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  • Summary: Project CARS 2 is the next evolution in the award-winning racing series, featuring the most iconic cars racing under the most thrilling conditions to deliver the Ultimate Driver Journey.

    Created by gamers, tested by world-class racing drivers from Team SMS-R, and the definitive choice of
    Project CARS 2 is the next evolution in the award-winning racing series, featuring the most iconic cars racing under the most thrilling conditions to deliver the Ultimate Driver Journey.

    Created by gamers, tested by world-class racing drivers from Team SMS-R, and the definitive choice of Esports pros... Project CARS 2 captures the essence of real racing in the most beautiful, intense, authentic, and technically-advanced racing game on the planet.

    FEATURES:

    * Over 170 licensed cars from the most iconic brands.
    * The largest track roster of any console racing game including ice and dirt tracks.
    * New vehicle types and motorsport classes including Rallycross, IndyCar, and Oval.
    * Dynamic time of day, weather, and new seasonal conditions.
    * New Online Championships mode.
    * LiveTrack 3.0 powers dynamic surface conditions that affect vehicle performance and handling, and evolves the track over the course of a race weekend.
    * Esports built-in from day one with full ranking, and broadcasting / streaming functionality.
    * Bleeding-edge tire physics, advanced AI, and intuitive gamepad control.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sep 18, 2017
    92
    Project CARS 2 plays like a pumped-up version of the classic TOCA Race Driver 3 from 2006, redressing many of the complaints levelled at the original.
  2. Sep 26, 2017
    90
    If you’re a fan of racing, more importantly simulators, Project Cars 2 is the game for you. Sure, there’s the Forza’s and Gran Turismos but Project Cars 2 seems more grounded in ‘our’ world with its realistic controls and amazing choice for the player in both cars, tracks and events.
  3. Oct 2, 2017
    90
    Project Cars 2 is an exquisite racing simulator that makes learning the game almost as much fun as winning a race. It demands perfection, refuses to ease up, and still manages to be friendly enough for newcomers.
  4. Sep 22, 2017
    85
    Project CARS 2 is a great sequel to a strong but flawed first instalment. This time around, the flaws are far fewer, the racing is first class, and there's not much that Slightly Mad Studios hasn't addressed. Whether you're a sim aficionado or novice, Project CARS 2 is a racing game you need.
  5. CD-Action
    Dec 19, 2017
    80
    An uncompromising simulation that expects you to devote all your free time but will reward you with immense satisfaction. [12/2017, p.78]
  6. Oct 2, 2017
    80
    Project CARS 2 really does feel like Project CARS version 2.0 with virtually all aspects of the title having been polished and improved. All of the minus points and complaints from the previous title have been addressed, including the all-important playability with a standard controller. In single-player mode, Project CARS 2 has much more to offer than nearly every other title in the genre but this is undermined by the patchy and unpredictable multiplayer at this time. The combination of weather and the new LiveTrack 3.0 engine is simply superb. Each track becomes so much more alive, shining most in less than optimal racing conditions, leaving other track implementations feeling horribly static. Those who only want to race two or three laps at a time will miss the amazing changing track conditions, so this is a title that is for racers, for those more interested in the details of motorsport in general and a much more immersive experience. The title continues to push the genre forward and continues where other titles stop.
  7. Nov 12, 2017
    60
    Whereas Project CARS felt like a finished and polished product, Project CARS 2 maybe needed another couple of months in development to iron out the wrinkles. There is undoubtedly a good game in there as the handling and visuals are exceptional, but it is capable of so much more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. Sep 27, 2017
    10
    + handling
    + physics
    + controller Best sim on the wheel, gorgeous graphic. I'm recommending this to anyone who is fan of racing games.
    + handling
    + physics
    + controller

