• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2003
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 3 out of 13

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  1. 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 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
    Released 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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  2. AnthonyR.
    Jul 3, 2003
    3
    It looks fun and the grafics are great but the gameplay sucks. you skid every where. also there is a annoying voice giving commentary through out the entire game.
  3. GregoryP.
    Mar 29, 2003
    9
    As you have heard time and time again, don't look for GT3... but this game is a whole lotta fun. Play it with friends and you have a party right there. I cannot wait to try it online.
  4. AlxS
    Apr 2, 2003
    7
    The structure of the game makes it very pointless, no money, too little leagues and you get pretty much 75% of the stuff unlock from the start very unsatisfying. but if your into sportcompacts you'll go crazy over the real tuners they got and how accurate the designs are. the driving does start off on wrong foot but after a while, pulling off drifts on the winding streets of japanThe structure of the game makes it very pointless, no money, too little leagues and you get pretty much 75% of the stuff unlock from the start very unsatisfying. but if your into sportcompacts you'll go crazy over the real tuners they got and how accurate the designs are. the driving does start off on wrong foot but after a while, pulling off drifts on the winding streets of japan becomes a blast, especially with a phatty ride. Collapse
  5. AlbertK.
    May 13, 2003
    9
    One of the best racing games ever.
  6. JaredT.
    May 14, 2003
    10
    Great game.
  7. MonkeyP.
    May 9, 2003
    2
    Its fun but its controls suck butt.
  8. JohnA.
    Aug 20, 2003
    9
    This game isnt grand turismo 3, and it wasnt meant to be. For what capcom has done with cell shading in this title is amazing. The visuals are great and definitely make the game attractive. As for gameplay, its touchy at first, but once you get used to the controls and features, the game is surely a car lovers friend next to grand turismo 3. This is my favorite racing game besides grand This game isnt grand turismo 3, and it wasnt meant to be. For what capcom has done with cell shading in this title is amazing. The visuals are great and definitely make the game attractive. As for gameplay, its touchy at first, but once you get used to the controls and features, the game is surely a car lovers friend next to grand turismo 3. This is my favorite racing game besides grand turismo 3, id recommend it to any car lover. Expand
  9. [Anonymous]
    Dec 3, 2003
    10
    The body kits ur able to put are the best.
  10. JonM.
    Mar 26, 2003
    8
    It's definitely not GT3 A-Spec... but it is a good game none the less. I would recomend it for those gamers that love racing games, but don't have the skill or time to learn the skill required for the in-depth simulation games. The handling is a little awkward at first, but you get used to it.
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
  1. The original "Ridge Racer" on PSOne had better control than Auto Modellista. The biggest problem with the game is the utter lack of traction that these cars have. [June 2003, p.28]
  2. Sure, it's got the gorgeous looks of a supermodel, and enough cool effects to keep your eyes entertained for hours. But underneath all that makeup is a deep, less-realistic simulation racer that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.
  3. AM could've been the next great PS2 racer, if only Capcom had hired a mechanic who specialized in handling. [June 2003, p.131]