G1 Jockey 4 Review for PS2

On: PS2
The sport of kings
The sport of kings

The sport of kings

If you were to make a sports game and had free reign to take your pick, it's unlikely that you'd pick horse racing. For most people horse racing is probably considered gambling, with little attention being given to the skill of the jockey or the thought behind breeding horses. To say G1 Jockey 4 is a niche title, then, is perhaps making the G1 Jockey series seem less obscure than it actually is. This hasn't stopped the game appearing on UK shores, and it even includes a novel controller attachment that helps create a more realistic racing experience.

Most people will probably dive straight into racing, enticed by the strange piece of plastic that fixes to both analogue sticks of the Dual Shock 2 controller. Once you've managed to attach it and begin a race, things won't be as exciting as you might have hoped. While other racing titles require the use of tactics to some extent, in G1 Jockey 4 how you perform is really all about the decisions you make while on the track. The control system is simple, yet undeniably tricky to master, and winning races isn't easy.

There's a fairly comprehensive training section that eases you into things, but when you get on the course there's still a lot to remember and keep note of. If you fancy breeding your own horse you can do that too, with tiny details available if you're into that kind of thing - it is effectively as complex as you want it to be. Creating a horse and then training it through to its first victory is a rewarding experience, but it certainly won't appeal to the mod-crazy, Pimp My Ride crowd.

Presentation is rather basic, but horses and jockeys are well modelled and move well. There's nothing flashy about things, but it's more than serviceable. The one real disappointment is in the number of horses that can appear in races, which is less than the maximum that can race in many of the big real-life events. The controller add-on is worthy of another mention as it really adds to the experience, but existing fans of the series may well prefer to opt for the original control method.

Riding is actually trickier than it looks

Riding is actually trickier than it looks

Like all good sports games, G1 Jockey is easy to get into, but will take a long time to master. It also has an addictive quality, despite its less than thrilling premise and presentation. Online functionality could have resulted in quite a strong community growing up around the game, with players competing in racing leagues and trading horses, but that wasn't to be this time around.

A horse racing game is a hard sell, and if you aren't mad keen on the sport there's really no point investing in G1 Jockey 4. If you do have an interest in horse racing you'll probably already be aware of the series and picked this up already, but if you haven't, it's probably the best game horse racing sim you're going to get over here in the UK.

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tj

ive been looking for this game for a year already unfortunately i cant find any in the philippines.can anyone sell me their copy of the game? iam a horse raacing fan by the way.
Posted 02:34 on 18 October 2008
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kenneth

where can you buy that game?
Posted 10:52 on 11 February 2008
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Josh

I have played G1 Jockey 1 and it is exiciting once you get stuck into it,highly addictive might I say to. Im waiting to buy the 4th soon but I can't wait to play it as it can only be better than the first 3.
Posted 14:20 on 19 May 2007
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ashley@ sara

i have bought the game and awaiting delivery but im really exited an cant wait
Posted 12:38 on 18 August 2006
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sara

i realy want this game.i think its brill. i love games like this with animals.
it realy makes a difference.
Posted 13:16 on 15 June 2006

Game Stats

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G1 Jockey 4
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Out of 10
G1 Jockey 4
  • Novel 'reigns' controller add-on
  • Plenty of depth
  • Not for everyone
  • Merely adequate presentation
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Release Date: 30/03/2006
Platform: PS2
Developer: Koei
Publisher: Koei
Genre: Sports
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: PEGI 3+
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