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Platinum Gotham Arcader

Earn a Platinum medal in every Arcade event.

Platinum Gotham Arcader+0.1
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How to unlock the Platinum Gotham Arcader achievement

  • Silencer230Silencer23064,527
    03 Dec 2009 04 Dec 2009 04 Dec 2009
    70 3 23
    Project Gotham Racing 4 Silver/Gold/Platinum Solution

    There are three achievements for the arcade mode, when finish it with all silver, all gold and all platinum and of course the easiest one gives you the most gamerscore.
    Getting silver medals is fairly easy, gold medals are more of a challenge but the platinum ones are the most difficult ones.

    I will try to guide through the ten chapters and give you some tips, so here we go.

    General Tips

    Choice of the car or bike: Is very essential, there are some dominating cars and most of the time cars are far better than bikes. You can check the leader board for each specific track and I will also recommend a car for you.

    Of course try to race as fast as you can, so that you are familiar with the tracks and the cars.

    Try to avoid style kudos in any races where they are not necessary, it will only slow you down.

    Always try to get in the first place as soon as possible, it is a big advantage if you are the leading one.

    Take down your opponents whenever you can, use them instead of your own brakes.

    Whenever you can, try to use slipstream.

    Manual transmission is not necessary, if you can handle it well you are a bit faster but it is also possible to do without it.

    When style kudos are necessary always use the handbrake to introduce a drift.

    Be patient and have a bit of luck.

    Game types

    Street races
    Just try to get the first place very soon so that you are able to defend it, if you are not in the first place soon you might just follow the mob but will never come closer. Try to take them out in the very first turn.

    Eliminator
    Avoid the last place, use the same technique given in the street races.

    One on One
    Is easier since there is only one enemy that you can take very easily just at the start.

    Superstar
    Get as many kudo stars as possible, try to drift as often as you can but stop when you have five stars. Also keep in mind that you have to finish the race within time.

    Time vs. Kudos
    Kudos will stop the clock so drift as often as can, also on the straights. Just always from the left to right and from the right to the left. Also use burnouts when you are to slow.

    Cone/Super Cone Sprint
    Pass the gates fast, once you know the track this is easy but do not hit a single cone, you may restart then.

    Cone attack
    Hit as many cones as possible, always hit all the straight ones and drift in the corners so that you will hit many of the corner cones.

    Speed challenge
    The radars are mostly just behind a turn, so you have to take that turn as good as you can, you may use the manual transmission here to get a little bit faster.

    Breakthrough
    Hit as many checkpoints as possible before you run out of time. You have to race very fast here unfortunately there is nothing more to say here.

    Overtake
    Overtake as many cars as possible, you can also use the other cars to take a turn very well.

    Hot lap
    Complete a lap within the demanded time, this will also require you to drive near perfection.

    Chapters

    Chapter One: Catch me if you can
    Cars are suggested: Delta Integrale Evo

    1. Street Race, Palace Square (St Petersburg), Overcast
    2. Street Race, Nevskiy Run (St Petersburg), Clear
    3. Street Race, Pushkin's Places (St Petersburg), Fog
    4. One-on-one, Embankments and Parks (St Petersburg), Overcast
    5. Street Race, Parliament Hill (Quebec), Clear
    6. Eliminator, Twisted Old Port (Quebec), Overcast

    You should not have any problems here with that car, the AWD will give you an excellent start.

    Chapter Two: Drifto 101
    Bikes are suggested: BMW F 800 S

    1. Superstar, Rampart Run (Quebec), Rain
    2. Time Vs Kudos, Spring Mountain Turns (Las Vegas), Overcast
    3. Cone Sprint, MGM Grand-Bellagio Loop (Las Vegas), Rain
    4. Superstar, Buccaneer Loop (Las Vegas), Overcast
    5. Time Vs Kudos, The Grand Theatre (Shanghai), Clear
    6. Cone Attack, South Strip Loop (Las Vegas), Storm

    It is all about the style here, drift often, that is very easy with a bike, make wheelies and endos.

    Chapter Three: Final Countdown
    Cars are suggested: Impreza 22B STI

    1. Speed Challenge, Shanghai Grand Slam (Shanghai), Clear
    2. Breakthrough, Landmark Tour (Shanghai), Rain
    3. Eliminator, Kazanskiy Cathedral (St Petersburg), Overcast
    4. Eliminator, The Hermitage Race (St Petersburg), Fog
    5. Speed Challenge, Half F1 Circuit (Nurburgring), Clear
    6. Breakthrough, Shinjuku Speedway (Tokyo), Storm

    This is a very good car, so show your AWD dominance here, this ones is also easy.

