Project Gotham Racing

For the series, see Project Gotham Racing (series).
Project Gotham Racing

North American Xbox cover art
Developer(s) Bizarre Creations
Publisher(s) Microsoft
Series Project Gotham Racing
Engine Proprietary
Platform(s) Xbox
Release date(s)
  • NA: November 15, 2001
  • JP: February 22, 2002
  • EU: March 14, 2002
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Project Gotham Racing (PGR) is a racing game, the first in its series, developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Microsoft for the Xbox gaming console.

The first title in the franchise, Project Gotham Racing, is an Xbox launch title that quickly became the second best-selling game for the console after Halo: Combat Evolved. PGR is a spiritual successor to the Sega Dreamcast game Metropolis Street Racer. PGR is as of July 12, 2010 compatible with the Xbox 360 through a downloadable update.


PGR differs from most racing games in that winning a race does not necessarily mean the player advances to the next round; instead advancement in PGR requires both driving fast enough to meet the challenge set, and scoring enough Kudos points to advance. Kudos points are gained through the player's driving skills, such as power sliding around a corner at speed, or overtaking NPCs in the race. There are four world cities realistically recreated, including San Francisco, London, Tokyo and New York City.


Aggregate scores
Review scores
Game Informer8.5/10[6]
Game RevolutionB[8]
OXM (US)9/10[13]

Project Gotham Racing received positive reviews. It received a score of 87.32% on GameRankings[1] and 85/100 on Metacritic.[2]

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has described Project Gotham as his favorite video game.[14]

Because of the success of the Project Gotham Racing" series, Guinness World Records awarded the series six world records in the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008. These records include, "Most Complex Car Models in a Racing Game", "Largest Licensed Soundtrack Included in a Racing Game", and "Most Complex Race Environment" for the New York City area of PGR3. The Brooklyn Bridge alone is made up from over one million polygons.


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  4. EGM Staff (January 2002). "Project Gotham Racing". Electronic Gaming Monthly (151): 229.
  5. Bramwell, Tom (2002-03-25). "Project Gotham Racing Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  6. Brogger, Kristian (December 2001). "Project Gotham Racing". Game Informer (104): 100. Archived from the original on 2003-12-01. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  7. Four-Eyed Dragon (2001-11-15). "Project Gotham Racing Review for Xbox on". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  8. G-Wok (November 2001). "Project Gotham Racing Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  9. Ajami, Amer (2001-11-13). "Project Gotham Racing Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  10. Padilla, Raymond "Psylancer" (2001-11-14). "Project Gotham Racing (Xbox)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 2004-12-28. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  11. Bedigian, Louis (2002-02-19). "Project Gotham Racing Review - Xbox". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  12. Lopez, Vincent (2001-11-09). "Project Gotham Racing". IGN. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  13. "Project Gotham Racing". Official Xbox Magazine. December 2001.
  14. p2pnet news » Blog Archive » Bill Gates - Microsoft recruiter
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