Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  1. May 6, 2015
    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. Jun 3, 2015
    It has some rough edges that will hopefully be ironed out in time and remains a must-buy for racing fans even with its flaws.
  3. Games Master UK
    Aug 5, 2015
    By ignoring the rulebook, this newcomer has made itself a contender for racing sim royalty. [Aug 2015, p.66]
  4. Jun 27, 2015
    That’s the real achievement here: that you can play it however you like. By removing any elements of linear progression, Slightly Mad has proven that players are smart enough to come up with their own direction through a game like this. Long may this approach to design reign.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    May 26, 2015
    Forget “The Real Driving Simulator”, Project CARS is racing simulation at its finest. [July 2015, p71]
  6. May 22, 2015
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. May 18, 2015
    Project Cars is most definitely not the game for someone who wants to chase down experience points and unlock new items on the way through a game. Players who just want full access to an incredibly difficult and realistic driving simulation will find all that they are looking for with this one, though.
  8. May 11, 2015
    Project CARS features an excellent roster of cars and tracks, and delivers some of the most exciting and visceral racing action money can buy. It's not for everyone, since driving the game can be quite tough, even with all the assists turned on, but for those who are up for a challenge, few other racing games are as involving and potentially rewarding as this.
  9. May 8, 2015
    Project CARS strips back racing to what it should be: just the car, the track and you.
  10. May 6, 2015
    There's little point in building suspense: is Project Cars as good as, or better, than Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport? That's the question most of us have been waiting to have answered...Put simply: yes, it's at least their equal.
  11. 90
    A truly fine racing game, and for PlayStation 4 owners this will be the first next-generation racing game of worth for serious revheads to sink their teeth into. Racing beginners, or people who are used to racing games where powerslides are enough to get around corners may feel very frustrated with this one at first, but I can't think of a racing game that is more worth taking the time to get to know, and master, than this one.
  12. May 8, 2015
    Deep and demanding but incredibly user-friendly, Project CARS is real racing done right.
  13. May 18, 2015
    Project Cars proves to be as difficult as its users want. It offers challenges to anyone from casual to experienced players. With an important selection of cars and tracks, we also love how alive each race feels.
  14. May 11, 2015
    Project Cars is a game that driving simulator lovers will enjoy. Entertaining solo modes, online options and superb tracks will for sure give the game a lengthy life, even when the available cars aren't that many.
  15. May 12, 2015
    Project CARS is a great alternative to the genre and in some areas even exceeds to its competitors, due to the knowledge of its community and not having to be true to any tradition.
  16. May 7, 2015
    Slightly Mad Studios has created easily the best console simulation racer of all time here, a testament to their love for cars and a beautiful reminder of why racing games appeal to people.
  17. May 6, 2015
    Project CARS is simply the best racing sim that money can buy on eighth generation consoles thanks to a very nice physics engine and very decent content. A must buy for petrolheads.
  18. May 6, 2015
    In a genre where it can be hard to differentiate yourself, Project Cars makes its mark. It's not as strong as it could be in all areas, but Slightly Mad Studios' attention to detail and racing chops make the game a contender.
  19. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 30, 2015
    Bugs aside, a tremendous and uncompromising simulation of a kind we may not have seen previously on consoles. [July 2015, p.89]
  20. Edge Magazine
    Jun 21, 2015
    The most comprehensive and involving driving simulator we've seen on consoles in years. [July 2015, p.106]
  21. Jun 2, 2015
    You won't experience the full extend of this game if you don't own a racing wheel, but that doesn't mean that you won't enjoy every second of your time on the track.
  22. May 27, 2015
    While Project Cars is certainly demanding, I remain willing to put the time in because the reward of nailing a perfect overtake or completing a clean lap is so satisfying.
  23. May 26, 2015
    For the most realistic driving simulation available though, Project CARS is all you’ll need.
  24. May 18, 2015
    Project Cars is not the most authentic racing game in history, but it's a very well made mix between arcade racing and simulation. A slightly inadequate AI and varying quality of the cars hold it back slightly, but Project Cars is still one of the best racing games in recent years.
  25. May 14, 2015
    It’s difficult to think of a driving game on console that engages you more fully than Project Cars.
  26. May 13, 2015
    I think a lack of any sense of progression and a highly restrictive structure that basically says, “if you’re not ardently passionate, get out,” is a detriment. I don’t think a simulator needs to be quite so…aloof...But if you’re in that hardcore driving fan category, it’s a no-brainer.
  27. 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.
  28. May 11, 2015
    Project CARS is an ambitious take on the racing simulator that brings a lot of fresh ideas and improvements to the genre. A number of patchable flaws hold it back, but with an innovative career structure and the challenging but rewarding car handling and racing, this is almost essential for racing fans.
  29. May 9, 2015
    Project Cars is a game that requires practice, patience and a whole lot of skill. It's not the easiest game to pick up and play, but it's definitely one of the most rewarding when you put in the time and finally nab yourself a podium finish.
  30. That said, Simply Mad’s latest earns a pretty easy recommendation for anyone looking for a racing game unambiguously and unapologetically locked in the simulation category. Its vision is clear, and there can be little doubt that much love and passion was poured into its crafting.
  31. 80
    A viable alternative to the old guard of driving simulators, that values freedom of choice and gritty realism over needless feature creep.
  32. May 7, 2015
    ​Project CARS is super challenging, but it offers a lot of satisfaction in return. The only thing you have to bring to the table is love for auto racing. It is a spectacular simulation game, it is amazing to enjoy on consoles, but the menus still give us nightmares.
  33. 80
    Issues with A.I hold it back from greatness, but Project CARS is on the right track with its sandbox career, community-focused online experience and A-grade car handling mechanics.
  34. May 19, 2015
    If Slightly Mad Studios wanted to prove they could build an engine to compete with the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport, Project CARS is a definite success, with driving that feels as realistic as anything else out there. If they wanted to compete with the polish and robustness of those bigger titles, though, they’ve come up slightly short.
  35. May 14, 2015
    Think of this as a motoring playset – a production line of components that you need to order and assemble for yourself. Once you get the controls where you want them, your car exactly how you like it, and your race day tactics tightened up, it delivers an exhilarating ride, but few will have the patience – or, indeed, the willpower – to reach that point, and thus it's hard to imagine this outing achieving the mainstream success of other competing motoring series.
  36. Play UK
    Jun 27, 2015
    Graphically stunning, dynamically awesome, aurally beautiful. This is what Project Cars could have been if pest control had done a better job exterminating those pesky bugs. [Issue#258, p.66]
  37. Jun 10, 2015
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 438 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. May 29, 2015
    Anyone giving this game 0 is an idiot, but anyone giving 10 is turning a blind eye to its' many faults and missed opportunities.