    Chapter Four: Two Wheels only
    Bikes are suggested: Honda CBR600RR

    1. Street Race, Jiu Fu Loop (Shanghai), Clear
    2. Eliminator, Long Strip Straights (Las Vegas), Fog
    3. Overtake, Neon Tour (Shanghai), Clear
    4. Street Race, Half F1 Circuit (Nurburgring), Overcast
    5. One-on-one, B-Circuit (Shanghai), Clear
    6. Street Race, Estrada de S Francisco (Macau), Clear

    This will be the last chapter where you should use bikes.

    Chapter Five: Horses for Courses
    Cars are suggested: Mazda MX-5 and Pontiac Firebird

    1. Cone Sprint, Instituto Politecnico (Macau), Overcast
    2. Super Cone Sprint, Sprint 1 (St Petersburg), Overcast
    3. Cone Attack, Shanghai Old Town (Shanghai), Clear
    4. Cone Sprint, Whitehall Straits (London), Clear
    5. Cone Attack, Jiu Fu Loop (Shanghai), Clear
    6. Super Cone Sprint, Sprint 2 (St Petersburg), Ice

    Use the Pontiac Firebird for the two cone sprint races and the MX-5 for the other races.

    Chapter Six: Rough Riders
    Cars are suggested: RUF RT12

    1. Overtake, Museum Loop (Shanghai), Rain
    2. Eliminator, The Bulldog (London), Storm
    3. Overtake, Tochomae Loop (Tokyo), Rain
    4. Eliminator, Las Vegas Blvd Tour (Las Vegas), Rain
    5. Street Race, Instituto Politecnico (Macau), Fog
    6. Street Race, La Grande Allee (Quebec), Rain

    Now it will get more difficult, you may also choose a different car but the RUF RT12 is quite a nice car here.

    Chapter Seven: Flatout
    Cars are suggested: CLK-GTR and F50

    1. Speed Challenge, Shanghai Grand Slam (Shanghai), Clear
    2. Breakthrough, The Outskirts (New York), Overcast
    3. Street Race, The Admiralty (St Petersburg), Clear
    4. Hot Lap, Ekimae Loop (Tokyo), Fog
    5. Hot Lap, Avenida de Dr Rodrigues (Macau), Clear
    6. Eliminator, Avenida da Amizade (Macau), Overcast

    Now with A-class cars the choice is difficult, but those two cars are greatly balanced, use the CLK-GTR for the tricky tracks and the F50 for the straight tracks, then you should do good after some tries.

    Chapter Eight: Steamroller World Tour
    Cars are suggested: Subaru Imprezza 22B STi

    1. Street Race, Old Port Short (Quebec), Clear
    2. One-on-one, Her Majesty's Pleasure (London), Rain
    3. Street Race, The Hermitage Race (St Petersburg), Overcast
    4. One-on-one, Twisted Straits (New York City), Rain
    5. Eliminator, Moika Turns (St Petersburg), Rain
    6. One-on-one, Parliament Hill (Quebec), Clear

    With that car this chapter seems to be to easy, got all platinum within the very first attempt so I hope you also succeed with that.

    Chapter Nine: Trackdays Specials
    Cars are pretty much suggested: F50, CLK-GTR, RUF Supercar Concept

    1. Eliminator, Full F1 Circuit (Nurburgring), Clear
    2. Eliminator, The Short Test (Michelin Test Track), Clear
    3. Time Vs Kudos, The Medium Test (Michelin Test Track), Clear
    4. Street Race, Nordschliefe (Nurburgring), Rain
    5. Breakthrough, The Ultimate Test (Michelin Test Track), Clear
    6. Street Race, The Behemoth (Nurburgring), Clear

    Ok, this is the most difficult chapter due to the two races on the Behemoth.
    You should use the F50 for the two elimination races and use the CLK-GTR for the other two races. Use the CLK-GTR on the first Nürburgring race, try to get in the first place very soon, use the first turns after the long straight to achieve that and then you try to finish the race clean, if you are familiar with this track you may succeed even with that rainy weather.
    The race on the Behemoth is the most difficult race in the arcade mode, as it is the long version which will take about seven minutes and it is also backwards so that it is a completely new track to you. You have to be very patient here as you will try it several times, but each attempt will make you better. To choose a car here is very hard. After I have tested all possible cars I came to the conclusion that the RUF Supercar Concept is the best for that track. The handling seems to fit most for that track, so try to get right behind the two Ferraris after the first turn and use the slipstream to keep up to them. You should be able to overtake them in the following turns and then try to keep the leading. Easier said then done, but some time you will succeed.

