Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  1. AceGamez
    100
    Gripshift usurps Ridge Racer as the PSP's greatest racer. In terms of fun, longevity and value for money, it even beats Mario Kart DS into submission - and that's really saying something!
  2. The devilish tracks and quick, pick-up-and-play nature of the mission structure result in a game that is perfectly suited for the PSP console, and gamers looking for something a little different could certainly do a lot worse.
  3. When you get bored with the story mode and other bonus modes the single player serves up you’ll always be left with the brilliant track editor and uploaded tracks from the community – and that is GripShift’s strongest pull.
  4. The car handling is rather touchy and the car physics are a bit too floaty and unbalanced, and therefore turning and jumping on the game’s narrow tracks at high speeds, especially the later, more difficult ones, can get too challenging and frustrating for its own good.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    84
    An innovative platform-puzzle-racer with a built-in track editor. Sluggish car handling and constant dying are big minuses, but do not destroy an otherwise excellent game. [Feb 2006]
  6. Game Informer
    83
    The simplicity of the game is deceptive; this is immensely entertaining fun in a tight, clean, and ultimately cool little package. [Oct 2005, p.150]
  7. 80
    One of this year's more bizarre portable titles, not to mention one of the best.
  8. Though the racing is a bit frustrating at first, you can get used to it. The game includes a lot of content, so you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck.
  9. GripShift is a portable game designed to near perfection, it's Super Monkey Ball crossed with Geoff Crammond's legendary Stunt Car Racer; a unique concept that fully utilises its format, resulting in one of the most frustratingly addictive titles on the PSP to date.
  10. Collecting stars, dashing to the finish line within strict time limits and hunting for tokens are satisfying goals thanks to clever level design.
  11. You may have to work to unlock the bonus games and more difficult tracks, but there is something about this game that will compel you to do so, playing some of the levels over and over until you accomplish the deed to advance.
  12. 75
    While GripShift does in fact offer varied, unique and entertaining gameplay, it feels like these genres never really gel together as well as they should. Still, it’s fun once you get used to the idea.

Awards & Rankings

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#30 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
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#38 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. May 29, 2014
    7
    It may be short but it is fun! It's trackmania crossed with Mario kart! Who can go wrong with that. Making your own tracks can be fun aswellIt may be short but it is fun! It's trackmania crossed with Mario kart! Who can go wrong with that. Making your own tracks can be fun aswell but be carefull of falling off edges. Full Review »
  2. BrandonCounts
    Mar 29, 2008
    10
    My favorite game on the PSP! It might be easy but there is over 100! Levels. I paid $9.99 at Gamestop - Used. My family also has a PS3 andMy favorite game on the PSP! It might be easy but there is over 100! Levels. I paid $9.99 at Gamestop - Used. My family also has a PS3 and there was a Grip Sift Demo in the PlayStation Store and we downloaded it, We loved it! Get Grip Shift today!!! Full Review »
  3. MikeH.
    Jan 1, 2007
    10
    One of my favorite things about this game was the bonus games. There are lots of fun levels and I really like the music.