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  • Summary: Create a driver, pick from a variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of Historic Goals and ultimate recognition in the Hall Of Fame. Then test your skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leaderboard-based time challenges, orCreate a driver, pick from a variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of Historic Goals and ultimate recognition in the Hall Of Fame. Then test your skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leaderboard-based time challenges, or continually-updated community events. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. May 6, 2015
    93
    With Project CARS, Slightly Mad Studios brings us the first great racing simulator for the next generation. Its huge offer of content and its passion for cars take it to the top of the podium.
  2. May 8, 2015
    90
    Project CARS strips back racing to what it should be: just the car, the track and you.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    May 26, 2015
    90
    Forget “The Real Driving Simulator”, Project CARS is racing simulation at its finest. [July 2015, p71]
  4. 80
    Project CARS is a great example of a game that is designed to get players to be better at what they love to do, without having to integrate designs that can hurts the game’s potential for its hardcore audience.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 30, 2015
    80
    Bugs aside, a tremendous and uncompromising simulation of a kind we may not have seen previously on consoles. [July 2015, p.89]
  6. May 26, 2015
    80
    For the most realistic driving simulation available though, Project CARS is all you’ll need.
  7. Jun 10, 2015
    60
    Slightly Mad Studios alters the racing-car formula smartly in several areas, but the good ideas are often half-baked or hidden behind a load of cruft.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 88
  2. Negative: 23 out of 88
  1. May 12, 2015
    10
    Игра оправдала ожидания в общем. Физика на высшем уровне и на много превосходит GT6. Графика для консоли сойдёт, но не будет забывать что этоИгра оправдала ожидания в общем. Физика на высшем уровне и на много превосходит GT6. Графика для консоли сойдёт, но не будет забывать что это симулятор. От шифта(nfs shift) в игре ничего нет, не слушайте не доброжелателей. К минусам можно отнести разве что количество машин и не совсем удобное управление на джойстике, но и игра сделана под руль. В общем как и сказала в начале, игра мне понравилась, если вы скучаете по онлайн покатушкам GT5 и GT6, то игру стоит брать не думая ;) Expand
  2. May 28, 2015
    9
    Good:
    Project cars is a true racing sim.. Real physics.. Real feel to drifting.. You are holding down the Accelerator fully in a powerful
    Good:
    Project cars is a true racing sim.. Real physics.. Real feel to drifting.. You are holding down the Accelerator fully in a powerful car? Bam u shift into 3rd get wheel spin and you're in the wall. This is a game that rewards a gameplayer for their skill and knowledge.. Not a gameplayer who doesn't understand throttle or steering control and the need to feather it. If you are looking for a real racing game for next gen? Then this is clearly the only answer available today with physics that can translate to actually being a racing sim.

    Bad: The AI is horrible.... It is the only major flaw to the game other then a lack luster car list... the Ai is so focused on running a pre designed racing line that it doesn't care if you even existed... They will crash into you, Cutt you off, P.I.T. you.. As far as the A.I. is concerned you don't even exist.. Project cars does have a toggle for how hard the A.I is.... 1-100... when it is maxed the A.I. is somewhat more competent.. Still their driving line > anything that is in the way. With an actual competitive intuitive A.I... Project cars would be a master piece.
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  3. May 12, 2015
    9
    On first playing this game I found it very difficult to adapt. Unlike Forza & Gran Turismo which were easier to adapt to I found I needed aOn first playing this game I found it very difficult to adapt. Unlike Forza & Gran Turismo which were easier to adapt to I found I needed a good 4 hours to understand the mechanics of the cars. The graphics are fantastic with very few issues & the weather system is the best on any racing game I have come across. The AI are also very good in comparison to other racing games of the Genre.

    Career mode offers a wide range of racing categories from which you can choose with Invitational's which give you chance to drive different cars as you go through. The button configuration is brilliant with plenty of options to choose from to make the controller as comfortable as you need.

    There is a wide variety of cars to choose from & also a large number of tracks, a lot of which I have never come across in a racing game before.

    Project cars is a brilliant Next Gen game & sets the bar for future racing games of its Genre. There is & will always be room for improvement but this is a large step in the right direction.
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  4. Aug 1, 2015
    7
    In may ways Project Cars is the game I was expecting for years, but its also disappointing in many ways.

    First you should know is this not
    In may ways Project Cars is the game I was expecting for years, but its also disappointing in many ways.

    First you should know is this not a racing game about tuning, customizing, getting an engine boost, improving XP and other poorly implemented RPG elements. Its a game about racing. You can drive any car you want, in any track you want. If you want to drive a McLaren in you first race, you can.

    This approach was a hit for me, since I never thought its fair to pay full price for a racing game where most of its cars and game modes are locked from the beginning.

    Cars available will satisfy most of the racing fans, from 70s F1 cars to McLaren P1 super sport car. But to be honest the list is not long as you would expect and desire. To other side, the amount of tracks available will put to shame most racing games around.

    Gameplay (driving) is superb, as long as you find out the ideal controller configuration for you. Its almost impossible to drive with the default dual-shock settings. Every car is a completely different animal and offer you different approaches in races. Some of them are really fun to drive. The game did an amazing job in letting you feel the car.

    Setting up play a huge part here. Every track/car combination means a different kind of set up. The way you adjust you car may affect drastically the performance and the way the car reacts to your driving style. The bad part of this: the game do a poor job explaining itself. it means you find yourself searching the youtube and gaming forums looking for a decent track/car setup and you will never know if which setup is ideal to your driving style.

