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.