GRID differentiates itself from the morass of extremely similar racing games by getting rid of car modification, artistic paint respraying and tacked-on storylines, focusing all its attention on the track.
There’s no painted-on racing line telling you where to steer and brake, and on its default difficulty level your fellow racers don’t conveniently slow down in the final lap to let you win, leaving all the work down to you. It doesn’t look like much compared to Gran Turismo 6 or Forza Horizon, but if you’re looking for an uncompromising driving challenge, you’ll like GRID Autosport.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Valiant Hearts: The Great War, PS3 & PS4
Telling a human story of the first world war, Valiant Hearts shows what it was like to be caught up in the fighting, from the perspective of a soldier, a conscript and civilians. Presented in charming, hand-drawn 2D, it’s an old-school adventure at heart, wanting you to find objects and solve straightforward puzzles to progress. Its dexterity-based challenges are less inspiring, but they won’t hold you up for long because Valiant Hearts isn’t a game about twitch reflexes or consequence-free violence. It’s a delightful interactive history lesson, with a sad, unsentimentally told story that encompasses love, death and loyalty; subjects most games wouldn’t touch with a 40ft pole.
Blue Estate: The Game, PS4
Blue Estate: The Game is an on-rails shooter in which you start as Tony Luciano, swiping strands of greasy hair from from your eyes before laying waste to waves of goons. Wielding the PS4 controller like a light gun, you’re rewarded for aiming hot leaden justice at the heads and crotches of assailants, the crass sense of humour and heavy rock soundtrack joined by a knowing early joke about about how much it re-uses its environments.
Focus Home Interactive, £15.99
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