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5.9

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  1. Nov 8, 2018
    9
    In the time of people always saying you need 60fps and 4K resolution, I had to just let my son (10) play it and ask what he thought. Even though the 1080p with 30fps on the Switch, he had a blast and he and his friends said this deserves a 9.

    And what can I say, it looks great, it's challenging in a fun way and kids know how to have fun without taking things to seriously, so that 9 is
    In the time of people always saying you need 60fps and 4K resolution, I had to just let my son (10) play it and ask what he thought. Even though the 1080p with 30fps on the Switch, he had a blast and he and his friends said this deserves a 9.

    And what can I say, it looks great, it's challenging in a fun way and kids know how to have fun without taking things to seriously, so that 9 is well deserved.
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  2. Nov 18, 2018
    8
    The Switch version might not quite match the visual fidelity of the other versions, nor run at a smooth 60 FPS, but this is hardly a dealbreaker.

    Ever since the developers released a performance update for this version, this game runs at a mostly stable 30 FPS. While that may sound bad, especially for a racing game, make no mistakes - this version is perfectly playable and quite a lot
    The Switch version might not quite match the visual fidelity of the other versions, nor run at a smooth 60 FPS, but this is hardly a dealbreaker.

    Ever since the developers released a performance update for this version, this game runs at a mostly stable 30 FPS. While that may sound bad, especially for a racing game, make no mistakes - this version is perfectly playable and quite a lot of fun. The visuals are slightly worse here than in the other versions, but it's hard to notice at the breathtaking speeds you'll be going at - and it's by no means a bad looking game, even if some sacrifices had to be made.

    The most important aspect, of course, is the gameplay. The biggest flaw in Grip is probably the fact how easy it is to get caught up in a crash. Hit a rock at the side of the road and your car will spiral out of control and fly all over the place. If you're lucky, you might recover, otherwise you might need to reset your vehicle. In higher difficulties, the rubberband AI is less likely to work in your favor, so a fatal crash might mean you need to restart the race altogether.

    However, as you go along, you will learn to master the tracks and crash less often in the process. And once you do, this game becomes a blast. The anti-gravity mechanic is brilliantly implemented and the track design is probably the most creative since F-Zero GX, with almost every track featuring lots of alternate routes and making good use of the fact that your car can flip over and continue driving upside down.

    I found that getting hit by power-ups can often be quite frustrating, mostly due to the way the camera often behaves. It can be so disorienting it's often best just to reset your vehicle so you can continue as fast as possible than try to make out which direction your vehicle is even going at when the camera refuses to work with you. These moments are not frequent enough to hinder your enjoyment of the game, but frequent enough to warrant being brought up nonetheless.

    Finally, there's plenty of racing modes to keep you occupied and a good amount of tracks, too. Whereas it might seem there's only a handful of tracks in the game, newer ones keep getting introduced later in the campaign. If you struggle to get through the campaign, don't worry, as they don't need to be unlocked - you can race on any track with any rules, anytime. And while the campaign can be very hard, and even unfair given how the rubberbanding AI works, I never found it to be frustrating. It offers a good challenge for those that seek one.

    All in all, Grip isn't flawless - neither technically nor from a gameplay point of view - but it's a great amount of fun, nonetheless. If you enjoy sci-fi racers, I can easily recommend it. It's easy to glance over Grip's shortcomings once you get lost in the great sensation of speed Grip has to offer.
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  3. Jan 22, 2019
    10
    Think extreme G 1, 2 3 , twisted metal , F Zero, Rush 2049 etc. ...do you miss those games?!? Then buy this one. indie games suck and shooters are stale nowadays but you peeps buy that instead of a worthwhile fresh experience in a dieing genre that could go extinct in the face of the mediocre game scene it is today. Buy just because you don't want Vanilla to be the only flavor.
  4. Jan 20, 2019
    10
    Do not pay attention to the critics, GRIP is an awesome racing game. GRIP is a combat racing game developed by Caged Element and published by Wired Productions that pays homage to RollCage, a beloved PS1 game. One new feature GRIP adds is the ability to drive on the walls and ceilings, which in my opinion is awesome! Once you get deeper into the game, the game begins to turn into a deathDo not pay attention to the critics, GRIP is an awesome racing game. GRIP is a combat racing game developed by Caged Element and published by Wired Productions that pays homage to RollCage, a beloved PS1 game. One new feature GRIP adds is the ability to drive on the walls and ceilings, which in my opinion is awesome! Once you get deeper into the game, the game begins to turn into a death race esk style game.

