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POSTED 3/7/14


GRID AUTOSPORT

Codemasters



RARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

The sounds of pistons pumping and exhausts growling aren’t the first things you’ll notice in GRID Autosport, but they’re amongst the sweetest. Rather than mindless DOOF blaring and drowning out the noises that park petrol-heads in their happy places, the radio’s been binned.

That’s just the first improvement over GRID 2.

Those who value eyesight will also be pleased to know that the whole interface experience has been toned down from ARRRRRRRRRGGGGHHH to a more functional, less colourful argh.

Anybody without a dick should be pleased to know that they’re welcome. GRID 2 inexplicably ignored approximately half of the human race with its built-in names. We don’t think Codies will make that blunder again.

“But what about the actual car stuff?” you may bleat, if you’re a sheep.

The full-on arcade slippery-skewedness of GRID 2 has been chucked for a welcome return to more of an original GRID style of almost-sim, with just enough arcadiness to make it playable. As long as you don’t keep the pedal constantly floored and try to drive vaguely like real life you’ll have fun – but still be challenged, even with assists set to fork-in-brain levels.

You’ll tackle five racing disciplines to get anywhere, but can blast through them in any order. Touring, endurance, open wheel, tuner and street are the deal, each posing their own challenges. It all revolves around team sponsorships, rather than amassing a Jay Lenoesque garage, but we reckon being forced to try cars you may not otherwise hop into rocks. Online gives more freedom for personal preferences. Oh, speaking of multiplayer, local split-screen – oh yeah!

22 tracks, 79 cars. This includes ute racing – and we’re not talking German singers. You can even fang around Bathurst! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oi! Oi! Oi!

Not to be parochial or anything, cobber.

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