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Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
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  1. Oct 8, 2019
    90
    A fitting return to form for the GRiD franchise, especially given the five year gap since Autosport. Doesn’t take itself too seriously, so it’s a title anyone can pick up and play. Would be just as at home in an arcade cabinet as it is in the console under your TV or on your PC.
  2. Oct 8, 2019
    90
    GRID is, by and far, one of the best times I've had with a racing game. Thanks to a great mixture of arcade and simulation, with a wide variety of options to let you cater the game to you, it's suitable for everybody. Not only that, thanks to the nemesis system and AI race-master, as well as the 400 unique AI personalities within the game, each and every race genuinely feels different. Simply put, GRID looks, sounds and plays great and is arguably the best all-around game from Codemasters.
  3. 86
    Grid is back to establish itself as one of the most exciting racing games in recent years. Missing a bit of courage, but the amount of cars and disciplines manages to keep high the desire to play. There are some technical limits and only 30 frames per second, but also wonderful weather and lighting management.
  4. Oct 14, 2019
    85
    Overall, GRID is a very good game – but one that fails to fully find its own voice. One thing that defined the series when it began was a unique team-based premise and a defined structure to its career mode. You had a sense of identity there that isn’t present now and it hurts the overall experience. Fortunately, the core racing action is still top-shelf and the nemesis system keeps you glued to the race and doing your best to either avoid contact or exploit it depending on your play style. This reboot isn’t my favorite in the franchise, but it is the best-playing on-track experience even if the rest of the game doesn’t quite match its greatness.
  5. Oct 10, 2019
    82
    So how successful was Codemasters in their goal to create a fun experience? They did pretty well. With Grid, Codemasters have crafted a fun racing experience and managed to inject some personality into the game to boot.
  6. Oct 8, 2019
    82
    After five years inside the garage, GRID comes back to the track with a great reboot. It is not as fast as DiRT or F1 reboots, but it offers spectacular races on a few circuits, specially the urban ones.
  7. Oct 21, 2019
    80
    GRID returns and reaches the finish line in triumphant fashion. Codemaster commitment to blend arcade and simulation elements is, undoubtedly, a winning formula that is only strengthened with the furiousness of the AI.
  8. Oct 12, 2019
    80
    For as big as the world is, and for as many car companies are out there, you want a little bit more variety in a racing game that is spread out globally.
  9. 80
    Ultimately, Codemasters plays it safe with GRID, for better and worse. There's certainly a lack of features, less modes, and a lesser number of cars and tracks than other contemporary racers. This is a no-frills arcade racer, but a very good one. If solid racing action is the only thing you care about, GRID has it in spades.
  10. Oct 11, 2019
    80
    Once the feel of the grind of the Career Mode begins, the initial appeal starts to wear off even though the varying race experiences try to hide it. The multiplayer experience is seemingly just an afterthought with something that could have had so much potential. But with beautiful visuals and impressive gameplay, fans of the original GRID will find that this modern version will suit them on the track.
  11. Oct 8, 2019
    80
    A final note of merit also goes to the solidity and stability of the code, which during our test has never allowed us to glimpse any imperfection, much less declines in framerates. While not making a miracle cry, GRID appears sufficiently solid (at least on PS4 Pro) also from a technical point of view.
  12. Oct 8, 2019
    80
    An exciting return to form for the GRID franchise. This is a well thought and executed arcade racing game, with lots of events and races.
  13. Oct 8, 2019
    80
    It’s more streamlined than the original in terms of team management and it’s definitely way too lean on tracks, but Grid packs fun, fast-paced racing into an easy-to-digest format. Sure, it’s unrealistic for the final race to be Prototypes jumping up and down San Francisco’s iconic hills, but Grid isn’t trying to be a realistic facsimile of modern racing. Hell, with throngs of spectators dangling over the Armco, if Grid were realistic the tracks would just be a sea of severed hands and heads. Instead, it’s a hyperbolic brand of high-contact, Hollywood-style circuit and street racing delivered with style and confidence.
  14. Oct 8, 2019
    80
    Grid offers an enjoyable racing experience that tests your driving skills. With the nemesis feature, a ton of racing personalities, and the flashback feature, there's a good amount to make it unique. There are some annoying track designs that drag you down, but most of them are winners.
  15. Oct 9, 2019
    78
    GRID is a good racing arcade, and even if it’s far from perfect, we feel like its virtues compensate for its shortcomings.
  16. Oct 23, 2019
    77
    GRID has some interesting new features, but at the end is a very classic sim-arcade driving game with solid engine and gameplay.
  17. CD-Action
    Oct 25, 2019
    75
    Grid will be an ideal game for subscription based services – stunning at first and tasty in small bites but unfortunately easy to forget after one week. [12/2019, p.50]
  18. Oct 15, 2019
    75
    There's a lot to love here, from GRID's expansive multiplayer modes to the game's ability to cater to your every whim and need. The lack of splitscreen multiplayer is disappointing though, as are the often lacklustre graphics and severely mediocre enemy AI.
  19. Oct 11, 2019
    75
    Even though it is mostly a "best-of" compilation of GRID, GRID 2 and GRID Autosport with updated visuals, the new GRID has that unique Codemasters DNA that guarantees great racing gameplay. And when you add this to the immense wealth of cars and tracks, what you get is a solid racer that is suitable for the masses.
  20. Oct 10, 2019
    75
    GRID is looking for its niche in a highly competitive genre with an eclectic proposal that wants to please everyone but therefore does not delve into any particular field.
  21. Oct 8, 2019
    75
    GRID isn’t a revolution for the racing games genre but that’s not what we asking him to be. It’s a cool little racer with clean visual, accessible driving and a good variety of races.
  22. Oct 8, 2019
    75
    GRID focuses on the basics, and that is barebones racing. Don’t expect anything beyond that to keep you motivated.
  23. Oct 8, 2019
    72
