iainl Posted October 30, 2003 Report Share Posted October 30, 2003 The new UK version of the official magazine has a playable demo of PGR2 on it this month, and so I took it for a spin last night. Anyway, here are my initial impressions from about 45 minutes of playing: The first big change is the way the different medals work. Rather than adjusting your goal time/score/position to increase or decrease the bonus you'll get (which was the only real way to get good enough kudos for a gold or silver in PGR), you now have the far simpler method of choosing just from 5 different options of goals. You're picking your medal aim straight off (pass through to platinum medal) rather than having a nebulous kudos idea; I'm not sure how I feel about that really. Once you're actually in a game, its literally like night and day compared to the first one. Even with the daytime races on PGR and particularly MSR the game looked dull and overcast - PGR2's three demo courses were all bathed in sunlight and very bright indeed. Slightly washed out, in fact, which makes driving a lot easier but I don't think looks that wonderful. Another change is the car handling. I don't know if its just because the three cars in the demo are all supercharged fancy things, and I'm more used to the slower cars in PGR, but they are all seriously twitchy; full throttle with anything like a serious turn and you'll be facing backwards very easily, and over-correcting is a constant problem. I got used to it fairly quickly though, and it does mean that kudos-cranking slides come naturally. Finally for now, they've tweaked the Kudos meter even further towards being generous to minor mistakes. Now if you clip a wall on your 5th trick of a combo you don't lose the whole lot, but just get the straight scores of the last 4 without the accompanying combo bonus. All in all, its more of the same with some tweaks though, and as I've still not got that far through PGR (I gave up on getting far in MSR years ago) I think I'll be waiting based on this, basically because I don't know the new cities like I do London, New York or San Francisco. Besides, F-Zero arrives next week, and I'm neck deep in Soul Calibur II as well... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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