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== PROJECT GOTHAM RACING 4 == Project Gotham Racing 4 is an arcade style racing game that is only available for the Xbox 360. The game is quite similar to previous Project Gotham games but new with this one is the addition of motorcycles as well as some of the fastest cars on the planet. The game was developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Microsoft Game Studios. Like Project Gotham Racing 3 this one also contains a lot of game modes and more cars than the previous games. There still isn't enough cars because whilst there are over 400 on Forza Motorsport there are still only just over 140 in Project Gotham 4 but that includes motorcycles as well. This Project Gotham also doesn't feature a story mode and the main mode is Gotham Career but it doesn't involve any kind of storyline. === GAMEPLAY === Something new to the Project Gotham Series is that you can actually design how your character looks in the game. Now there aren't a wide range of options here but you can either choose male or female then you pick their nationality and other bits like helmet type and colour, their suit colour and visor type. In Gotham Career mode the aim is to climb your way to the very top of the rankings ladder and achieve the coveted world number one spot. The Gotham Career is spread over a calendar and features lots of different races and events that you can take part in. There are street races which are the main events in the game and usually involve you races a certain number of cars and doing so many laps. Your goal is to win the races as well but they start of quite easy and shouldn't cause much of a problem. Breakthrough events are really good and one of my personal favourites because the aim of them is to hurtle through a series of checkpoints, and then cross the finish line before time runs out. Every time you reach and clear a checkpoint a bit of time is added to your clock. Cone Sprint and Super Cone Sprint are my worst events because it involves going through a course marked by cones at a high speed whilst not missing any of the gates. There are even eliminator races where you have to make sure you're not last after every lap, overtake challenges where you have to overtake a set number of cars and many more. Altogether I think there are a total of 14 different events that come up in Gotham Career and some of which are absolutely fantastic. 140 vehicles and over 10 different tracks which will also be reversed sometimes to try and fool you. When in a race you will notice a few things and the most notable being the fact that races consist of both cars and motorcycles so you could be up against 3 superbikes whilst you're in a banger of a car. Also there are numerous camera angles to suit your style of play. Also in the top left corner of the screen is your current lap time and position, in the top right corner is your Kudos earned so far for the race you're in and the bottom left is the new and improved map. You can also pause the game anytime and enter photo mode to take some top quality photos to upload via Xbox Live so people can put your photos in their garage. Also bikes are a little quicker at accelerating but are more prone to accidents and you can actually be knocked off your bike or worse yet you could be thrown off it from a mistake you have done. As you drive around doing numerous laps you can take in some of the scenery which is beautiful you will also notice that a massive crowd of people are in stands watching you race as well as some of the different types of bends you may encounter. Overall when you're racing the game comes fully to life with its fast speed and stunning graphical features. One let down is that races are only with 4 races including yourself. When you enter the single player options from the main menu you will come across numerous options which include Arcade mode which consists of 10 different chapters each made up of quick-fire events. There is also Time Attack mode which is all about speed, no Kudos and no opponents. You can also play a custom match which is a basic exhibition and just for fun. Also back at the main menu is a tab for multiplayer modes. These include playing on Xbox Live against the worlds best or even the worlds worst in any online event or race. You can also play with friends on the same console and competing in the same race types. Also you can play via system link which enables you to connect Xbox 360's together. there is also a tab on the main menu to automatically take you to Xbox Live Marketplace so you can check for downloadable content such as new challenge packs. There are also numerous Project Gotham 4 tournaments that you can compete in which are online features and cant be accessed unless you have Xbox Live and Gold Membership. Also Kudos is now your money in the game and you can visit the Project Gotham Racing shop to purchase vehicles, tracks, new game modes and more with your hard earned Kudos. Kudos is earned by drifting, racing at high speeds, tailgating and more. === GRAPHICS === For a game that was released back in 2007 the game features some absolutely stunning visuals and overall the graphics are flawless. The cars are immaculately designed and are very detailed. Most of them look like the real deal and stand out really well. Also the motorcycles also look nicely designed but I feel the cars have the edge over the bikes. Also there are 5 of the same tracks from Project Gotham 3 but you can instantly notice that they have been improved considerably and plus with the 5 or more new tracks the game looks and feels even better when you're playing it. the colouring is a lot better in this game than the previous one and you can see it been worked on a lot. Also the weather effects in this game are beautiful especially the way the rain thrashing down on your car as you're driving around the tracks. Overall the game has some stunning graphics and for an old game they still can keep up with the newer games. Top quality all round. === SOUND EFFECTS === The sound effects are equally as impressive as the graphics. Okay some of the music is a bit rubbish in my opinion but there are some decent tracks to keep you occupied. A good thing is the mixture of music tracks the game has from classical music, jazz, rock, alternative