The latest Project
Gotham Racing races its way onto the XBox 360 that once again
features some of the world's most prestigious cars with amazing
visual locales from around the world. Considered the most definitive
racing title on the XBox 360, this current incarnation features not
only a variety of new vehicles but also improved gameplay that
Bizarre Creations have remastered. The current version of the series
is PROJECT GOTHAM RACING 4 that is a true racing simulator for those
gamers who love realism.
The tracks you’ll race around have also been enhanced as well.
Although in many cases they’re the same as the ones you’ll know from
Gotham 3, they’ve changed a lot, additional markings have been
added, rumble strips have been elongated and in tricky corners, the
barriers have been pushed back to allow for errors and in short, they
feel more like legitimate racing circuits than ever before. This
isn’t just cosmetic, either, the longer rumble strips double up as
suggested braking points, and the wider run off areas make overtaking all the easier and, while
the benefits of these take a while to sink in, they do really add to
The subtle tweaks made to the Kudos system also work a treat. While
certain staples still remain, such as being rewarded for drifting,
grabbing air, sticking the car up on two wheels and the like, or
losing a Kudos chain for clattering head first into a wall,
the changes help to make it a more balanced experience. For
instance, gently brush a wall with the side of your car, and you’ll
keep your kudos. Hitting top speed will also net you a considerable
amount, meaning that you don’t necessarily need to
worry about showboating too much or avoiding contact at all costs.
The various race disciplines and car selection cater to this
perfectly. Broadly speaking, these can be divided into two groups:
those focusing on speed and those focusing on showing off. For
instance, with races or speed challenges, you’ll find that a car
with a lot of grip and little drift will see you hitting your
targets every time, whereas more kudos gathering challenges will naturally favour a car that slides
around a lot – and each class of vehicle has plenty of both to
As a result, the gameplay feels fantastically balanced and rewarding
to play, and although we have a few reservations about the calendar,
based layout of the Career mode, the manner in which it
encourages you to use a variety of vehicles to negotiate it is very
refreshing and even if you don’t warm to the career mode, the
arcade and other single player elements will still offer you months,
indeed years, of longevity.
The motorbikes in the game are amazing and add a new depth to the
gameplay such as a great turning circle than a car, getting your
bike through the bends requires a greater deal of precision. On top
of this, their lower top speed means it’s impractical to perform
stunts on straights due to the loss in pace, yet due to the fact
bikes seldom slide, it’s tricky to gain kudos in the corners.
Perhaps the worst aspect of all is the highly unnatural wobble the
bikes undergo when you correct your steering, which feels very off
balance. The game also allows use for the XBox 360 cordless steering
wheel which really ups the ante!
Graphically, PGR4 is eye candy on the XBox 360 that is probably the
best looking racing game on any system at the moment. The first
thing you will notice about this current incarnation are the
spectacular gaming environments and the amazing reflective surfaces.
The improved texture quality, lighting and special effects impress
immensely as well, while the low ambient lighting and abundance of
primary Colours in its textures gave PGR3 an almost realistic look.
Other amazing things include weather effects and that real sense of
In conclusion, PGR4 goes way beyond its predecessor and offers
brilliant gameplay, awesome graphics and fun from start to finish.
Offering depth and
accessibility that works well irrespective of whether you want to
sit down for a prolonged gaming session or just fancy kicking back
and enjoying blasting around some of the world’s most iconic cities
with some truly awesome machines. Go out and race now!