Project Gotham Racing

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Project Gotham Racing
Project Gotham Racing 4 logo.jpg
Logo for Project Gotham Racing 4
Genre(s)Racing
Developer(s)Bizarre Creations
Glu Mobile
Pixelbite
Publisher(s)Microsoft Game Studios
Sega
Glu Mobile
Platform(s)Xbox, Xbox 360, Dreamcast, mobile phone, Zune HD
Platform(s) of originDreamcast
Xbox
First releaseMetropolis Street Racer
November 3, 2000
Latest releaseProject Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition
November 11, 2009

Project Gotham Racing (PGR) is a series of racing video games developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Microsoft Studios (Xbox and Xbox 360) and Sega (Dreamcast). The series appeared on the Dreamcast, Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles, and consists of Metropolis Street Racer (Dreamcast), Project Gotham Racing (Xbox), Project Gotham Racing 2 (Xbox), Project Gotham Racing 3 (Xbox 360), and Project Gotham Racing 4 (Xbox 360) Project Gotham Racing is Microsoft's answer to the Gran Turismo series.

Gameplay[edit]

The PGR series have a system called Kudos points. These are given for performing stunts with the vehicle (such as power sliding, overtaking another driver, two wheels, etc.). The longer the stunt is maintained, the more points the player receives. Colliding with the guard rails and other surroundings will cause the Kudos points from that stunt to be lost.

PGR2, PGR3 and PGR4 support gameplay via Xbox Live, while the first installment in the series does not.

The cover of each game in the Project Gotham Racing franchise has featured a Ferrari car on it, going from the F50 (PGR) to the Enzo (PGR2), the F430 (PGR3), and the 599 GTB Fiorano (PGR4). The car manufacturer was even the main focus of a free mobile entry in the series, PGR: Ferrari Edition for the Zune HD, similar to that of Porsche in Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed.

The PGR series is the successor to Bizarre Creation's Dreamcast game Metropolis Street Racer, as evidenced by the similarities and the recycled content between the first Project Gotham Racing and Metropolis Street Racer.

Discontinuation[edit]

In September 2007, after being bought by Activision, Bizarre Creations announced that PGR4 would be the last game produced for Microsoft. Bizarre developed PGR4's spiritual successor, Blur, which was released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows.[1] The future of the PGR franchise is uncertain. It was rumoured on November 1, 2010 that Microsoft was in secret talks with third party developers in an effort to revive the franchise.

Titles[edit]

Title Release Platform
Metropolis Street Racer November 3, 2000 Dreamcast
Project Gotham Racing November 15, 2001 Xbox
Project Gotham Racing 2 November 17, 2003 Xbox
Project Gotham Racing 3 November 22, 2005 Xbox 360
Project Gotham Racing 4 October 2, 2007 Xbox 360
Project Gotham Racing Mobile February 14, 2007 Mobile phone[2]
Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition November 11, 2009 Zune HD[3]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
Game Metacritic
Project Gotham Racing (Xbox) 85[4]
Project Gotham Racing 2 (Xbox) 90[5]
Project Gotham Racing 3 (X360) 88[6]
Project Gotham Racing 4 (X360) 85[7]

All four games in the series received positive reviews from critics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Activision buys Bizarre - News - www.developmag.com
  2. ^ Buchanan, Levi (1 May 2006). "Pre-E3 2006: Project Gotham Racing Mobile". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on 18 October 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on 13 May 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. ^ ""Project Gotham Racing" Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  5. ^ ""Project Gotham Racing 2" Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  6. ^ ""Project Gotham Racing 3" Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  7. ^ ""Project Gotham Racing 4" Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 14, 2013.

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