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  • Summary: Right from the starting line, Bizarre's vision for "PGR 4" was to create an emotionally-charged racing experience, where players become attached to their careers, profiles and vehicles. There are several new features that embody this emotional experience, the most significant being the newRight from the starting line, Bizarre's vision for "PGR 4" was to create an emotionally-charged racing experience, where players become attached to their careers, profiles and vehicles. There are several new features that embody this emotional experience, the most significant being the new career mode. Drivers are rewarded with a growing fanbase that'll cheer them on, react to their every move and support them through victory. One of the new gameplay elements is the dynamic weather system. Now racing through a track can mean facing an unexpected rain storm or snow flurries in the middle of a race. This results in changing physics when powering around a corner on the wet or icy surface in Shanghai and St. Petersburg or any of the game's 10 other locations. So, if you think driving on a dry track is boring... Flair and driving style now are just as important as technical skill, as players passing their opponent at full speed pump their fists and exhibit more emotion as they earn recognition with the revised Kudos system. The Kudos are worthwhile too, because the new A.I. personalities are be able to perform bold new driving maneuvers as they race side by side with other drivers. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 59 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    100
    The presentation, the career game, the online stuff, the load times...everything's better. And with streets packed with spectators, signs and flags, it's a much more vibrant lace than Gotham's sterile cities of old. We simply have no alternative but to crown Gotham 4 the best racing game on Xbox 360. [Nov 2007, p.102]
  2. Not without its issues, but they're so minor they don't stop it from being the best racing experience on Xbox 360. Or of the current generation.
  3. Kudos must be given to Bizarre for not being lazy on this one as can so often be the case with final installments.
  4. Loaded with content and the driving is generally tight, it just fails to break any sort of new ground.
  5. With magnificent visuals, a ton of vehicles, and a beefy single and multiplayer experience, PGR4 is a great way to quench that speed demon thirst.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    83
    Perfectly tuned to the 360 controller, it's killer racing action for newbie and veteran alike. [Dec 2007, p.123]
  7. PGR4 makes a lot of absurd decisions ranging from motorcycles to Lady Sovereign to unreadable menus to Quebec. While the core gameplay is the about the same as it has always been, the one good upgrade, the weather effects, isn’t enough to maintain PGR’s earlier decent showing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. CiaranG.
    Oct 13, 2007
    10
    Puts Forza Motorsport 2 to shame. In all respects the best racing game on any console right now - the graphics, the presentation, the Puts Forza Motorsport 2 to shame. In all respects the best racing game on any console right now - the graphics, the presentation, the excitement, the attention to detail, the sound, the music, the cars, the cities, the realism, the weather effects, the photo mode, the replays... Not only the best racing game, possibly the best game on Xbox 360 and definitely one of the best I've ever played. Expand
  2. RazaB
    Oct 8, 2007
    10
    I've never given a 10 MetaCritic rating to a game before, and I hesitated to give this one, but I really can't think of a major I've never given a 10 MetaCritic rating to a game before, and I hesitated to give this one, but I really can't think of a major "ding" in the game. Sure, there are some things I don't like (such as a Career Mode that doesn't let you retry failures or switch cars), but these are not failures so much as intentional design decisions. I would deduct a quarter-point for the insane over-use of rain effects on the menus - often, a water droplet obscures text on the screen - an inexcusable case of form obscuring function. All-in-all, an enjoyable game that provides four distinct modes of play (arcade, career, split-screen and online), so fun and replay value are in the package. Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2012
    10
    It was an interesting time to pick up PGR 4 and give it a whirl. At first I was impressed, but then I was really impressed. Backstory: IIt was an interesting time to pick up PGR 4 and give it a whirl. At first I was impressed, but then I was really impressed. Backstory: I picked up PGR back in July as I thought 3.99 for such a highly acclaimed game had to be worth i, but shortly after put it down. I then picked up Forza 3 in August as I felt the need for some racing games in preparation for Forza 4. With those two racing Goliath's in my presence it was hard to want to play such a dated game. After plowing through Forza 4 and dabbling in some other games I finally decided to jump back into PGR 4 and just finish it out. Going from a racing sim to such an arcady game was shock at first but as I played it more I grew fond of how realistic it actually was. Flying through races as if they would never end the idea grew on me of how impressed people must have been when this first came out. If I was impressed with it after breathing one of the most current sims for over a month straight it really must have been a beautiful experience in its launch year. The graphics have such an effect of realism I almost don't believe it is its age. The fact that Bizarre was actually able to put in rain let alone snow!?! and still hold a decent FPS. I have zero experience with game development but I know that these guys had some crazy talent. The course selection was fresh, fast, technical and constantly exciting. The forgiveness in the game probably made it a overall more pleasant experience as I didn't feel as though I was having to hit lines perfectly every time to win and was able to just race and have fun. The car selection was great and even better because I was able to put them in my virtual "garage". I could not have been more pleased with this game and really wish I was around in its time so I could have joined in on some online action. Fingers crossed for a PGR 5! Expand
