Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. GTR is a work of art. No doubt inspired by the uncompromising authenticity of the infamous Grand Prix Legends, they have recreated a driving experience so real that it's with surprise you realise that you can't smell the burning rubber.
  2. You really need to invest a huge amount of time to reach the depths of this racer, and whilst it is gloriously fulfilling and rewarding, few have such time to spare.
  3. The best recommendation I can give is to tell you that the CD hasn’t been out of my drive since I bought the game before Christmas. I simply love this game.
  4. A brilliant game simulation that belongs on every gamer's shelf. [Sept 2005, p.52]
  5. A new benchmark for hardcore racing sims...mostly. [Oct 2005, p.81]
  6. The box says it all, "most advanced racing sim ever created”.
  7. This is an incredible achievement, the closest a simulator has come to entertainment; the nearest videogaming has come to the real experience of driving. Forget play. Just drive. [March 2005, p.84]
  8. A stunning simulator that true racing enthusiasts will be able to marvel at for months, but one that will be an incredibly daunting prospect for those of us just merely looking for racing entertainment. It truly goes off the scale in terms of difficulty if you've any intention whatsoever of playing it remotely seriously, and I've never come across anything quite this brutal.
  9. GTR is perhaps the most realistic, true-to-life racing simulation that I have ever come across.
  10. Be warned: Even with an easy arcade mode, dedicated to casual or beginner drivers, the large bulk of this title is dedicated to hardcore perfectionists who really want a realistic feel for driving high-performance cars at top speeds.
  11. If you’re looking for an ultra-realistic and brutally difficult driving experience on your PC, then you should take GTR for a spin.
  12. GTR is a truly awesome racing game that will have petrolheads in raptures. However, the extreme nature of the game is intimidating, even for the hardened racer. [Apr 2005, p.106]
  13. If you have the computing speed to run it and the patience to endure its few pitfalls, you likely won't find a better, more believable non-NASCAR racer in today's market.
  14. 80
    But what really sinks you into the world of GTR is the superlative and pervasive sound. There's a powerful sense that you're on a track with a bunch of overpowered, extremely noisy engines all around you.
  15. The computer AI will always provide you with a nice challenge.
  16. Arguably the best racing sim ever.
  17. 85
    The physics are exquisitely good and, with some practice, begin to feel quite natural. The AI races hard but clean and even makes mistakes.
  18. If only GTR had been more welcoming to casual racing fans, it might have found itself a bigger and deserved market. Unfortunately we just can’t find ourselves openly recommending it – and not for a lack of quality.
  19. I had a lot of fun with GTR. I will continue to play it for some time, as the driving model in the game is rivaled only by the venerable "Grand Prix Legends", a 7 year old game that still sets the bar for driving realism today.
  20. A slightly confused combination of intimidating depth and unnerving shallowness: on the one hand, a monstrous physics engine that'll stir a petrol-head's soul, on the other some patchy graphics and a slightly home-made techno soundtrack that calls up wholly unflattering comparisons to EA. However, it does push the realism harder than the more entertaining "Live For Speed." [March 2005, p.102]
  21. PC racing fans of all stripes will have a blast with GTR, but serious driving aficionados - those with synthetic motor oil in their veins and lots of horsepower in their towers - will go absolutely hog-wild over this amazing new racer. [May 2005, p.76]
  22. As hardcore as a driving simulation can get. Driving feels very natural and but where is the excitement and atmosphere of the real races? [Apr. 05]
  23. An above-average racing simulator in a world already oversaturated with incredible racing simulators. It's hardly the best, but it's certainly upper echelon.
  24. 80
    We can’t stress enough that you need a steering wheel in order to control cars with a good level of precision, to enjoy the extent of the realism, and to enjoy the game as it was intended.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. PunjabiMC
    Apr 19, 2005
    0
    This game uses StarForce and you can tell from the official and non-official forums this game is full of bugs. No patch has been released to fix some of the issues that have been their since the German release only the 24hrs cars which are great and new StarForce drivers that make it run much slower and take a longer time to check. Many racing leagues are petitioning this product because it failes to provide a Dedicated Server option. Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2011
    10
    The precursor to GTR²... A great game which shortcomings were answered by GTR². Also GTR² includes all the content of this one (maybe except the Oval tracks, but there are certainly some Mods for that if you really want to turn your wheel in one side only). Get GTR² instead.
    And play with a wheel.
    Full Review »
  3. D.H.
    Dec 12, 2005
    10
    This game deserves an 11 out of 10. Totally awesome. Driving this real is scary.