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5 Best Alternatives to GRID Legends



GRID Legends has been the talk of the town this past fortnight, and rightfully so. Thanks to Codemasters once again reviving the spark of the British franchise, players have had the absolute honor of being able to fully immerse in one of the most fleshed out racing games ever made.

Chances are, you haven't had the opportunity to soak up the latest GRID entry just yet. Perhaps, you're still shoveling hours into Gran Turismo 7 which, of course, only released yesterday (March 4 2022). Whatever the case, there's plenty of alternatives to keep you entwined with the genre before you sample the latest waters. So, if you're wanting to explore a few optional bridges before stepping over to Codemasters, then be sure to swing by these five games.


5. Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7 - Announcement Trailer | PS5

Speaking of which, Gran Turismo 7 is perhaps the closest thing you'll get to GRID Legends this year, bar one or two minor details. Both generally feature campaigns which see you climbing certain leaderboards and acquiring new vehicles, and both showboat advanced visuals with innovative simulation experiences. And so, for 2022, these really are the best racing games on the market.

The only downfall with the campaign in Gran Turismo 7, however, is the fact you always have to be online. In order to access the bulk of the content featured in the game, you do need a pretty solid connection. That goes for both single player and multiplayer. But if that isn't exactly an issue, then you'll be pleased to know that Gran Turismo 7 offers a one of a kind experience, complete with impeccable visuals and award-winning mechanics.


4. Forza Motorsport 7

Forza Motorsport 7 4K Launch Trailer

Of course, we're stepping back a few years with this one. Although Forza Horizon 5 would be a quality substitute in most cases, considering the fact it has barely scratched the surface since its November 2021 release, the 2017 Motorsport chapter definitely swerves closer to the style of GRID Legends.

The game may be turning five this year, but its age is hardly a sign of weakness—especially with how well the game has done for itself since its inception. Of course, the digital version of the game is no longer available due to Turn 10 Studio losing rights to a lot of brands. Having said that, it can still be picked up as a physical copy, as well as enjoyed online with all the added DLC to boot.


3. Need for Speed: Heat

Need for Speed™ Heat Official Gameplay Trailer

Need for Speed takes pride in being the Jack of all trades of the racing scene, with games that stretch far and wide over almost every subcategory in the genre. Its Need for Speed: Heat entry, however, opted to fill one bucket with multiple streams, which effectively made it the Forza Horizon of the franchise.

Besides Heat, which envelopes not only an abundance of racing styles—but also an engrossing narrative—Need for Speed: Shift is also a prime choice for those looking to fill the GRID Legends void. On one hand, Heat looks to comply with the open world setting, whereas Shift opts for the closed circuit design. Whichever it is that takes your fancy, it's worth spending an equal amount of time with the both, providing you have the hours to spare.


2. DIRT 5

DIRT 5 - Launch Trailer | PS4

It doesn't always have to be asphalt and anarchy on the track. It can be dirt and demolition, if that's the sort of break you're looking for, that is. And if that is the case, then DIRT is the breath of fresh air you're going to want to inhale between laps. Just expect things to be slightly more, I don't know, chaotic.

DIRT has been the leading force behind the rallying platform for well over a decade now, and it's hardly looking to let up on the gas pedal anytime soon, either. So, if you're wanting to pledge allegiance to a mud-soaked empire of mind-blowing courses and heart-wrenching feats, then be sure to sign up to the fifth chapter in the DIRT franchise. Or, just any DIRT game in general, for that matter.


1. Burnout Paradise Remastered

Burnout Paradise Remastered - Reveal Trailer | PS4

It's sort of hard not to sing Burnout's praises, to be honest. Even though the series itself has seen a steady decline in developed games over the years, its remasters are still managing to keep the brand afloat. And in this case, it's the universally acclaimed Paradise segment that we can't help but form a choir for.

Similar to Need for Speed: Heat, Paradise aims to fill its chest with as many outlandish designs as possible. The world it represents is jam-packed with vibrant and vigorous settings, which only go on to compliment the outrageous courses and chaotic mechanics. It's a timeless classic, clean and simple, and so if you're looking for a major hit of nostalgia, then be sure to check back into Paradise City with Burnout's smash hit.


So, what's your take? Will you be playing any of the above five? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

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