XBOX ONE Project Cars 2

Last updated date: August 29, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 70 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Project Cars 2 placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 20, 2019:
Checkout The Best Racing Game for a detailed review of all the top racing games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.4
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
10.0
2 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Features a number of factors that ensure that no 2 races are the same, like muddy surfaces, a 24-hour day cycle, and icy roadways.Includes 170 well-known cars., various race modes like oval and rallycross, and a hefty roster of racetracks.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
The weather system is both amazing and challenging. While playing Rallycross, which requires 6 races on the same course on the same day, there is often rain during the various sessions and you can clearly feel the difference.
- Kinglink Reviews
Nevertheless, Project Cars 2 is indeed a quality racer, one well worth the time of anyone looking for an ultra-realistic experience. Those coming in as casual racers may find the controls a little harsh, but the general nature of racing a high-performance car is certainly put into perspective, and that should be praised in any game looking to give a simulation experience
- The X Box Hub
September 30, 2017 | Full review
The combination of the weather and the new LiveTrack 3.0 engine is a game-changer. It changes everything. Even in optimal racing conditions, LiveTrack changes the way races need to be driven.
- True Achievements
Host of content, from hundreds of fully realised cars to a swathe of tracks and circuits to ride on with a number of game modes to work through.Outstanding visual and audio design, with an impressive level of depth in every area of the game. Each and every car feels unique, handling in their own particular way, like their real-world counterparts. Tracks also feel different, with an active weather system that changes the track, even localised areas of tracks, during a race. Customisation and modification options are extensive for every car, further differentiating them from each other
- WCCF Tech
What experts didn't like
Chances are pretty good that you're better driver than Al.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
The one big flaw of Project Cars 2 is that the simulation is not very fault tolerant. Your frame has a large effect on the experience.
- Kinglink Reviews
Online mode suffers performance issues
- True Achievements
Difficult to find idea settings for non-sim players where certain assists literally tear control from your hands. Career mode can lock you out if you enter a part that you're unable to complete, not allowing you to exit. Collision physics seem off, where minor collisions can literally send a car flying into the air Team Rocket style
- WCCF Tech

From The Manufacturer

Project CARS 2 is the next evolution in the award-winning racing series, featuring the most iconic cars under the most thrilling of conditions to deliver the “Ultimate Driver Journey” experience and adrenaline rush. Created by gamers, tested by world-class racing drivers, and the definitive choice of e-Sports pros – Project CARS 2 brings together the essence of real racing in the most beautiful, authentically crafted, and technically advanced racing game on the planet. Project CARS 2 has it all - from GT to touring cars to endurance prototypes and exotic hypercars – delivering the full spectrum of motorsport racing with complete freedom to choose what and where to drive. Anytime. Anywhere.

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 7
2. XBOX ONE Forza Horizon 2
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
3. XBOX 360 Need For Speed Rivals
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
4. XBOX ONE Project Cars 2
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
5. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 7
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
6. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 5
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
7. XBOX ONE DiRT 4
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
8. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 6
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 6
9. XBOX ONE ONRUSH
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
10. PS4 DriveClub
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Racing Games

There’s no doubt that you’ve seen car commercials where the car moves at top speed through mountain roads or races through the desert. As the commercial ends, tiny print at the bottom of the screen appears: “Do not attempt.” 

Most of us would never try to drift around an airplane runway at night, but why should stunt drivers have all the fun? Racing video games can give you the same thrills and chills without the risk.

Today’s titles have unbelievable graphics that make you feel like you’re right there, speeding through gorgeous settings featuring British castles or rolling Irish hills. Realistic, dynamic weather and thoughtful soundtracks add an extra layer of shine on the latest games. 

There are two major sub-genres of racing games, and most players prefer one or the other. Simulation racers are designed to be as realistic as possible. The cars respond with physics that mimic real-life driving in an open-world setting. (Open world means that you’re not limited by a closed racetrack. You can drive off-road and you’ll never hit a wall where the graphics end.) Some people find these games more difficult to play, but diehard car and racing fans love them. The Forza Horizon series has some of the most popular simulation racing games

Arcade-style racing games put less emphasis on realistic controls and focus on creating the most enjoyable race possible for a general audience. You’re usually confined to a track, but the games are loaded with extras like weapons, boosters and ramps for trick jumps. The controls are usually easier to pick up. The Mario Kart series is one example of arcade-style games. 

Some games straddle the line between simulation and arcades, with ramps, missions and off-road activities hidden throughout an open-world environment. They usually have unlockable levels and fun extras to keep you playing. 

Both simulation games and arcade games have more options for cars, drivers and customization than ever before. You can choose from hundreds of vehicles, like Ferraris, Audis and Beamers. Online playing expands your gaming world, connecting you with friends and challenging players across the globe.

Now that you’ve got a solid grasp of racing games, zip on over to our Tips & Advice section to help you choose the perfect one.

DYWM Fun Fact

Racing games, or “racers,” have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1970s.  The first car-based racing game was Atari’s “Gran Trak 10,” released in 1974. It was a single-player, black-and-white game where users raced a car around a dotted racetrack. 

The graphics weren’t much to look at, but players were wowed by the game’s included steering wheel, gear shift and pedals. You earned points by passing through certain parts of the course, and you played against a countdown timer. A black box in the center of the course represented an oil slick.

Despite the rudimentary graphics and sound effects, “Gran Trak 10” was tough to master. Spinning out and crashing into the side of the track were almost inevitable. The game was still an arcade favorite, and some lucky players across the globe still have the full arcade boxes as collectibles.

The Racing Game Buying Guide

  • First off, consider what gaming system you use before you buy. Most games are built to run on multiple systems, but there can be subtle differences between the controls and features from console to console. Make sure that you’re okay with any user differences on your console. 
  • Next, you’ll want to think about whether you’re looking for an arcade racer or a simulation racer. If you want to pull off high jumps, drifts and other tricks while you attack your fellow racers, look for an arcade racer. If you’re more concerned with realistic driving in gorgeous outdoor settings, a simulation racer is the right pick. 
  • The controls in some games are easier to pick up than in others. In general, arcade-style games have simpler controls and are friendlier to general interest players or kids. Simulation-style games rely on accurate physics, so their controls will be closer to an actual driving experience. They’re better for older players or serious racing game junkies.
  • Customization options abound in modern racing games. Some games let you modify every detail of a car down to the lug nut, while others just let you switch colors or models. Drivers can also be modified, or you can choose from a roster of professional racers. Pick a game with plenty of modification possibilities if that’s something you really want.
  • Today’s racing games offer far more than laps around a track. Face-off races, where you challenge other players online, can create a new challenge every time. You can also play against your old times in some games, or earn new cars or abilities if you master tricks or beat off-road challenges. Choose a game the type of add-ons that will keep you playing.
  • Racers take place almost entirely online. The type of server that each game has will affect how quickly it loads and how well it performs. For the fastest experience, look for a game that has a dedicated server. That means that the server is only used for gameplay and doesn’t waste bandwidth on other things like connected e-commerce stores. 
  • The speed of your home internet will also factor into how quickly your game loads and how smooth your experience is. Check out how much bandwidth each game requires and make sure your current Internet plan matches.