Another day, another excuse to pen some words about how good Project Gotham Racing 4 is! Well, we have a legitimate excuse anyway, as PGR4 has just ticked over the 15-year-old mark; the title released way back on October 2nd, 2007. Can you believe that?!
We can't either, but as the months and years pass us by, the Xbox 360 era is starting to feel increasingly 'retro', which is a bit of a scary thought. Anyway, enough about scary thoughts, let's talk positive ones; PGR4 is still an incredible racer to this very day!
Over the last couple of months, we've been dipping back into Bizarre Creations' tight closed-circuit racer, and have been having a ton of fun while doing so. Forza Horizon 5 just hasn't grabbed this writer in a way the series has in recent years, so that's been a good excuse to revisit some older Xbox racing games, this one in particular!
Of course, when going back to PGR4 there are things we miss about modern racing games. For instance, it takes some getting used to 30FPS input lag again, especially for a fast-paced racer like this one. We would have loved a backwards compatible FPS Boost effort here, but alas, we'll have to settle for the Xbox 360 version for the foreseeable!
Still, even with a few technical shortcomings this game remains so much fun to play in 2022. From the varied and dynamic city courses to the extensive vehicle list and the neatly constructed career mode, PGR4 is a lovely breath of fresh air in this day and age. It also helps that the game's driving physics, especially its impeccable handling model, hold up so well for a game of that era. You've probably heard it from us before but alas, we'd love for PGR to return in some fashion on modern platforms!
Anyway, we simply deemed this game worth another mention on its 15th birthday as we miss the series dearly. Happy birthday to you PGR4, you're still a coupe-load of fun in 2022!
Will you be playing some PGR4 to celebrate its anniversary? We bloody well hope so!