GRID AU­TOSPORT

RRP: $ 89 ( Re­viewed on PlayS­ta­tion 3)

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wil­cox Email mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

HERALD­ING from the sta­ble of Code­mas­ters, one of the world’s most re­spected car- rac­ing game de­vel­op­ers, GRID Au­tosport is the lat­est in­stal­ment in the stu­dio’s es­teemed list of high- oc­tane of­fer­ings.

While the core game­play will feel fa­mil­iar to fans of the GRID se­ries, the reap­pear­ance of the in- car cam­era an­gles, the deeper driv­ing cus­tomi­sa­tion and ve­hi­cle tun­ing op­tions, and ex­panded race types are all wel­come ad­di­tions.

From the minute you hop be­hind the wheel of any one of the 80 un­lock­able cars, there is a key dif­fer­ence to last year’s GRID 2.

For­go­ing the pre­de­ces­sor’s ar­cade rac­ing style, this is a full rac­ing sim­u­la­tor, al­low­ing you to drive the way you want – from hav­ing mul­ti­ple choices to view the ac­tion while rac­ing, to in­creas­ing the dif­fi­culty level by turn­ing on and off set­tings such as ve­hi­cle dam­age, ABS brakes, sta­bil­ity, and trac­tion as­sist.

The driv­ing con­trols feel more pol­ished this year, with skilled driv­ing ma­noeu­vres be­ing re­warded while sloppy over- steer­ing and high- speed knocks and bumps with other cars re­sult in los­ing pre­cious sec­onds on the race clock. Where Au­tosport goes deeper than

GRID games be­fore it is the new XP lev­el­ling sys­tem across all five rac­ing dis­ci­plines.

Ac­cess­ing new lev­els of this ex­pe­ri­ence- based sys­tem, you’ll pro­gres­sively un­lock new race cir­cuits, teams, spon­sors and other race en­hanc­ing fea­tures.

This is a clever, ob­jec­tive- driven sys­tem that re­wards driv­ers who stick to a plan and stay fo­cused.

I like how the cam­era pans to your ri­val at the start of each race, high­light­ing the car on the grid you need to keep in your sights through­out the race.

An­other tac­ti­cal fea­ture I en­joyed was be­ing able to tell your team’s other driver to ei­ther act ag­gres­sively or de­fen­sively to help out in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.

Even though it has snubbed the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of con­soles af­ter last year’s medi­ocre racer, the GRID se­ries has still clawed back in pole po­si­tion as one of this year best sim­u­la­tion racers.

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