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.
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: 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.
Conclusion: It's a solid racer, sure, but in the world of killer sims and arcade racers alike, solid just isn't enough these days. Hopefully the follow-up will iron out the rough spots, because if they can, Konami has a really good racer on their hands.
Conclusion: Playing through the different modes is rewarding if you have the patience to master the sensitive controls and don�t mind being punished for poor driving, instead of rewarded for good. If Konami takes some of these concepts and reinvents them slightly, you could look at a seriously challenging series that could rival the big boys. Unfortunately though, with those other games on the market, this one winds up being merely above average.
Excerpt: Inevitably, comparisons to Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo series are going to made when talking about Enthusia. There's certainly a decent number of cars that Enthusia offers players—more than 200, in fact. It's possible to make some adjustments to the car, such as gear shift ratios, but the degree of customization isn't nearly as deep as you'd find playing a Gran Turismo game.