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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players compete to come in first place, taking out competition in any way possible ... usually involving bullets, crashes, and/or lots of explosions.
Positive Role Models
Not much room for character development here -- just winner-takes-all attitude of competition as driving motivation.
Ease of Play
Controls are easy to pick up and play, should be instantly familiar to any kart racing/car combat fans. Some difficulty in managing the insane speeds, with players soaring out of control if they're not careful. Thankfully, players are just a quick button press away from resetting on the track.
Violence & Scariness
Players use a variety of weapons, including guns, missiles, assorted arsenal of high-tech gadgets to take out competition. Plenty of crashes and big explosions, but defeated players simply respawn on the track and continue with the race.
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No explicit language in the game, but online multiplayer could expose players to offensive language in party chat.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that GRIP: Combat Racing is a fast-paced action/racing game available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. Players control armed, high-tech vehicles capable of driving on roads, up walls, and even on the ceiling in fast-paced races. Players and opponents shoot each other using an arsenal of weapons in an attempt to cross the finish line first. There are plenty of bullets and explosions, but no graphic violence. Racers that blow up simply respawn on the track and continue with the race. While there's no profanity in the game, parents should be aware that online play could still open younger players up to explicit language in party chat with others.
Is It Any Good?
Every gamer has, at some point, run into a game that's driven them up the wall, and while that's not usually an actual feature, this one isn't meant to be a normal sort of racing game. GRIP: Combat Racing literally turns the action racing genre on its head by putting players in control of vehicles that can drive just about anywhere. These flat, RC-looking cars can be flipped completely upside-down and never miss a beat. And then there's the speed. It's hard to overstate just how fast these cars can get on the track. Once you start hitting the top speed, the world races by in a blur like some sort of sci-fi hyperspace jump. It's an insane rush, but it's ironically also one of the game's heaviest speed bumps.
Your car's steering is a bit more sensitive, which is great for rounding corners and pulling off quick moves to pass the competition. But at high speeds, one slight bump or overcorrection can send you flying to your doom. You can quickly get back into the race by hitting a button and resetting your car to the track, but it costs precious time and can eat away at your chances to reach the finish in first place. Because of this razor-thin margin of error, the pacing often feels caught between two extremes: light speed and glacial. This can be both exciting and frustrating at the same time. While GRIP: Combat Racing does a fantastic job of creating a real sense of speed, the actual presentation is a bit on the dull side. The visuals are flat and uninspired, with each track colored in some muted shade of gray, brown, or blue, and lacking any sort of real detail. In fact, there's not much detail anywhere. Even the cosmetic customization of the cars rarely does much to make any one vehicle look all that different from the rest. Although there's fun to be had in GRIP's high-octane destruction derby style of play, especially when playing with friends in split-screen local matches, it just doesn't feel like the game ever has much gas left in its tank.
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