I'll have to agree. PGR is the best (and hardest) driving game I've played. At times the game is as intense as a 4-hour session of Deus Ex or Max Payne on the PC.
I swore off consoles after the Super Nintendo as PC games were starting to stomp all over the available console games. When the Xbox was announced many moons ago, I thought, "WTF is Bill thinking?!". Then came launch day...
I was over at one of my ex-employees house and he'd just gotten the Xbox. To top it off, he'd hooked it up to his 52" widescreen HDTV. Dude popped in NFL Fever 2002 and the rest is history.
I immediately went out and picked up the box, 2 extra controllers (for a total of 3), the DVD remote, Project Gotham Racing, NFL Fever 2002, NBA Live 2002, Halo, Nascar Thunder 2002, and the HDTV video adapter.
Project Gotham as stated, imho, is the best driving game ever...with the possible exception of the old school Carmageddon for the PC when you're in the mood to do some carnage.
NFL Fever 2002 (if you can ignore the lame commentary) is a very challenging and complete football game. It is, by far, the most impressive visually I have ever seen. The closeup shots simply have to be seen. You can even see the player's veins and skin imperfections. The helmet reflections are also extremely impressive.
NBA Live 2002, while being a solid basketball game, is lackluster on the Xbox. EA Sports didn't take advantage of any of the Xbox's advanced graphics features and as a result the game simply looks like what it is...a port of a port of a port.
The same goes for Nascar Thunder 2002 as went for NBA Live 2002.
Halo is pretty nifty as a multiplayer game - I especially like the ability to control vehicles. Single player is so-so. The graphics are excellent regardless.
Also...even if you do not have an HDTV-capable display, if your TV has Component Input capabilities then you should get it. The colors are more vibrant when you use it.
I'm just waiting for these guys
to unlock the box so that I can run what I want on it.