Project Gotham Racing 4 (Microsoft Xbox 360, 2007)
About this product
|Project Gotham Racing makes its second appearance on Xbox 360 with several key additions, from a dynamically changing weather system to the option of racing motorcycles alongside the iconic sports cars. The predecessor's five cities have been updated with new visual effects and enhancements, including red-and-white "rumble strips" to more easily identify approaching turns, and drivers can now tear up the streets in four international locales: Macau, St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Quebec. A tenth venue, the fictitious Michelin Test Track, is patterned after traditional NASCAR courses for special invitational events in the single-player career mode. |
The kudos system of earning points for flashy moves returns, but now players will receive star ratings for combos and computer AI drivers will more aggressively compete for kudos. The career mode is more fleshed out and personalized compared to previous versions, with loyal fans following your driver to each event, wearing clothing with your logo or waving your home country's flag, and with a television-style atmosphere complete with camera crews and running commentary. The licensed vehicle list has expanded to 120 models, including such classics as a Corvette Sting Ray, a Maserati 250F, a Toyota Supra Turbo, and a DeLorean DMC-12.
In addition to the career mode (which spans 200 races and includes new garages for storing vehicles), users can participate in 70 arcade-style events or compete in eight-player online races via Xbox Live. New event types include "survivor" and "superstar," with the latter testing a player's skill in completing tricks within time limits. A new "Team Play" online mode has four friends creating a racing team and working together to take out other top-ranked teams. The Gotham TV option introduced in PGR 3 also returns with an "on demand" feature that not only lets users share photos and streaming video, but also search for specific footage or players by keyword.
|Game||Project Gotham Racing 4|
|Platform||Microsoft Xbox 360|
|ESRB Descriptor||Mild Lyrics|
|Control Elements||Gamepad/Joystick, Steering Wheel|
|Number of Players||1-8|
|Game Special Features|
|Game Series||Project Gotham Racing Series|
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- steal..dealsOct 10, 2007by
PGR 4--WEATHER PERMITTING!
With 2005's Project Gotham Racing 3, Bizarre Creations ushered in a new era of racing on the Xbox 360 with a game that continued the long-standing quality of its Project Gotham series with amazing graphics and extensive online options. Here we are, two years later, and Bizarre has turned in the fourth game in the PGR series, one that opens up the vehicles list a bit and adds to the online fun, yet still follows the tried-and-true PGR formula. In short, Project Gotham Racing 4 continues the series' tradition of brilliant visuals and fun gameplay, and adds to the list with new rides and weather effects that must be driven to be believed.<br><br>The fastest cars in the game will typically be quicker than the bikes but, in our experience, if you can grab an early lead in PGR 4 on two wheels and can maintain some consistency in your laps, you'll be awfully tough to beat. Bikes have their control quirks; for instance, when coming out of a turn, you'll want to let go of the analog stick in order to bring yourself back up smoothly, as manually bringing your rider upright can result in serious overcorrection errors. But for the most part bikes aren't much of a challenge and, as a result, aren't really as fun as we were hoping.<br><br>The weather effect system, unlike the bikes, is a major feature of Project Gotham Racing 4 regardless if your love affair is with cars or bikes. The dynamic weather affects each and every machine- whether two wheel or four- which makes for an ever-changing physics lesson, not to mention constantly varying wheel-to-wheel racing difficulty. It makes sense in a racer too. For instance, all-wheel-drive cars are nearly always heavier than their two-wheel-drive counterparts, which normally gives the advantage in the dry to the latter. But throw in rainy (or better yet) snowy conditions, and the advanced AWD systems of these tanks more than makes up for their weight (this also allows AWD cars to drift, which we all know equals Kudos) This is even more evident with the bikes. How many bikes do you see driving around on ice and snow? There’s a reason, and it can be played out in Project Gotham Racing 4 without risking serious<br><br>If you know the PGR series then you know that the Arcade and Career (revised for a more interactive experience) modes are all about acquiring Kudos in order to progress through the locked areas and gain access to better tracks and cars. Project Gotham Racing 4 gives us more of the same, but a revised Kudos system makes the experience a bit more tolerable. Those that don’t like to slide all over the track or aren’t looking to make a YouTube video of successive 360’s will enjoy the fact that technical road racing skills will be rewarded handsomely as well. Techniques such as acquiring the fastest lap, drafting, completing a section cleanly, maintaining a target speed or even hitting an apex can result in mad Kudos. Of course you’ll still have to do feint and power drifts, catch some air and use that e-brake all of the time if you want to progress as planned through Project Gotham Racing 4. In addition to normal racing events, the Cone, Time vs. Kudos and Speed Challenge events are back for flashy Kudos collection. The dynamic weather makes this sometimes-monotonous task of Kudos collection more fun and tougher to master, and the new gathering system devised by Bizarre helps a bit too. There are separate Kudos to earn for bikes, which can be interesting at times as well<br><br>OVERALL 8.8<br>A MUST BUYRead full review
- paulr6453Mar 6, 2010by
good racing game!.........................................................................................................................................................
- bobmyers99Apr 21, 2014by
good raceing game for the price you can race cars and motorcycles<br>old cars to new cars like camaro and bmws
- bmor9102Feb 10, 2014by
Great game you can buy upgrades as you progress and win more races very exciting game.<br>i like that you have to earn points to get upgrades to get better cars and better equipment for your car. Racing is betterthan games that teaches people (children) to steal/kill) I much prefer my child not play violence on his video games
- samebeyJan 8, 2014by
great game, good price, A++++
Decent racing game, but is not for small kids. A little difficult to control even for adults. Other than that, it has good graphic, good sounds, a lot of options. Cars a little outdated.