For me, this game is one of the reasons I bought an Xbox 360 in the first place and I certainly haven't regretted my decision.
For me, this is what a true racing game should be like. Fast cars and good fun. I would say it's neither a true simulator nor an arcade racer along the Need for Speed lines. It is a balance between the two, with the cars' acceleration, looks etc being very true to life but with far more forgiving game play than, say, GT4 or one of the FIA racing games.
For example, on the Nurburgring, you can drive around the corners a lot faster than you would be able to in GT4 but this is not a bad thing, just different. There are about 80 cars in the game and while that doesn't sound too impressive compared to GT4, you get QUALITY cars and I mean QUALITY. Ferraris, Maseratis, Astons, Lotuses, Mercs, Koenigseggs, Lamborghinis, Jags, only the creme de la creme. So, for example, you won't see a Daihatsu Cuore Avanzato R or a Citroen C3.
If you want to race with more run of the mill cars like those, by all means fish out your copy of GT4 (I still love mine to death!) but if you want true performance cars, PGR3 is the game to get it. If you have played PGR4 but think it's not worth getting PGR3, I would say you're wrong! PGR3 has a lot of cars that PGR4 does not have and vice versa.
On a final note, many people compare Forza 2 and PGR with each other and there constant debates about which is better. The area that PGR gets my vote over Forza is the fact that you have in-car view which adds immensely to the driving experience. True, you don't have as many cars to choose from but I think most people would agree that 80 and about 120 vehicles (including bikes in PGR4) is ample. Also, PGR has some real rarities that I haven't seen ANYWHERE else on the Xbox 360 i.e. Lotus GT1, Ford GT90, Ford Indigo Concept, Caparo T1, Gumpert Apollo, SSC Ultimate Aero TT, Aston Martin DBS, Jaguar XJ220 S TWR, etc, etc.
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