Reviews and Problems with Enthusia: Professional Racing
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Enthusia Professional Racing PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: If Burnout 3 is all about causing metal mayhem, then Konami’s Enthusia is definitely the polar opposite. Whereas Burnout is an arcade-style racer and is all about the vehicular violence, Enthusia is a racing simulator (much like Gran Turismo) and something of a Sunday drive in comparison. Konami’s stab at racing simulators is all about passionate driving, and punishes you if you don’t rigorously stick to the rules.
Excerpt: Coming in fast around the corner with blazing speed and potential is upstart Enthusia: Professional Racing trying to overtake current leader and the genre-defining Gran Turismo series. Konami has a tough challenge ahead of them to knock that powerhouse out of the competition, indeed. While I am no expert on racing titles, my days of playing Need for Speed at home and Cruisin' USA in the now archaic arcades, qualify me with at least a learner's permit.
Summary: Enthusia tries hard to compete with Gran Turismo but it fails to match up in any part - this is not to say that it's a bad game because as racing games go this is comparable to the majority available and better than a lot of other options. Enthusia has a good selection of cars and tracks for you to play through and keeps a decent level of playability.
Excerpt: Gran Turismo, whilst peerless in the field of bringing meticulously rendered cars, with immaculate physics and tuning options, to console owners, has always suffered from a couple of problems. Firstly, the other racers never stray from their automaton-like predetermined paths. Secondly, it has always been possible in the series to win races and progress even though you used a few walls to help you round the racetrack.
Excerpt: So Gran Turismo 4 got released and the world didn’t change. In fact, the racing genre didn’t change that much. It was just another version of good old Gran Turismo with new cars, new tracks and shinier graphics – just like some of us expected it to be. That isn’t to say that it isn’t damned good, but it certainly isn’t the racing game to end all racing games – and Konami know it.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Enthusia is a game you want to like, despite all its problems. When it's not annoying the living bejeezus out of you it's actually quite intriguing. But too many little annoyances eventually take their toll. Great opening cinematic, though.
Excerpt: Ever have the feeling that you were the right person for a job in the right place, but it simply was the wrong time? You know, like the window for your unique take on a situation has come and gone? Guess what -- this tragic occurrence isn't solely restricted to people; games can suffer the same fate as well. Such is the case with the recent state of driving titles, where three separate companies tried to deliver THE racing game of 2005 with three oft-delayed products.