Summary: My wife bought this for me. I would never have bought it, because I only have a gamepad and this is a true sim, made for a wheel and pedals. You cannot use it "properly" with anything else. I went ahead and tried it, since she got it for me, but it's usless. Even in the training school, you can't beat the instructor, because no matter what the settings for the x axis controller, you end up turning full left or full right.
Summary: My biggest concern was whether it would work well on Vista, which it did for the most part. However, having played it for a month now, I have to say I am underwhelmed. The cars and the control (I use the Logitech Momo wheel) are good, but the training modules are not availabe. How else am I supposed to get better at driving if the training environments are locked.
Summary: Me and my fiancee are both gearheads and we both race in Auto-X events run by the SCCA and we have been having a really hard time with this one. I'm not saying this game isn't fun, I've spent three to four hours a day practicing and I've loved every minute of it. But if you think downforce is what's driving our economy or caster is nothing more than a wheel for your office chair then you need to look elsewhere. That said the realism is amazing.
Summary: This game attempts to be a realistic driving sim and in my view it takes some of the fun out of the game. I anxiously awaited the game, but after trying it for a while, it made me reach for Colin Mcrae Rally 2005 with new appreciation. I'll keep at GTR2, but with reduced expectations. I have a Logitech Momo force feedback wheel, which is essentially the only way you can sense whether you are overdriving the car.
Summary: There's a 1.1 and a 1.5 update available, but there's no tech support to install it. I've tryed several times to install the updates and I can't. I'm not useing Gtr2 because I can't get any help with the updates.
Summary: This game has good graphics, lots of details & choices but for me, the camera is too close in & the controls too sensitive. I found after awhile it just wasn't that much fun. If you're a hard core racer I'd say this would be a good addition to your racing games but if you just want something fairly easy & fun, I'd say try something else.
Summary: ...but it still lacks the fine details that would have made it a "PURE RACING SIM". It's not a simulation in my book, and here is why: With all the driver assists disabled (including auto clutch and auto shifting), the driver can STILL shift up/down without using the clutch, at all engine and vehicle speeds. In real life the driver would be hearing all kinds of noises coming from the gearbox before it grenades in this scenario.