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I don't know what to think anymore. PGR3 was my favorite for a long time. But I beat Forza Motorsport 2 (took almost 200 hours), and I'm so used to the more realistic driving now, that the PGR series seems like a cartoon. Graphically hands down PGR4 is the best. Forza looks great, but it's not the same.
My biggest beef is probably minor to most, but it's the menu system in PGR4, it's not very intuitive and didn't make sense. I didn't have a real sense of progress. The worst part is you really don't get any choice what track you race, where as PGR3 you pick whatever car whatever track once it's been beaten. I also liked the music and locations better in PGR3.
Most people who like the PGR series will like this game because it adds the other elements (rain, snow, bikes), but they aren't very fun because it's not realistic, and rarely do you play in the sun anymore. I found the 'normal' difficulty setting more difficult than past games. Seems almost perfect (maybe a little too tough).
I found the non-street racing tasks to be annoying this go around, I'd rather just race which is nice about Forza. Neither game is perfect. A mix of the two would be awesome, but I don't know that we'll see that.
The graphics are fantastic. The car selection is pretty good, lots of very nice cars. Using bikes in the game with cars adds a nice touch.
But, as with all of these type of games the actual driving is unrealistic. If you like arcade racers then you will enjoy this. If you love sim based games like me, don't bother with it. If the 'physics' were at least consistent it would be okay, but they are not.
PGR4 seems to have been lost in all the great games that have been coming out for the 360 lately. It plays the same as the last PGR game on the 360 but now it has a lot of weather effects. The weather will change from rain to snow in the middle of a race and the conditions affect handling drastically. The game also features a sort of World tour as the single player. You play through the calender with races several days through the months. While playing the single player you increase your world rank against the other computer players. As you get to the higher ranks, you open new events to compete in. I really enjoyed this new addition to the game.
There are so many cars and bikes to choose from. The physics and handling of each vehicle is unique and adds to the challenge and re-playability of the game. And they're not all the latest either - lots of classics, as well as very special cars such as the DeLorean, the Atom, and even the Tesla.
Overall, if you liked the last PGR or if you are a racing game fan, this is a game you should definitely pick up.