    Chapter Ten: Ultimate Challenge
    Cars are suggested: RUF RGT, Concept M

    1. Breakthrough, Chateau Frontenac (Quebec), Fog
    2. Speed Challenge, La Haute-Ville (Quebec), Overcast
    3. Overtake, The Bulldog (London), Overcast
    4. Time Vs Kudos, Crazy Turns (Tokyo), Rain
    5. Cone Sprint, The Triangle Building (Tokyo), Rain
    6. Eliminator, Hotel Lisboa (Macau), Overcast

    This chapter is also not easy and will require you to drive perfect most of the time. Once again those cars are only a suggestion from me, you may also choose different ones, perhaps the Gallardo. So mind my tips and should also succeed here, use a car with insane difficulty on the time vs. kudos track. By the time you pass chapter nine with platinum you have finished the most difficult races already. So be patient and you will be rewarded with 40G for silver and 10G per gold and platinum.

    So I hope that this solution will help at least a bit, nevertheless you have to do it all by yourself and it is not that easy.

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    AnemonemanMan, the first drift event is ridiculously difficult... I passed it after about 30 tries with the Rocket. My strategy was to initiate a drift as you normally would and then do a few short powerslides across the track after the corner to get to 500 (ideally). No point in trying to tie the drifts together as I'd just spin out or hit the corner. I got it eventually with exactly 42 stars and just over 6 seconds to spare.
    Posted by Anemoneman on 25 Jun 13 at 10:21
    ILaidbackworking my way through now. very trial and error. And very tormenting. still. good practise for the platinum plus ones.
    Posted by ILaidback on 07 Apr 14 at 17:01
    ReaboCone Sprint, The Triangle Building (Tokyo), Rain is my last platinum. Any tips on which car to use?
    Posted by Reabo on 28 Jun 14 at 15:40
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  • Gold Rush NLGold Rush NL115,667
    12 Jul 2009 27 Mar 2009
    28 9 3
    This achievement could be pretty hard for the non hardcore gamers. You need a Platinum medal on all the Arcade races! (Exept DLC ofcourse.)

    You don't need to get the Motor and Car medals just one of them is enough.

    TIPS:
    - Cars are much faster then Motors
    - Catch a draft by driving close behind an opponent. (this will make you much faster)
    - Push the AI cars away. (Easy in corners)
    - Always take a car you can drive easely en witch is fast enough. (You can test all cars and see witch car you like)
    - Go as fast as possible through a corner (Perfect race line)
    - Do not brake that much.
    - Use manual gears. (If you do it good it's faster)
    - Use the handbrake (A) alot when you need kudos.
    - Do not drift in corners at streetraces or time-attacks, drifting or sliding will slow you down a lot.
    - If you race each day you will get better! So, train your driving skills. Practise alot!

    I hope I can help someone with this!
    Oh and I am sorry for the bad English!
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    Van UdenNice tips, I won all platinum myself and can confirm that using these tips is vital
    Posted by Van Uden on 08 Jul 09 at 07:39
    DA CYBER TIGERthis is a grate help for when i go to try and get 1250G from the game. thanks :)
    Posted by DA CYBER TIGER on 04 Jun 10 at 00:27
    IM PIST0L PETEany tips for the drifting compititions?
    i need to get th 42 kudos star event completed for arcade... its really hard... =(
    Posted by IM PIST0L PETE on 29 Dec 10 at 23:09
  • FuzzyWhiteLionFuzzyWhiteLion79,115
    18 Jun 2012 23 Jun 2012 23 Jun 2012
    9 2 6
    While I used Silencer's Guide (Thanks Silencer!) for the most part, I did find some of the following combinations worked better for me and may for you if you find you are stuck on any of the below mentioned races. Thanks also to Silencer for listing out the races for each chapter in an easy to read format - I've reused it to keep things simple

    Chapters


    Chapter Six: Rough Riders
    Suggested: RUF RT12, Ferrari GTO Evo, Honda CBR600RR

    1. Overtake, Museum Loop (Shanghai), Rain
    2. Eliminator, The Bulldog (London), Storm
    3. Overtake, Tochomae Loop (Tokyo), Snow
    4. Eliminator, Las Vegas Blvd Tour (Las Vegas), Rain
    5. Street Race, Instituto Politecnico (Macau), Fog
    6. Street Race, La Grande Allee (Quebec), Snow

    Street races 5 and 6 are some of the hardest in the game, specifically #5. While the RT12 is nice, it may not be fast enough on the straights or the turns in order to keep up with the leaders. On #5, using the Ferrari GTO Evo should put you in first by the hairpin turn on the first lap. Despite it's low top speed, it has excellent acceleration and can handle the turns very nicely at high speed. On #6, the Honda CBR600RR bike is excellent in the snow and even has enough weight to push the leader around allowing you to take the lead and block the rest of the race.

    Chapter Seven: Flatout
    Suggested: F50

    1. Speed Challenge, Shanghai Grand Slam (Shanghai), Clear
    2. Breakthrough, The Outskirts (New York), Overcast
    3. Street Race, The Admiralty (St Petersburg), Clear
    4. Hot Lap, Ekimae Loop (Tokyo), Fog
    5. Hot Lap, Avenida de Dr Rodrigues (Macau), Clear
    6. Eliminator, Avenida da Amizade (Macau), Overcast

    The F50 will make this chapter go quick (literally!). Look at the Caparo for race #4 since it has better turning than the F50 and good acceleration.

