Publicada: 23 Março
I tried the demo for this game not too long after it came out on Xbox. I love racing games and rarely dislike any that I play. Within the first couple minutes of playing that demo I was completely dumbfounded by how irritated I was with this game. GRID has quite possibly the worst driving mechanics of any racing game I've ever played.
I spent the first two tiers of the career trying to get used to the ridiculously touchy steering and breaking, and had finally come to actually quite enjoy it. Most specifically, I suppose, I enjoyed driving the open wheel cars. The handling of the open wheel cars is fantastic and I figured I'd repeat them for a few seasons just because they were easy money. I was hoping that there would be an open wheel series in one of the top tier licenses, but there wasn't in the one I unlocked,
Despite this, I finally decided to jump into some of the higher level races so I could earn a bit more cash since I'd just wasted 10mil on a car for Le Mans last season. I spent my remaining 3mil on the only car available for the GT1 series and hired a better driver because I was tired of my previous driver always finishing last (outside of open wheel races).
It didn't take more than a minute for me to realize this wasn't going to work. No matter how hard I tried to be cautious through the corners, I would end up bouncing off the walls, or other cars, without fail. After having gotten used to the ultra-loose controls of all the other cars to that point, this car went around corners like a GD brick.
It was at this point that I remembered the original feeling I had when I playing the demo. I had also gotten irritated by how the cars had driven in other previous events, especially around Le Mans, but my enjoyment of the open wheel series had distracted me from that fact. Plus, after I finished my first race at Le Mans, I set the difficulty on "Even A Child Can Do It" every time I did it after that because I couldn't be bothered to waste time on a higher difficulty.
While you might be able to find a car, like I did, that you can get comfortable driving, almost all of the races are pretty specific on which cars you can choose. On top of that, there is an extremely limited number of tracks which are used over, and over, and over. Which is partially what made that GT1 car so infurriating. I had raced on that track in pretty much every other series I had been in, so I knew it quite well, and was still unable to get the car to get around the track without the race turning into bumper cars.
I should also mention that the AI are especially terrible as well as unbalanced. Even on the second to hardest difficulty they constantly spin out, run into you, brake way too early, take terrible lines and speed through corners and get in your way. Your team mate AI is even worse because mine finished last in every single race but a couple when the event wasn't his specialty. There was even one event where he would get in a wreck so I would restart the race except he kept wrecking every time. I eventually gave up and let him get his DNF.
The new driver I hired who was much better than my previous one was just as bad. He simply stayed in the position he started in and was just an 8th place waste of space. Not that I did much better, since this was the GT1 series and if I wasn't into the wall and totalled I was trying my best to race by myself and catch up to the driver in front of me, with no success.
In the end, I don't think I could recommend this game to anybody. While it seems like a decent enough game, somewhere around a 8/10 if you don't knock it much for the lack of tracks and cars and the fact that it's a little dated, I just absolutely don't see the point. It's honestly worth a shot if you get the game on deep discount or in a bundle, but you have my warning.