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E3 2004: Enthusia: Professional Racing Impressions

  Debuting at E3, Konamiís recently talked about Gran Turismo-killer didnít leave a very good impression with us. Enthusia: Professional Racing is a game that hopes to achieve the same sort of success that Gran Turismo has. While the physics looked incredibly impressive -- as Konami was running footage comparing their physics engine to real lifeóultimately, the game felt far too slow. The steering wheel Konami had set up was pretty intricate and featured a turn radius of an actual steering wheel.

   Even though the steering wheel looked good, it was unbelievably unresponsive. It couldíve either been a problem with the gameís early code or the steering wheelís calibration. All three units felt like this, so it wasnít just a specific kiosk. Visually, Enthusia looked pretty solid. The lighting wasnít on par with Gran Turismo 4, but the car models were rather detailed. The environments reminded us a bit of Project Gotham Racing, though they werenít nearly as good looking. The game seemed to handle a bit on the sloppy side, but once again, that couldíve been the steering wheelís fault. Despite a weak first showing at E3, Enthusia displays a lot of potential, especially considering how early the game is. Currently, Konami is planning on shipping Enthusia sometime in 2005.

5/13/2004 Arnold Katayev

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