Buckle up as your Nintendo Switch is about to toss and turn you upside down and spit you out the other end. Welcome to the brutal, gritty and insanely fast world of Grip: Combat Racing, a game that comes heavily inspired by Rollcage. Blink at your peril.
Having already fallen in love with Grip on PlayStation 4, the Switch version comes with equal amounts of boom. It’s a full on extreme ride and there’s nothing on the eShop that comes close. Played in handheld mode or big screen it’s an eyeball of dazzling jumps, twists and turns. One second you’re steaming down a sci-fi like setting with distant futuristic cities in the horizon, the next you’re being catapulted down tight tubular tunnels being forced to drive up walls and onto the celling. Vehicles stick like glue to whichever surface you decide to tread. Grip really wants you to drive to the max and enjoy a thrilling experience.
If you’re clever and spot them you’ll notice some parts of the tracks are destructible, but don’t worry if you miss them as Grip does have a tendency to whizz by. So much so in fact that you may slam dunk yourself into the side of a mountain or crash head first into some fancy structures. Obstacles are aplenty and are there to put stop to any first place win. Because of this there are ample opportunities for a huge fail, and these fails also come in the form of being airborne – remember these 4 wheeled cars are jet powered too.
The main single player campaign centres around the Tier structure and this is executed really well. Here a handful of races make up a Tier. Within the Tier you have stuff like standard races, deathmatches and a Duel. The Duel offers a challenge to learn the track and beat the opposition. In fact you’ll need to master tracks as the pack you race gets tougher as you climb the Tier.
I’m a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, but one gripe I have is the lack of decent driving games on the console. Sure, scrolling down the list of racers on the eShop does look impressive, but don’t be fooled, there’s not much worth raving about. Drift Legends, Fast RMX, and Mantis Burn Racing are definitely your first stop offs, but now thankfully there’s something new in the form of a combat racer that’s waiting to be slung around corners and flipped sideways. Plus Grip got a pretty decent update too, which included added bonus tracks, additional languages support and updated scoring systems for classic races in tournaments.
If you’re looking for speed, beautifully laid out tracks and an explosive measure of combat, Grip delivers in abundance. One of the finest racing experiences on Nintendo Switch, full stop.
Lizard Rating 9/10