rock, world music, hip hop and more. You also have an in radio when you're driving. Tracks from Kaiser Chiefs, Lily Allen, Bloc Party, My Chemical Romance and more all feature in the game. The proper sound effects to the game are really good as well. With the full on effect of racing being shown through its sound effects. You can hear every drop of rain splashing on your car, you can also hear the clatter of cars smashing into each other and you can even hear the crowd when you doing something spectacular such as a long wheelie. Overall the sound effects are as good as I expected because Project Gotham 3 also had some top sound effects. === DIFFICULTY === Project Gotham Racing 3 was a fairly hard game overall and as I expected so is Project Gotham Racing 4 and the main reason for this is because of the inclusion of motorbikes. Motorbikes are a little hard to handle and you must proceed with a little caution around every bend. Also you can choose your difficulty setting at the start of Gotham Career and it can be changed at anytime which is great but for bigger rewards and achievements you have to play the game on a harder setting eventually. I think certain challenges could prove somewhat difficult to some people because of the nature of what you must do. Some such as the cone challenges are quite tricky to master. Online play could be more difficult because you're up against the worlds best. Overall I still think the game could be seen as complicated for some gamers. === LONGEVITY === Gotham Career mode is definitely much longer than the main game mode in the previous Project Gotham game so that's definitely worth mentioning. It features a massive calendar full of events and challenges and could take you a long time to finish it overall. Also with online play and the ability to play with friends the game can last almost a lifetime. There hasn't been any other Project Gotham after this one but this one is still played by many over Xbox Live. Its still quite popular because of its length. Also with the multiple game modes you're looking at over 40 hours of gameplay minimum. Overall the game is quite a long one and will keep you entertained for a good few months. === ACHIEVEMENTS === There are a staggering total of 60 achievements that need to be earned in this game which is phenomenal. Most games especially car games rarely feature 40. However the achievements are not the easiest to get and some of them can take months of practice before you should even attempt them. There are your average ones that you will get as you playthrough the game but there are certain ones that seem ridiculous with what you must do to earn them. Overall there is a nice mixture of achievements that you can earn and these definitely make the game last much longer. === PROS === *140 of the best vehicles in the world including motorbikes. *Lots of different tracks such as New York, Tokyo, Las Vegas and even London. *The game features some of the best graphics to a game even though it was released in 2007. *Lots of different race types, events and challenges and Gotham Career is much better. *Also some of the sound effects are fantastic and it features actual proper songs to suit everyone. *The multiplayer functions are really good online and offline. === CONS === *The game could still be a little tricky for some gamers. *Some of the achievements are pointless and can take ages to get. *Project Gotham Racing 4 is one of the most annoying games when its not going right for you. *Some of the challenges are a bit similar to others which is a bit pointless. *The main menu music is absolutely atrocious and I cant stand it. === FINAL THOUGHT === Project Gotham Racing 4 is definitely better than Project Gotham 3 but is it as good as Forza Motorsport? My answer is sadly no but its not too far off the mark of being as good. It is a cheaper so could benefit people more than the Forza Motorsport games. Project Gotham Racing 4 does offer a lot more than previous games because there is more variety in the types of races, there are more cars and more tracks. All of the features are great and this is one of the only racing games that also have motorcycles as well as cars. I would recommend the game because its a lot of fun even when its hard. Its a superb arcade style racing game but there are some games that are better than this. If you like the Forza Motorsport series then you would probably love this quite a lot. The game manual is really good to the game and can help you out quite a bit to be fair. The game also has an age rating of 3+ like the previous games. I bought the game for an incredible price of just £3 and I would have to say almost any game is worthy of that price tag. The game is on Amazon for roughly the same price and if you're lucky sometimes cheaper. Prices are always subject to change but I think Project Gotham Racing 4 has enough to be worthy of its value. Overall its the best Project Gotham game so far and one of the best racing games to feature both cars and motorbikes. I would give the game a solid 8/10! Review also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
Project Gotham Racing 4 is easily my favourite console racing game. Managing to balance on an arcade-simulation tightrope with ease, PGR4 could be considered as a 'best of both worlds' game. The arcade side of the game sees a lack of car customisation, which is great for players like me who don't want to tinker too much, and just want to race. The simulation side sees real cars being included in the game, and the handling is far closer to the Forza/Gran Turismo side of things rather than Ridge Racer. The gameplay of PGR4 is similar to the other entries in the series, with a career structure taking the form of a calendar, with the player selecting events on the certain days. While not groundbreaking in any sense, it works well. Considered it was released a good few years ago, PRG4's graphics are still incredible. The car detail is great (although not quite up to Forza standard), and the snow and other weather effects have to be seen to be believed. Online is a slight disappointment, and it probably the only section where the game's ages has truly affected it. Very few people are still playing, so make sure you're not looking for an online multiplayer experience when you buy PGR4.
