GRID Autosport Reviews
Grid Autosport is a fine racing game, though it's never a thoroughbred one. It's the muscle car that was Grid 2 stripped out and retooled for the track, but too often you can see the solder-work at the seams. In 2008, Race Driver: Grid was a partial reinvention of the racing genre, equipped with a handful of fresh ideas. Six years on, Grid Autosport - while a definite return to form for Codemasters - is simply a rediscovery of it.
Grid Autosport is often too ambitious for its own good, resulting in a diverse but inconsistent racer.
Grid Autosport promised proper motor racing and that's exactly what it delivers. The spirit of TOCA is finally back.
No flashy new features or buzzwords, just magnificent racing stemming from a refinement of Grid 1's greatness.
Five styles of driving all done justice with one of the most violent and emergent racing engines available make GRID Autosport a compelling title for both car enthusiasts and petrol heads alike. Even if your interest in cars is merely fleeting, GRID Autosport juggles realism and aggressive satisfaction to deliver an intoxicating mix somewhere between the joy of an arcade racer and the science of a true sim. Excellent.
Friendlier F1 handling in a Grid 2 wrapper, Grid Autosport is a tour through the Codemasters back catalogue. Single player is hampered by predictable AI, but tuning options and improved cornering elevates the multiplayer above Grid 2's.
Constantly testing, endlessly fun
GRID Autosport isn't just an apology to irate franchise fans; it's an enormous and polished racer that caters to fans of practically any racing discipline. From TOCA and Formula 3 to street circuits and party games, online and solo, Autosport lets you race on your terms, even if it lacks personality off the track.
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.
Grid Autosport is a pretty fun racing title, but in the pursuit of addressing every bit of feedback after Grid 2, Codemasters hasn't delivered the most cohesive experience. You still need to endure some of the disciplines that you may not like in order to progress through the career, and the two cockpit cameras feel more like a fan-made mod than something devised by the developer itself. Throw in the erratic AI and you might get annoyed quite a few times while playing Autosport.
GRID Autosport does nothing majorly wrong, but at the same time fails to deliver the pulse-racing excitement expected from a modern racing title. Fans of the GRID franchise, and Codemasters' racing games in general, will be perfectly content and love it for all its flaws. For the casual gamer, the overall experience is perhaps just too underwhelming to recommend over Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport.
Featuring the return of the reigning king of the racing simulator series, GRID Autosport makes attempts to welcome newcomers while expanding the gameplay that made the series so great in the first place.
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.
GRID Autosport is the nearest we've come to a TOCA Race Driver 4 and its lineage shows. Varied disciplines, edge-of-the-seat racing, rampantly aggressive AI and a terrific sense of speed add up to deliver an effortlessly good racing game. What GRID Autosport lacks in flair it more than makes up for on the track and, while there's a certain Groundhog Day feel to proceedings, on a minute by minute basis Codemasters' racer excels.
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.
GRID Autosport arrived somewhat unexpectedly, for which it feels more like a GRID 2.5. But with the return of the driving seat view and no singleplayer story campaign, will this be the GRID game that fans have longed for.
Reusing tracks drags the career down and highlights other flaws. Multiplayer has good features, but is hurt by paltry income and wait times. GRID Autosport is a disappointing racing grind that falls well short of the original.
Gorgeous in presentation, precise in technical design and packed with a diverse selection in cars and tracks; Grid Autosport has it all. Its realism racing with just enough flavor in unique disciplines to let both fans and onlookers salivate.
Grid Autosport ditches the feature-bloat of other racing games in favor of a lean, race-first experience.