I was dubious of this game, as a huge fan of racing games and in particular the Gran Turismo series I thought this wouldn't measure up. It did- and then some. This game is the best racer you can get on any console, it takes effort and it will reward perseverance. In my opinion the X-box control system is far more suited to car games and once your used to it there is nothing more exciting than throwing your cars into bends and making it pay, which is where we get into Kudos. At first I thought this was the naffest aspect of the game basically it gives points based on your performance- take a good line you get a reward, hold control of a handbrake slide through a corner you get point, make a monkey of it you lose 'em. It really adds something that Gran Turismo hasn't got that extra element of class. All this is before you mention the circuits are excellant; the graphics and the presentation really are out of this world and you'll even love the choices of in-car music based around the countries you are racing in. Before I got my X-box I was really looking forward to the release of GT4, now though it really will have to be very special to beat this.