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Project Gotham Racing 2 (Xbox Classics)
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- Platform: Xbox
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Project Gotham Racing 2 is the newest version of the critically acclaimed Project Gotham Racing franchise. Rewarding drivers for focusing on speed and style while still taking risks around every corner, Project Gotham Racing 2 offers circuit-based racing through highly detailed, photorealistic urban environments. Racers can choose from more than 50 of the hottest cars while learning their way around new and exciting cities, mastering corners, and accelerating through the straightaways before moving to a different venue. Players also can race against up to three friends at once through a multiplayer SystemLink or match up against players online utilising Xbox Live.
Fast circuits and faster cars combine with deep, challenging gameplay to make Microsoft's Project Gotham Racing II one of the most exciting Xbox experiences to date. With over 100 different types of vehicle, including SUVs, compact cars and even Porsches and Ferraris, PGR creates an experience that is both engaging and exciting. It has the spirit of "just one more go" like little else.
In offline mode, players compete for Kudos points, taking part in time trials, road races and a variety of high-speed challenges that allow them to unlock new cars and circuits from the many on offer. These unlocked treats can then be played single player or taken online and raced with competitors over the Xbox Live system.
It's almost bewildering to race around the tight streets of Italy in a Mini Cooper then take over the wheel of some ludicrously overpowered American muscle car and attempt to keep it in a straight line as the power to the back wheels constantly forces it to fishtail out of control. Full credit must go to programmers Bizarre Creations for not only furnishing the game with a broad range of vehicles but also making each one feel so very different--changing car classes can be quite a challenge.
With locations around the world (Australia, Russia, Spain and even Edinburgh featuring strongly), the graphical look of the game is lush and a real treat for the eyes. Birds soar lazily over the racetracks, there's no popup to speak of and in Yokohama even the big wheel in the distant fairground is fully animated--though at the speed this games moves along it's unlikely you'll have time to check it out.
Take PGR2 online and the fun really begins--there's simply nothing like blasting through the tyre smoke of a multi-car pile-up and taunting the opposition as you roar into the distance. Pages could be written about how engaging, absorbing, deep and exciting this game is but it's enough to say it's destined to be a massive hit. It's a must for petrol-heads everywhere. --Chris Russell
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When I first got this game, I was slightly dissapointed with the graphics, as they are not are 'sharp' as some racing games (eg TOCA 2), but after a while I realised that is because they are more realistic. The graphics are representative of what you see at 100 mph, so they won't be pin-sharp, but saying that, they're still excellent, and the cars look teriffic.
Where this title wins hands down is in the gameplay department. I played this game on single player mode for over 6 months, and loved it. The handling of the cars is excellent, and once you learn the courses, you can have some really exciting races, even if the AI of the computer controlled cars is a bit flawed. However, once I got Xbox Live, things got really good...
Amongst the options available in Xbox Live, you can select the 'skill' level of the people you want to race against. As a novice, you will race against people of a similar standard, and you can select higher levels as you improve. What I loved about this is that you soon get a group of players who 'grow up' together, and soon you'll all be racing at a really high standard. It's not hard to explain the attraction - When 8 of you are on the grid of the fast Moscow Track in your Enzo Ferraris, ready for the charge to the first corner, or as you slipstream someone on the final straight, and pip them to the finish, for a second it feels as if you are in a real Formula 1 race.
This is the must have title for the Xbox. Forget Halo 2, with it's Live players from America killing you as soon as you start. This is the best.
The game may not have the slick speed of the burnout series, or the addrenalin rush of almost throwing your car of a cliff in any number of rally titles, but what this game offers is a superb "pack race" through some of the largest cities in the world, underbrake your opponent, slip stream em down the straight and then, wallop, pass them on the corner, of course trading a little paint work on the way past.
You start the game with a limited garage, and then work the way through the game, having to earn the right to be able to drive the cars usually reserved for football players and pop stars. There are over 100 tracks and cars on the game, making sure it will take you more than 5 mins to obtain them all. The single player is all based round Kudos points which buy you better cars, these are earnt not only through winning races but driving with style, great overtaking manouvres, driving on the racing line at speed, etc etc
The multiplayer game adds another dimension, get your mates round and cut em up in all from Mini coupes to top of the range porsches and any other car thats worth its salt.
Online, the game has a massive following and plays a lot slicker than any of its competitors - and there ae players of all levels on line to challenge and play against - with the option to down load even more content at a small price, it makes the game even better !!!
Overall a cracking game, well worth the small price
The single player will easily last you 30 hours, and then some. There's the Kudos World Series, Arcade Racing (Time Challenge, Cone Challenge and Street Race) and then you've got the Circuit Challenges and the Car Challenges. You're definitely not short of things to do if you're playing on your own.
Then we have the Xbox Live modes which are once again fantastic fun. You can easily lose yourself for a whole day online, just whizzing around beating the French. Kudos earned here also allow you to buy new cars, too.
Graphics and sound are something else. I'm still amazed at the quality of the graphics that Liverpool-based Bizarre Creations got into this game, even one year on. The sound of the engine and the effort put into the radio station system is also fantastic.
Now this is on the Classics label it can be had for a few pence short of £20, and you'd be silly not to buy it that price. This game is easily marked under 'essential' next to the likes of Halo and Ninja Gaiden. Don't miss this out of your collection, grab it at this fantastic price and sit happily knowing that it was made in this very country.
Fantastic to see we've still got such fantastic game-making talent in this country. Thank you, BC.
this game is a classic, you would be foolish not too... i bought this game when it came out and i still go back to try and up my kudos.
you will not be disappointed (live player or not).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We all enjoy playing this one (up to four players at any one time). Great fun, and some really great cars to drive. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2012 by timeless
THIS GAME IS VERY GOOD. LIKE IN THE FIRST ONE YOU CAN USE YOUR OWN MUSIC STORED ON THE XBOX. THE GRAPHICS ARE MUCH BETTER AND THERE IS A MUCH BIGGER RANGE OF CARS. Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2006 by S. Perera
This game beats all of its rivals in so many departments, the graphics are terrific, the gameplay is very realistic, the attention to detail on the cities is amazing. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2006 by S. McGuire
PGR 2 is definitely the best driving/racing game I've ever played! The graphics are brilliant, the cities you race in look like the real thing and there are so many cool cars to... Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2005 by dc
I'm quite surprised. I've just got myself signed up on Xbox Live and am finding myself enjoying the PGR2 experience MORE than the Halo 2 experience. Its hilarious! Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2005 by Simon J. Whight
man this game is really good, if you want a good and the best racing game on x box get projet gotham racing 2, you can drive all the best cars including the ferrari enzo, lotus,... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2005 by Khav
Every car in this game is completely unique in looks, handling, and perfomance. There are an immense amount of tracks and cars. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2005 by Kristian Newman
This game is appawling.
A. Does not feel like driving a car
B. The graphics are good but not as good as GT3's are.
C. The controler just worsens it.
D. Read more