A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game stresses that it's important to find the right person for the right job. Players also need to be open to the possibility that their expectations can be wrong, and that they might just find what they're looking for when they least expect it.
Positive Role Models
The leader of the race team is someone doing his best to put together the best group of drivers. But he's self-aware enough to not let his preconceived notions cloud his judgement.
In the game's story mode, the person running the race team is a man of color, while his main driver is an Asian woman of color. But players cannot choose the gender, ethnicity, or anything else about their character, who is neither shown nor heard.
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Ease of Play
The game's controls will be familiar to fans of similar games. There are five difficulty options -- "Easy," "Medium," "Hard," "Expert," and "Legend" -- as well as an option to customize the difficulty by altering the skills of the competition, how damage effects a car's performance, and other aspects.
Violence & Scariness
While there are car crashes in the game, the driver is never shown being injured or killed. That said, someone does refer to a driver having their leg amputated after an accident, but it's not shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters discuss taking trips naked.
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The dialog includes the word "Hell."
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Products & Purchases
The game includes cars from -- and thus the corporate logos of -- such real-world car companies as Ford, Porsche, and Audi.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that GRID Legends is a racing game for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. For the most part, it has no inappropriate content, save for someone using the word "Hell," and some references to doing some things naked in more of a skinny-dipping kind of way instead of with a sexual tone. Similarly, while there are car crashes, the driver is never shown being hurt or killed, and while it is mentioned that someone had their leg amputated after an accident, it's not discussed in detail, nor shown. Like most car racing games, this includes real world cars by such brands as Nissan, Cadillac, and Lotus, and thus includes these corporate logos.
Is It Any Good?
Though it doesn't offer anything new or different, and is fairly typical, this real-world racing game still managed to be engaging. In GRID Legends, players get to test their steering skills in a variety of races set on the closed roads of Paris, Dubai, Yokohama, and other cities. Like most racing games, this allows you to go up against other people online or, if you prefer, you can race against the computer in the game's progressive career mode, some one-off races, or in the game's "Story" mode, in which you race the events talked about in a fake "documentary" about a racing team. Regardless of who or what you're competing against, though, the game has the all-too-common options for the brakes, steering, and traction that allow you to play this as a realistic sim or something far more forgiving. It even includes the usual racing line and ability to rewind when you need a do-over.
In other words, this offers the same features found in every major racing game these days. But what it does generically, it also does rather well. The controls are smooth and intuitive, and put to the test by tracks that are nicely curved and varied. That variety carries over to how the "Story" and "Career" modes feature different kinds of racing (including time trials, elimination events, and multi-lap races), different kinds of motor vehicles (Formula One, trucks, and muscle cars, to name a few), and even different race conditions (weather, time of day). Granted, this doesn't have the depth of Forza Horizon 5 or Gran Turismo 7, and adding a mechanic that identifies when a computer-controlled driver becomes your nemesis seems to be a meaningless gesture. But as generic as it may be, GRID Legends still provides enough speed to satisfy that familiar need.
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