    I'm still waiting for a game that will make a good use of the race engineer. You race engineer could help you to find the ideal car/track adjustment.Its a little frustrating, because we are talking about a game designed for PS4/XBOX1 and high end PCs and the race engineer here is only a voice saying useless things in the radio "You are P1", "Great driving".

    Despite the game advising you to consult your race engineer prior to setting up, in the official forum of the game the developers answered: "You're gonna have to do your homework or find a nice nerd friend.". Thats a huge miss. Race engineers are important for a reason.

    The game has a slide difficult bar that goes from 0% to 100%, so you can fairly adjust the AI to your driving abilities. Thats one of the best features of the game, since one of the biggest problems in racing games that usually feature the classic easy, normal, hard levels, is the huge differences between those levels. In one difficult there will be a 2 seconds per lap gap between you and the P2. In the next level you will struggle to in the last positions.

    To other side the Ai skills suffer a bit as long as your set the bar higher. Racing is not only about driving fast. Overtaking and defending your position play a huge part in the process. In Project Cars Ai only understand what is drive fast. 100% difficult Ai will give you a huge challenge, but the cpu controlled opponents doesn't know how to overtake or defend position. If they are faster than you, they will probably try to make a kamikaze overtake in the first corner. The outcome is usually you car destroyed or going off track. Its a nightmare to race in open-wheel categories, since they are more sensitive to this kind of aggression. At some point I realized I had to turn the damage off in order to enjoy most of the races.

    Career mode is almost immersive. Empty boxes and stationary crowd hurts the experience, as do the dull presentation. The teams are presented by generic badges with no colors. You don't even know the livery of your car before signing the contract. You can choose your driver number before entering a new career, but that number won't be in your car as you race. You can't choose a customized helmet. Every single race your driver you be using a different helmet, and thats a problems for open-wheel races where the helmets are as iconic as the cars liveries. The championship opponents performances are random. The driver who won last race, will be out of points for the next 3 GPs. It means you can easily become a champions if you are no more than regular, like ending 3rd and 4th every single race.

    Like I said before, race engineer only says useless things on the radio, so you don't know when people behind you are pitting and for many laps he won't even say the gap between you and who's behind or in front of you.

    Online multiplay is fun, but the menu is bad implemented. For example, you must enter a lobby before getting to know the game settings (assists on/off, how many laps, qualify time). If you don't like this lobby, you must leave the entire online mode and enter it again in order to see the lobbies list again. Very far from useful.A wild variety of bugs also hurts the online experience.

    Engine sound is a highlight. Graphics are decent, but not superb.

    Good game that could be great with improvements.
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  5. Jan 28, 2016
    6
    Doesn't handle like real life. Game says most realistic simulator yet its not even close. Its chunky, clunky and linear. Its like 1% better inDoesn't handle like real life. Game says most realistic simulator yet its not even close. Its chunky, clunky and linear. Its like 1% better in realism. The game lacks content. No real cars on road. lack of real physics, cannot do donuts BORING!!!! Damage is better but it won't do everything. The graphics are horrible and compared to the pc which should run this at maximum. it missing everything i was buying it for like the beginning trailer then i start seeing graphics with bland textures popping in and out. The actual core game is okay for a simulator, its not very real although its more real then most games. the clutch and everything works correctly, everything though including the steering could use much more improvement, a real wheel is centered under the car and is stable as it if changes lane, its safe for old grannys in a van why would it be like this at 100 kph or 80 mph in any of these cars. i hope you die if you drive like this. if you need to practice your shifting with clutch with a g27 you could throw tis pos in there. other then that its waste of $ Expand
  6. Sep 15, 2015
    4
    I had high hopes for this game only for it to have some major game breaking bugs. I bought Pcars on release and I have held back on my reviewI had high hopes for this game only for it to have some major game breaking bugs. I bought Pcars on release and I have held back on my review to give Slightly Mad Studios a chance to rectify the bugs that they've been promising.

    This game should have been great and nearly pulls it off. I have persevered with it and after putting in 100 hours I can't take anymore. Graphics are good, sound good, presentation and UI is poor.

    Oh where to start.....well there are a lot of crashes to PS4 home screen or worse restarts the PS4, which I can't see is any good for it. I've lost count how many times Pcars crashes the PS4. It's the most crashy console game I have ever played! You'll want to commit suicide when the game crashes after doing 23 hours of Le Mans 24 hour!

    In career mode tuning setups are frequently lost between sessions (practice, qualifying) and you'll spend more time setting your car up, re-doing unsaved setups and force feedback settings, if you have a wheel, than actually driving.

    The AI drivers frequently cheat, smash you off the track and go faster off track than you can on track. They never crash out of a race or retire even though the chance of that happening to you is high as this is a racing sim as advertised but the AI aren't very well simulated.

    Multiplayer is just a demolition derby most of the time as penalties/ flags are non existent for bad driving but you'll get a penalty for someone smashing you off the track!....great!

    Don't dare complain on the official forum as you'll get abused and shouted down by SMS, head of studio Ian Bell and the rest of the brown-nosers that are the WMD community.
    To top it all off SMS started working on Pcars2 a few months ago when Pcars1 is in a shocking excuse of a game!
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  7. Jun 1, 2017
    0
    There are way too many bugs for the game to be deserving of a 1. Some are more game-breaking than others, such as when two cars get stuckThere are way too many bugs for the game to be deserving of a 1. Some are more game-breaking than others, such as when two cars get stuck together when they barely touch, but ultimately all are incredibly annoying and make the game unenjoyable. Expand

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