GRIDD: Retroenhanced rating. Xbox One.

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Pros:

  • What immediately stands out are the visuals and sound. The visuals are very eye-catching and the sound design adds a dimension to the gameplay.
  • The boss fights are some of the best I’ve ever played in a game. They do a great job of making the bosses stand out and mean something.
  • I love what they have done with the camera. The camera swings around at certain times and this makes the game very challenging and keeps things fresh.
  • The shooting mechanics and controls feel very responsive, which is great because you don’t suffer with premature deaths. 

Cons:

  • The game unfortunately suffers with a lack of content. The arcade mode can be completed in about an hour, so there isn’t much replay value.
  • The gameplay can get a little repetetive from time to time, and unfortunately the gameplay never seems to evolve enough for the repetetiveness to go away. 
  • The game lacks a story. There is nothing much in the way of a story, and I think a story would have benefited the game a great deal.

 

Final Thoughts:

All in all rail shooters have always been a genre that I love playing, so I’m always keen when a new rail shooter is released. Thankfully GRIDD: Retroenhanced does just enough to satisfy me, but there are better games in the genre. The gameplay on the whole is well done, but unfortunately it does get repetitive. I would have liked to have seen a few new ideas added from time to time to break up the normal gameplay. Thankfully the boss fights are definitely something you will look forward to. I’m not over exaggerating when I say that the boss fights are some of the best I’ve ever played. They are some of the most impressive bosses I’ve ever seen and I really enjoyed the amount of effort they have put in here. I also like what they have done with the camera. They make the camera swing around at times, which definitely adds a layer of challenge to the game. The shooting mechanics and controls are very important in a game like this, and thankfully they hold up pretty well and remain very responsive throughout. Unfortunately though the game suffers with a lack of content and story, so that means that the replay value is not very high. The presentation side of the game is something that immediately stands out. The visuals are packed full of psychedelic colours and the sound design carries with it a very memorable retro style, which is great. At the end of the day if you’re a fan of rail shooters then you will definitely find some enjoyment with GRIDD: Retroenhanced. It’s far from being perfect, and there are better games in the genre, but in my opinion the game is definitely still worth checking out. 

I rate GRIDD: Retroenhanced 7/10.

Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)

 

Developer: Antab Studio

Publisher: Kongregate

Genre: Action/Rail Shooter

Release Date (Xbox One): July 26, 2017

Price: £9.59/$11.99lasers-gridd

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