Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. AceGamez
    Right now drift racing has the potential to be the next big thing, so you may as well try something that emphasizes the extreme difficulty it takes to gracefully glide around curves.
  2. D1 Grand Prix’s style-over-speed gameplay is perfect not for those who enjoy watching the sport, but for those who actually do it understand its persistent challenge.
  3. Only a small percentage are going to really enjoy all of the overly difficult simulation aspects that go into nailing a successful run in this game.
  4. Drift racing is supposed to be fast-paced and exciting and it's neither of those things in D1 Grand Prix, a lifeless and frustrating PS2 racing game.
  5. The hardest and most unforgiving racing game known to man, it's not even all that enjoyable for a hardcore drift racing fan. The annoying announcers are just icing on this horrible cake.
  6. Chances are that your average Joe Racer won’t be able to make heads or tails of D1, as mastering the punishing controls may lead to insane rage.
  7. The game offers a good amount of content and the overall appearance isn’t half bad, but the controls (or lack thereof) are the major downfall of D1.
  8. 37
    One of the most frustrating games we've played in quite some time. The driving and scoring models are simply unforgiving at best and broken at worst. Unless you want numerous reasons to throw your controller through your television, avoid this at all costs.
  9. D1 as a budget title is practically a joke, but as a premium title, this game is too ridiculous for words.
  10. In Grand Prix, the wild-card of bad design proves too difficult to surmount. That lack of consistency, coupled with grading criteria set in the real-world instead of the game's flawed reality, leaves me with no choice but to deem this game unworthy.
  11. The promise of a decent drift game is there, but a shoddy interface, loose controls, glitchy gameplay, and impossibly steep learning curve prevent D1 from racing to the finish line.
  12. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Realistic drift physics apparently don't equal a good time, especially when added to a frustrating - and mandatory - tutorial mode. [Sept 2006, p.76]
  13. 50
    D1 fans will be able to look past the game's numerous flaws and appreciate the fact that there's a game tailored to their specific tastes. The average gamer, on the other hand, will have a hard time getting the hang of the controls and will be a lot less forgiving of the game's flaws.
  14. As a complete video game entertainment package, it's rather mediocre. It's a niche aspect of racing, and the whole game revolves around controlling and uncontrollable car.

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