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History

Enthusia, or to give it its proper title, Enthusia: Professional Racing, was a racing game produced by Konami, that was released in 2005. Enthusia was released first in Japan. Unlike many releases, the US was the final region to receive the
 BMW M3 on Dragon's Pass
release of Enthusia.   

Overview

Enthusia is a highly detailed game, and was arguably more realistic than its main competitors in some areas. Enthusia contains many modes that are unique to Western gamers. These modes are: 
 
  • Enthusia Life 
  • Free Race 
  • Driving Revolution 
  • Time Attack 
  • Versus Racing
 
Enthusia Life: Enthusia Life is the real meat of the game, as this is where players unlock cars, and take part in the main races. Enthusia Life mode is most comparable to Career Mode in other racing games.  
 
Free Race: This mode is similar to 'Free Run', as it is known in other games. Players are allowed to set up races against the AI and then tailor the match to their choices, rather than fixed race types like those found in Enthusia Life.  
 Nighttime drifting in a Mazda RX-7
 
Driving Revolution:  A mode in which players start on a track with a car and are challenged to pass through gates. However, these gates are made more difficult than in other games, as you must pass them at a designated speed or around that speed. By passing through a gate you earn points, and you must earn a set amount of points to progress to the next level. 
 
Versus Racing: Versus is a split screen mode, where you may race against a friend.  
  
Enthusia contains some extremely realistic car models, but it does not contain as many cars as Gran Turismo 4. Where GT4 had 750 , Enthusia boasts only 200. However, these cars are relatively obscure, such as the Citroen 2CV, and some other rare vehicles.

Gameplay

Gameplay in Enthusia follows a similar pattern to some Japanese RPGs. For example, you have HP in the game, which are known as "Enthu Points", on the Western versions of the game. In the Japanese version of Enthusia, Enthu Points, as they are known, are called "Driver HP". This HP system is designed to reward clean drivers. Hitting walls depletes your overall Enthu Points, as well as hitting other drivers. The punishment for losing all your Enthu Points is simply not being
 Audi S6 Quattro
able to compete in the next race. You can regenerate points by resting, and by changing to a different car.  
 
As well as having HP, players are rewarded with a ' slot machine' after a race in Enthusia Life mode. Once a race has been completed, you receive a slot machine interface. You are able to stop the spinning. Once the spinning is stopped, you will win a car that was on the track during the race. However, this system becomes difficult after winning a lot of the cars in the game, as you can occasionally not win a car at all. 
 

