GTR 2 – FIA GT Racing Game
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|GTR 2 – FIA GT Racing Game|
European cover art
|Developer(s)||Blimey! Games, SimBin|
|Mode(s)||Single player, Multiplayer|
GTR 2 – FIA GT Racing Game is a sports car racing simulator developed by Blimey! Games and SimBin Studios (later Sector3 Studios) for the x86 PC and is a sequel to GTR. Since its release in September 2006, it has received widespread acclaim. The game simulates the 2003 and 2004 FIA GT Championship racing series.
GTR 2 offers many different game modes - Championships, Single Races, Practice, 24hr Races, Time Trials and the Driving School. The Official Championships consist of the 2003 and 2004 FIA GT Championship series. However, unlike its predecessor, GTR2 offers smaller unlockable championships as well as the ability to create custom championships.
Another major addition to the game series is the inclusion of a driving school. This teaches the user racing techniques, and allows the user to practice them.
The 24hr races demonstrate the new dynamic day and night cycles. The transition between day and night is seamless and steady, unlike in the original where the race had to be paused whilst the new time of day was loaded. The day and night cycles can also be experienced by changing the speed of which the time of day passes during a race weekend. Selections here can be accelerated up to 60x.
There are more than 27 models of car included, spanning all the classes involved in FIA GT racing. They range from 600 hp GT class, to 400 hp NGT class vehicles. With the ability to create your own content, many more vehicles have been created by the dedicated GTR2 community.
Due to licensing issues, by default, Ferrari and Porsche vehicles are disabled in the Steam version of the game, although this can be restored.
There are hundreds of add-on tracks available. Highlights of these included the legendary 22 kilometer Nürburgring, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Macau, Circuit de la Sarthe (host of the Le Mans 24 Hours), and Bathurst.
One of the reasons GTR 2 has been so popular is the ability to create custom content for the game. This has led to a large community of players who create new vehicles and tracks to race with.
- IGN's award for Best PC Racing Game of 2006.
- GameSpot's award for Best Driving Game of 2006 as well as the Best Game Nobody Played of 2006.
- GameSpy rated it the 9th best PC game of 2006.