Project Gotham Racing

Project Gotham Racing

Project Gotham Racing is the first in Bizarre Creations' successful racing franchise. The game was a spiritual successor to Metropolis Street Racer and focused on driving with style, introducing a Kudos system that scored the player on their skills behind the wheel.


Project Gotham Racing is the first installment in the incredibly successful arcade racing franchise for the Xbox. Developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Microsoft Game Studios, this Xbox launch title became one of the best selling games for the console selling over 2 million units worldwide and one of the most recognizable franchise for Microsoft. This game is the spiritual successor to the Dreamcast's Metropolis Street Racer.

The game's most distinct feature is the Kudos system, whereby players earn points for driving with style and precision. Kudos are awarded for performing feats such as powersliding, 360s, navigating areas without damage, etc. The game also features a Tony Hawk-esque combo system whereby performing a series of stunts in quick succession allows the player to multiply the number of kudos earned. This encourages both speed and accuracy in that driving quickly allows the player to string together large combo points, but crashing causes the player to lose a significant number of points in his current combo.

The game sits between pure arcade and simulation style driving in terms of handling and physics. The game was notable in its time in that although it featured around thirty cars, fewer than in many other racing game, it was able to secure the coveted Ferrari and Porche licenses. The game also featured a damage model for its licensed vehicles, which didn't affect handling but could affect the cars aesthetically during a race.

The game features over 200 tracks set in four cities: San Francisco, New York City, London, and Tokyo. The game also include nighttime racing and a weather system, which can affect both visibility and handling.

Game Modes

The game features a variety of both single player and multiplayer modes. Quick Race is most similar to other racing games in that finishing in the top three positions allows the player to advance to the next level. Arcade Race involves the player driving through an obstacle course of cones in meet a quota of Kudos. Time Attack allows the player to race in any unlocked track to achieve better and better times. An unlockable Medal Pursuit mode enables the player to unlock additional vehicle colors by completing certain challenges.

Kudos Challenge is the heart of the game. This mode features thirteen levels of increasing difficulty, each level featuring a number of challenges. Challenges include one-on-one racing events, time trials, lap challenges, and more. Each challenge featured adjustable objectives; for example, in a street race, a player could attempt a minimum of third place, but could choose to go for first in order to increase the number of Kudos earned after the race. These Kudos are combined with the points earned over the course of the race to determine the player's overall score and advancement. At later difficulty levels the player must both complete more difficult objectives and simultaneously earn style points during a challenge in order to meet the quota for advancement.

The game also features a split-screen multiplayer mode for up to four players. Players can compete either for the best position or greatest number of Kudos during a race. Multiplayer options include track setting, time of day, and ambient weather.

Car List

  • MINI Cooper S
  • Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK 320
  • Volkswagen New Beetle RSi
  • Audi TT Roadster
  • Audi TT Coupe
  • BMW Z3 3.0i
  • Mazda RX-8
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS
  • Porsche Boxster S
  • Opel Speedster
  • Ford Focus Cosworth
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII
  • Subaru Impreza WRX
  • Panoz Esperante
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R
  • Lotus Exige
  • Ferrari F355 Spider
  • Ferrari 355 F1
  • Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
  • Dodge Viper GTS
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Delfino Feroce
  • Ferrari 360 Spider
  • Ferrari 360 Modena
  • TVR Tuscan
  • Dodge Viper RT-10
  • Porsche 911 GT2
  • Porsche Carrera GT
  • Ferrari F50

Cities & Districts

San Francisco

  • Financial District
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Pacific Heights


  • St. James's Park
  • Trafalgar
  • Westminster


  • Asakusa
  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku

New York City

  • Central Park
  • Times Square
  • Wall Street