Car List

  • Alfa Romeo 158 GTA
  • Alfa Romeo 147 GTA
  • Alfa Romeo GTV 3.2 V6 24V
  • Alfa Romeo GT
  • Alfa Romeo SZ
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
  • Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde
  • Alpine A110 1600 SC
  • Audi R8 TEAM GOH 2004
  • Audi R8 TEAM GOH 2003
  • Audi RS6
  • Audi A4 3.0 quattro Sport
  • Audi A8 4.2 quattro
  • Audi TT Coupe 3.2 quattro Sline
  • Audi TT Roadster 1.8T quattro
  • Audi AllRoad quattro
  • ASL Garaiva
  • Aston Martin Vanquish(V12)
  • Aston Martin DB5
  • Austin Healey SPRITE MK1
  • BMW McLaren F1 GTR
  • BMW M1 procar
  • BMW 3.0 CSL race car(Batmobile)
  • BMW M3 GTR road version
  • BMW M3 Sport Evolution
  • BMW Z4 3.0i
  • BMW 2002 turbo
  • Cadillac Seville STS 
  • Caterham Superlight R500
  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z51
  • Chevrolet Camaro Z28
  • Chevrolet Corvette STING RAY Sport Coupe
  • Chevrolet ASTRO
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser
  • Citroen Xsara Rally Car
  • Citroen Saxo VTS
  • Citroen DS 23 Pallas
  • Citroen C3
  • Citroen 2CV6 Charleaton
  • Daihatsu Sirion X4
  • Daihatsu Copen
  • Dauer EB110
  • De Tomaso Pantera GTS
  • DMC DeLorean
  • Dodge Viper GTS
  • Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR
     The Rally Raid Mitsubishi Pajero on a Rally Circuit.
  • Fiat Abarth 131 Rally
  • Fiat 500F
  • Ford Focus Rally Car
  • Ford GT
  • 2005 Ford Mustang GT
  • Ford Mustang Mach 1
  • Ford Thunderbird
  • 1969 Ford Mustang GT
  • Honda NSX G'zox prospec
  • Honda NSX-R
  • Honda NSX Type-S Zero
  • Honda S2000
  • Honda Integra Type-R(DC5)
  • Honda Civic Type-R
  • Honda Accord Euro-R
  • Honda Accord EuroR (Older model)
  • Honda Integra Type-R (DC2)
  • Honda Civic Type-R (Older model)
  • Honda Odyssey Absolute
  • Honda Fit 1.5T
  • Honda City Turbo II
  • Honda Mobilio
  • Honda Civic RS
  • Honda S800
  • Honda insight
  • Honda Beat
  • Hyundai Coupe
  • Jaguar S-Type R
  • Jaguar XKR100
  • Jaguar XJR 4.0 Supercharged V8
  • Jaguar 'E' Type 42
  • Jaguar X-Type 2.5 V6 Sport
  • Lancia Delta integrale EvoluzioneII
  • Lancia Rally 037
  • Lancia Strado
  • Range Rover
  • Lotus Elise 100S
  • Lotus Esprit S2
  • Lotus Europa Special
  • Lotus Elan S.3
  • Mazda 787B
  • Mazda RX-7 Spirit A
  • Mazda RX-8 TypeS
  • Mazda RX-7 Infini(Savanna)
  • Mazda Savanna RX-7 GT-X
  • Mazda Atenza 23Z Sport
  • Mazda Atenza 23E Sedan
  • Mazda Roadster RS-II
  • Mazda Eunos Roadster S-Special type II
  • Mazda Cosmo Sport
  • Mazda Savanna AP GT
  • Mazda Demio
  • Mercedes CLK-DTM
  • Mercedes SLR
  • Mercedes S600L
  • Mercedes C32 AMG
  • Mercedes CL55 AMG
  • Mercedes SL500
  • Mercedes G500L
  • Mercedes 300SL
  • MG MGB
  • Mini Cooper S
  • Mitsubishi Pajero EVOLUTION
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII GSR
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII GSR
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI T.M. Edition
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III GSR
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII Rally Car
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Short
  • Mitsubishi Colt
  • Mitsubishi EK-Wagon
  • Mitsubishi Galant GTO-MR
  • Mini-Cooper 1275S MKI
  • Nismo R34 Skyline GT-R S-Tune
  • Nismo Xanavi GT-R
     Mini Cooper S and Lotus Exige during a night race
  • Nismo S15 Silvia R-tune
  • Nissan R390 GTI
  • Nissan PICK UP Rally Car
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec I Nur
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-specII
  • Nissan Fairlady Z Version S
  • Nissan Silvia spec-R
  • Nissan CIMA 450XV
  • Nissan Skyline Coupe 350GT PREMIUM
  • Nissan Stagea
  • Nissan Skyline 350GT-8
  • Nissan Silvia K's Aero
  • Nissan Silvia K's
  • Nissan 180SX TypeX
  • Nissan Elgrand
  • Nissan Primera 20V
  • Nissan Wingroad
  • Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R(KPGC110)
  • Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R(KPGC10)
  • Nissan Fairlady 240ZG
  • Nissan Bluebird 1600 SSS Coupe
  • Nissan March
  • Nissan Cube
  • Nissan Moco
  • Opel Astra V8 Coupe 24h
  • Opel Vita Gsi
  • Peugeot 206 Rally Car 2000
  • Peugeot 406 Coupe
  • Peugeot 206cc S16
  • Peugeot 106 S16
  • Pontiac Firebird Trans AM SD-455
  • Renault Lutecia sport 2.0 'Renault F1 Team Limited Edition'(Clio)
  • Renault Avantime
  • Renault 5 Turbo2
  • RUF Turbo R
  • RUF CTR
  • RUF RGT
  • Saab 9-5 Aero 2.3TS
  • Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
  • Smart Fortwo Cabrio
  • Subaru Impreza Rally Car
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STi
  • Subaru Impreza WRX Sti limited
  • Subaru Impreza WRX Sti Version VI
  • Subaru Impreza 22B STi Version
  • Subaru Legacy B4 2.0 GT spec B
  • Subaru Legacy B4 RSK
  • Subaru Legacy Touring Vagon GT-B E-tune II
  • Subaru Legacy Lancaster6
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Young SS
  • Suzuki Cappuccino
  • Tommykaira ZZ-S coupe
  • Toyota GT-one
  • Toyota Supra ESSO Ultraflo
  • Toyota Supra RZ
  • Toyota MR2 GT-S
  • Toyota Soarer 2.5GT-Twinturbo
  • Toyota Aristo V300 'Vertex Edition'
  • Toyota Celica GT-FOUR Wrc
  • Toyota Altezza RS200
  • Toyota Celica SS-D
  • Toyota Celsior
  • Toyota AlphardV
  • Toyota Voltz
  • Toyota Vitz RS Turbo
  • Toyota MR2 'G-Limited Super Charger'
  • Toyota MR-S V-Edition
  • Toyota Corolla 1.8 Luxel
  • Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 100
  • Toyota 2000GT
  • Toyota Estima Hybrid
     VW Touareg vs Merc. G-Wagen
  • Toyota bB
  • Toyota iSt
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota FunCargo
  • Toyota Sports800
  • TVR Cerbera 4.5
  • TVR Tamora
  • Volkswagen Golf R32
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • Volkswagen Touareg
  • Volkswagen New Beetle
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Volkswagen Beetle Type 1
  • Volvo S60R
  • Volvo V70R 

Reception

Reception for Enthusia was generally pleasing. IGN gave the game a 7.2 out of 10, while GameSpot gave a 7.4 out of 10. PSXExtereme scored the game 7.1 out of 10. According to Metacritic's 43 critic reviews, the game has scored a 70/100. The highest score given in a review was by My Gamer, who rated it an 86, and were attributed with a quote reading: 

The true disaster here is the likelihood that nobody will really play Enthusia. "Gran Turismo 4's" massive popularity is destined to overshadow it even though both games rank at the top of the genre.

 The lowest score given in a review was by AltGaming, who rated the game a mere 40/100, and were quoted to have said: 

The simple fact is Enthusia is simply a simulation of life, but has little life itself.  

Reasons for Obscurity

 Enthusia: Professional Racing is one of the least known racing games on the Playstation 2. There are numerous reasons for this, such as the low amount of publicity before the launch. The game was mainly designed for the Japanese market and therefore was not given a major launch outside of Japan. Also, the game's release was only a few
 Mitsubishi's Lancer Evo VII in Enthusia
months after that of Gran Turismo 4, which is a much well known game series. As well as only being released after Gran Turismo 4, it was only a short time after the release of the original Forza Motorsport on the Xbox console. 
 

Trivia

On the final page of the game manual, it reads "The legend is only beginning...", a quote
 Sirion X4 - yeah, you want one, don't you?
that hints at a sequel being planned. However, there has been no information about a sequel, even in the past five years.

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