Project Gotham Racing 4 (Xbox 360) by Microsoft

Project Gotham Racing 4 (Xbox 360) by Microsoft Box Art

Release Date
October 2, 2007.

Average Overall Score:
8.80 / 10

With racing games a plenty, Bizarre Creations and Microsoft brings us an old dog who actually managed to learn some pretty nifty new tricks. Project Gotham Racing 4 takes its tried and true combination of sublime graphics, ingenious Kudos system, and fun racing, and throws in some amazing new features that make this title one of the best racers released this year. There is no question that PGR4?"

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Friday, May 11, 2007


Winning Streak
Win 3 race events back to back in either Arcade or Single Player Career Mode.
1-2 Finish
Complete a Ranked Match Team Championship with your team taking the top two positions.
Team Domination
Complete a Ranked Match Team Championship with your team taking up the top four positions.
Team Leader
Earn the most points for your team in a Ranked Match Team Championship.
Earn 9000 Kudos in a single race.
5-Star Racer
Earn 5 Kudos Stars.
Earn 5 Kudos Stars three times in a race.
Mind Your Manners
Win a Street Race in Arcade or Gotham Career mode without making contact with walls.
The Unicyclist
Perform a long Wheelie on a motorcycle.
Play all 3 Test Track disciplines and set a score in each one.
Weather Master
Win races in rain, fog, and snow in either Arcade or Single Player Career modes.
Win your first event in either Arcade or Single Player Career modes.
Silver Gotham Arcader
Earn a Silver medal in every Arcade event.
Gold Gotham Arcader
Earn a Gold medal in every Arcade event.
Platinum Gotham Arcader
Earn a Platinum medal in every Arcade event.
Silver Double
Earn at least a Silver medal with both a bike and a car in any Arcade event.
Gold Double
Earn at least a Gold medal with both a bike and a car in any Arcade event.
Platinum Double
Earn at least a Platinum medal with both a bike and a car in any Arcade event.
Arcade Chapter Complete
Complete any chapter in Arcade mode.
Reach the rank of Professional in Single Player Career mode.
Reach the rank of Hotshot in Single Player Career mode.
Reach the rank of Master in Single Player Career mode.
Become a National Champion in Single Player Career mode.
Win your first Championship in either Single Player Career or Ranked Match play.
Motorcycle Ace
Win a Single Player Career Championship on a motorcycle.
Major Winner
Win a Major in Single Player Career mode.
Win all three Single Player Career Majors.
Perform your first stunt on a bike.
Buy an Achievement
Buy the K1,000,000 gamer picture to earn this Achievement.
Back it Up!
In a split-screen Street Race, finish 1st and 2nd in reverse gear against at least one AI opponent.
Strike a Pose
Get two bikes facing each other, 15 metres apart, with each performing an impressive endo.
First Timer
Complete your first Ranked Match Championship.
8th Wonder of the World
Complete a lap of the Michelin Test Track 'figure of 8' while sliding.
Catch 'Em All
Swap paint with every opponent in an eight vehicle race.
Endo King
Earn 100 Kudos by performing an Endo with a motorcycle.
Seat of your Pants
Complete a Hot Lap event in Arcade mode without touching your brake.
Rubbin' is Racin'
Knock off the wing mirrors on all of your opponents' vehicles in a Single Player Street Race event.
Show Jump
Get eight vehicles in the air at the same time.
I Love PGR
Buy everything in the PGR Shop or complete PGR 3 and get to Rank #1.
Win every event in a Single Player or Ranked Match Championship.
You Won't Believe Your Eyes!
Create a 3D image using Photo Mode.
Secret Agent
Puzzle #2.
Puzzle #1.
Tonight Make Me Unstoppable
Puzzle #3.
Play It Again Sam
Improve on a medal earned in any arcade event.
PGR On Demand - Photo
Upload a photo and vote on a photo in PGR On Demand.
PGR On Demand - Video
Upload a replay and vote on a replay using PGR On Demand.
Giant Killer
Win against a human opponent with Rank 1 single player status on Xbox LIVE.
Numero Uno
Reach Rank Number One on the Single Player Career Drivers' Leaderboard.
Beat Bizarre
Defeat a PGR 4 team member on Xbox LIVE, or defeat anyone who's bested a PGR 4 team member.
Tourist Kudos King
Earn more kudos than anyone else in a Tourist event
Open Cat Champion
Be a cat on the winning team in a Cat and Mouse Open Event
Open Mouse Master
Be a mouse on the winning team in a Cat and Mouse Open Event
Platinum Plus
Get all the platinums in the Platinum Plus Challenge
Download King
Complete the DLC Challenge chapter (at various difficulties)
Arcade Challenge
Complete the Arcade Challenge chapter (at various difficulties)
Activate one of the cheats in the cheat menu
Make the Grade
Try to qualify for a tournament
01 Yee Haw
Puzzle #4
Are You the One?
Puzzle #5

User Reviews

Score: 88
Overall User Average: 8.90 / 10 (88.0%)
Gameplay User Average: 8.75 / 10
Graphics User Average: 9.25 / 10
Sound User Average: 8.60 / 10
JC Elite
Date reviewed: June 24, 2008.

