Grid (video game)

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GRID
Grid 2019 cover art.png
Developer(s)Codemasters
Publisher(s)Codemasters
SeriesGrid
EngineEgo
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, Amazon Luna
Release11 October 2019
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

GRID is a racing video game developed and published by Codemasters for Microsoft Windows, Stadia, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the tenth title in the TOCA series.[1] Initially scheduled for release on 13 September 2019,[2] its release date was delayed, and released on 11 October.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

Grid emphasises the concept of racing disciplines, making them into the new event categories. There are six main categories: Touring, Stock, Tuner, GT, FA Racing and invitational. During Career mode, the player picks a particular event in one of these categories, with each event (a string of races) making up a championship. Each discipline features markedly different cars and race types. The latter include standard Races, Time Attack events, Time Trials, and point-to-point Sprint races. These features included the in-game commentary from Alex from the United States as a play-by-play, along with former 2-time World Time Attack Champion and a regular top level touring car driver from Australia, named Kristen as an analyst during the race.

Grid World Series[edit]

The Grid World Series is a highly competitive racing event that races on various tracks on various continents around the globe. It features race types including Race and Time Attack. Winning races against drivers in established teams in the entire disciplines gains more money for the series, and the achievement of which earns extra experience points (XP) for the players besides those received for their results. Once completed, the player is welcomed to the Grid World Series, and must either complete the main objective when the players entered an event, or earn a gold, silver or bronze medal to earn money, and unlock player's teammates, banner and panel images, as well as custom liveries and accolades.

Nemesis System[edit]

One of the key mechanics is the Nemesis System where AI drivers will become aggressive towards the player if they hit them too hard or too often, as part of this there are 400 unique AI drivers, each with their own racing style.[4] Fernando Alonso appears in this game as a "Racing Consultant", with the player facing him in the single-player campaign's final event.[5]

Cars[edit]

The cars in the disciplines of the game are further divided into tiers and classes of various strength. Some of the highlights of the vehicles on offer are the contemporary TCR (TC-2), Supercars (Super Tourers) and Group 5 cars (TC-1 Specials) of the Touring discipline, as well as the American modified muscle cars, fictional Dumont Type 37 and a customized Oval Stock Jupiter San Marino representing the Stock discipline, the GT4, GTE and DPi cars of the GT discipline, JDM modified tuning and World Time Attack cars representing the Tuner discipline, and the classic cars from the 1960's until 2000's representing the Invitational discipline. This is the third video game under the Grid series not to feature Toyota cars and the first in series not to feature Mercedes-Benz cars.

Tracks[edit]

In the case of the tracks, the main emphasis is on real-world permanent circuits which make up the majority of the courses in the game. These range from classics, such as Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Indianapolis, to more modern facilities, like the Sydney Motorsport Park, Sepang and Zhejiang International Circuit. City locations with fictionally lined, but mostly real-world streets of San Francisco, Shanghai, Barcelona, Havana, and the fictional point-to-point tracks in authentic settings complete the picture (Okutama only), and - as DLCs - including the Red Bull Ring, Paris and Suzuka International Racing Course. Unfortunately none of the new GRID titles contain Australia's legendary Mount Panorama Circuit.

Development[edit]

GRID was announced on 21 May 2019.[2] GRID was delayed by several weeks from its initial release date, with the game eventually releasing on 11 October 2019.

Reception[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2019 Game Critics Awards Best Racing Game Nominated [9]
Gamescom Won [10]
Titanium Awards Best Sports/Racing Game Nominated [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, Martin (21 May 2019). "Codemasters reveals an all-new Grid". Eurogamer. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b Purslow, Matt (21 May 2019). "Codemasters Announces New Grid For Release This Year". IGN. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  3. ^ Chalk, Andy (3 July 2019). "Grid is delayed until October so Codemasters can promote it more". PC Gamer. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  4. ^ Purslow, Matt (24 May 2019). "The 5 Key Features That Make Grid Unique". IGN Southeast Asia. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  5. ^ Errington, Tom (21 May 2019). "Fernando Alonso is consulting on a new Codemasters GRID game". Autosport. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  6. ^ "GRID for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  7. ^ "GRID for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  8. ^ "GRID for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  9. ^ Nunneley, Stephany (27 June 2019). "E3 2019 Game Critics Awards – Final Fantasy 7 Remake wins Best of Show". VG247. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  10. ^ Mamiit, Aaron (25 August 2019). "PlayStation 4 exclusive Dreams takes home Best of Gamescom 2019 award". Digital Trends. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Titanium Awards 2019". Fun & Serious Game Festival. Archived from the original on 21 November 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.

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