Another highlight of the game is its detailed graphics. The more than 200 circuits based on London, Tokyo, San Francisco, and New York are extremely authentic. Those familiar with the areas are sure to do a double take at the numerous courses. The game's cars are also beautifully rendered and feature impressive reflection and lighting effects.
Gameplay is quite diverse with quick race, arcade race, kudos challenge, time attack, and multiplayer modes. Kudos challenge alone features nine different types of gameplay that ranges from races, time trials, and obstacle courses. The only significant drawback with this game is its difficulty. Most players will find that two-thirds to three-quarters of the way through, the game becomes exceedingly difficult to the point where it's more frustrating than fun. Despite this problem, it still provides dozens of hours of entertainment for most and a challenging time for the hard core. All players will find that Project Gotham Racing is a truly distinct and beautiful racer. --Raymond M Padilla
Unlike Crazy Taxi's reward scheme, Project Gotham Racing is a true-to-life racing simulation (no bounding from rooftops here). The tracks--located in global centres such as London, Tokyo, New York, and San Francisco--are incredibly detailed, adding a thick layer of realism to the course. The cars are just as nicely rendered, each shining with the gloss of a fresh paint job and driving with the appropriate responses for its particular style. Those looking for a game with speed to match the hardware should add this racer to their list of Xbox must-haves.
Though I wish the environments were handled with more flair, the cars are beautiful, and the gameplay is polished and fun. If you can get over the tight corners and lower-speed racing involved, you'll be amazed by the depth of the game, not to mention the technique required to master it. Add to that the most in-depth music manager of any Xbox game yet, and an amazing pack-in soundtrack, and you've got yourself an awesome reason to buy an Xbox as a racing fanatic.
And this game is big - Quick Race, Kudos Chalenges, Arcade Mode, Multiplayer - the only thing missing is an online mode! The game rewards you at just the right times as well, to ensure that you can't stop playing!
I guess this game was always going to be compared to GT A-Spec on the PS2. For me PGR is a more accomplished game with finer gameplay and loads more character. Don't get me wrong, I own a PS2 and GT3 but I think that PGR is the better game. In fact to be homnest MSR is better than GT3 in many respects...
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But perhaps one of the game's best features is the large number of different types of race/event it offers, with many different ways to accumulate points (timed races, obstacle courses, racing against computer-controlled cars or other players, etc). Even if you haven't yet mastered winning races, you're still rewarded for number of miles driven and hours spent playing the game. Different types of event unlock new cars, new paint colours, new circuits, even new types of event. You can even put your own, real-life number plate on the cars. The game is just a pleasure from start to end, at whatever level you choose to play.
Some non-realistic aspects are that tyres, etc, never wear out, and all damage is magically repaired before the next race, at no penalty to you. Some may not like that - in which case check out Sega GT instead. But if your priority is the driving experience I think it's still the best Xbox game available.
Though there are a number of game modes, it is the "Kudos Challenge" that just keeps me coming back for more. Just playing through all the different race types on all the different levels (unlocking new cars on the way) is challenging and fun in its own right. But on top of that you can easily find yourself concentrating on knocking another half-second off your hotlap time in Tokyo, or straining to beat one more car in the New York overtake challenge. Just because you know you can do it ...
The idea of boosting scores with kudos points (bonuses for powerslides, jumping and so on) are a touch of genius. I can drive sensibly (and pretty fast) in real life... what I can't do (and want to be able to do in the comfort and safety of my home on a games console) is hoon around in a car wrecklessly and enjoy driving dynamics Mr. Policeman would bang me up for outdoors.
This is a very fun game. Recommended!