At TechMalak, we’re passionate about tech, games and vehicles of all shapes and sizes. And of course we’re familiar with the cult TV Show TopGear, and it’s three quirky hosts. Likewise, we’re also familiar with the cancellation of the original show and their resurrection via Amazon Originals, The Grand Tour, which is currently in its third season. But did you know that Amazon is also a game developer? That’s right, Amazon Games just released The Grand Tour Game, and it’s not bad.
As the title suggests, The Grand Tour Game is wholly based on the show. The main idea behind is like nothing before it. You get the chance to relive the show, episode by episode, with every challenge and every car in it. I think that creators have managed to inject The Grand Tour spirit in the game, which makes it very enjoyable to play.
How Does The Grand Tour Game Look?
Ask any PC gaming enthusiast, and they will tell you that great graphics are one of the most important features of any game. And in my opinion, The Grand Tour Game is alright. Yes, there’s no super special speed blur effects like you’d get in NFS, but then again this isn’t an arcade game. I find the aesthetic vibe of the game pleasing for the most part, with quality car models, great smoke effects and lifelike environments.
Sadly, the visual department lacks one thing; more camera angles. It seems like the developers opted to give us just one camera view and that’s the chase view. I’m not sure why they did that, but some possible reasons could be for skipping over the interior modeling and having a lower poly front. The chase view may be the most dramatic one and perfect for streamers, but it’s a shame we don’t get more views. They could at least give us the bumper view.
How Does The Grand Tour Game Manage Physics?
In my opinion, the physics are the most crucial aspect of any vehicle-related video game. Sadly, more often than not, in this department, many other competing titles fail. The visual aspect is great, but the physics are lackluster. Think back to Sega’s Daytona.
Fortunately for the developers of The Grand Tour Game, the physics aren’t too bad. They’re not as brutal as in a simulation, nor playful like arcades so don’t expect precision driving dynamics. Instead, they’re somewhere in the middle. That’s perfectly fine because it matches the character of the whole game and its hosts. And let’s be honest, Hammond, Clarkson, and May are the only reason why anyone would buy this.
There’s one thing I don’t like about physics in certain driving games, and that’s drifting; it’s not natural. The drifts feel forced and not spontaneous and deliberate. I mean, to drift, you have to press a button. And no, it’s not a hand brake.
What’s The Grand Tour Game Like?
I’ll start off with a quote from the game’s website:
“Ever wish you could get behind the wheel with Clarkson, Hammond, and May from The Grand Tour? Now it’s your turn! One moment you’re watching the hosts attempt some questionable automotive antics… the next you’re at the wheel yourself – same car, same location, same chance to make a massive mess of it.”
This perfectly explains what The Grand Tour Game is like. At the moment, there are only two episodes available — one from the first series and the other from the second. Series three is still locked because the developers are working on it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.
What I liked most about the game is the developer’s creativity. Unlike other games, you don’t pick a character and stick with it to the end. Instead, you get to play as all three in every challenge with every character doing its own thing.
When it comes to challenges, they’ve been completely copied from the show, albeit with a twist. In every group race you do, there are collectibles with different gifts ranging from candy smoke to speed boost.
The sound department put in the effort to make the cars sound good. This is where a lot of games struggle, but luckily, The Grand Tour Game isn’t one of them.
Speaking of sound, I love the addition of their voices at random intervals and cut scenes from the show. That gives you a feeling like you’re there and it’s especially nostalgic if you watched the episode.
Who? When? Where?
As I said, The Grand Tour Game is live. Since Amazon makes it, it’s available from the Amazon website. But, it’s sadly not for everyone since it’s for XBOX and PS4 only. I’m not sure why the devs left out the PC crowd because It’s a big market after all.
All in all, this seems to be an okay game with heaps of potential. Sure, the physics won’t be up there for the hardcore driving fans, but as a fun time killer, what more can you ask for? Hopefully, Amazon will keep their word and give us a playable episode every week when the third series of the show goes live.