Frankly, I never even realised that a fourth Project Gotham Racing game came out a few years ago but, being loyal to the previous games in the series, I decided to give it a go. The result; a solid, but uninspired racing slog that's got some good features but is just too generic. The game's most prominent feature is its Career mode, where you customize a character and then take them through an extensive racing season where you aim to get to #1. The races are the standard modes we've seen in the previous games, such as lap time trials and knockout races, and with practically no change, the Kudos system is used to buy better cars. However, it's a bit dispiriting that the vehicle selection isn't as great as the previous games, meaning you have to slog through racing a bunch of boring cars before you get the more exciting and fast ones. The games does, however, include motorbikes, which is a fun little addition, but it's hardly comprehensive and feels quite piece-meal. My real gripe with the game, though, is that the online is very lean and sadly not many people use it as a result. Visually, the game looks solid, if not a particular improvement over the previous game. The cockpit view this time is very awkward, but the vehicular models are sleek, and various famous track locations look just like their real-life counterpart. Aurally, the game has the same generic techno music as before that I'm not especially fond of, but the car sounds are appropriately meaty. If you own PGR3, there's not enough here to really justify a purchase unless you're a hardcore fan. With so many other great new racers out there, this is one decent game that is nevertheless left in the dust.
I picked this game up from CEX, the second hand store and even regret paying the £6 I paid for it. The game has great graphics and even has famous cities you can race in such as Las Vegas, New York, London, Tokyo etc but it feels too arcadey. The controls are clumsy and every time you turn a corner, you bump into everything. The handbrake doesn't improve the situation that much. It's one of them games that you may have fun with for 20 minutes so you can race around Vegas but that's about it. I doubt you will want to take part in the main course of the game. I certainly didn't. The graphics are very good, photo realistic, the Vegas scenery is terrific and actually realistic (I have been to Vegas plenty of times) and every hotel is exactly in the place that they are in, in real life. The audio is reasonable for a racing game. Unfortunately, I can't recommend it simply because of it's arcade feeling and clumsy controlling. Get Forza 2 or 3...much better! I've given it an extra star for including Vegas otherwise it would get a 1.
Project Gotham Racing 4 is more of an arcade game than a simulator. The graphics look like something from a seaside arcade game, the only difference is at the seaside you have to pay for every time you want to play the game. Thankfully you only have to pay for PGR4 once. To be fair it is a great game if you prefer arcade racing games but if you prefer proper racing simulators then you are much better off with other games such as Forza. The gameplay is excellent but it is very difficult and is a game for a serious competitor. The AI that you are racing against seem to be a great challenge and are very difficult to overtake and beat. The cars in the game and very good but i have to say that they are not very realistic and they all seem to act in the same ways. There is no variation between the cars they all accelerate and handle exactly the same. When you crash in the game the cars also seem to bounce off the barriers and carry on with very little exterior damage or no damage at all which is obviously not very realistic.
