The grand tour game

Sling on a jacket over your jeans, hit that top gear, and go tour­ing

Games Master - - Contents - Mike Stubbs

Of­fi­cially the only rac­ing game on the mar­ket in which Richard Ham­mond poos his knick­ers.

Amaz­ingly this TV tie-in isn’t just a fairly stan­dard rac­ing game with with a li­cence slapped on top of it, which is what we cyn­i­cally ex­pected. It re­ally is a playable ver­sion of the hit Ama­zon show, where you get to play through the iconic scenes that un­til now Clark­son, Ham­mond, and May have been the only ones to ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand. The open­ing se­quence from the first episode of The Grand Tour al­lows you to race along­side your co-pre­sen­ters, as Jeremy Clark­son heads from the UK af­ter his fir­ing from the BBC to LA, where the crew are joined by hun­dreds of other ve­hi­cles driv­ing across the Cal­i­for­nian desert. Dur­ing the playable sec­tions voice lines taken di­rectly from the pro­gramme play, mak­ing it feel like you are tak­ing part in the real thing, and in the non-playable scenes you watch live-ac­tion clips. Con­tent from sea­son three will also be added as episodes launch – now that’s fan ser­vice.

Un­for­tu­nately, copy­ing the show so closely has re­sulted in some groan-in­duc­ing mo­ments. In an­other scene from the open­ing episode Richard Ham­mond ex­claims “there’s poo com­ing out now” while driv­ing a McLaren P1. So nat­u­rally when you play this sec­tion, wher­ever you go off the track Ham­mond shouts this, or some­thing sim­i­lar, and you lose points be­cause he pooed him­self. The more poo at the end of the race, the lower the grade of

medal you earn.

Couch rac­ing

That side of things is a real shame, as un­der it is a de­cent rac­ing game that sits be­tween the ar­cadey style of Need For Speed and sim­u­la­tors such as Gran Turismo. In split-screen mul­ti­player races, Mario Kart-like powerups lend a sense of in­di­vid­u­al­ity to The Grand Tour. It fea­tures real cars and tracks, but has wacky mo­ment-to­mo­ment ac­tion you don’t find in a straight sim, and it works re­ally well. There’s clearly some­thing solid here but, like the show, at times it feels like some mo­ments should have been left out, or at least han­dled dif­fer­ently.

Choose to play as Clark­son, Ham­mond, or May in split-screen and hear their voices as you race.

If you’ve seen a car in the show there’s a pretty good chance you will be able to drive it in the game. And, er, col­lect power-ups as you race it against other peo­ple.

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