There's nothing clever about the current rash of street racing and showy driving. Well before all the pimping, before the Need for Speed Undergrounds and even before the Burnouts, we were all playing Metropolis Street Racer on the Dreamcast.
The people at Bizarre Creations learned about racing games making their successful F1 games for the PlayStation. MSR was a much more ground breaking kettle of fish, though, awarding players 'kudos' points for flashy driving as they raced through the streets of London Tokyo and San Francisco. It didn't hurt that the soundtrack was written by Outrun music legend Richard Jacques either.
As the Xbox eclipsed the poor, hard done by Dreamcast, it was decided that this was the ideal new home for Bizarre racing game. Two versions of the re-christened Project Gotham Racing came out for the Xbox, the second of which sported desirable Xbox Live! support.
So it won't surprise those browsing shelves filled with software for the new Xbox 360 console to see the supercar-emblazoned mush of Project Gotham 3 peeking mischievously out at them. If you've managed to miss the screenshots released on the internet throughout the year, take it from us that this is one beautiful, jaw-droppingly shiny and lovely videogame. Online and offline modes have been improved and expanded to allow you to tailor your racing experience. Select any one of the dreamy supercars on offer and get closer than ever to your mechanised icons. You'll discover that every detail of the cars, down to the dashboards inside, is faithfully modelled. The cities are no less impressive, and your tour of the world takes you through photorealistic reconstructions of anywhere from New York to Tokyo. And of course there's the good old kudos system, rewarding you at every turn for flamboyance and panache. Let's not beat about the bush, PGR3 is the absolute must have 360 launch title and there's just no arguing about it.