Overall: When I first tossed PGR 3 into my Xbox 360 a couple years ago, I was floored by how polished and fun that game was. I was one of the few people that had never played this series before, as I stuck to the more Forza-style of racing game. I just found PGR 3 the perfect balance between the arcade style racing game and more 'sim-style' (such as Forza or Gran Turismo) racing game. The only problem I had with that game, and for this genre in general, is the repetitive nature of the single-player game. While Project Gotham Racing 4 tries to change up the single-player experience in this release, it still comes off as repetitive and might even turn some people off to the game. And the addition of motorcycles really didn't do much for the gameplay either. So what we have here is PGR 3 with a new, fresh coat of paint and a lot of weather effects.
Gameplay: As I stated, the single player side of PGR 4 is spend in the new career mode. This mode is a bit different than most career modes in racing games. It's built around going through a 'season' much like in Nascar racing. For each tournament that you participate in, you gain points depending on how you do in the tourney. The better you do, the more points you get. As you go through seasons, you move up the rankings and eventually become the #1 ranked racer in the world. Along the way, you ac@!%#*!ulate tons of the game's trademark (Kudos, of course) that you can spend in the shop to purchase new cars, tracks, etc.

I will give Bizzare Creations credit for trying something different here, but it doesn't really make a repetitive career mode structure any better & there are some people who will really NOT like this. The main difference is that you can't go back and redo races after you have finished them. You can in the arcade mode, but not in career mode. So for you guys who loved to do a race and then give it another shot on a higher difficulty after, you might get irritated with this. I actually found it nice to have it this way, but I really didn't like it enough to forget about the fact that I am still going from race to race just like in PGR 3.

And due to how the mode is structured, you don't even have to win many races to move up in the rankings. You could just finish 2nd, 3rd or whatever you wanted and you still get points. Sure it would take you longer to move up in the ranks, but you will move up steadily. The game also really pushes you past the need to use the lower ranked cars in the game. I have used maybe ten cars and motorcycles total in my whole time playing the game. Oh and about those motorcycles.....

This was an obviously much-talked about addition to this game, but I didn't really think it changed the game all that much. Sure it was fun to use them, at first, but I liked using the cars better. The funny part is trying to see how much it takes to actually knock someone off their bike. I would sideswipe walls many times only to keep on driving. It almost takes someone running you down or you going face first into a wall going about 80 mph to get you off your bike. While that is kinda nice due to how people would smash you all over the track online, it's very unrealistic. And the only real advantage of using the bikes is the huge acceleration and nice cornering, but they lose on any track that has long straight aways due to the lower top speed. In general, they are fun to use but don't bring a whole lot to the game.

Another addition is the new weather effects. Now these actually DO change the way the game is played quite drastically. They also look fantastic, but more on that later. As you are playing through the game, you will run into different kinds of weather that really change the way you race and even what car you should use. If you try taking a hard-to-handle, low-grip car out on an icy are going to be in trouble. I think the coolest effect are the puddles you hit while going along that make your car hydroplane when you aren't expecting it. It can really change a race, as the CPU (and other humans, obviously) can catch up quite quickly if you go into a wall due to hitting a large puddle at 150 mph.

As usual, the online play is pretty good and will keep you busy for awhile if you get into it. You can also take pictures and have them rated online. You can do the same with video replays. And you can't beat walking into your garage and finding a new 'Geometry Wars' game to play. Of course, it kicked my @ss more than 'Evolved' did. Here's hoping the game comes to XBLA soon.
Graphics: As for the visuals, the new weather effects look outstanding. The rain, in particular, is absolutely distracting as you watch it on your hood. The game, as a whole, looks very nice. It's not the jump in quality I was hoping for, but the game looks nice overall. The cars could use a little more work and will we ever get real damage on these vehicles?!! The cities also looked good, but a lot of the time, I felt like I was playing PGR 3 again due to some of the same tracks making another appearance here.
Sound: The audio in the game is somewhat disappointing. The sound of the cars and the effects while racing are all solid, as usual. My problem is with the music selection. Now while I am happy we don't get the "we sell our souls to the devil to get crappy licensed pop-punk & crap hip-hop" kind of soundtrack that EA keeps shoving down our throats in the Burnout of myriad of mediocre sports games they release, I wouldn't mind a FEW catchy tunes tossed in there. I know a lot of people have praised the audio in this series due to the 'fun' of listening to a 'Disturbed' song one minute and then a cl@!%#*!ical music song the next, but I wasn't impressed. I wasn't impressed with this area in PGR 3 either, so it's not just this game.
Suggestions: I hope that Bizzare Creations really finds a way to shake this series up with the next game. And if they can't, I hope they stop making these games. It's not like this is not a quality game, but I got the feeling with PGR 4, that Bizzare was in 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' mode here. I know they restructured the career mode, but it's not any better and not much different. The addition of motorcycles was nice, but has minimal impact on the game itself. The weather effects are great, but I need more than that to get me to drop another $60 on a sequal. Bizzare Creations has created a great racing game series that manages to perfectly blend the arcade and 'sim' styles of racing, but the series is starting to feel stale. Hopefully the next game will change that feeling.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 85 %
Sound: 75 %

