GTR Evolution Review
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System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: SimBin Development Team 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SimBin Studios AB 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 2, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-28 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Among the game’s multitude of realistic aspects, changing weather patterns that affect driving conditions, collision damage that looks cool and can impact how your vehicle handles, and a customizable pit are key components to the racing experience. In the garage, you can even modify and fine-tune your ride by adjusting stats to affect suspension, performance, and other settings to gain the edge over the competition.

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It takes seconds to pick up the keyboard controls, but keeping your car on the race track – even under the clearest skies and the best road conditions – is no easy task in GTR Revolution. This is where the physics begin to impact the gameplay. Anyone coming into the game with prior experience with other racing games featuring very unforgiving, true-to-life car control should be able to get a handle on the situation here without much fuss. However, this is not an entry-level racing game by any means. Even on the novice realism setting, which allows for automatic shifting and stabilizing guides, these racing machines don’t drive themselves. You have to watch your speed around every single curve, take care not to accidentally tip another car the wrong way, and be wary of the forces of gravity. Failing to do so will send you spinning wildly out of control far more often than you’ll enjoy. Once you end up wiped out in the grass, caught on the loose gravel, or bashed up against a guardrail, it’s very hard to make your way back to the track and impossible to recover. Unfortunately, it seems even the slightest touch of a feather or gentle breeze has such an impact.

Hardcore racing fans will likely get a big kick out of the immense challenge presented by the quality physics and the satisfaction that comes with mastering them. For the rest of us, the process is likely to cause some serious irritation. Flip the reality meter to pro, and it becomes damn near impossible to keep the car on the track beyond the first sharp turn. Blowing donuts and smearing rubber lines into the concourse is fun, but that’s not particularly useful when you’re being lapped by every other opponent in the competition.

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In the proper hands, the game can be a breeding ground for racing bliss. GTR Represents racing simulation realism at its absolute best, even if that means it sacrifices accessibility and broader appeal for general gamers. At a price of $19.99, you certainly can’t get much better than this.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Awesome graphics and realistic visuals throughout the entire racing experience.
3.3
Control
Super responsiveness and hyper-realism are great if you’re a racing game pro, but the basic settings are still quite tough for a beginner to handle.
4.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sound effects really add to the realism
3.9
Play Value
Tons of cars and lots of tracks to race on, but a career mode would have been a nice touch.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • In total, 49 Unique cars in 12 classes with over 500 variations. GTR Evolution, with RACE 07, combines the elements of racing with touring cars, GT cars, formula cars, and sports cars.  
  • 19 tracks, over 40 different layouts, including the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. From the streets of Macau to the straights of Monza or the Karussell on the Nürburgring Nordschleife; GTR Evolution combined with RACE 07 has them all, closely modeled after their real-life examples.  
  • GT Championship Frenzy. 26 brand new GT car models in four different classes, including a selection of exclusive production cars.  
  • WTCC Extreme Cars. Evolution concept cars developed together with the car manufacturers of the WTCC. Rear Wheel Drive, over 600hp in 1000kg cars with extended body-kits; these beasts will give GT cars a run for their money.


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