GRID Autosport is Codemasters back to basics attempt to recapture the glory days of multi-disciplinary racing. It will include innovations such as decent handling, a lack of overarching social media narrative and in-car camera views. The latest trailer shows street racing events, with the landmarks of various cities popping on screen as orientation guides. It’s attractive and the cars really are going very fast indeed. The editor of motoring website PistonHeads.com provides commentary, telling us that “racing is exciting and if you can accurately replicate that in a game…it’s gonna be exciting.” His t-shirt displays a list of dire warnings.
I hope Autosport does manage to replicate excitement because it’s pitched just right for somebody of my sensibilities – not clever enough to cope with anything remotely resembling an actual speedy car, but not entirely satisfied by handling models that resemble dodgems or karts. If there’s aggressive and slightly unpredictable AI, a sense of career progression and impressive representation of damage, I’ll probably be happy enough.
We’ll find out soon enough. The next GRID is out on June 24th (USA USA USA)/ June 27th. Craig has already investigated.