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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