Reviews for GTR 2 FIA GT Racing Game
A amazing racing sim that will get your heart racingBlockAgent | March 17, 2014 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »
Everything from the sounds of the tires on the pavement to the switches on the dashes are perfectly realistic in this game. The cars handle like they would in real life and the racing is exciting! Graphics are very beautiful too. The racing is fun as is just tooling around in the cars doing donuts and listening to the engines rev to redline. Everything in this game is perfectly executed. Very highly recommend this to anyone who likes cars or racing.
A great, hardcore sim for those seeking realismsimracer007 | Dec. 23, 2013 | See all simracer007's reviews »
On the face of it, this racing game may just seem like any other - but it's far from it. I am sure that there are many people out there playing run-of-the-mill "arcade" racing games such as GRID (which although impressive is far from realistic), who are craving more realism. Well to those people, I welcome them to the world of sim racing.
GTR2 by Simbin is one of the many titles based on the gMotor 2 engine. It may be outdated now, but it is a trusted physics engine which creates very realistic physics. The gMotor 2 engine is perhaps best known for powering rFactor, and it's highly expensive, industry-standard brother rFactor Pro. And when I say industry standard, I am referring to the Formula 1 industry - many F1 teams employ rFactor Pro to run their simulators.
This may sound like a review promoting rFactor rather than GTR2, however there are several problems with rFactor. Most importantly, it was designed to rely on the modding community for content, which is great except for the fact that sifting through all the rubbish to find the diamonds is a massive pain. The AI is also not very good, a problem which tends to be even worse with the community made content.
GTR2, on the other hand, has fantastic default content. The GT cars feel great to drive, realistic yet approachable. Even more importantly, GTR2 still has modding capabilities, so there is community content out there if you want to diversify. Perhaps most significantly, Simbin have authorised the creation of the Power & Glory mod, which adds many historic cars from GT Legends (another Simbin game) and others created by modders to GTR2. This mod previously required a copy of GT Legends to install it (due to the use of cars from the game), but now everyone is free to use it. GTR2's AI is much better too, and it can be a great challenge set to the right level. There are also several features completely non-existant in many other sims, such as a driving school to help new and experienced racers alike improve, as well as the ability to save mid-race, especially helpful for those wishing to tackle a 24 hour race at home, but not all in one go.
There are however a few drawbacks. Like rFactor, there is no changeable weather system (however there is a community made solution which I have not tried but some may), and the graphics are outdated in all aspects - although this does mean it will run smoothly on older or lower-end systems at high framerates. Perhaps most significantly, a wheel and pedal set is really required to properly enjoy the sim, something which is far more expensive than the game itself, however a good quality set such is really an investment to be used with other sims as well.
GTR2 may be outdated graphically, but nowadays it is a bargain that cannot be missed for those wishing to start sim racing.
Stern but rewardingnemesis44uk | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all nemesis44uk's reviews »
I have played most racing sims since Indianapolis 500 on the Amiga back in '92. Race On, Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix series, Indycar Racing series, Nascar Racing, Rfactor 2 etc
GTR 2 is one of the finest racing sims out there. The handling of these GT beasts must be done with caution, especially when you are racing in the dark, in the rain, mid-pack with just a couple of inches between you and the next car.
As a result, I cannot recommend this game enough. It will punch you in the face and ask for your lunch money, although there is a percentile difficulty adjustment, which makes it a dream to find the best AI opponents for you.
The menu screens are outdated and a little clunky, but this is a seriously great game.