    Best sim on the wheel, gorgeous graphic. I'm recommending this to anyone who is fan of racing games. Negative feedback is really nonsense here.
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  2. Feb 16, 2019
    10
    Belos gráficos porém com poucas opções de carros e tem um nível de dificuldade um pouco elevado demais. Quem não tem costume com simuladoresBelos gráficos porém com poucas opções de carros e tem um nível de dificuldade um pouco elevado demais. Quem não tem costume com simuladores vai precisar ajustar as configurações pra poder jogar. Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2018
    8
    As far as realistic racing games go you will find it difficult to find a more realistic game than Project Cars 2. Everything about this gameAs far as realistic racing games go you will find it difficult to find a more realistic game than Project Cars 2. Everything about this game is finely tuned, and in my opinion it’s better than the first Project Cars. The cars in the game feel realistic in terms of everything, and I was especially impressed with the handling of the cars. There is a decent selection of cars in the game and none of the cars feel like an afterthought because each car has had a lot of effort put into them. The amount of customisation you can do is simply stunning. You can literally change everything and tailor it to how you want it to feel when racing, which is awesome. The game has a decent amount of content for you to sink your teeth into, and I especially enjoyed the career mode. The career mode has a great depth to it and will keep you invested for hours, and the game offers you a number of tracks and places to race so things stay fresh throughout. The game unfortunately though can be very difficult at times and it doesn’t get much easier on the lowest setting, so casuals will find it difficult to get into the game. The presentation side of the game is stunning. Visually the game looks very realistic, and the amount of effort that’s gone into the weather effects is extraordinary. The sound design is also brilliant and the cars sound gorgeous throughout your time with the game. At the end of the day the developers have managed to improve most things over the first Project Cars. Project Cars 2 has taken what was good about the first game and improved them further, which makes this installment even more realistic. Fans of the first game will love this addition even more, and I can actually see them gaining more fans with this installment. If you like racing games that offer you a challenging, fun and realistic time then there isn’t many better games than Project Cars 2. Expand
  4. Oct 1, 2017
    5
    In many ways, Project Cars 2 significantly improves over the original, but the end-product was, frankly, pretty disappointing.

    The Good: -
    In many ways, Project Cars 2 significantly improves over the original, but the end-product was, frankly, pretty disappointing.

    The Good:
    - Good variety of cars with appropriate divisions
    - Great visuals and sound design
    - Easily has the best attention to detail I've ever seen in a racing title
    - It supposedly has the most realistic handling of any racing game out there, and I would believe that

    The Bad:
    - Gamepad support is not great. You really need to fine-tune it the options, which can take an hour in my case before I felt comfy with the settings. This was a game meant to be played with a wheel.
    - Multiplayer can be a mixed bag. In my experience, you can get good matches where everyone drives seriously, or ones that are ruined by trolls.

    The Ugly:
    - This is a game meant for a small group of people: hardcore racing sim fans. Because of that, I wouldn't recommend this game in the slightest to casual racing fans
    - The singleplayer is not engaging, and I felt bored after three hours of playing it. The AI also leaves much to be desired.

    In conclusion, PCars 2 is not a racing game for everyone, even though it does improve over its predecessor in some ways. This was game meant only for serious sim racing fans, but even for them, I would recommend the PC version over the console versions. From what I heard, this game performs significantly better on PC. Basically, get PC2 on the PC, Forza on XOne, and GT Sport for PS4.
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  5. Sep 25, 2017
    2
    Project cars 2, maybe fans shouldnt create their own game after all... the AI is laughable, the graphical glitches are abismal and really offProject cars 2, maybe fans shouldnt create their own game after all... the AI is laughable, the graphical glitches are abismal and really off putting and the controller support is severely lacking despite suposedly being better! Im glad i have a ps4 and can play GT sport soon! Expand
  6. Jul 21, 2018
    0
    To me this has been the most disappointing game in the last 5 years. It's been out now for 10 months and I keep returning to it only to goTo me this has been the most disappointing game in the last 5 years. It's been out now for 10 months and I keep returning to it only to go through the process if disappointment. Pretty much all of the problems from PC1 still exist and it doesn't feel like enough of an upgrade over the last game to even warrant it's existence.

    Negative points.....

