races are all so short that the only way most players could win is to start up front.

The touted team aspect of the game leaves a lot to be desired. Team management is completely bare-bones: second drivers unlock as you progress through the game, but you can sign them at any point, and none improve over time, so there’s a very clear “best”.

Unfortunately the Nemesis system is similarly half-baked. In the heat of the moment it’s fantastic: collide with a driver too many times and they’ll target you for the rest of the race. It’s those last four words that are the drawback: there’s no real consequence for getting on the AI’s bad side outside of the one race. It’d be great to form a career-spanning rivalry — that’s what the best stories in motorsport boil down to, really — but it’s just not an option here.

A lack of content can be forgiven, but that the game gives players so little to do with it is what hurts here. That’s not even in comparison to other titles on the market, but even GRID’s own storied history. The simplistic team aspect, the lack of different event styles, and the grindy career mode conspire to make GRID seem like a preview.

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