Project Gotham Racing 2

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"For any collection"
5 stars"

The original Project Gotham was a launch title for the Xbox and a couple of years on it's still impressive. PGR2 boasts many new features over its predecessor including new cars, new locations and now the ability to play up to eight people over Xbox Live. The updated Kudos points system rewards you for sliding around corners, drafting and other moves that can be pulled off while trying to retain the pole position. You unlock new cars with these points.

A variety of modes are available. Single player is simple; choose a race a car then the difficulty. Easy offers no challenge but change to platinum and you will be in for many attempts of the same race, though the higher the difficulty the greater the rewards.

In multiplayer same rules apply but now it’s you against someone next door or over the other side of the world.

The cars start with the Mini and the Beetle and later the outrageously fast TVR12. Variations between speed and handling can throw any racer and once you have a grip on one car you need to learn how to drive a completely different one.

The locations are real world and look very nice. One race can be in Sydney and then Moscow. Don’t expect racing to be easy, tracks range from fast ovals to tricky hairpins waiting to catch you out.

AI drivers are difficult to beat especially in the later stages. If you aren’t in the lead within the first few seconds you have no chance to get first place. These opponents are experts and will rarely make mistakes, so don’t expect that if you are behind.

PGR2 won't let you down and with over 170 races and multi-player capability you will be playing for some time.

"How gaming should be."
5 stars"

Well what can I say about Project Gotham Racing 2? I can say that it is the most polished, tightly formed game I have ever played on any platform of any genre. I don’t know exactly how long Bizarre Creations spent on this game, but that time was well spent. Everything about the game just shines. They clearly listened to their fans on this one.

Xbox Live integration is the best yet, for example you can log into Xbox Live while doing the single player Kudos Challenge, and can see how you rank in the world on each track, you can also download the top 10 ghost cars in the world for that particular track. Xbox Live online play is flawless, you can invite friends who are playing PGR2 in single player mode into one of your online games and they receive a little email icon and can choose to join right away.

The Kudos system is talked about a lot, but it is just as good as the developers make it out to be. Sure you can complete the game by just winning each track, but the real key to PGR2 is to race with style; everything from overtakes, good racing lines, and power slides and more earn you Kudos which can then be used to buy better cars or just rank up online. It adds a whole other dimension to the arcade-racing genre.

The selection of cars is refreshing. A few of the cars you can choose are the; Ford Focus, Mini Cooper, Porsche 911 Turbo, BMW M3, Nissan Skyline GTR, Ferrari Enzo and Porsche Carerra GT. The full list is extensive; enough to keep any car fan happy.

Overall this is the most amazing game I have ever encountered. I can’t say enough good things about it!

Description

"Project Gotham Racing 2" is the ultimate test of racing skill, style and daring, rewarding drivers not only for how fast they drive but for how they drive fast. Drivers will earn Kudos and gain recognition for cornering on two wheels around the Sears Tower in Chicago, power sliding through the ancient streets of Florence, Italy, or maneuvering along the racing line through the slick streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, all while racing some of the most exotic high-performance vehicles available. Players also can challenge friends and other gamers online utilizing the Xbox LiveTM online game service or through multiplayer System Link.

Features:

  • New Kudos Ranking system. Drivers earn special "Kudos" points by driving with style. Players are rewarded for doing power slides, spinning 360s, cornering on two wheels, and for the first time, drafting while staying on the race line and keeping car damage to a minimum. A new Kudos Ranking system challenges gamers to earn Kudos and improve their level-ranking, so they can unlock new cities, tracks, and ultimately more new cars.
  • Kudos is a measure of recognition that players receive for the skill, flair and daring they drive with, as well as for the accomplishments achieved throughout the game. The more Kudos players earn, the more vehicles, skins, tracks, etc., they unlock.
  • An Entirely New Xbox Live Experience. "Project Gotham Racing 2" will support Xbox Live, allowing gamers to join friends and others around the world for the ultimate street race. Players also can download "ghosts," or recorded cars, to watch, learn from and compete against the most skilled drivers in the world. Leaderboards will update in solo play modes when players are connected to Xbox Live so they can keep track of who's number one. Multiplayer System Link also allows players to race head-to-head in the same room.
  • Travel the globe. Maintaining its international theme, "Project Gotham Racing 2" takes players to photo-realistic recreations of famous cities including Barcelona, Edinburgh, Florence, Chicago, Moscow and more.
  • Sweet rides. Gamers will be able to take the wheel of some of the most exclusive high-performance vehicles, all fully licensed with realistic damage modeling. "Project Gotham Racing 2" offers an exciting driving experience in vehicles from various car classes, such as the new Enzo Ferrari, Porsche GT2, BMW Z4, Pontiac GTO, Ferrari Dino GT, MINI Cooper S, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and many more.
  • Music that drives you. Listen to the hottest DJs in the world turn out great racing music from real radio stations as you drive through each city in the game. Personal playlists can be created through the exclusive CD player in "Project Gotham Racing 2."
  • Highly detailed game environments. "Project Gotham Racing 2" captures the essence of every city with fully researched, photo-realistic environments, including highly detailed storefronts and buildings, allowing gamers to experience the superior graphics technology of Xbox.
  • Release date NZ
    November 28th, 2003
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    Box Dimensions (mm)
    140x190x15
    UPC
    805529491472
    Product ID
    1460621

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