Date reviewed: November 20, 2007.

Overall: An utterly brilliant arcade racer, with incredibly high online enjoyment. Excellent sequel to the already excellent PGR3. Its been the my most anticipated XBOX 360 title i've ever had and the wait was more than worth it. It does well in all fields, badly in none and in my opinion this is the best racer to date on the 360 system, and thats saying alot since the likes of Forza 2 and TDU still exist. Replay value : 9.5/10
Gameplay: Simple menus that are easy to navigate and no confusing career mode that seems to be all the rage in modern racing games. It has a moderately high replay value, but completing all championships takes a while and only certain gamers would be willing to do them more than once. I happen to be one of them :)
Graphics: Best graphics in the PGR series, and probably of any racing game. Snow could use some work, but rain was perfect in detail and effect. Car and bike models and enviroments looked amazing in any weather, and in garage views. I love the enhanced interior views, as well as the appearance of vehicle's original speedometers and such.
Sound: Cars and bikes sound amazing, and there's a decent soundtrack to it, too. In terms of accuracy the cars and bikes engine sounds, they were the most accurate ive seen in a very long time. Quite frankly not too many racers sound as good as PGR4 does. Near perfect in my opinion.
Suggestions: Vehicle list was amazing, but i'd like to see a Bugatti or 2, and the ressurection of the stock Porsches would be nice for DLC.

Overall: 98 %
Gameplay: 95 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 97 %

Project Gotham Racing 4 News

Next Xbox may launch with new Project Gotham title
No Xbox hardware launch would be complete without a new entry in the Project Gotham Racing franchise, so here’s hoping Microsoft and Lucid Games have found a way to "bring the band back together".

Microsoft Planning Project Gotham Racing Reboot?
Sources close to the situation claim that Microsoft is courting European developers for a PGR revival.

PGR4 In Game Content (Premium and Free)
The Premium PGR 4 Challenge Pack from Bizarre, available for 400 Microsoft® Points, gives you seven new cars.

PGR4 DLC Coming on February 14th
There are two free pieces of Downloadable Content, and one Paid piece of DLC. Coming on February 14.

New PGR4 Update Out Now
Today saw the release of the first content update for Microsoft Game Studios’ Project Gotham Racing 4. It’s free and offers four new tournaments to compete in: Daily Tournaments, Super Saturday, Simulation Sundays, and the Global Cup.

Demo: PGR4
Bizarre Creations has rolled a demo for Project Gotham Racing 4 onto to the Live Marketplace starting grid. It’s meaty at 1.27GB, and has an exclusive Nurburgring Snow Challenge event that is not in the retail version.

Bizarre: Deserts, ATVs for PGR 5
PGR 4 has gone gold and is heading to the shops next month. But even though the latest entry has only just fallen onto the production line, lead designer Ged Talbert is already thinking about where he should take the series with Project Gotham 5.

PGR4: Achievements
There are 50 achievements worth 1000 points.

PGR4 Release Date Revealed
Bizarre Creations reveales exciting news and updates on this holiday’s most hotly-anticipated racing game, "Project Gotham Racing 4," developed exclusively for Xbox 360.

PGR4 Limited by Small DVD Size
The DVD vs. Blu-Ray debate is being fired up again this morning, as PGR4 dev Bizarre Creations blames DVD size for the reason you won’t see different times of day in PGR4.

Big Promise For PGR4
Bizarre Creations has said it won’t be letting its racing baby Project Gotham Racing 4 into the wild "till it’s done,” as the dev admits PGR3 wasn’t quite finished.

Motorbikes Confirmed for PGR4
It comes as no surprise, but Bizarre Creations has today announced that motorbikes will be ridable in Project Gotham Racing 4.

PGR4 Confirmed for Autumn 07
Microsoft has released a flurry of new media for Project Gotham Racing 4 and also confirmed that the highly anticipated sequel to the Xbox 360 launch title is still on track for release this autumn.

PGR 4 Screenshots!
Microsoft sent along 12 brand new, and not to mention killer looking screen grabs! Check’em out!

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