Grid Legends – Review – Critical Hits

Racing games are still one of the coolest experiences a video game can offer, after all, racing at speeds you’ll barely reach in life without the possibility of crashing into a curve is too much, and Grid Legends brings exactly that. Following on from the 2019 reboot, can the game succeed where its predecessor did and improve on its formula?

In Grid Legends, the game basically splits into two modes, single player or multiplayer, and as usual, we are going to split our review between the two.

In the single player mode, where I spent most of my time, we have a campaign where you are pilot 22, who has joined the Seneca team and must help your team, as well as complement your veteran, Yume Tanaka.

The campaign is honestly quite fun, and it’s up to you to experience the most different types of racing and vehicle categories the game has to offer. On top of that, you also have inside rivals Team Voltz sprinter Valentin Manzi and Ravenwest sprinter Nathan McKane.

This rivalry is told over several races, each with a series of conditions, such as finishing ahead of one of your rivals, not destroying the car, or even reaching position X to advance.

One point of the campaign that I didn’t find cool, because it’s very disconnected from what the game is trying to convey, is the fact that you start as an inexperienced racer and work your way up the ranks of the competition, going from semi-pro to pro and everything in between, but the races themselves are too easy in the normal challenge mode. In this way, it’s quite odd that the game still treats you like a newbie who has to prove himself to you by destroying everyone race after race.

An interesting point of the campaign is that it is possible to play it with more than one person, through the multiplayer mode, despite this not advancing the campaign itself for that person who will help you.

Another interesting point of the campaign are the interviews with the riders you compete with during the races and also the comments that your team manager makes as the race goes on, although some of them are very exaggerated or strange sometimes.

As you progress through the career mode of the game, it will offer you more and more activities to do in the game itself, so you are kind of forced to play for the races and destroy the competition for access to everything Grid Legends has to offer.

But how does the Grid Legends race work? Well, that’s the most important thing of all, after all, there’s no point in being a racing game with a rich campaign full of activities and being bad, right?

If I had to rank Grid Legends, I’d say it’s more like a Forza Horizon than a Gran Turismo, which is to say it’s much more arcade-style, with great ease in cornering at high speed in skating, only for simulation. The game therefore turns out to be much more permissive with errors, but it is still possible to spin the car along the road, for example.

Other points from Forza and racing games in general that the game pulled was the line indicating the path you have to take on the track and also the ability to “rewind” your way through the track if you make a mistake (being limited to three stroke recoveries).

Overall, racing in Grid Legends is a lot of fun, and fans of high-speed racing who don’t care too much about that obsession with recreating all the sounds and characteristics of a real car will enjoy the game.

Graphically, Grid Legends is a beautiful game, both on Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X, consoles on which I tested the game. The challenge is very fluid and the tracks and models of the cars are very beautiful , Day and night.

The game’s soundtrack is good and it also has Portuguese subtitles and menus for those who don’t speak English to stay up to date with what’s going on.

But then, is Grid Legends worth it?

Grid Legends is a good racing game that will delight fans of arcade-style speed, combining a good campaign and beautiful graphics. There are areas where the game could improve, such as the sense of challenge in the campaign, but overall the game does what it sets out to do.

Review prepared with a copy of the game for Xbox Series X and Series S provided by the publisher.

Summary for the lazy

Grid Legends is a good racing game that will delight fans of arcade-style speed, combining a good campaign and beautiful graphics. There are areas where the game could improve, such as the sense of challenge in the campaign, but overall the game does what it sets out to do.

Final note

Learn more about our valuation methods by reading our Reviews Guide.

benefits

  • Great running feeling

the inconvenients

  • weak campaign
  • The soundtrack does not excite

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