    Chapter Eight: Steamroller World Tour
    Suggested: Subaru Impreza, Cadillac Sixteen

    1. Street Race, Old Port Short (Quebec), Clear
    2. One-on-one, Her Majesty's Pleasure (London), Rain
    3. Street Race, The Hermitage Race (St Petersburg), Overcast
    4. One-on-one, Twisted Straits (New York City), Rain
    5. Eliminator, Moika Turns (St Petersburg), Rain
    6. One-on-one, Parliament Hill (Quebec), Clear

    The first race is very difficult as the Ferrari gets out in front very quickly and is hard to keep up with. As mentioned in the comments section of this site, using the Cadillac Sixteen and ramming the ferrari into the wall at the beginning of the race on the first turn works like a charm! To do this you have to have a near perfect start off the line and also be able to recover quickly after the ramming. I ended up in third but with the power and bulk of the caddy you can muscle your way quickly to the front of the pack. I found it most effective to use 50-70% throttle in the caddy unless I was on a straight.

    Chapter Nine: Trackdays Specials
    Suggested: F50, RUF Supercar

    1. Eliminator, Full F1 Circuit (Nurburgring), Clear
    2. Eliminator, The Short Test (Michelin Test Track), Clear
    3. Time Vs Kudos, The Medium Test (Michelin Test Track), Clear
    4. Street Race, Nordschliefe (Nurburgring), Rain
    5. Breakthrough, The Ultimate Test (Michelin Test Track), Clear
    6. Street Race, The Behemoth (Nurburgring), Clear

    Almost unanimously, the Nurburgring races are the hardest. Irony is that for a Gold medal, I found Nordschliefe rather easier than the Behemoth. For Platinum, the Behemoth was much easier and the Nordschliefe was close to impossible! [RANT] The Nordschliefe is a good example of how buggy this game can be. I have many instances of just spinning out for no reason, AI cars sticking to me and pushing me off the track, and AI cars with unreal handling in the rain in order to block me from progressing, etc. [END RANT] For Nordschliefe (#4), the F50 is a good choice as it holds the wet road very well and can get you into first quickly, but unfortunately it will spin out for no reason before the end. The Ruf is a good alternative but you may lose the race multiple times on the last curve since it's too slow accelerating compared to the AI. For the Behemoth, use the Ruf also. This track isn't nearly as hard as your previous race since it is dry and the Ruf handles it very well. As long as you are in first at the start of the F1 track you should win since the computer can not manage the turns. You should be crossing the finish line as the computer rounds the final turn.

    Chapter Ten: Ultimate Challenge
    Suggested: MTT Turbine Superbike, Sledgehammer

    1. Breakthrough, Chateau Frontenac (Quebec), Fog
    2. Speed Challenge, La Haute-Ville (Quebec), Overcast
    3. Overtake, The Bulldog (London), Overcast
    4. Time Vs Kudos, Crazy Turns (Tokyo), Rain
    5. Cone Sprint, The Triangle Building (Tokyo), Rain
    6. Eliminator, Hotel Lisboa (Macau), Overcast

    This is one of the easiest chapters in the game with much space for error even when going for platinums. You have the opportunity to use one of the best choices in the game, the Turbine Superbike, that should be used on all tracks except for the Time vs Kudos. Its almost instant acceleration to 100mph and its top speed of over 200mph exceeds all competition. Only downside is throttling too much in a turn will result in a drift. The cone sprint is challenging in the rain, but this bike tears it up. Needing to do 2 laps in 4:02, you should be able to average less than 2min per lap; my best was 1:53 and I missed a couple of gates and still scored a platinum. For race #4 Time vs Kudos, the Sledgehammer runs nicely as highly controllable drifts can be executed when revs are near the redline and you should be able to pick up some negative time throughout the race. I finished with 15 seconds left but I'm certain at least 5 seconds was negative time given. Remember to bump the wall to reset your kudos so you don't hit 10K.
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    SiouxWarrior9You're right, it handles the curves great. Just too far back to catch up.
    Posted by SiouxWarrior9 on 22 Oct 13 at 02:50
    Shnickle95dude i have no idea how you can use that superbike it's cornering is fucking terrible, personally i thought the nordschleife one was easy as i did it third time using the ruf supercar. maybe because i have played the track so many times on racing games on the original xbox and ps2.
    Posted by Shnickle95 on 23 May 14 at 17:05
    FuzzyWhiteLionYes, you just need a platinum on every race. It doesn't matter if it is a car or bike.
    Posted by FuzzyWhiteLion on 08 Oct 16 at 17:21
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