A 3rd-person shooter game which holds battle in an arena. The arcade control panel is equipped with a trackball on the right hand side, a fighter stick on the left hand side, a button for special moves and a numeric key pad. The stick has a jump and fire button. The Grid is very similar to Doom, Perfect Dark, Quake and Smash TV. Collect health kits, ammo and weapons to survive in an arena of up to 6 competitors. The winner with the most points is qualified to stay in the game while the losers have to put in more quarters.
Every character has their own default weapon and one special move. A special move takes ten seconds to recover before you're able to use it again. Regardless of a characters default weapon, you may pick up better ones laying around the arena. Some good weapons are flame torches, bazooka cannons and flash cannon rockets. These are instant kill.
There are about 15 arenas (to my knowledge). Some arenas have functional traps like a large fan laying in the middle of X-Fan Castle, where a player can find a big switch and step on it. The switch temporarily turns the fan on and any players standing on it will be airborne. This gives a player the chance to senselessly shoot his opponents. Another good stage is the Electro Blast. Anybody standing in the water can instantly get electrocuted when a player steps on the switch. But if you're looking for a real challenge, try Track Attack. A huge ball, probably 30 times your size, is circling on a race track around the entire stadium. Try avoiding this gigantic ball or you'll be crushed.
The fight is managed by "The Host". Despite his geeky appearance, his announcements and commentary during the game is what intensifies the excitement and propels everyone to win. But there may be only be ONE winner. So, if you've gotten blasted by a bazooka gun way across the arena and hear The Host criticizing you "Gerald got smashed!", you'll be provoked for some revenge towards your attacker, wouldn't you? Each time a contestant is defeated, he'll quickly return back to the game in a different location, like Perfect Dark (N64). A defeated opponent leaves cash behind. Collecting cash gives you special powers, like a Super-Charge and The Bomb, which blows up every player in the arena (including yourself) and gives you kill counts. Collecting certain amounts of cash unlocks secret characters.
At the character select screen, there is a unique code system that is used with the numeric keypads on your control panel. There are dozens of codes that allow you to play as secret characters, select arenas and more. You are able to create a personal account with your pin number. Each time you log on that account, you continue from where you left off. This is a good way of building up cash to unlock more characters.
There is a lot of gushing blood, arm and leg decapitation, head rips and torso rips. Even burning victims screaming for their life!
Overview- Essentially a mixture of sports and chaos into one TV show, where the audience watch and enjoy this thrilling war zone in an arena and commentary by a host, known as The Host.
Game Play- Totally awesome. Easy to control your character, spin in a 360 circle to look around, jump and shoot. You also have a map on the bottom of the screen to spot your enemies.
Sound- Very similar to Mortal Kombat 4, screams, grunts and gibberish talk. A loud chime sound plays each time you earn a kill point.
Music- Cool trance/freestyle during the match keeps you hyped. When time's about to run out, the beat sort of speeds up, warning you that the match is almost over. This is where the last fight gets ugly!
Overall- The Grid is a very exciting game that'll keep you drawn to it. You'll come back for tenths...even dozens of hundredths!
Cool tip- Want to unmask the Lin Kuei ninjas? No problem. Enter the code to play as a ninja, then enter a code to use the design team's heads. Pretty cool, huh?
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