Inspired by the 1999 PlayStation game Rollcage, GRIP is a super-fast paced racing game. There are guns, there is plenty of speed, and there is the ability to drive both ways up, on walls, and on ceilings. You have weapons, shields, and boosts. You have slight rubber banding, and aggressive AI. You have races, combat, split-screen, flips, tricks, crashes, and explosions. This is a game which feels like the classic racers of the PS1 and PS2, but with modern technology.
GRIP runs off the Unreal Engine 4, so you know it looks pretty and will run smoothly, despite the chaos and no matter how many players are in split-screen. But even with all of this, the game still needs to feel amazing to play and developer Caged Element nailed the feel.
The sense of speed is incredible. You tense up when going over bumps. You find yourself gritting your teeth when you see the end of a tunnel coming and you are on the roof. You cheer when you knock someone off the track, but growl at that person who they do knock you off. Yet, you are constantly having a blast, and laughing with your friends. If you are playing on your own, you are leaning into the corners and glaring at the AI but smiling.
GRIP isn’t surprisingly good, it is just amazing. It deserves to be in the top five of the ETNL GotY list.