Grid Legends doesn’t embrace the traditional way of storytelling. You won’t find animated characters within the cutscenes powered by the game’s engine like most modern titles. No sir. This is serious. Grid Legends brings real actors with real-life backdrops and settings, almost like in Netflix’s F1: Drive to Survive. Actually, the game takes a lot of inspiration from this Netflix docuseries, and has cutscenes pretty much the same way.
The game explores off-the-track moments and close-up interviews with the drivers, managers and owners that populate the in-game world. The social relations and brand perspectives that emerge from these interviews and camera snippets breathe life into the game. Don’t worry though, even if you’re here just for the driving bit, this won’t demand attention from all your brain cells. The plot doesn’t feel too essential and is pretty much centred around brand rivalries, snarky drivers, and dramatised emotions. Again, if you’ve watched F1: Drive to Survive, then the story mode in Grid Legends will feel very similar.
It’s also not haphazardly done. In fact, it’s very polished and convincing. The actors are great. Each one has a different personality and all of them are there with one motive — finishing first. Imagine playing the races that happened as the story unfolded in F1: Drive to Survive. Ya, it’s that!