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Platinum Gotham Arcader

Earn a Platinum medal in every Arcade event.

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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.

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.

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.

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 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.


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.
a box of fishDude this a great guide and I am definatly going to use it when I go back to finish this dam game off!
Posted by a box of fish on 21 Feb 10 at 13:49
GoboI followed your superb guide word-for-word ticking off the challenges as I completed them. The car suggestions were a real help but of course there were still periods of frustration - this is not an easy achievement. I finally nailed it thanks to your help!

Chapter 10 additional tips:

For the Time Vs Kudos challenge I used the Golf R32 with its excellent drifting capability. Use the "fish-tailing" technique to maintain a Kudos combo throughout the lap but be aware it will max out at 10,000. Solution: a quick nudge of the barrier is required to reset the counter. Cone sprint: the ideal car to use here is the Gallardo I discovered. Not the best brakes but excellent grip and acceleration, a few goes to learn the course and you should be fine.
Posted by Gobo on 22 Feb 10 at 16:58
Pedle ZelnipWow, just an amazing solution. Very well done!
Posted by Pedle Zelnip on 09 Mar 10 at 10:23
HobbesOnFireGood guide dude. well done for taking the time in creating it, will give this a go!
Posted by HobbesOnFire on 31 Aug 10 at 12:36
ArachnicideI actually feel like this is something I will go ahead and work on after reading that guide. (Thought the Platinum + is still stalking me from the shadows.)
Posted by Arachnicide on 11 Oct 10 at 15:27
IM PIST0L PETEI can't complete the drifto 101 first event with the BMW F 800 S on platinum... i can only get around 29-31 Kudo stars i need help i tried like 5,000,000 times!!!!!
Posted by IM PIST0L PETE on 29 Dec 10 at 03:38
IM PIST0L PETEcan anyone please help me out!!! message me or put up a video please! the drifto first event is like imposible!
Posted by IM PIST0L PETE on 29 Dec 10 at 03:39
GodHammer6Just like to put it out there, that the first race in SteamRoller World Tour can be really tricky. The ferrari out in front would always be getting away just far enough. To beat him, I chose the Cadillac Sixteen then rammed him broadside on the first corner and turned at the last second for a decent angle of escape. If you're lucky you can get away before anyone passes you. Then you just need to man-handle the Caddy around the course for a win, you'll be much faster through the straights than anyone, but will have to brake hard for corners.
Posted by GodHammer6 on 04 Feb 11 at 16:59
xI Iceman xVi am with xbox360night gettin 42 stars is impossible! i can only manage about 25
Posted by xI Iceman xV on 27 May 11 at 19:47
TEL1981a little tip if your having trouble with any time vs kudos challenges:
If you slide all the way round eventually you will hit MAX kudos and the timer will no longer stop.
However, if you build up some kudos and keep stopping the timer then hit a wall or something then you LOSE the kudos. The timer has already been stopped when collecting them but coz you lose then they dont add to the total. Meaning you will never hit MAX.
Im having trouble on the last one but found this out yesterday and got very near the end.
Posted by TEL1981 on 13 Jun 11 at 10:12
TEL1981Just got the last time vs kudos on platinum using this trick. Dont lose the points everytime. Just now and then to stop you reaching your limit. Just clip the wall to lose them as you go round a corner.
Had 5 seconds left of the 1min 1 given at the start.
Posted by TEL1981 on 13 Jun 11 at 10:28
TEL1981just 2 more platinums left!
Posted by TEL1981 on 13 Jun 11 at 10:28
MtldI see comments about the 42 superstar on Drifto 101. The guide says to use a motorcycle, but I found it easier with a muscle car (the one with drift stat at 10). Just go into the corners using handbrake, and complete to 5 stars each time by doing little slip-and-slides from right to left. Do it where there is enough room (like the first and last corners) and you'll get it in no time.
Posted by Mtld on 24 Jun 11 at 03:59
do you need Platinum with both bikes and cars for every race, or just with either? - I cant see getting the drift ones with cars!
Posted on 07 Oct 11 at 13:50
Laminaatplaat@ xDEEVIUSx

You can do them with either, I don't know if a mix is allowed as well.


I always drove manual and the camera in front of the car. Unless I had to hit the cones, then I did 3rd person camera. When on a bike I always use automatic gears and 3rd person view.

I did the 'Drifto 101' with a car, very doable as well.
In chapter 5 I did the super cone sprints with the Lotus Europa (almost no wheel spin)
In all chapters that I could use the Ferrari F-50GT, I used that car. When you drive manual make sure you go to 130km/h in the 1st gear for a good start.(that means get into that rev limiter)
I did the first race of chapter 10 in the Concept M, the long 2nd gear is very useful here!

Excellent guide, I am using it now! Will report when I'm finished ;-)

Got the Achievement :D
Posted by Laminaatplaat on 28 Dec 11 at 17:24
Master ChiefingI'm having massive issues with the second to last street race in Chapter 6. Any suggestions anyone?
Posted by Master Chiefing on 05 Feb 12 at 01:47
FuzzyWhiteLionMaster Chiefing: try the Ferrari GTO Evo. It drives like the f50 and should put you in first by the hairpin turn on the first lap. I had issues getting platinum with every car until I reluctantly tried the evo.
Posted by FuzzyWhiteLion on 18 Jun 12 at 00:12
No 1 RichyI just wanted to add my two pennies worth :

1. Never brake late. It is very understated, but this is the simplest way of getting around a course in the fastest time. Don't even try to perfectly hit corners you find tricky. It is quicker to be pointing the right direction and accelerating again than it is to have to slide the car or take a long way around the corner because you broke that split second too late.

2. If you are doing this from scratch you will only really need to unlock 2 car packs - the one containing the Ferrari F-50 GT (for the class A races in Trackday special) and the pack containing the Typhoon if you need a car with extra slippyness for superstar.
Posted by No 1 Richy on 25 Jun 12 at 08:39
Steve RedmanOne of the very best guides on TA! Well done Silencer230! Going to be using this as a reference when I go for my Platinum medals
Posted by Steve Redman on 18 Oct 12 at 17:39
ReaboOk, starting to get the hang of it now and started to record my successful attempts. If anyone is having trouble with 'Chapter Four: Two Wheels only event 4 onward', here a playlist I made. I will continue to post these as i progress. Feel free to include them on the guide :)
Posted by Reabo on 29 May 13 at 09:36
Man, 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 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