Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Cheat Code Central
    From the thunder of the engines to the sound of breaking glass you won't need much further convincing that you are playing one of the finest racing games ever created for the home system.
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The detailed plot adds an interesting twist to the genre, but honestly, all the talking gets a little old after a while, especially since the main character's usually just whining. [Feb 2003, p.135]
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    The narrative bits ain't Shakespeare, but they work well enough to advance the story. [24 Jan 2003, p.107]
  4. 80
    Setting PRD apart from other games in the genre, the AI is intelligent, responsive, and unforgiving. Seeing a group of opponents jockeying for position as they approach a bend is not uncommon. Players must earn every win, as the AI cars will take advantage of every mistake.
  5. Game Informer
    Racing games this good are almost nonexistent. [Nov 2002, p.112]
  6. Its priorities are set on showing players that racetracks aren't deserted areas as would a ghost town be and that drivers still represent the heart and soul of racing. In this respect, Pro Race Driver is as close to reality as racing games can get.
  7. 60
    The story is laughably bad, and McKane has to be one of the most unlikable protagonists ever. Even worse, the racing gameplay just isn’t that exciting, largely due to lackluster handling and A.I. competition.
  8. If the work that's gone into TOCA's story element had been put into the game itself, we might now be saluting the PS2's best racing game. Instead we're lightly applauding a rather good one. [GamesMaster]
  9. Despite its problems, Pro Race Driver usually does a fine job of integrating storytelling and dramatic, varied racing, rightfully putting the spotlight on both men and machines.
  10. 88
    Codemasters takes an above-average racer and puts it over the top by involving the gamer in a drama.
  11. The complete mix of tight handling, great AI, realistic car tweaking and damage, awesome graphics and sound, multiple game modes, and a great story line definitely surpassed my overall enjoyment of "GT3."
  12. One of those games that will be remembered years down the road for anyone who plays this fine title.
  13. The damage model system ties in nicely with the control system and your car will begin to be more difficult to control as you lose pieces of it. You catch too much air and control is lost; you hammer the brakes and they will lock. Every detail is as it should be...
  14. 93
    A blisteringly fast, high-end driving experience that really is in a class of its own.
  15. netjak
    Unfortunately, Ryan comes off as an unlikable, whiney cliche. Being that this is a racing game, its ultimate success resides in the on track action, as it should.
  16. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Story aside, PRD is a damn fine racer... I'm completely addicted. [Feb 2003, p.109]
  17. PSM Magazine
    Apart from the superb career mode, the game also offers up plenty of licensed cars, solid visuals, excellent handling, and some truly impressive collision physics/damage. [Jan 2003, p.42]
  18. What Bam!'s 2001 release "Driven" should have, but wasn't: a good racing engine tied to an unfolding story.
  19. An excellent title that offers a great racing experience, a novel storyline and an immense number of tracks and cars to race with.
  20. Acceptable, occasionally technically impressive but, on the whole, either at or below the par set by other driving games. This one is still recommended, but just veers a few degrees below the target that we like to call essential.
  21. The action is heated enough to hold your attention and the cool touches like a fantastic damage engine make it all worthwhile.
  22. 70
    A fun game, and the inclusion of a character driven -oh ho - plot to be the right direction for the genre to go. But it’s not for anyone who is either looking for the next-generation visual thrill of its competition, or heavy realism.

Awards & Rankings

#70 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 18, 2017
    Really wanted to like this but the controls just feel wrong. High speed through most corners without ever letting off the gas, then all of aReally wanted to like this but the controls just feel wrong. High speed through most corners without ever letting off the gas, then all of a sudden its too much for the car to take and you're sliding around like a greased up jabba the hutt. The physics just aren't there even for a PS2 game. I've seen much stronger graphics on this system as well. The story is an interesting idea I guess...Its worth a cheap pick up if you need a half decent racing fix but don't expect Gran Turismo 3 which came out a year EARLIER and was way better than this. I don't get the 10's but I'll keep trying to like this. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Mar 5, 2003
    Amazing, superb, just like half life on wheels.
  3. EricB.
    Jan 17, 2003
    It is a really great mix between racing, strategy and storyline! I love it! Very realistic game with lots of different cars and tracks. The It is a really great mix between racing, strategy and storyline! I love it! Very realistic game with lots of different cars and tracks. The other cars on the track do their best to block you or drive you off the circuit!! Very addicted! Full Review »