Codemasters’ reboot to the GRID series is finally here after spending a good deal of time in development. And it turns out that it was worth the wait, jam-packed with several circuit events and cars to race around with. Plus, the visuals and gameplay dial in the thrill of wanting to feel the rush of every event you partake in. It is that good.
What’s even better is that the game caters to players of all skill levels. If you’re a newcomer that’s looking to get used to GRID’s offerings, you can set it on easy and take a leisurely drive through all the circuits. But if it’s a teeth-gnashing simulation challenge you’re after, Codemasters delivers on that front as well.
With that, there are several controller settings that you can adjust throughout the game to fine-tune it how you want it to be played. What’s the best approach when it comes to getting this done, though? Let’s take a look at some of the finer settings and see what will work for all, you racing masters!
GRID Racing Game Best Controller Settings
Know Your Events and Settings
First off, you’ll want to make sure you adjust whatever settings you have in the game based on what event you’re entering. There are six general types in the GRID World Series – Touring, Stock, Tuner, GT, Fernando Alonso, and Invitational. Most of it caters to general racing rules, though Stock and Tuner may require slight adjustments, depending on the car you select.
The cool thing is that you can enter any one of these however you see fit. Your best bet, though, is to start with Touring or Stock. This will get you most accustomed to the gameplay style, as well as how your car will handle overall. But, really, it’s your choice. Tuner or GT might just be your speed; and we know a few fanatics that may dig into Fernando Alonso with both hands on the wheel.
Next up, you’ll want to take a look at the Event Menu to adjust how difficult you want each race to be. This is done through five main parts.
The first is AI Drivers. If you want competition, make sure this is switched to Yes.
Then there’s AI Skill Level. Newcomers will want to take it slow and go for a more natural setting. Experts, however, should crank it up.
Damage Level lets you decide how much of a pounding your car can take with collisions. You can either go light and make it cosmetic; or turn it on full and watch your ride go to pieces – and feel like it, too.
Terminal Damage will shut down your car if you take too much of a beating on the road. If you want total realism, turn this on. Otherwise, leave it off.
Finally, Flashbacks allow you to erase mistakes you make any time during the race. Those that are die-hard racers may not need these. Newbies, however, will want to go “Infinite” on this one.
You can also adjust these in the Gameplay Menu, along with the ability to have a Racing Line on, overriding your clutch, and more.
Now, let’s get into the deeper settings.
Controller Settings and Adjusting Feedback
There are three options in the “Edit Device” menu, and here’s where you’ll want to pay attention when it comes to tweaking how your game plays.
The first is the Input Bindings. These let you set up the controls however you see fit, like with acceleration, headlights and more. The default selections work just fine, but some of you prefer the “A” or “X” button to accelerate over the trigger, so have at it.
Then there’s Advanced Input. Do not mess with these if you’re getting into races. The general settings work fine. However, if you want to change how sensitive the steering is or put yourself in a position to grab hold of a vehicle, then you can tweak both the Steering Sensitivity and Steering Linearity. But only adjust these if you think you’re ready. Steering Sensitivity at 100 and Steering Linearity at 0 seems to work best when it comes to more precise turns and drifting.
Last but not least, there’s Vibration & Feedback. These will help with your cornering depending on how much you tinker. It’s best to leave general vibration on so you can feel how your car is performing.
Suspension, Tyre Slip, Engine, and Collision should all be at pretty good levels. However, some experts believe that just having Tyre Slip turned on and leaving the rest off will give you a good feel for the road. It’s up to you when it comes to how you want your ride to feel, but this may be a good place to jump in.
If you’re a rookie, stick with the default settings. I didn’t notice too much crisscross with the feedback across all the systems, and your general controls give you a good feeling for the road anyway. You can always adjust later on if you don’t feel the same.
That’s about it. But, as a final piece of advice, we suggest this. As you get used to the game and seek out a greater challenge, you can adjust things. The Input Bindings are fine the way they are, but changing the Advanced Input and Vibration & Feedback just a little each time should allow you to see how subtly the changes come across in the race. Slowly but surely, you’ll get used to the systems and eventually adjust into a comfort zone for where you want your driving style to be. Some folks will feel just fine with the defaults, and that’s great. But experimentation can go a long way here. Just ask any GRID experts that started with their humble beginnings.
Good luck. Now rule the road!
GRID is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.