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Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

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  • Summary: Project Gotham Racing 2 is a true test of racing skill, style, and daring that rewards you not only for how fast you drive, but also for how you drive fast. Earn Kudos and gain recognition for cornering on two wheels around the Sears Tower in Chicago; power-sliding through the ancientProject Gotham Racing 2 is a true test of racing skill, style, and daring that rewards you not only for how fast you drive, but also for how you drive fast. Earn Kudos and gain recognition for cornering on two wheels around the Sears Tower in Chicago; power-sliding through the ancient streets of Florence, Italy; or maneuvering along the racing line through the slick streets of Edinburgh, Scotland--all while racing some of the most exotic high-performance vehicles available. You can even challenge other gamers online, using Xbox Live, or take on your friends in a multiplayer race via System Link. Expand
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  1. Positive: 49 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. A brilliant game for Xbox and Xbox Live!, quite possible the finest racing title ever created.
  2. The best racing game ever, period. The gameplay with the kudos system along with the ability to race eight at a time on Live AND receive rank updates via the scoreboard makes it unique and somewhat revolutionary as of right now.
  3. As great as the first Project Gotham Racing (PGR) was, the second installment has improved on virtually every feature of the first, while adding a few new ones to boot.
  4. PGR2 will take you a long time to complete, even if you simply collect Steel Medals, and even longer if you want to collect nothing but Platinum Medals. There are more then 100 tracks and cars to unlock and many time records to set.
  5. PGR2 fixes almost all of the problems that plagued original, and even manages to improve upon everything else.
  6. You know what, man? I really like this game. Maybe it's cause I been drinking, but now that I think about it, this is a damn fine racing game. It might even be the best racing game I ever played.
  7. There's no denying that Project Gotham Racing 2 is one of the most aesthetically accomplished titles ever produced. Yet this doesn't stop PGR2 from feeling a little heartless. In terms of excitement PGR2 is found wanting. [Christmas 2003, p.113]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. Jul 11, 2015
    10
    The best racing game I've ever played. The sheer perfection of practically everything makes this a game worth getting no matter what the cost.The best racing game I've ever played. The sheer perfection of practically everything makes this a game worth getting no matter what the cost. With so many beautiful cars, tracks, wonderful custom track list and just so many songs, wonderful menus, organization of the showcase, impressive online, single, and multiplayer modes, including the arcade mode... etc. etc. The main single player campaign is pretty long and the replay value is pretty high, assuming you want to play online or test your skills at getting some of the bonus cars in the game (my favorite being the Porsche 911 GT1 Stra├čenversion. Anyways, this game is extremely satisfying - buy it right now!

    Gameplay: 9.5/10
    Story: N/A/10
    Music: 9.5/10
    Presentation: 9.5/10
    Length: 9.5/10
    Overall: 10/10
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  2. BobbyS.
    Feb 26, 2004
    10
    The best and most realistic damn game ever.
  3. BenjaminF.
    Nov 24, 2003
    10
    Kudos for this racing game! Mine favorite racer at the moment. I love the racing in style. The graphics are jaw dropping. XBOXlive is also Kudos for this racing game! Mine favorite racer at the moment. I love the racing in style. The graphics are jaw dropping. XBOXlive is also great (unlike what some critics say). Now all attention is focused on GT 4 with it's own great promises......... so far PGR 2 is mine favorite racer ever. Expand
  4. Patrick
    Oct 13, 2005
    10
    Two years on and this is still the most enjoyable racing game I have ever played. And the one I keep coming back to. Real lasting power.
  5. Uter
    Jan 28, 2004
    9
    It's great, but they didn't do anything especially original with it. It's a little creepy how the downtown streets are always It's great, but they didn't do anything especially original with it. It's a little creepy how the downtown streets are always deserted. There's really not much to complain about though. Expand
  6. Dec 2, 2019
    9
    This is the game that kicked off my foray into the racing genre and I've honestly never looked back. It's a game I played for hours on endThis is the game that kicked off my foray into the racing genre and I've honestly never looked back. It's a game I played for hours on end with family and friends via couch co-op. Even by today's standards, the graphics still hold up rather well for a 16 year old game. The tracks are largely city streets and they're all rendered beautifully, considering the Xbox hardware specs for the time.

    Sadly, this game has largely fallen by the wayside among the emergence of Forza Motorsport, Project Cars, Grand Turismo and Need For Speed. But it was a legitimate contender for being the one of best racing series available, making Project Gotham Racing 2 and under appreciated gem.
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  7. Mar 19, 2016
    0
    This game sucks!!!!!! You have to play it for hours before you can use any of the good cars. The steering is difficult because it starts youThis game sucks!!!!!! You have to play it for hours before you can use any of the good cars. The steering is difficult because it starts you off with bad cars. And the courses also suck, because they're too short.

    Don't bother with this one. All the positive reviews for this game are likely from people who have played the game for ample time. If you're looking for a quick play to have fun, look elsewhere.
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#6 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
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#17 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003