    - Don't even bother with a controller. You'll spend hours upon hours of trying to calibrate it, but you'll never be quite 100% comfortable and you're settings will always be a compromise.
    - Be prepared to spend just as much time setting a wheel up. Again, it will always be a compromise, but it'll never quite feel natural and like a wheel should feel.
    - Some of the concepts and mechanics don't quite work, such as tire warming. Sometimes it will take 10 minutes of lapping just to warm your tires up, which is just silly and unrealistic. 10/10 for effort, 1/10 for actually pulling it off. It genuinely took me a full lap of the Nurburgring once to hate the tires up on an LMP car, and in a Group C car it took 2 laps of Le Mans to get them hot, both super high down force cars which would have no issue hating tires up.
    - The AI is the worst AI I've come across in my 20 years of playing racing games. It makes Forza AI look competent. What makes it even worse is that the tire heating mentioned above doesn't seem to apply to the AI, so when you're in qualifying, taking your 17 laps to heat your tires up the AI will be out at full pace, if you slow down and move over to let them past they'll sit behind you instead of overtaking, however, when you're actually doing the qualifying laps at full pace they'll be nudging you and inappropriately diving down the inside at the most ridiculous times imaginable.
    - "Alternative physics". Yep, they got the physics so wrong that they have had to implement a second set for when a car loses traction. The problem with this is that cars lose traction constantly. If you go over a small bump and a wheel loses contact with the ground that is the same as losing traction. What this means is that if you drive along a bumpy track or in a low grip car, the alternate physics start kicking in, which means the handling becomes a mess. This limits you to high grip cars and smooth circuits to even stand a hope of driving. If you don't believe me and would like like to test this out you need a steering wheel. If you drive along the Le Mans straight and let go of the wheel, without any input watch how the steering wheel starts violently veering left to right, this is your alternate physics fighting the regular physics.
    - The (badly thought out) car setting menu requires a game pad alongside a wheel. The problem with this is that it's 50/50 whether the game will pair the game pad alongside the wheel. I've never had this issue with any other game before. I recently spent 40 minutes turning my console on and off, disconnecting my wheel and controller, resetting the game, resetting the controller and generally pissing about to get it to pair them both at the same time. This happens far too often.

    I could go on for hours, so lets look at some neutral and positive points.

    Neutral points.

    - There isn't as much variety as people seem to think.

    Positive points

    - After you have spent 30 hours getting your calibrations right, selected the right car, the right track and then spent a considerable amount of time setting the car up to behave like it would in real life, it can be a mildly good game, like a 5/10. It probably would've been a decent game in 2004.

    I bought PC1 quite excited, but was disappointed. I let it slip and expected PC2 to be better. It was far worse. I will never buy an SMS game again. Buy Assetto Corsa instead, It has less content but it's actually a fully functional game.
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  7. Sep 25, 2017
    0
    To anyone who might be considering this game, it is nowhere near finished for the Xbox One. The sound, graphics, performance issues, even theTo anyone who might be considering this game, it is nowhere near finished for the Xbox One. The sound, graphics, performance issues, even the cars handling is all substantially worse that Project Cars 1.

    I really wanted this game to be great but it seems like yet another developer is rushing out a game to make a quick buck rather than waiting and releasing a completed game. I reported many of the issues I had on the official forum of the game and that got deleted once it got enough views and replies from others with similar issues. Responses from SMS and the Moderators seem to mostly disagree with users and their experiences. Ian Bell (CEO of SMS) was quick to point to the Metacritic Critic Review score but when I why the User Score for the Xbox One was substantially lower, he decided to ignore the post and delete the thread. It's really not a positive to take away if they're not going to own up to their mistakes.

    Overall, not only did the experience of the game fall far below expectation (expectations being that I was hoping this would be as good as Project Cars 1 with extra cars and tracks), I was also made out to be a liar by people working for the studio behind the game, even though there were around 70+ posts from people sharing a similar experience to me.

    Its good for people to say enough is enough when it comes to paying £50+ (I paid £75 for the deluxe edition) and you receive a substandard product, hopefully more voice this because the industry as a whole is becoming a bit of a joke with releasing unfinished games and charging a premium for it.

    Too bad they seem to be either just denying, shifting the blame of issues to others (one moderator blamed Microsoft for their policy on how they release updates - maybe you shouldn't release a substandard game with game breaking bugs in the first place) or deleting posts and threads on their forum of people criticising the standard of the game rather than reassuring customers that their complaints are being acknowledged and fixes are on their way. The only threads that seem to stick around are ones that only report bugs when there's a lot more wrong than that with the game - they're just not interested to hear about it.

    Overall I would give:

    3 / 10 for the game
    -10 / 10 for the customer service
    Which comes to a grand total of -7.

    Unfortunately 0 is the lowest I can post on here so I'll settle for that. I'll be happy to change my score for the game once it starts getting patched, can't see the customer service rating getting much higher though.
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