I remember the first time I played Project Gotham Racing 4, it was in my friends house a few days after its release. I wasn't really a racing game fan, only dabbling in a little Need For Speed Underground, but I thought I would give it a go nonetheless. After picking my car of choice (BMW M5), I watched my friend tear around the track while I sat comfortably in the bosom of a red and white barrier. Shortly after I insisted he turned it off. That was my first experience of PGR4, but within the 2 years since the game was released I have become, just like Richard Hammond, a 'driving god!'. So I thought I'd pick it up on the cheap and give it another go, and in doing so I discovered that PGR4 is a wonderfully frustrating game. The point I was trying to make there is that PGR4 is not for the casual racing gamer. The first time I played it I had no knowledge of cars or racing, I couldn't identify a racing line and I didn't know what an apex is. On top of that I had played only a handful of racing games throughout my life, my inexperience led me into thinking this was a bad game, but how I was wrong. PGR4 is a game for petrolheads, fact. You must understand racing to get the most out of the game, otherwise you will probably find it too difficult and possibly even boring. Alright, so what makes it so hard? First of, the games a simulation, its not an arcade racer, every car in the game reacts the same way it would in the real world, you experience understeer and oversteer, the braking is realistic and the steering is not twitchy. Add that ontop of the insanely hard AI and you have a game for driving game enthusiasts. So what's so great about PGR4? The answer? Lots, but lets start with the graphics. While the game is a little over 2 years old now, it still looks well. The car models are spot on, the reflections are pretty and the background of the tracks are gorgeous. The cockpit view however, is a bit lacklustre, I suppose back at the time of release it would have looked well, but today its overshadowed by the car interiors and cockpit views of the likes of GRIP and NFS Shift. The sound is well, strange, everything sounds well, whether it's the sound of your turbo charged Evo or the sound of your Elise as the tyres scream as you take that corner maybe a bit faster than you should have, the sound effects are truly wonderful. But the music? Well that's a different story. The score confuses me, one minute I'm listening to some Kaiser Chiefs, the next I seem to be driving to the tunes of what sounds like the theme of a Bollywood rom com, I really didn't know what to think of it, so I decided to turn it off and listen to the sweet sound of my V6. As usual with racing games, PGR4 comes with its very own career mode. You start with a few cars, and bikes, and you participate in races based on your calendar, although to be honest you don't have much control over your career and I just followed the path the game laid out for me. To access new cars you have to gain and spend Kudos, the games currency. You earn Kudos by winning races, but also by performing certain actions while on the track, burnouts, overtakes, air time, drifts all net you kudos which can be used to unlock car, new clothes for your driver (which you never get to see, so no real point there), you can also unlock new tracks for single and multi-player. The strange thing with PGR4 is that you don't buy cars signally, you have to buy them in packs which can come with a number of cars. This is fine, as it increases your garage quickly, but if you only want one car in the bundle, it can be a bit annoying that you have to buy them all. The game also comes with no sort of upgrade feature, some games have followed this trend but I find it came really drain the life out of the game. It often happens within these sorts of games that you start out in a car, earn a bit of money and buy a better car to simply forget about your first set of wheels and ruin the relationship you had originally built. But PGR4 almost wants you to do this, throwing a multitude of better cars at you all the time. I suppose this way you wont get bored as you have lots of cars to play with, but it still takes something away from the game that I can't put my finger on. The nice thing is that there is plenty of variation within the types of races. You have your usual grip races and lap times modes, but you have a little more interesting modes, such as Cone Sprints in which you must navigate a course full of cones, avoiding them at all costs, or Superstar, which is a competition to see which driver can earn the most Kudos in a race. It really helps to increase the lifeline of the game, and also its fun to play. Although at the same time, some can be extremely frustrating, with constant restarts. But the majority of them are fun, and don't come up often enough to be annoying. Overall, like previously mentioned the game is mainly for players who know what they're doing behind the wheel, if this isn't you, you might want to look else where. Although if your interested in driving simulations and reckon yourself as a bit of a Jensen Button, you might find a place in your heart for PGR4 which will probably remain there for a long, long time.
