Drive to survive…on the couch? !

The race is experiencing something of a renaissance in popular culture. From the explosive 2021 Formula 1 season to the reintroduction of NASCAR in Los Angeles with the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum a surprise success, new fans are flocking to motorsports. This is largely due to the resounding success of Netflix Drive to survive docuseries, which covers the highs, lows and drama of Formula 1 in spectacular fashion. For fans looking to get even more racing in their lives, video games are a natural resource – and Grid Legends is a fun new entry in the long-running Grid racing game franchise.

What is the premise?

Grid Legends, developed by Codemasters and published by Electronic Arts, hopes to deliver more high-stakes motorsport drama with a campaign inspired by Drive to survive. It’s a bit shocking as the game shifts from crisp graphics to live-action scenes, featuring fictional personalities from the Grid Racing series. The story mode is called “Driven to Glory” and takes place over 32 chapters, each with a unique storyline. The player takes on the role of No. 22, a faceless driver hoping to break into the series with Seneca Racing, who seems to draw heavy inspiration from the Haas F1 team that was featured heavily in Drive to survive. The player competes against a diverse cast of drivers on the grid, and while the story is a little heavy and cheesy at times, it’s a good introduction to the mind-boggling variety of racing locations and formats included in Grid Legends.

Story mode is the prequel to the game’s massively single-player career mode, which features a wide array of racing classes and hundreds of events. While in Story Mode the player drives pre-configured cars and setups, Career Mode unlocks the game’s customization and team building features. Players can skip Story Mode and jump straight into the action of the game. career mode.

How does it ride?

We tested Grid Legends on an XBOX One S with a controller, which is the standard experience for casual gamers. The gameplay is a mix of simulation-level engagement and arcade-style action. The camera and visual effects are intense and cinematic, and the game delivers a high level of immersion through highly detailed environments, dynamic weather simulations, and a day/night cycle.

In story mode, the player challenges the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, Australia in a Renault Laguna Touring Car in the rain. The track consists of high-speed straights and bouts of technical turns through the hills, all made more difficult as sheets of rain pound the windshield and virtually decimate visibility. Where the story fails to capture the authenticity that captivates audiences in Drive to survivethe gameplay more than makes up for it.

Controller calibration is set up nicely for players who don’t have wheel rigs, but of course Grid Legends works with it. However, the game doesn’t take advantage of the XBOX One’s rumble triggers as much as it could and as a result the feedback of the controller when accelerating or braking feels numb compared to franchises like Forza Motorsport or Forza Horizon who use this better. Functionality. Still, there’s no problem zipping through the streets of Chicago or Havana, Cuba, with precision in a powerful racing car like the Ford GT GTE.

Grid Legends features over 130 tracks and over 120 vehicles at launch, with a nice mix of high-performance street cars and purpose-built racing cars, giving the game strong replayability; the variables in two races will never be exactly the same.

How many ways to play?

Codemasters seems aware that a lot of gamers don’t have the time to sit down and dive into a video game for hours at a time. It’s easy to switch between game modes, and after completing a race in career mode, players are returned to the series menu so they can switch between different events at will.

The multiplayer mode is cross-platform, so players with different gaming systems will be able to compete online. Codemasters also included a feature that allowed players to jump into each other’s games, which should reduce wait times for multiplayer action.

For the first time ever in the Grid franchise, players can also create their own race events and configure over a million combinations of settings across race modes, from weather conditions to time of day to the ramps to boost the doors.

Should I buy Grid Legends?

With plenty of customization options, smooth gameplay, and a huge assortment of tracks and cars, racing fans have a lot to love about Grid Legends. Even if story mode isn’t for you, Codemasters offers skippable cutscenes and the ability to skip the campaign entirely if players just want to jump right into career mode. If the start of the 2022 racing season hasn’t been enough to satiate your appetite for racing – remember that the NTT IndyCar Series kicks off this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida – and if you die of want to see season 4 Drive to survive Debuting March 11, Grid Legends releases Friday, February 25, to fill the Monza-sized hole in your heart.