I think it is like most racing games but I’ll let you decide once I’ve told you about it.
Modes in the game
In the game there are quite a few different types of races that you can do which are;
Classic– where your position at the end of the race is what determines the winners
Ultimate– more damage you do the more points you get, whoever has the most points win.
Elimination– every 30 seconds the person in last gets exploded until there is one winner
Speed demon– it’s a flat-out race with no weapons but you have speed boosts.
Time trial– where you practice your races and get the best time.
There is a campaign in GRIP but it is very basic and has no storyline. The game advances in tournaments so your rank at the end of each tournament matters so you can move up to the next tier but it doesn’t seem like doing the campaign adds to anything other than getting more experience to unlock more things. Though you can still level up and unlock stuff without touching the campaign so it feels kind of pointless.
There are also three arena games which are; deathmatch, steal the stash and time bomb. I only got the chance to play deathmatch as the other two were locked with no indication on how to unlock them, so I assume that you have to play a lot of the campaign or when you become a higher rank in the game. These seem like the only things that are locked in the except unlockable cars and stuff to customize the car. There is one more game type and that’s carkour which is where, as you can probably guess, you do parkour but they introduce each element gradually, but what you learn here will help you to become better in the game. You can also play split-screen with up to four players, where you can play the five race types and deathmatch.
The pickups that you can get in the game are;
Scorpion– a lock on missile
Raptor– rapid-fire machine gun
Assassin– a missile that targets first place
Hydra– a swarm of micro missiles
Spearhead– attaches to a car and then explodes
Aegis– a shield to protect you against weapons temporarily
Firestorm– speed boost
Ramraider– shoves all nearby players out of the road
Disrupter– Time is slowed
When you collect two power-ups of the same colour (weapons are red and power-ups are green) you can charge them, merging them together making them a more powerful weapon.
What I thought of the game
GRIP is slightly different from most driving games you can drive up walls, you drive upside down in some maps and you can’t accidentally get stuck upside down if the car flips as you can drive on both sides of the car. There are barriers on the levels but they don’t really seem to do much. A lot of the time you end up in the air and shoot right past the barriers and into other parts of the map and a lot the time the game doesn’t automatically reset you to the race track so you have to physically reset yourself.
For me, the steering wasn’t responsive as it should be so it makes it hard to turn, but once you turned it veered and crash a lot but I later found out that you can change steering sensitivity. I also found that the sensitivity was automatically set to zero which is why I had so much difficulty driving, though even after the sensitivity there is still some trouble, but, I think that’s because these are fast cars. I also found in the setting I can change the speed measurement to MPH or Mach from KPH. but later found out after changing it, at the end screen at the end of each race it still told your top speed in KPH.
I found that when you play deathmatch there is a lag but I kinda expect that as there is a lot of explosions in that mode, I didn’t experience it anywhere else in the game. I did have a problem where the game almost froze for a minute when loading in a race but I only experienced it twice and had no problem any other time.
When you level up you unlock things for your car but what you unlock for your car is purely cosmetic and has no effect on the performance of the car. I discovered in the game the start and finish lines aren’t well highlighted so a lot of the time you can’t really tell where they are, so I think maybe changing how it looks would help a lot, even having a little flag would make it easier to identify.
You can currently get the game on Steam, for Ps4, Xbox and Switch. On the consoles it’s currently £34.99 and on Steam it’s currently £24.99
Overall the game feels more like a game you would sit and play with your siblings or your friends, rather than a game you would play on your own. Unless you were someone who thoroughly enjoyed racing games. The game could use some improvements in quite a few areas like maybe unlocking certain things only in the campaign and maybe adjusting the driving to make it a little easier. Even though this game does need some improvements it isn’t overall a terrible game but, I don’t think that the game is worth the retail price, what you get for what you pay for is not worth paying the £35 for.
GRIP: Combat Racing
- Fun to play with family and friends
- Art style of loading screens are pretty
- Not worth £35
- Campaign doesn't seem worth playing as you get nothing from it
- Cars are a bit hard to control