I reviewed the original Project CARS when it initially launched on PS4 and since then, Bandai Namco have released a GOTY Edition with new content and features that aim to help the game be everything that it promised to be. I’ve been a bit (well, a lot) slow at getting this review out but one thing I’ve noticed is that this game has remained popular and it’s a name I’ve seen around a lot since its release.
I’m not going to go quite into as much detail as I usually would because you can read my original review here and I don’t want to repeat a lot of the same points, but what you want to know is what makes the GOTY different and if it’s worth picking up – it’s definitely tempting at some of the stellar prices it’s been recently! Overall I’d recommend it quite easily to anybody looking for a solid racing simulator, and even someone like me who isn’t into racing simulators could find enjoyment here. The gameplay itself is tight, responsive and the weight and feel of each individual car is unique, meaning I played pretty well and not quite so well in others!
What’s new here are dozens of new cars and tracks, more community-created liveries and available DLC is included on-disc. As expected by the name, this is essentially the definitive edition of Project CARS and so if you’ve purchased the bulk of the DLC then chances are this doesn’t have a whole lot to offer for you. For those who never played the original version or never picked up the DLC, then it’s worth buying the GOTY edition as it really does pack a whole new slew of content and whilst I’m not very familiar with cars in general, I can appreciate the detail that’s gone into each vehicle. One thing I still really like that was present in the original is the ‘Twitter’ feed that plays during the career which sees fictional people comment on your performance in each race – it’s just a neat little feature which put a smile on my face.
If you’re already familiar with Project CARS then you already realise that it’s a gorgeous game with life-like vehicles and beautiful, varied scenery with some outstanding lighting and weather effects. That hasn’t changed here and stretches to even more maps and vehicles so even if you aren’t very much into racing, you’ll still be able to easily admire the views as this is arguably one of the most visually impressive games on PS4. I might not be the best driver around but it’s easy to come back to when the game looks this good – hopefully you can see this in the screenshots provided as I spent a long time choosing them!
Sticking to its goal of wanting to be a racing simulator made for driving fanatics and made by driving fanatics, the audio is authentic with only the noise of the cars and weather to accompany you. I can’t quite appreciate it on the same level as those who are truly passionate about cars could do, but I can respect the level of detail and care that was required to bring Project CARS to life. What little music that is present is fine too, but it’s not a big aspect of the overall game.
Project CARS GOTY Edition is well worth getting if you’re interested in the game and never played the original, and might even be worth picking up instead of picking up the DLC individually at this point. It doesn’t change a whole lot from the original game otherwise and maybe I’m just more familiar with racing simulators now, but I found myself having more fun this time around. At the low price it usually is nowadays, it’s easy to recommend.