July 24, 2006

GTR FIA Racing 2 – Demo Video

It's been out 3 whole days now and I've not shown off a video of myself pounding around Barcelona in a Lamborghini yet, so well, here it is.

GTR2

Download video here (32MB, Xvid)

The ghost in the video above is of Henrik Roos, an actual FIA GT racer whos idea it was to develop the original GTR (he's a bit good at the game…) More info

Overall I'm pretty impressed with the demo, the physics do feel a lot tighter than with the original, and the overall presentation of the game is of a higher standard. The graphics are certainly a step up from GTR1, but are probably about on par with GTL, giving ammunition to those that are just calling GTR2 – "GTL with GTR's cars". The sound, as always with the GT franchise is truly superb, you can tell they've been and recorded every car throughout it's entire engine range, and it shows. The AI haven't been glaringly boring so far, you see cars jostling with each other for position, and even spinning out when making rather too bold overtaking maneuvers.

What of course the demo is missing is multiplayer, but you can forgive Simbin this since historically the netcode/multiplayer has been poor, and it's almost certainly not in a finished state.

September is going to be quite a month for my wallet given some of the titles coming out, including, but not limited to:

  • Settlers 2 – 10th Anniversary (PC)
  • Test Drive Unlimited (X360)
  • GTR2 (PC)
  • Rainbow Six Vegas (PC or 360)
  • Computer Science 3rd Year (RealLife)

Sigh.


- 2 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. Ay, caramba! I remember spending many happy hours staring at the brilliance of the original GTR demo…this might be enough motivation to tidy up enough space to hook up the FFB wheel again…

    24 Jul 2006, 20:14

  2. Wydarr

    Hi there!
    I have tried the demo myself for a couple of hours and I must say that I am bewildered.
    I have played realisting racing sims (Toca Race Driver 2 and 3, and LFS which in my humble opinion are quite good), and I do know that without being “competitive” I get my way around the computer opponents even under the most realistic conditions. I have a Thrustmaster Enzo FF wheel, and I must say that, the DEMO seems awful to me (or is it just a bad configuration?) The cars are jittery, the turning radius is NOTHING compared to what i saw in your movie, and the overall feeling is that the sim is EXTREMELY unforgiving, even at very small speeds. Furthermore, when I watched your video i was under the impression that there was a totally different control method than the one I have on my version. If you have some useful advice, please let me know.
    Many thanks, Wydarr, Romania.

    16 Sep 2006, 19:27


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