Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Computer Games Magazine
    A brilliant game simulation that belongs on every gamer's shelf. [Sept 2005, p.52]
  2. Arguably the best racing sim ever.
  3. GTR is perhaps the most realistic, true-to-life racing simulation that I have ever come across.
  4. PC Gamer
    PC racing fans of all stripes will have a blast with GTR, but serious driving aficionados - those with synthetic motor oil in their veins and lots of horsepower in their towers - will go absolutely hog-wild over this amazing new racer. [May 2005, p.76]
  5. AceGamez
    GTR is a work of art. No doubt inspired by the uncompromising authenticity of the infamous Grand Prix Legends, they have recreated a driving experience so real that it's with surprise you realise that you can't smell the burning rubber.
  6. The best recommendation I can give is to tell you that the CD hasn’t been out of my drive since I bought the game before Christmas. I simply love this game.
  7. The box says it all, "most advanced racing sim ever created”.
  8. Pelit (Finland)
    As hardcore as a driving simulation can get. Driving feels very natural and but where is the excitement and atmosphere of the real races? [Apr. 05]
  9. If you have the computing speed to run it and the patience to endure its few pitfalls, you likely won't find a better, more believable non-NASCAR racer in today's market.
  10. The computer AI will always provide you with a nice challenge.
  11. 85
    The physics are exquisitely good and, with some practice, begin to feel quite natural. The AI races hard but clean and even makes mistakes.
  12. An above-average racing simulator in a world already oversaturated with incredible racing simulators. It's hardly the best, but it's certainly upper echelon.
  13. A slightly confused combination of intimidating depth and unnerving shallowness: on the one hand, a monstrous physics engine that'll stir a petrol-head's soul, on the other some patchy graphics and a slightly home-made techno soundtrack that calls up wholly unflattering comparisons to EA. However, it does push the realism harder than the more entertaining "Live For Speed." [March 2005, p.102]
  14. If only GTR had been more welcoming to casual racing fans, it might have found itself a bigger and deserved market. Unfortunately we just can’t find ourselves openly recommending it – and not for a lack of quality.
  15. This is an incredible achievement, the closest a simulator has come to entertainment; the nearest videogaming has come to the real experience of driving. Forget play. Just drive. [March 2005, p.84]
  16. 80
    We can’t stress enough that you need a steering wheel in order to control cars with a good level of precision, to enjoy the extent of the realism, and to enjoy the game as it was intended.
  17. You really need to invest a huge amount of time to reach the depths of this racer, and whilst it is gloriously fulfilling and rewarding, few have such time to spare.
  18. games(TM)
    GTR is a truly awesome racing game that will have petrolheads in raptures. However, the extreme nature of the game is intimidating, even for the hardened racer. [Apr 2005, p.106]
  19. 80
    But what really sinks you into the world of GTR is the superlative and pervasive sound. There's a powerful sense that you're on a track with a bunch of overpowered, extremely noisy engines all around you.
  20. I had a lot of fun with GTR. I will continue to play it for some time, as the driving model in the game is rivaled only by the venerable "Grand Prix Legends", a 7 year old game that still sets the bar for driving realism today.
  21. Computer Gaming World
    A new benchmark for hardcore racing sims...mostly. [Oct 2005, p.81]
  22. If you’re looking for an ultra-realistic and brutally difficult driving experience on your PC, then you should take GTR for a spin.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 44
  2. Negative: 8 out of 44
  1. PunjabiMC
    Apr 19, 2005
    This game uses StarForce and you can tell from the official and non-official forums this game is full of bugs. No patch has been released to This game uses StarForce and you can tell from the official and non-official forums this game is full of bugs. No patch has been released to fix some of the issues that have been their since the German release only the 24hrs cars which are great and new StarForce drivers that make it run much slower and take a longer time to check. Many racing leagues are petitioning this product because it failes to provide a Dedicated Server option. Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2011
    The precursor to GTR²... A great game which shortcomings were answered by GTR². Also GTR² includes all theThe precursor to GTR²... A great game which shortcomings were answered by GTR². Also GTR² includes all the content of this one (maybe except the Oval tracks, but there are certainly some Mods for that if you really want to turn your wheel in one side only). Get GTR² instead.
    And play with a wheel.
    Full Review »
  3. D.H.
    Dec 12, 2005
    This game deserves an 11 out of 10. Totally awesome. Driving this real is scary.