Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. I’ve just had so much fun with this game that it’s practically renewed my interest in PC racing single handedly.
  2. To get the most out of GTR 2, you have to be willing to invest a serious amount of time in becoming both a confident and a successful race driver. [Jan. 2007, p.64]
  3. It’s all there: high fidelity track and car models, intelligent and aggressive AI opponents, and a game structure that allows you full latitude in how, when, where, and what you want to race. It’s hard to find anything to complain about in Viva Media’s new GTR 2.
  4. GTR 2 is the best installment thus far in the series, which, for many gamers, will make this the best racing game ever seen on the PC-if not of all time.
  5. 92
    GTR2 offers a more polished package than it did last year, with the most notable improvements being a serious graphics facelift and much improved networking code.
  6. Simbin has gone above and beyond my expectations on creating a game that sticks to real life as much as possible yet still remains fun to play.
  7. SimBin have concentrated their efforts exactly where it counts - on the driving itself. And what they've created is the finest, most complete racing sim ever. [Oct 2006, p.78]
  8. As far as driving sims go, Simbin have yet again proved that the PC is the platform for real racers. If you're after realism, forget "Gran Turismo" and "Forza" - this is the sim that you want to take the wheel of. [Nov 2006, p.70]
  9. A gorgeous and uncompromisingly realistic racing sim that anyone can drive. [Holiday 2006, p.108]
  10. A sensory feast, GTR2 takes you so close you can almost smell the burning rubber. The best PC racing sim there is. [Oct 2006, p.90]
  11. The only thing that's hard to adjust, in fact, is the tension in your muscles. GTR 2 is hugely better than its predecessor in exactly the area that matters. [Oct 2006, p.89]
  12. Race sims don't come any better than GTR2.
  13. The only thing that's hard to adjust, in fact, is the tension in your muscles. GTR 2 is hugely better than its predecessor in exactly the area that matters.
  14. Online play does pose a few more problems; not just technically, but simply in being able to find a race. Unless you're already involved with an online racing community, you'll probably struggle to find people on open servers to race wheel-to-wheel with.
  15. It's an expansive and challenging sequel to one of the best racing games of last year and, at its price, it remains one of the best bargains of the year for the PC.
  16. 90
    It's a stunning bit of work...Though not a blanket revision, this is a solid upgrade that assuredly fortifies SimBin's position atop the race-sim podium.
  17. Undoubtedly one of the finest racing simulators currently available. Thanks to the driving school, the game has made huge strides in accessibility, and the underlying gameplay is as stellar as ever.
  18. A game that has a superb soundtrack and audio effects library, is ultra-realistic, visually attractive, and boasts a stunning amount of depth and replayability.
  19. The physics engine is now several years old and starts to show its age. An exhilarating experience. [Oct 2006]
  20. A game that demands your total attention, it will consume it, and you’ll need to refine your skills in order to get anywhere. If you don’t think you’re up to that kind of challenge then you may want to pass, and seek something a little more forgiving. For the real racing fans, and gear heads among the gaming community, you’ll want this – want this bad!
  21. If it's a hardcore racing simulation you've been looking for, then give GTR 2 a spin. You will not be disappointed.
  22. In GTR 2, the casual gamer still doesn’t have a game that will easily cater to them, but the hardcore racing fans have a new benchmark for racing sims on the PC to play with, even if the slider has only moved slightly on from the original GTR.
  23. Sophisticated driving action with scarily realistic physics. [Nov 2006, p.84]
  24. GTR 2 is a serious driver’s utopia and an experience unrivalled by any other PC racing game to date. [Nov 2006, p.118]
  25. 80
    In some ways, GTR 2 can be compared to a harsh old sensei. He's hard to please and treats you roughly, but if you pay attention to him and learn his ways, you're sure to become a true karate master. Not everyone will meet his requirements or even want to endure his challenges, but those who do will be rewarded.
  26. You may love that it has some of the best physics out there and that it can blow GT or Forza out of the water in that department. But then again, you'll probably hate the bland graphics, steep learning curve, and shoddy multiplayer.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 15, 2012
    Best PC Racing Game of All Time at the Moment. Great content and features with added great game play and modes that include a racing school and a long list of championships to compete. The driving has all levels of difficulty to accommadate all users with all types of controller hardware. Scalable weather and time acceleration in 24hr scales. Great physics and car selections plus the ability to add some of the loads of add on content created by the community along with great league support still make this the best racing sim of all time Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2011
    Play it with a Wheel of course. My favorite game of all times. Played it 2500h+ between 2006-2009.

    Has some shortcomings but Simbin never did
    better so far. RACE07 and subsequents addons where not as good. Full Review »
  3. JohnA.
    Feb 25, 2007
    Impressing, this game may be flawed and very hard but, the driving-feeling is complete and it's so addicting.