    The new Grid is a satisfying driving experience, but it lacks that "X factor" that makes your game unique or special.
  24. Oct 23, 2019
    71
    Grid is an entertaining and sensational racing game, which unfortunately also has a lack of finish and presentation. This is nothing more than "just nice racing". For a lot of gamers, that might be enough - although the franchise has already shown in the past that there is more to it.
  25. 70
    As with most reboots, there's a sense of compromise running throughout GRID. The fundamentals are there. Racing feels fantastic and action-packed with a great emphasis on presenting the races as genuine occasions. Unfortunately, you see where the icing has been spread thin. The career mode can feel repetitive and lacking in variety. As a racer, it's sound but it feels like an appetiser.
  26. Oct 14, 2019
    70
    Grid is a great looking game and features some excellent driving and physics. It's let down by a questionable damage system and boring design. From the games dull menus to no-frills racing, there's just not enough here to separate it from the pack.
  27. Oct 8, 2019
    70
    Limited number of cars, tracks not always inspired and non-existent management section prevent Codemasters' driving game from having a strong personality.
  28. 70
    It may not feature all of the bells and whistles that we’ve grown accustomed to in 2019, but it’s certainly a solid foundation to rebuild a brand around.
  29. 70
    With absolutely nothing new to bring to the table except the pointless 'Nemesis' feature, GRID treads water in spectacular fashion. It looks and sounds amazing, and plays like an arcade game which has aspirations to be a simulator, but with no realistic car damage to penalise reckless driving, it becomes a long drawn out affair.
  30. Oct 8, 2019
    70
    If you shun DiRT Rally’s authenticity or F1 series’ almost tiresomely detailed race weekends and don’t mind the deficiency of online features, GRID is just about the best game you can get if you only fancy racing fast. It knows where it’s good at but at the same time, I still wish there was more character and challenge to it.
  31. 70
    Some of the finest simulated driving you can find on PC and console, but with a single-player career mode that’s not as fully fleshed out as you’d expect for the money.
  32. Oct 8, 2019
    70
    Grid is an enjoyable racing game that fails to do anything great. There’s a decent amount of content, but nothing to truly ride write home about. The career mode is relatively phoned in without any unique elements and can become a grind due to the game’s progression system. Returning fans will remember why they enjoyed the series, but they will also realize why it hasn’t been missed all that much in the past five years without an entry.
  33. Oct 8, 2019
    70
    The Grid series offers a fun, gorgeous racing experience, and I can see value in bringing it back. But this incarnation of the game performs the bare minimum of the reboot mandate when it should be doing so much more. We race to be in first place, but unfortunately, Grid seems content to be in the middle of the pack.
  34. Oct 8, 2019
    70
    GRID is a very solid racing game that harkens back to the 2008 original in some important ways. The action-packed racing itself is great and often unpredictable, and the handling strikes that balance between arcade and sim wonderfully. However, presentation isn't really up to scratch, and it leaves the game feeling a little cheap. We can't shake the feeling that the pursuit of that GRID personality has only led to a game that's, perhaps ironically, struggling for an identity. When all is said and done, though, there's still plenty to enjoy here, and it's certainly one of PS4's better casual racing games where it counts.
  35. Oct 8, 2019
    70
    GRID is an enjoyable racing game for those who want to enjoy some close racing without worrying about camber angles. The market needs games like this to provide light and shade. I was hoping this new GRID would be a fresh start, but it's a last night's takeaway re-heated. I enjoy leftovers – cold pizza is one of life's great pleasures – but that doesn’t make the perfect racing game when the rest of the world has moved on.
  36. Oct 16, 2019
    67
    Great visuals and a solid racing feel might not be enough to divert your attention from an already busy holiday line-up. There have been so many excellent racers in the past few years, that GRID just doesn’t do enough to justify its purchase price in my mind. It’s a fun game, sure, but I don’t think you’ll find it to be all that memorable in the long run.
  37. Oct 8, 2019
    62
    Motorsport fans will have fun with this reboot, especially if they are looking to race some popular vehicles on well-known real-life circuits. However, the poor quality graphics, lack of local multiplayer, and limited appeal of the Nemesis system makes it harder to recommend.
  38. Nov 7, 2019
    60
    Codemasters managed to create the perfect racing atmosphere, utilizing a top-notch driving model and excellent AI, but then they kind of forgot about everything else: the car pool is tiny, the Career Mode is non-existent, the team management is lacklustre.
  39. Nov 3, 2019
    60
    GRID is a game that has excellent fundamentals, but does not go to the bottom of everything it could have proposed.
  40. Oct 25, 2019
    60
    Grid is an easy-to-play racing game that entertains on the track but disappoints everywhere else. The career mode is hardly worth the name, and the online mode only offers the most basic functions. Although, if you can't stand the realism you’ll find in most of today’s racing games and just want something fun to play – Grid might be the game for you.
  41. Oct 9, 2019
    60
    The game combines some of the core aspects of its predecessors, but fails to deliver a complete and exciting experience. It lacks content and variation and gets old quick in comparison to other recent race games.
  42. Oct 8, 2019
    55
    Codemasters' attempt to revive GRID has a lot of great ideas but struggles to bring them all together in a cohesive fashion.
  43. Oct 8, 2019
    50
    Grid is a visual spectacle, but offers a matt racing experience. You may be even better off with the recent Switch release of five-year-old Grid Motorsport.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 43
  2. Negative: 18 out of 43
  1. Oct 11, 2019
    7
    As a fan of the first Grid I was eagerly anticipating this realease , I missed Grid 2 and Grid Autosport due to the games not being that goodAs a fan of the first Grid I was eagerly anticipating this realease , I missed Grid 2 and Grid Autosport due to the games not being that good , so i thought great they are re-doing Grid , its gotta be good, coz the first one was figgin awesome!!... well it is and it isnt.

