GRiD Autosport continues the trend of the series as an experience that avid car fans will eat up, but with limited accessibility for newcomers.The game has a dated and flawed presentation, it feels like it's stalling more than speeding. Here's hoping the team finds its footing in the next generation, before the franchise becomes a lemon.
If you are a Switch owner and have even a passing interest in racing games, then GRID Autosport is a title you must have in your game library.
With over 100 cars and more than 25 different racing venues set over five distinct disciplines (as well as bonus DLC ones like destruction derby and drag racing), GRID Autosport is that rarest of beasts: a jack of all trades that doesn't sacrifice quality as a result. The addition of all previously released paid console DLC – right down to the cynical XP boost – is extremely welcome, but the complete removal of all local and online multiplayer features means this a strictly solo affair, and that might be a turn-off for many. Still, that doesn't change the fact that this is one of the best racing games on Switch.
Grid Autosport ditches the feature-bloat of other racing games in favor of a lean, race-first experience.
GRID Autosport is almost in a class of its own on the Nintendo Switch. The game is one of the best looking Switch games and is the best racing simulator experience available on the console. While games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Crash Team Racing lead the system's kart racing options–GRID Autosport has shot to the top of the list if you want to race in real-world environments. The level of care that Feral has put into the Switch version is apparent with even more options to come. If you're in the market for a racing sim to take on-the-go, you can't do any better than GRID Autosport.
Constantly testing, endlessly fun
The driving in GRID Autosport is fantastic, and certainly more in-line with Codemaster's (and the fan's) vision of what their series should be. While the singleplayer A.I. detracts from the overall experience, and the lack of personality is disappointing, these are all just minor issues that orbit a game with a solid foundation.
It makes progression through the long and winding career mode a touch tedious despite the excellent racing experience the game crafts. The more you play it the more it feels like a patched version of previous entries and less like a new iteration of the series. It doesn't mean you should avoid Autosport if you're looking for a return to form from Codemasters and the Grid name. Far from it. But it's a warning that the stripped down nature of this entry has taken away a bit too much to feel a complete experience even though the actual racing is the best I've played in years.
Even with a not so strong career mode, the racing can still be fun.
Codemasters are back on form with Grid Autosport, an intelligent, beautifully designed, visually stunning racing sim that seeks to rectify many of the complaints and problems from last year's Grid 2.