Project Gotham Racing 3 is an arcade-style racing game that was released with the launch of the XBOX 360 On Nov 25 2005!
PGR3 offers players four cities to race through: Tokyo, Las Vegas, New York and London, as well as the Nürburgring.
PGR3 features 80 licensed cars from over 30 manufacturers such as Ferrari, Dodge and Lamborghini.
In PGR2 the car models were comprised of 10,000 polygons and damage looks like it was made of clay, but with the next generation hardware's power Bizarre's modelers have been able to put as many as 105,000 polygons worth of detail into the cars, although it was initially stated that most cars comprise of 80,000- with 40,000 of those being spent on the exterior and the remaining 40,000 on the interior, Bizarre issued a statement of apology stating that the average polygons per car is actually closer to 96,000. The increased polygon count allows for smoother, less jagged-shaped cars than in earlier games. Of the 80 cars in the game, 71 are unlocked and available for play at the start of a new game, while the remaining 9 (prototypes, one-offs, and concept) cars are left for the player to unlock after attaining a new rank in their career count of earned Kudos.
On April 14, 2006 Bizarre made the PGR3 Speed Pack containing 12 new cars available for download on the Xbox Live Marketplace. On May 22, 2006 Bizarre and Microsoft formed an advertising deal with Cadillac to feature four of Cadillac's cars in PGR3, all available on Live Marketplace for free (three were also available in-game for free). On July 12, 2006, the third downloadable car pack for PGR3, the Style Pack was released with a total of twelve cars and made available for a small number of points.
Unlike PGR2, where new cars were bought using Kudos Tokens (gained by reaching accumulated Kudos milestones known as Kudos Ranks), new cars are bought with virtual cash (credits) in PGR3. Credits are gained by winning online races, earning Kudos, which are like style points and winning offline tournaments. The cars in the game retail for their rough real-world showroom value.
Also unlike PGR2, there are no Porsches to be found, apart from one which can be purchased once on has earned 90,000 "Kudos" in career mode.But to make up for the lack of Porsches, Porsche-based RUF is used, originally reserved for Gran Turismo. This is due to the licensing agreement between Porsche and Electronic Arts games.
Similar to its prequels, each car in PGR3 is allocated to a specific class. There are five classes, A through E, the high performance cars being Class A, and the low performance cars in Class E.
PGR3 allows multiplayer offline with up to two players on one Xbox 360 console or more players via system link. PGR3 offers online integrated scoreboards for single player career events as well as Time Trials and test track times.
Gamers with Xbox Live Gold are able to race with up to seven other competitors in races online. Online career (ranked) and playtime (unranked) are both offered as online multiplayer modes. Scoreboards also track standings for online career.
PGR3 also allows for online tournaments, the first of which was the PGR3 Global Tournament, won by a Swedish player.
PGR3 has a new feature known as GothamTV. With this, gamers connected to the Xbox Live service are able to watch selected online career races. Live ticker-tape information is also available providing information on when top racers are on GothamTV or when a gamer breaks track records. Up to 30,000 Xbox Live spectators are able to watch a selected race.
Kudos once again play an important part in Project Gotham. Kudos points are given for stylish driving, for example sliding around a corner, taking a good line around that corner, or getting two or four wheels off the ground. Different sets of points can be linked using a combo, by performing more stylish maneuvers before the Kudos become 'banked' (in PGR2 this cut-off time was 2 seconds). When combos are linked up, you are given a bonus for keeping them linked together, and this builds up to huge amounts if the combo is held for a substantial length of time. This bonus is however lost if the player crashes into any barriers, though the base Kudos (all but the combo bonus) are kept.
PGR3 is also included in the Championship Gaming Series.