• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2003
Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
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  1. 70
    Auto Modellista’s gameplay doesn’t match its outstanding visuals. Unfortunately, the driving technique at the heart of this driver doesn’t perform well.
  2. 70
    The controls are without a doubt the game's biggest sticking point, and they'll probably push more gamers away than attract them. Then again, there is no doubt that the painfully-earned skill one earns by learning to play it, and once you do get good, you'll probably love Auto Modellista.
  3. Despite its steep learning curve and simplistic online races, offline Modellista’s Garage mode is perhaps the third-deepest Career-like mode I’ve ever experienced on a racing game (after "GT3: A-Spec’s" and "Sega GT 2002’s" for XBox).
  4. Has a fantastic look, but its gameplay unsuccessfully tries to straddle the line between simulation-style tuning options and arcade-style handling and collision physics.
  5. Although Auto Modellista does an outstanding job in its visuals and customization, the racing aspect certainly did not get enough attention.
  6. 60
    It's fast and easy to play, and it looks terrific. At least the cars do. Serious car culture enthusiasts and a very select group of auto-manga readers will dig it, but its dusting of drawbacks leave it just barely on the three-star side of the rating scale.
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    58
    AM could've been the next great PS2 racer, if only Capcom had hired a mechanic who specialized in handling. [June 2003, p.131]
  8. The biggest problem I found was control. Nag all you want about the AI, its not that big a deal. But I hardly ever felt like I was in true control of the car that I was driving.
  9. Underneath the visual flair is a gameplay system that’s neither arcade nor simulation based, and never manages to excel in either.
  10. GMR Magazine
    50
    Powersliding, for a start, is a disaster. It's nearly impossible to do with any level of consistency, and no amount of fiddling with the car's setup will fix it. [May 2003, p.60]
  11. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    50
    I am spectacularly disappointed... Because aside from looking gorgeous, Auto Modellista is an absolute pig. [June 2003, p.102]

Awards & Rankings

50
#50 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Apr 11, 2017
    3
    Les graphismes particuliers très enfantins sont déconcertants mais peuvent attirer un public très jeune. Les possibilités d'optimisation et deLes graphismes particuliers très enfantins sont déconcertants mais peuvent attirer un public très jeune. Les possibilités d'optimisation et de personnalisation sont aussi poussées que dans un Gran Turismo, voire plus complètes encore ; malheureusement l'approche abominablement arcade rend tout cela caduc, il ne reste alors que l'esthétique : toutes les voitures ont en effet le même comportement simpliste et simplet. Reconnaissons tout de même une partie sonore correcte et un début de vague amusement le temps de la découverte. Hélas, vient assez vite la soupe à la grimace. Full Review »
  2. Jan 29, 2017
    7
    Juego bastante innovador, con al rededor de 70 vehículos, sin daños, estilo entre el simulador y el arcade, música bastante olvidable, lo masJuego bastante innovador, con al rededor de 70 vehículos, sin daños, estilo entre el simulador y el arcade, música bastante olvidable, lo mas interesante es el uso de los ya pasado de moda graficos Cel shaded, se aconseja buscar la versión US Tuned que trae mas pistas y vehículos. un juego interesante de parte de Capcom Full Review »
  3. Aug 14, 2014
    3
    Released in 2002 by Capcom, Auto Modelista is Capcom's much hyped and flopped racing game. The game received a fair bit of hype becauseReleased in 2002 by Capcom, Auto Modelista is Capcom's much hyped and flopped racing game. The game received a fair bit of hype because Capcom said was going to the first great online racing game on the PS2. Sadly it wasn't to be, but is it any good.

    Graphics wise this game is solid. This is a racing game that still looks good today. Everything in this game has this really nice cell shaded comic book look to it. The cars also look pretty damn cool in the game with tons of different kinds of cars from Ford Camero to Dodge Vipers. This with the great sense of speed and excellent menus helps this game last the test of time.

    Sound wise it's also pretty decent. There a decent selection of music, but nothing too spectacular. Aside from that the game is just in general very respectable audio wise.

    The game play is mediocre at best. I'll be honest with you I'm not the biggest fan of simulation games like Gran Turismo, but at least in those games, I don't spin out every 30 seconds in a race. This is probably the biggest problem I have with the game. The controls are so touchy that it's hard enough to keep the car going straight as is, but it get's even harder making turns. I personally will never figure out how to get a good grip of the controls. If you can do a complete race without spinning out every 30 seconds, great for you, I'm an idiot. Probably the best things I will say that it has all the standard modes, it has early use of online play for the PS2 and some cool ways to customize your car. The problem is at the end of the day if the game doesn't play well, it all doesn't matter.
    Overall Auto Modelista is an absolute disappointment. There are some cool ideas and it's pretty cheap, it's just there are so many better racing at the time alone that you shouldn't bother.
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