GT Pro Series Reader Review
I love this game.
I read ONLY bad things about GT Pro Series by UBIsoft before buying it, but something told me... this is a racing game with that does something different.
Have tried Lotus (PS2), NFS Underground 2 (PS2) , Juiced (PS2), Rally Pro (GC), Driven (GC) and more ... but they did not catch on. The game play was either to difficult or the game was more 'pimp up my car - 50 cent' than racing. Both something I don not rally relate to great racing.
I still find NFS3 for my PC from time to time - or dream of the Amiga's Lotus Turbo Challenge. That was racing where the race is in the center of action - and this is what this new racing game GT Pro Series does as well.
People wrote, that the graphics was low scale, no styling up the cars, music bad bad bad e.c.t.. And yes, they are so right, cause if this is what they were after, GT Pro Series is properly not the right game to play.
Here is what I feel GT Pro Series gives:
Game play is fantastic. The way the game is build up with small tournaments to participate in. One does not get outed of a race after failing once or twice. You have 6 retries before you have to redo the tournament. Nothing is hampered by long loading times. Actually sometimes one feels GT is just a bit too fast.
Graphics are cell-shaded, like the graphics in Zelda the Wind walker (GC) and it works so very well. It gives smooth graphics without too much 'static' and still leaves some to your imagination.
The menu system is brilliant. Both setup, garage and tournaments.
Sound is OK too. Fits the game play, graphics and more perfectly. Some is to be wished for the music, though. Just 10 tracks to choose from with 3 or 4 acceptable for me.
In the sound setup there seem to be is a glitch. You can not change the music track and then race afterwards. You keep going back to your player even when you press race.
The value of the game is in the beholder. What is it you want? Entertainment or a larger ego? GT Pro Series only does entertainment, but it does it well and if thats what you want, you can spend countless hours racing these tournaments and later joining in with up to 4 of your friends.
8 / 10