Grid Autosport (Xbox 360)
Codemasters brings back its high speed franchise for another lap.
- A return to motor racing roots.
- Bigger track selection
- Game engine is a bit long in the tooth.
- Cockpit view lacks details
Technical limitations aside, Grid Autosport is a welcome return to the motor racing that kick-started the series.
Price$ 79.00 (AUD)
Barely a year has passed and Codemasters has released a new instalment to its Grid racing series. Considering there was a five year gap between the first game and Grid 2, the quick release of Grid Autosport comes as a pleasant surprise.
Grid 2 took the series away from its motorsports setting to street racing, though Grid Autosport is returning it to its roots. That means highly tuned race cars are the focus once again, which is sure to excite fans who were introduced to the Grid series with the first game.
Back in the driver’s seat
The Grid Autosport experience is separated into five vehicle categories, spanning Touring, Endurance, Open Wheel, Tuner, and Street. Completing races in these categories leads to Grid Grand Slams, which are events that sample the five racing types.
One shortcoming with Grid 2 was the modest selection of tracks. In response to that criticism, Grid Autosport comes with 13 courses, which is more than twice the five found in Grid 2.
The return to motorsports means the vehicles handle differently this time around. Due to the game’s street racing focus, the handling in Grid 2 was geared more towards powerslides for a more arcadey driving experience.
Grid Autosport returns to the handling model of the original game, which aims for more of a simulation feel. Various driving aids can be turned on and off depending on how much control you want with the vehicle, though the game does not punish the player too hard for occasional slip-ups.
The last lap
When the original Grid came out in 2008, it was a visually impressive title that demonstrated the power of the consoles at the time. Since then Gran Turismo 5 and Forza 4 have come out, and the visual bar has been raised as a result.
While it is no longer state-of-the-art, Grid Autosport is still a nice looking game that pushes the technical boundaries of the Xbox 360. The tracks are brimming with detail, and a lot of care has gone into making the car models look authentic.
The high level of polish does not extend to the first person view, which features a somewhat rudimentary depiction of the vehicle interior. After experiencing the detailed interiors in Gran Turismo 5 and Forza 4, the simpler dashboards in Grid Autosport stand out.
In many ways, Grid Autosport is a more of a sequel to the original Grid than the second game was. The return to motorsports may be jarring for those who only played Grid 2, but long-time fans will appreciate the series’ return to its roots.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
- 2 Sony Xperia XZ review: turbo-charged last-gen phone
- 3 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
- 4 Sony X9300D and X8500D UHD 4K TV review
- 5 Moto X Force review: Leading features from a mid-range phone
Latest News Articles
- The Nintendo Switch is a radical mash-up of consoles and gaming handhelds
- Halo Wars 2 hands-on preview: Blitz mode's thrilling twists could trigger an RTS revival
- The Xbox One's first email app is here, and it's not Outlook
- This week in games: Tyranny snags a release date, polygonal Lara Croft returns
- Steam's adding support for Sony's DualShock 4 PlayStation controller
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: The new best Android phone
- Japan Robot, gadget and car expo slideshow
- Panasonic DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review: Best all-round TV ever?
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCIT Data AnalystACT
- CCSenior Procurement SpecialistVIC
- FTData Governance Project Manager | 6 month ContractNSW
- CCContract IT Assistant (System Backup Operation) 161014/ITA/523Asia
- CCBusiness Process Specialist/AnalystNSW
- FTScrum MasterNSW
- FTSolution Delivery ManagerVIC
- CCSystem & Network EngineerVIC
- CCContract Systems Analyst (Oracle/Unix/WebLogic) 161020/SA/693Asia
- CCCloud Security Services SpecialistVIC
- CCInfrastructure Project Manager - Site MoveNSW
- FTIntegration SpecialistSA
- CCIT Risk ManagerNSW
- FTMobile DeveloperAsia
- FTNetwork and Security Engineer - Checkpoint, Firewalls, VPNNSW
- FTLevel 2 Service Desk AnalystVIC
- FTDirector Data AnalyticsACT
- CCStrategy AnalystVIC
- CCFront End Developer - Mid LevelNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystACT
- FTDevOps EngineerVIC
- CCContract Junior Programmer (Internet/ Intranet) 161025/JP/vhaAsia
- CCServiceNow ConsultantNSW
- CCSitecore DeveloperNSW
- FTInformation Architect, DataNSW