An excellent racing game for the whole family, PGR4 offers a racing career mode, an arcade mode, multiplayer and on line game modes. The graphics are awesome, the detail in each track is breath taking. Personal favourites would have to be the London tracks or the Shanghai tracks both completely different but both challenging and fun. The selection of cars on offer is very extensive offering a wide range from Mini Cooper's in the slowest car class (G) to Ferrari's, Lamborghini's, Caparo T1 or various high powered super cars in class (A). PGR4 also offers a chance to ride high powered bikes such as Ducati, F4 Senna, Yamaha and many more. Each car and bike handles completely differently and will test your skill to control them at speeds reaching over 200 mph especially the cars and bikes in the class (A)! The game offers a wide range of 66 achievements to collect totalling over 1000+ points. To add to a great game there are 2 really good downloads for PGR4 which you can get from Xbox live market place. The first is a free download offering new cars and more achievements to collect. The 2nd download costs 400 Microsoft points (£3.50ish) and has even more cars/bikes, more arcade challenge modes, online multiplayer modes and more achievements and more tracks. To get the most out of this game you can choose the difficulty setting which best suits your ability ranging from Steel which is the easy setting, to Platinum which is advanced/Expert. Changing the difficulty setting still allows you to get all or most of the achievements. The game can be purchased now for as little as £7-8 second hand from places like Ebay, CEX. Or purchased new from £11.99 from Amazon which is still a steal for a quality racing game. I really enjoyed playing this game, it's so easy to pick up and play controls are simple, it kept me playing for weeks on end. Fantastic graphics, loads of cars and bikes, loads of tracks, challenging game modes what else could you ask for?
When the original Xbox was released I played the first PGR and I have been hooked on the series ever since. The fourth instalment in the series does not disappoint. Races tracks from all over the world ranging from London to Japan appear in the games and look fantastic. There is also now the possibility to choose between racing a car or a bike, which adds a new dimension to the gameplay. In what I suppose would be seem as the career mode in most racing titles the player must complete challenges that range from simply winning a race to gaining a particular number of kudos which is the point system used with the game. Kudos are obtained by driving stylishly, for example drifting around corners, driving quickly or performing a wheelie whilst on a bike. To conclude I would say this is a decent game, if a little arcadey but still worth the price it can now be bought at.
This is the latest game in the PGR series, and it is excellent! Project Gotham Racing 4 is a car and motorbike racing title by microsoft and bizzare exclusive to the xbox 360. It features a very wide range of cars and motorbikes from around the world, all arranged into classes from A-F according to their performance. The game doesnt focus too much on realism and is more an arcade-style of driving, the opposite to forza motorsport 2. You can easily drift your car with the handbrake without too much consequence and there is no damage effects. The graphics are absolutely stunning, and all cars feature a full interior modelled from the real-life counterpart. The game take place in real-world cities, with real roads tracked and turned into racing ciruits, its a nice touch and there a various screenshots of landmarks in the game looking exactly as they do in real-life. The game is getting queiter now in online multiplayer but you can still find races with relative ease. All in all, an excellent game - and one you should be able to pick up from most game stores for about £5 pre-owned, well worth it!!
Its race time! PGR 4 is a brilliant racing game and very succesfully overtook (mind my pun) PGR3 which i really did enjoy too. Everyone lieks to play a racing game once in a while and if im honest this is probably the best. I used to play NFS quite a lot but then went off it and i always thought that PGR would bore me to and didnt really bother with racing games. But after having PGR 3 and really liking the gameplay i decided to buy the new one as it wasnt to costly. Im glad i did. i love playing this online with my friends its great fun. And lets be honest there isnt one other racing game that will beat the range of cars on this! you can drive anything from ferrari enzos to forumla 1 cars! at best another car game could only match the cars! If you are a person who likes to paly racing games then this is a definate yes! tehre are tons of racing games out there but i think personally OGR's rival forza... gets owned by PGR! By the way the graphics are amazing they blew me away. better than a lot of games i have seen or been on. PGR 4 Gameplay - 9 Online - 9 Graphics - 10!
Project Gotham Racing 4 is the latest release from Bizarre Creations and Microsoft Studios and their PGR series. The game itself has been redeveloped from the previous release of PGR3. The graphics have been improved, and now the graphics are some of the most impressive graphics that have been released on the Microsoft XBox. The game has some fantastic features and has been upgraded with some nice multi-player touches. The XBOX Live mode is very fun to play, and is very lag-free. The gameplay is impressive, but at times can be quite arcadey, especially when the cars start powersliding. Powersliding is basically drifiting, but on PGR4 it doesn't really give you the feel that offer games do, like Juiced 2 for example. It may be because the cars on offer on this game are more supercars than tuner cars. There is a large number of cars available to choose and purchase using your in-game kudos. The game can be quite challenging and at times quite frustrating, depending on your skill level. If you enjoyed Project Gotham Racing 3 then you will definitely enjoy Project Gotham Racing 4. PGR4 is second only to Forza Motorsport 2.
