Conclusion: GTR 2 is a game that demands your total attention, it will consume it, and you’ll need to refine your skills in order to get anywhere. If you don’t think you’re up to that kind of challenge then you may want to pass, and seek something a little more forgiving. For the real racing fans, and gear heads among the gaming community, you’ll want this – want this bad!
Excerpt: Until the release of this game's predecessor, GTR , back in early 2005, the racing simulation genre on the PC had been slowly dying. PC racers hadn't really been able to get enthused about anything since the release of Grand Prix 4 at the tail end of 2002, especially with consoles offering up titles such as the Project Gotham Racing and Gran Turismo series; and with racing controllers for the consoles being much cheaper than those available for the PC, racing simulations...
Excerpt: When GTR came out for the PC last year, I had no idea of how good a racing sim it could be. After being bored to death with the simplistic GT style racing of Sony's Gran Turismo series, it felt good to actually play a GT racing sim that not only looks amazing, but plays well, has a large car grid (six cars is so 90s,) and features challenging AI. Needless to say, 10Tacle Studios had a hit on their hands.
Summary: Despite a slightly gentler learning curve, GTR 2 still demands the most out of your inner race driver.
Pros: Driving, crashing, and racing simply doesn't get much better than this, meticulously detailed tracks and cars, 28-player online racing is fun and lag-free, massive tuning options, driving school is a great addition
Cons: Hefty system requirements, qualifying seems inordinately hard, menu system needs a makeover
Excerpt: Consoles have always had plenty of exclusive titles that have left PC gamers rather resentful, forcing them to pray that one day, that amazing game featured on Nintendo or Sony’s platform might arrive onto their computers too. While famous franchises like Metal Gear Solid, Halo or Grand Theft Auto finally do make it onto the beige box, somehow car games always get left out and are never ported over.
Summary: Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport have long been the titles held synonymous with realistic racing. Their supremecy is under threat now, though, as this contender from Atari swerves in to steal pole position from right under their noses. Sporting almost 150 unique cars, over thirty tracks and the most authentic and challenging racing action money can buy, GTR2 is set to become the driving buff’s game of choice - and with good reason.