E3 '07: Project Gotham Racing 4 Impressions

We scour PGR4's most recent showing to bring you all the latest details on the next game in the popular racing series.

Forza Motorsport 2 is still tearing up the pavement, but racing fans already have a new game on the horizon to look forward to. That game is Project Gotham Racing 4, which was shown in trailer form as well as in a brief gameplay demo at Microsoft's E3 press conference.

The biggest and most obvious to the addition this time around is that you'll be able to ride a motorcycle for the first time in the series. Not only will you be able to ride motorcycles from Honda, Suzuki, Ducati, and more against other riders, but you'll also be able to go head-to-head with cars as well. This concept was demonstrated briefly in a high-speed race between a car and a motorcycle along the rain-soaked streets of Shanghai. Both the bike and the rider were nicely detailed, but most impressive were some of the bike-specific animations like wheelies and the rider gesturing to his opponents.

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There will be not only rain to deal with, but snow as well. Snow and rain are more than cosmetic additions--you'll have to change the way you drive in the elements or else you'll find yourself on the wrong end of a spinout.

Joining Shanghai in PGR4 are St. Petersburg and Macau, which will bring the number of cities in the game to 10. And lest you think Bizarre Creations has forgotten about the cars, 120 vehicles such as the classic Mini Cooper, Enzo Ferrari, and Dodge Viper will help ensure your garage is never wanting for vehicles.

Project Gotham Racing 3 had a full-featured online component that is still impressive to this day. PGR4 will build on the strong online component of its predecessor with PGR On Demand, which promises to let you share not only photos of your sweet rides, but video as well.

No solid release date was given, but Peter Moore indicated that every game shown during the conference would ship before the end of 2007.

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21 comments
lawbreaker1776
lawbreaker1776

its got to be better than that garbage that was forza. i'll never buy another forza.

Talldude80
Talldude80

looks pretty sweet, but seriously why would any car race a bike? In the first 1/4 mi you're already toast. Maybe a slow heavy bike against a formula1 car. lol

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I am such a fan of this series, I am definitely going to track this game

manutd087
manutd087

this game is gonna rock! im gettin it

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

It looks great. Can't wait to race in Shanghai.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I liked that demo they gave us, it looks like the game is going to be good

-DaNuTz-
-DaNuTz-

hmm ... can we race thouse cars ?

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

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selbie
selbie

Bikes with cars? :? Seems a little alkward to me. The game looks nice though.

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

PGR4 looks great. The new screens look great, and so did the gameplay at E3 last night.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

looks more impressive each time i see that trailer..

e1337prodigy
e1337prodigy

That's one thing I was thinking about in Forza 2, where is the realistic weather effects. Now there is a game that has it; and it even has bikes which is even better. Totally pointless racing against cars with bikes though. The bike should win most of the time (depending on bike and car)

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

the graphics were nice, but i wasn't impressed with the gameplay... could have been better.

astro64th
astro64th

Very, very nice for racing fans, even though that doesn't include me. :P Graphics were definitely impressive.

grambyte
grambyte

This really is looking nice. Not really into the 'bike thing', though I really liked the weather effects. Curious how that will affect the gameplay.