    Where it counts out on the track its pretty good nowhere near as good as the first grid , for two reasons, the handling and the damage model. This leans alot towards arcade in terms of handling , there a few "sim" options like traction control etc , but on some cars these just dont matter. The damage model is really poor, seriously toned down, gone are the slow mo smash ups , and your car crumpling and having handling problems , now you can smash a wall and lose a bonnett..really??

    The team mate and nemises things are just padding , they are touted as things to do and watch out for ie you can order your team mate to defend etc , and if you crash into another driver often they become a nemisis and supposedly hunt you down , but it doesnt matter that much and you can easlly forget about it.

    Online is a joke , very limited options for public racing , if youve got 15 mates that have the game great you cab set up a private server full of options, but nothing like that for public games.
    So poor showing in my opinion , buy it yes, but after the price comes way down.
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  2. Oct 12, 2019
    1
    720p and 30fps on PS4, are you f kidding me? Driveclub have 1080p 30fps, but he has great lighting. GTS have 1080p 60fps! This game is just720p and 30fps on PS4, are you f kidding me? Driveclub have 1080p 30fps, but he has great lighting. GTS have 1080p 60fps! This game is just disgusting. Primitive career. Boring. Awful. Full Review »
  3. Oct 12, 2019
    0
    I feel stupid i pre-ordered this game. Online is lacking. There are only quick matches. You can't play with a teammate. Statistics are missingI feel stupid i pre-ordered this game. Online is lacking. There are only quick matches. You can't play with a teammate. Statistics are missing in this game. You don't have a parking garage. In online mode the starting grid seems bugged. Some players count downs are quicker then others.

    In offline the AI is really stupid. It's good to be aggressive, but this ain't aggressive, just plain stupid. They just bump to bump. Graphics are outdated.

    I payed € 90,- for this trash. Even the original GRID is better.
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