  4. SeanB.
    Oct 8, 2007
    9
    This is a very good racing game. I've never played any of the other PGR games, so as a newcomer to the series I'm really impressed This is a very good racing game. I've never played any of the other PGR games, so as a newcomer to the series I'm really impressed with it. The graphics are amazing (this is what Forza 2 should've looked like!). The controls are smooth, the online play is "lag-free" and the achievements seem reasonably obtainable. Definitely worth a rent. Expand
  5. LiamM
    Sep 6, 2008
    9
    To be honest, there's a lot of variety in PGR4 and it's similar to Gadget Racers for the PS2. In the Arcade and Career mode you To be honest, there's a lot of variety in PGR4 and it's similar to Gadget Racers for the PS2. In the Arcade and Career mode you don't just have to race for the finish. You can do speed challenge or superstar mode where you drift to gain stars. There's also the cone attack mode where you hit the cones like a bowling ball. Anyway, the graphics are stunning on an HD television, the weather effects are brilliant. My favourite effect is the "Wet" where the puddles are still there but the rain isn't pouring down. Although the developers are putting down the PGR license. I think there are a few events missing. Apart from the chase on multiplayer mode I think they could have done it on Single Player mode as well. The Route creator has been taken out sadly and most of the items in the PGR shop are on buying more cars for career mode and not on more tracks. There are no Tournament plays in single player mode. But I personally think that this game is slightly better than Forza since ther's no too much repetition. Expand
  6. ApocalypseB.
    Jan 4, 2008
    8
    This is a very cool and easy game to get into, but quite hard to master, so I love it! Single player is a lot better than what most people This is a very cool and easy game to get into, but quite hard to master, so I love it! Single player is a lot better than what most people have commented, it ranges a very good blend of challenges to overcome and skills to perform. But the mulitplayer is where it is at, with loads of pixel petrol burning to be had there. The online mode especially has more modes than the single player, from races series, highlights of the best/worst racers, etc. But what lets this down is the pathetic weather conditions, which are very unrealistic. Snow and rain generally have the same effect on cars, what the &^%$? And the inclusion of motorbikes is as pointless as pissing in the wind! But step-stepping this, it is a great way to end the series! Expand
  7. Jul 18, 2017
    2
    Probably the worst racing game I've ever played. handling is basically non-existent, and all the cars are given to you at once. Unlike ForzaProbably the worst racing game I've ever played. handling is basically non-existent, and all the cars are given to you at once. Unlike Forza Motorsport 2/3, you earn money by drifting. Racing here is almost impossible like trying to race in this game is like trying to butter corn that's on a drill with a spoon. Drifting is almost impossible since you always over-drift. If you want actual handling in racing or if you want a good racing game with actual customization, look at Forza Motorsport 2/3, Need For Speed: Carbon, and Need For Speed: Most Wanted. Expand

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