Grid Autosport Review – The True Sequel To Grid?

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Introduction

Usually when I’m going to discuss a game I’ll start off with introducing you to it and talking a little bit about what the main selling points and features of the title are, and I am going to do that, but first I have a confession to make. When it comes to racing (something I love) I am very much a sim person. I rarely enjoy arcade racing games, in fact to find the last proper arcade racer I enjoyed you’d have to go back to 2008 with Criterion’s Burnout Paradise, and indeed the original Grid that was released the same year.

Grid was a fantastic game with a perfect balance of gameplay to make it appeal to both sim and arcade racers, it was accessible in that anybody could drive the cars, but if you had the skill you could really demonstrate it. In short the original GRID is kind of the Hearthstone of the racing world – easy to understand, but difficult to master, and I haven’t seen a racer that’s done that well since.

So when Grid 2 came out and I read some reviews for it, I was disappointed to say the least and decided to avoid it entirely (I still haven’t played it and I don’t intend to either), so is this new title the true sequel we’ve been waiting for? Will it find that perfect balance that the original GRID did?

Before we have our own look at Codemasters latest racer, let’s see what Codemasters say it has to offer:

EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT RACING STYLES
Take on aggressive pack racing in Touring Cars, manage your tyre wear in Endurance events, race smoothly and with precision in Open-Wheel cars, demonstrate your car control in Drift competitions and react on the fly in Street Races.

HUGE RANGE OF SERIES
Compete in series dedicated to Touring Cars, GT, Single-Seaters, Muscle Cars, Drift, Supercars, Hypercars, Time Attack, Destruction Derby, Prototypes and many, many more.

RACENET MULTIPLAYER INTEGRATION
Race online in an exciting races, and take on weekly Discipline Challenges powered by RaceNet. Or, make space on your sofa for someone to play Split-Screen co-op or competitive modes.

IMMENSE TRACK CONTENT
GRID Autosport features over 100 routes across 22 incredible locations – twice the content from GRID 2, with a wide variety of Classic, Modern, and City Tracks.

FEEDBACK DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT
Codemasters has consulted extensively with the community, racing drivers and experts from Autosport magazine in designing and producing GRID Autosport.

REALISTIC AI FOR INTENSE RACING
Race wheel-to-wheel against advanced, realistic AI who will defend their line, take chances or spin out under pressure in races where every pass counts and every position matters.

AUTHENTIC HANDLING
GRID Autosport’s new handling model recreates the feel of motorsport’s most exciting cars, hitting an authentic sweet-spot between arcade and simulation handling.

RACENET CLUBS
Join with friends to form a racing club, receive new challenges every week, track stats and create liveries with Codemasters’ free online million member community portal Racenet.

 

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