Project Gotham Racing 4

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Bizarre Creations is no more. The studio which operated from 1994 to 2011 is responsible for some of the best racing games in video game history, and is the dev team behind the brilliant Geometry Wars.

To mark the studio's closure, Bizarre's video editor Eamon Urtone put together a video to celebrate the titles produced in recent years.

Farewell Bizarre…it’s been an absolute pleasure! from Eamon Urtone on Vimeo.

The studio shot to fame with 1996's Formula One on the PlayStation, which featured incredible visuals for the time. It went on to create Metropolis Street Racer for SEGA's ill-fated Dreamcast, but that superb arcade city-based racer formed the basis for Bizarre's most recognised franchise: PGR (although owned by Microsoft).

Project Gotham Racing launched alongside the Xbox in 2003, with its genre defining sequel arriving two years later in 2005, bringing with it unprecedented online features. Its next title, PG3, was one of the Xbox 360's premier launch titles, while PGR 4 took things a step further in 2007 but sadly didn't earn the deserved commercial success.

Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved may well go down as the studio's most adored and well received title, while The Club (SEGA) and Blur (Activision) will both be remembered as great games which failed to get the sales they deserved.

Sadly for Bizarre, its last game was James Bond 007: Blood Stone, an almost universally panned third-person shooter that featured action-packed driving sequences.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

Bizarre Creations' closure is very sad indeed. The studio produced five 9/10 rated games (on VideoGamer.com) in five years, with the disappointing Blood Stone being the only blip in recent memory.

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JK@ Mr_Ninjutsu

totally true man!
Posted 06:20 on 21 February 2011
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ScottyXTUK

Sad to see them go, they made some truly outstanding titles, particularly the PGR games.

Good luck to all you guys and gals and farewell
Posted 19:01 on 20 February 2011
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rico_rico

that what will happens if you team up with activision hope all the tallent guys find a job in the near future
Posted 14:19 on 18 February 2011
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Blur is probably the best racing game i have ever played.
Posted 13:38 on 18 February 2011

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Release Date: 12/10/2007
Developer: Bizarre Creations
Publisher: Microsoft
Genre: Racing
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 220
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