This is what racing is meant to be. I have not played the other games in the PGR series, but I can tell you, this is the best. The graphics on the tracks are very good, there is never any laggy or jerky playtime, and it does something very special, it actually makes you feel like you are going the speed it says. I would say this is the best racing game on the xbox, its easy to set up multilayer games, and the campaign races are great as well. I had a racing wheel with this, and, although I preferred the normal controller, as the wheel was quite small, but through the corners PGR4 really but the wheel to its full potential, it felt like real driving. You can also drive bikes, which adds a new feel to the game. The driving experience that this game gives doesn't just let you hold a button and steer, you have to control the game, just like a real car/bike. For this alone it is worth getting, but for the whole racing environment, it is a must for any racing game fan!
My favourite car racing game. The graphics and rendering of cities and well known racing tracks spanning the globe are amazing and the car selection is awesome with large choice in different vehicle classes. There are also motorbikes although I am not so fond of racing these- there is more than enough with just the cars which each drive very differently. The controls are simple and the game is simply about pure racing- choosing your line, timing the accellerating and braking just right. Personally I like driving with a bit of aggression (crashing into other racers) but you can turn the collisions off if you want. Online the game is amazing fun (I have found this online community to be chatty, fun and amiable with the headset on) and the single player career mode is also brilliant and increasingly challenging. Last but not least racing on my tv with friends is fun and a usual addition to a night of gaming action.
The Project Gotham Racing Franchise has been around for almost 8 years now and have been going from strength to strength despite being solely available for the xbox consoles. When the first one came out in 2001 it was hyped up beyond belief with Bill Gates stating it was his favourite game, yet it managed to live up to it's hype. Now with this forth instalment there was the danger of it just being the same game just with better graphics, same tricks for new money. However for once Microsoft have delivered something outstanding, a beautiful looking game with a vast amount of content that rivals even the Gran Turismos. The main new feature is that they have included motorbikes for the very first time; not just as an extra either as there are some races is arcade mode which require motorbikes to be used. These new toys handle so much better than the cars and can allow you to win the career mode with great ease as long as you can avoid being knocked off your bike by the cars. The cars themselves are good fun and like the bikes some of the challenges in arcade mode require you to drive cars. Whether you like minis, Aston Martins or even the bizarre Ariel Atom Supercharged 3000 there is bound to be a car that you want to race with every time. As always with the PGR world the graphics are second to none, every car and bike is crafted so finely that in the camera mode you can zoom in on the badges and loose no detail. As for the cities themselves, I found myself site-seeing as I drove several races which lead to crashing into the odd barrier by not looking at the road. The cities included are Quebec, New York, London, Tokyo, St. Petersburg and many more. My favourite addition to the game is the new updated weather system; which has been updated so that effects every aspect of the race. Sure this may not be the newest addition in games; however it didn't just stop with a very complex weather engine built into the game, if you are connected to the internet while you are racing the game will connect to the PGR Weather Channel. This will send data to your console about the real weather in which you are racing in and the game will model this for you, along with the real time at that city. This has meant I have only ever taken part in night races in Tokyo as I am in the UK, but this added feature is very clever. If you don't like your fast-and-furious-esk Need for Speeds or your simply unrealistic Burnouts then this is the racing game for you. With eye-catching graphics to super-real physics engines you may wonder why you never tried out the PGR series before; if you have, then you wont believe how good it's gotten.
This game is wicked . The selection of races is very widespread from England Nuremberg Japan Canada and America with several tracks per country where you can race have time trials and checkpoint races and with each race you do you earn kudos which is another form of currency in which you can buy cars and unlock different makes and models the types of cars vary from 1960s minis to the recent 2008 Audi r8 and most make and models are in the super car section.The other part of the game is motorbikes from the 1970s BSA to the super fast Hyabusa through to all of the Suzuki Honda and ducati the game is available to play both in cars or bikes on all of the tracks in free mode .This game is a lot better than the previous project gotham there is a lot more choice on cars and tracks which is a good point about the game.