Developed and published by Codemasters, one of the leading auto racing video game companies today, GRID Autosport provides a top-tier racing game experience that few can match.
While leaning heavily towards the simulation style of auto racing, GRID Autosport realizes that it's still a video game. To that end, players can expect to spend far less time off the track than they would in other similar titles such as Gran Turismo and Forza. It's no cakewalk, however, as every second spent on the racetrack demands the player's complete attention.
AI competition is fierce - even on lower difficulty settings - but by no means is it outside on the hardest of difficulty settings.
Helping the player along, compared to last year's average-at-best GRID 2, is how the cars handle. It's gone through a bit of refinement that adds subtle differences between driving FWD, single-seater, and all-wheel-drive race cars.
While most everything on the track is top gear good, the game's teammate mechanic is somewhat lacking. Seemingly a case of better in theory than in practice, your AI-controlled racing teammate is rarely of much use -- partially because it's not a very good driver.
Noticeably lacking from Autosport is the expansive team management career mode found in the original GRID title (though the game does have its own career mode). While it's exclusion in this latest title is regrettable, the more than 100 tracks across 22 locations players have access to nearly makes up for it. Other content, such as the Demolition Derby, also helps to extend gameplay.
Not surprisingly, GRID Autosport is a very good looking game. The locations and vehicles themselves look amazing and the detail to which they're all created in-game is something to appreciate. The drivers-eye-view is also well done with a very clean and easy to read HUD when tearing it up around the track. The audio, while of great quality, could use a bit of help thanks to what seemed to be simply a limited number of audio tracks. Players can expect to hear a number of the same commentary as they pass the grandstands or enter the pit more often that they would probably like.
When it comes down to it, Codemasters did a fine job with GRID Autosport. While not achieving the heights of a definitive "The" race car video game, it still performs very well and runs laps around its predecessor.
Platform(s):PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Rating: E for Everyone
Score: 3.75 out of 4