Nearly a year after it was announced last May, Konami has finally given a US release date of May 3 for Enthusia Professional Racing, its realistic racer for the PlayStation 2. Enthusia puts players in the driver's seat of 50 different cars...and that's just to start with. More than 200 automobiles become available as gamers rack up "enthu" points for skillful driving. The game is rated "E" for Everyone and will carry an MSRP of $39.99.
In Enthusia, players spend most of their time racing rather than souping up their cars. Konami focused on re-creating real-life vehicle physics, and the game sports a proprietary Visual Gravity System to give players a feel for the G forces involved. In the driving revolution mode, drivers must slalom through a series of gates at designated speeds to test their mettle.
The Ford Motor Company is sponsoring a preview of Enthusia at the Chicago Auto Show, February 11 to 20, and at the New York Auto Show, March 25 to April 3. At each event, players can test-drive a demo of the game featuring the 2005 Ford Mustang GT and the 2005 Ford GT, both of which are available in the full version of Enthusia.
For more on Enthusia Professional Racing, see GameSpot's previous coverage.