    My final thoughts on GRIP is that its an awesome combat racing game. You should play it for yourself, because if you focus on the negative reviews, you could be missing out on quite a gem.
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  5. Dec 1, 2019
    8
    Grip is an exhilarating combat racer that takes influence from games of the PS era: Rollcage, Firebugs etc. Grip is exactly that: exhilarating. The sense of speed as you hit the higher classes is overwhelming, for better or for worse. When you successfully complete a blistering lap time it is immensely rewarding. However sometimes it can be difficult to complete a lap!
    Grip can be
    Grip is an exhilarating combat racer that takes influence from games of the PS era: Rollcage, Firebugs etc. Grip is exactly that: exhilarating. The sense of speed as you hit the higher classes is overwhelming, for better or for worse. When you successfully complete a blistering lap time it is immensely rewarding. However sometimes it can be difficult to complete a lap!
    Grip can be frustrating, with it's difficulty definitely tailored to the more hardcore crowd. Catching the wrong bump or camber on track can send you pirouetting into skyscraper 3 miles away. I found myself having to remember tracks and go on 10+ lap marathons just to be able to progress the punishing Career mode. While this is fun, the tracks don't have obvious landmarks to track where you are, and as the tracks aren't exactly in '2D space', so there's no mini-map to judge when a corner is coming. For this reason it can be difficult to learn tracks, especially on the harder difficulties.
    It is also worth mentioning the AI rubber banding is extreme! In some cases it's best to hide out in 3rd or 4th, then power on the last lap to overtake. Trying to get any kind of lead in Grip is futile!
    That said the vehicles including 'air blades' are really cool. Weapons are also fun to use and you can power them up for different variants as you get deeper in the Career mode. The weapons do almost feel like an optional extra though, and most times don't decide races. The Career mode does a good job of pacing different styles of play as you progress to keep it fresh and interesting. The Ultimate Race mode is great fun, it's a point based system where you get points for weapons aggression as well as your final standing in the race.
    Technically, on Switch it struggles. Single player is usually fine, with the odd texture pop in here or there or frame rate drop but it usually recovers. Split-screen however is just ugly on Switch. Textures have been noticeably down-scaled, and FPS is a bit of a mess. This doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of Grip though. My only other gripe aside from sometimes unstable handling is one weapon in particular. It is your Mario Kart lightning equivalent, and aims to squeeze the pack up, by very obviously slowing down lead cars. The visual effect of this pickup can be quite nauseating and detract from the end user experience. In races where I forced the game on my friends, the main reaction to this weapon was overwhelmingly negative as they didn't understand what was going on, and really broke the game immersion.

    Pros
    -Intense combat racing
    -Great vehicle designs
    -Driving upside down in '3D' environments is exciting
    -Great aesthetics

    Cons
    -Handling can be unforgiving and unpredictable
    -Difficulty gets tough in that last part of the Career
    -Rubber banding can make going for any lead pointless
    -Technically struggles on Switch
    -One pickup is immersion breaking

    Grip is a fun but often cruel game, one focused on sheer exhilaration of driving upside down at high-speeds, if that's your thing. (And it is.) Aside from the odd texture pop in and heavy rubber banding, it's a well designed, aesthetically pleasing, addictive arcade racer.
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Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Feb 1, 2019
    50
    It offers plenty of content and variety when it comes to its game modes, but this version is far from its full potential and will rely on updates and additional elements to improve the experience, not to mention it has a high number of technical issues which need to be solved in the near future and that there are points which need more than just updates in order to make GRIP a memorable game.
  2. Jan 2, 2019
    60
    GRIP: Combat Racing boasts exciting gameplay that is sadly held back by technical issues. It's worth a look into for fans of racers, but other folk may want to wait until a price drop.
  3. 70
    While GRIP isn’t perfect by any means, the game’s change of pace from my standard racing fare in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was welcome and somewhat addicting. For Nintendo Switch owners who are looking for a racing game that differs from the “kart” scene, the low-gravity and speedy thrill of GRIP is the way to go.