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Project Gotham Racing 3 (Xbox 360)
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Project Gotham Racing 3 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: For one of the first games released for the Xbox 360 its still has top graphics & sound effects!
Disadvantages: Its not as good as Forza Motorsport!
== PROJECT GOTHAM RACING 3 ==
Project Gotham Racing 3 is an arcade style car racing game that was released the very first day the Xbox 360 was released. Most Xbox 360's came with this racing game. The game was developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Microsoft Game Studios. Project Gotham Racing 3 also won Official Xbox Magazine game of the year. The game is rammed full with some beautifully licensed cars that are nicely detailed. There was later a Project Gotham 4 released. This game doesn't actually feature a story but it does have an advanced Career Mode with a lot of features. Project Gotham Racing 3 has plenty of options and game modes to compete in. Also Project Gotham Racing 3 is possibly the fastest car racing game around today but can it compete with the likes of Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo? Project Gotham Racing 3 has plenty of options
=== GAMEPLAY ===
Project Gotham Racing 3 does have a lot to offer fans of racing games but I just feel Forza Motorsport has the slight edge. Project Gotham Racing 3 does actually have more playable game modes than most racing games so in that respect it can be classed better. The main game mode doesn't have a story but that's mainly because its an arcade style racing game. It does have a cracking Career mode though and certainly makes up for the lack of a story. The aim of Career mode is to compete in events and win the events. There are absolutely loads of different events with different types of races and different amounts of races. After starting Career mode you will notice that you have to buy a car, Cars don't come cheaply on this game but they also don't cost money. They actually cost credits which can be earned from winning races races or even losing them. Winning races gives you more credits but doing certain things in races can earn Kudos as well and Kudos is earned to level up. Things like drifting around bends, tailgating, doing jumps and other things will earn you considerable amounts of Kudos.
When you're in Career mode racing you will notice the different types of races available and some of these include normal races where you have to finish first in order to progress, speed challenges which you have to drive past a speed camera at a certain speed or higher to win, overtake races are where you must overtake so many cars to win, cone challenges are where you have to do so many laps whilst driving through cones and earning Kudos plus there are many other challenges available in Career mode. When in an actual race you will notice that the game is faster than most racing games. You may also notice in the top left corner of the screen it tells you how much Kudos you've earned this race, in the top right corner of the screen you will notice your current position and your target position and bottom left is how many laps you need to do. Target position is the minimum place where you need to finish to open the next race or challenge. When driving you will find the controls can be a tiny bit sensitive so be careful. Also when driving around the tracks you can take in some of the beautiful scenery but only for a split second because its a fast game. Usually each race has a total of 6 racers which include you.
Pausing whilst in a race lets you enter photo mode so you can take pictures of your car or what ever else you can see in camera mode. You can also alter sound effects, restart an event or abandon the event altogether in the pause menu. there isn't just Career mode on the game because you can also play in an online Career mode which will put you up against gamers from around the world. The races and challenges you play in single player are also played in this mode. There are also tournaments you can compete in but first you have to qualify for the respected tournaments. You can also view leaderboards for Career mode as well as view all your current cars in your garage. Something else of interest in the game is the Route Creator. You can create your own tracks and compete on them against the computer or with friends. There are more than 100 million custom routes to create which is a jaw dropping amount. There are also Xbox Live features so you can race in friendly matches against other people or you can race in time trial events to beat your own scores. Gotham TV lets you watch peoples races that they have saved and uploaded you can also save your own for people to watch.
There is a lot to do on Project Gotham Racing 3 and most of it will take months to explore and conquer. You may also want to check out Xbox Live Marketplace for content to download for the game as there is quite a bit for it. Overall there are over 80 racing cars to own and there are lots of different tracks to tackle. Some of the tracks will become reversed at some point to try and get you out. The game also has a few different weather effects which will effect your races and can become more difficult to drive in. There are numerous camera angles for the car that you can use to drive in. I prefer to see the car at a distance rather than seeing from inside of the car. i find it easier and I feel it looks better. Overall Project Gotham Racing 3 has a lot to offer and is definitely worth owning.