    Anyone giving this game 0 is an idiot, but anyone giving 10 is turning a blind eye to its' many faults and missed opportunities.

    The driving simulation is possibly the best of any racer I've played. For the sheer weight and feel of a car it beats GT by a long way. On this aspect alone the game would score an easy 10. The driving is tricky and requires skill and patience, with each car handling very differently. This is not a game for the casual arcade racer.

    Unfortunately the game fails in all other areas. I found the career mode really dull. There are no rewards or unlocks and the races are really easy, unless you manually adjust the AI to make it more difficult to win. A strange choice. Much as the vaunted "Freedom" may have sounded good, it provides no incentive to progress, and allows rookies to jump straight into the most difficult multiplayer and wreck others races.

    It's multiplayer where the game both shines and provides the greatest let down. If you manage to find a "clean" race with a sensible qualification period and lap count, the game is an absolute blast. Unfortunately you'll mostly be playing public games which are like the wild west and filled with trolls. While this is no fault of Slightly Mad Studios, they have provided no features in Multiplayer to punish bad players. When you're punted off the track or rear ended by a troll, it's most often you that will be punished for corner cutting. The lack of penalties for trolls can be rage inducing.

    Add to this the lack of cars (almost no Japanese cars is very disappointing), slow menu loading (with no egg timer to show that anything is happening) MP joining bugs and crashes (5 or so in a week) a potentially awesome game ends as just ok. A missed opportunity.
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  2. May 12, 2015
    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 ;) Full Review »
  3. May 13, 2015
    Finally! I'm a huge racing fan and have been waiting for a next-gen version of a real SIM. With NFS and Driveclub being the only realFinally! I'm a huge racing fan and have been waiting for a next-gen version of a real SIM. With NFS and Driveclub being the only real offerings, I almost even considered buying the Xbox One because of Forza and a lack of racing titles. Newcomers beware! This is an unforgiving title that demands a precision, patience and its certainly far from a pick up and play arcade experience with rewinds and ridiculous drifting (thank god). That being said, I think its refreshing in that it is an experience that SIM racing fans have been waiting for and missing. Our last taste was Gran Turismo 6, a re-hash of GT5 that really stands alone in this genre. This game has it all, brilliant physics, beautiful visuals, extensive customization and most importantly, it truly feels like you're driving these cars. Well done Slightly Mad. Codemasters should take note. Full Review »