Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. The true disaster here is the likelihood that nobody will really play Enthusia. "Gran Turismo 4's" massive popularity is destined to overshadow it even though both games rank at the top of the genre.
  2. A solid, enjoyable driving game with great graphics. The controls are good and the RPG-ish level system makes the experience feel fresh. [July 05]
  3. A very nice alternative to "GT4." Though its physics engine provides a proper challenge, the game itself is simpler and easier to pick up and make make progress. If you haven't got time for "GT4," play this instead. [May 2005, p.40]
  4. Built for those who want a bit more 'pick up and play' in their racing simulations, and it does that fairly well.
  5. The concentration required to go six or so laps without hitting walls or A.I. cars is incredible but also really rewarding. [June 2005, p.100]
  6. Is Enthusia the Gran Turismo killer? Nah, but it is a nice standby for those who want something more after playing it, or are just sick of the GT series and want something fresh.
  7. While it’s an excellent entry in the crowded racing genre, your overall enjoyment of Enthusia Professional Racing is dependent on a number of things: patience, persistence, and practice being the three most pressing.
  8. There are some shortcomings, but Konami can take pride in its realistic physics model. It's the heart of the game, and the main source of challenge, satisfaction, and fun.
  9. 80
    The most obvious problem is that the system is far too forgiving of dragging a wheel or two off-track. Do that in real life, and you'll easily lose control almost instantly. In Enthusia, you'll barely even feel the car pull in that direction.
  10. Thankfully, you can turn off the VGS display completely and never see it again. Manabu Akita's system is a clever one, certainly, but did the developers really need to find the most annoying place on the race screen for it to live in? I don't think so. Rant over.
  11. This isn't a game for the faint of heart or the heavy of foot. [June 2005, p.129]
  12. Brilliant career mode. [July 2005, p.85]
  13. While the game's touchy driving model and overly complex career mode won't appeal to everyone, Enthusia is a worthy game for those looking for something different in the four-wheel genre.
  14. 8 / 7 / 7 / 7 - 29 [Vol 849]
  15. It does one thing well and that is teach you a new way to take turns and drive.
  16. 72
    If the driving had been left alone with just a focus on racing the different courses and scrapped the calendar and the Enthu Points this would have been an easier title to digest. With a fully analog control scheme it could've even been quite good.
  17. While the customization is very limited, there is still a plethora of cars to select from, each with their own specific feel.
  18. The sound is unremarkable. You’ve got your engine sounds, your squealing tires, and other sound effects that all sound like you’ve heard them before.
  19. Even hardcore racers will find Enthusia's default difficulty setting is soul-crushingly hard, with absurdly demanding physics and cars that feel heavier than battleships, yet spin out at the slightest provocation. [June 2005, p.76]
  20. Rather than the car being the star, Enthusia puts the driving first -- it's a shame that the rest of the game can't quite keep up.
  21. 70
    For all it does with innovations in HUD, career mode, and vehicle unlocking, multiplayer is a bit underwhelming.
  22. With its first game, Konami’s franchise-hope doesn’t quite match up to the game it is trying to challenge, "Gran Turismo 4." Still, the more realistic driving model and extremely well balanced challenge level bodes well for the sequel. [May 2005, p.68]
  23. Personally I find it annoying that I lose points when my opponents hit me and not the other way around, but I still like the idea.
  24. Konami’s handful of ideas to make driving sims better (VGS displays, Enthusia Life mode, etc.) are worth sampling despite a handful of odd decisions by the programmers (losing Enthu points to a rear end crasher??!!).
  25. Without the hulking form of GT4 on the shelves next to it, Enthusia Professional Racing would be a worthwhile purchase. Unfortunately however, it falls short of the behemoth in almost every aspect, leaving you with little choice but to dismiss it as a capable but ultimately second-best title.
  26. It's a solid racer, sure, but in the world of killer sims and arcade racers alike, solid just isn't enough these days. Hopefully the follow-up will iron out the rough spots, because if they can, Konami has a really good racer on their hands.
  27. A quite decent and demanding racer.
  28. As it stands now, it’s really a game for the most serious driving enthusiast.
  29. Bad weather conditions are unnecessary for Enthusia. The controls are either stiff and awkward, or overly slippery.
  30. Sadly for Konami, Enthusia is here, slightly queer, and we just can't get used to it.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. JamesE.
    Jan 1, 2006
    9
    Amazingly addictive and stunningly fresh, this game is easily as good as every Gran Turismo, if not better. Unfortunately, this game is Amazingly addictive and stunningly fresh, this game is easily as good as every Gran Turismo, if not better. Unfortunately, this game is destined for oblivion, as very few people who hear of it will bother to try it. And most of the people who DO try it will play it for five minutes, and being used to the controls of other racing sims, they will jump to the conclusion that this game is way too hard when it really isn't. It's too bad really, as this game could have had a future, if it weren't for Gran Turismo 4. As I play this game, I pray that Konami will make a sequel, but I am fairly sure that they won't. It's a shame. Full Review »
  2. LiamG.
    Aug 17, 2005
    9
    Xxcellent game i have it!!!!
  3. XERO
    Jun 1, 2005
    3
    What a tremendous disappointment.....rent it just to see how bad it is....sorry it's back to GT4 and MC3.