=== GRAPHICS ===
Considering this was one of the first games out for the Xbox 360 it still looks absolutely stunning. all of the cars look beautiful but for some reason they always look really shiny even after races. The cars are detailed really well and there are only a select few that don't look like they should do. One thing that was disappointing was the colours of the cars because there isn't an awful lot to choose from and they don't look the best. The weather effects are fantastic and I love the way you could be half way around a track and the weather automatically changes. Its the same when the sun goes down and starts to go dark if you're in a long race. The basic scenery is great too and so are the layout and basic track designs. Overall I quite like the graphics because no matter the age of the game they still look beautiful.
=== SOUND EFFECTS ===
The sound effects are brilliant and possibly one of the best features to the game. The only thing i don't like is the boring music at the main menu and other than that its perfect. When you're navigating the menu the sound is quite good but the real sounds come into play when you're racing at high speeds. Most of the cars sound absolutely fantastic even when you make a collision into the back of another car the sound takes over and sounds great. The game even sounds better with surround sound. I cant stress how brilliant the sound effects are. also when its raining you can literally hear the rain hitting your car. The music when you're racing is good because the car has a radio which can be changed to certain channels with all different types of music tracks to suit almost everyone.
=== DIFFICULTY ===
The difficulty to the game varies because each race or challenge you do has certain advantages and disadvantages. When you choose a race there are five different difficulty levels. The difficulty levels are novice, easy, medium, hard and hardcore. Novice is far too easy for average gamers because the cars you're up against seem slow and very easy to pass and I also think easy is too easy as well. Medium is a little harder and can be a little bit challenging for some people. The hard and hardest settings are probably best avoided until you get better at the game. Also hard difficulty you have to finish second or first and on the hardest setting you must win every race. Each race you are given a medal representing your chosen difficulty. Online play and other features can be difficult but soon as you get the hang of the game you will be okay.
=== LONGEVITY ===
The length of the game is very interesting because you could have the game on easy and finish it but you wont unlock everything because of the other difficulties. Its probably impossible to do the game on the hardest setting until you get the hang of it and buy faster cars. So you will most likely find yourself going through the game several times for fun as well as other reasons. Career mode is quite good in length and with other game modes the game can last a staggering 40+ hours which is absolutely amazing.
=== PROS ===
*Over 80 cars to collect and race in.
*Lots of different races and challenges which add a bit of variety in the gameplay.
*Some stunning graphics and sound effects.
*The game is quite good in terms of length and will get you hooked.
*Quite a few different game modes to play.
*The game is really cheap now because its old.
=== CONS ===
*Not an awful lot of online modes.
*Also there isn't that many playing the game online anymore so it might be hard to find a race.
*Project Gotham 4 is better and can be picked up for the same price.
*The colouring in the game seems a little off and there isn't that many colours you can use for your cars.
*The game can be extremely difficult later on especially on the harder difficulty settings.
=== FINAL THOUGH ===
So is it better than Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport? I would have to say no but it certainly gave them a run for their money. The game is definitely different and can offer something new to what those two games offer but it just isn't as special as those games. Project Gotham Racing 3 does feature more playable modes but it doesn't have enough cars or tracks compared to Forza Motorsport. Also Project Gotham 4 is slightly better than this game but for the price its still certainly worth owning.
If you love a good racing game then by all means this is worth owning. I would definitely recommend the game to fans of a good old arcade style racing game. Also if you like games such as Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo then you will most likely love this too. The game manual is okay and has some useful hints and in formation. Also the game has an age rating of just 3+.
I did have the game when I first bought an Xbox 360 and it did come with it but when my first Xbox 360 broke I got rid of it. However recently I decided to buy it again and I got it from Amazon. It only cost me a surprising £1.75 including postage but now the game is on there for a little over 32 which is still great value. I definitely think for its price its worth owning and I am very pleased with it overall.
I like the game and its cheap. I would give Project Gotham Racing 3 a reasonable 7/10!
Review also posted on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
Summary: An arcade style racing game with a wide range of variety!
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