Review by KasketDarkfyre
"One of the better racers...but not quite perfect."
Racing games have come far and wide from the days of Pole Position. You're no longer looking at a simple car on the track trying to outrace other vehicles in a pulse-pounding race to the finish. No...these days, you'll coming into the world of what racing really is...the cars, and their performance ratings.
Long gone are the days of simple driving, and skill to maneuver around your opponents...no...now you're left with what you can do to customize your car, the parts you put into it, and just how fast it really is. Gran Turismo gives you that experience, and so much more, with the sheer amount of cars, money you can win, and cars you can buy, upgrade and race with.
Some of the slickest visuals ever found in a racing game, you have your choice of cars that mirror what is really out there on the road today. From Corvettes to the simple, yet apparently fast Civic's, you'll find that the amount of detail that is placed in each car is truly outstanding, and not only that, but the amount of detail on the tracks is nothing to scoff at either. Fast and furious, the game does truly keep the pace.
Where the problems come in, is with some of the races, the effects look a little blurred, and with some of the cars, they tend to look pixilated. This can be easily overlooked if you're not a glutton for detail.
Some killer music for a killer racing game. You're given a set of audio tracks that keep the adrenaline pumping and the race flowing. Each race has it's own set of music tracks, that don't loop on a regular basis, so you're listening to something new each and every time. Add in the sound effects of squealing tires, metal crunching crashes, and the roar of the engine, and you've got a solid racing soundtrack to listen to.
Possibly the most important feature of any racing game, Gran Turismo delivers the goods with realistic, and tight racing controls that do take some heavy practice to learn. Using the hand brake to drift around tight corners is a must, and it may take a few races before you get that down solid. Beginners will have some trouble with the high end cars, and controlling them around the track. Experts will have a little trouble with the drift system, but all in all, any racer at any skill level will be able to learn.
-Game Play 8/10-
Gran Turismo offers the gamer the one thing that any racing game should: Challenge. Where the challenge comes in, it takes practice, and skill to learn to control the car around the track and come out on top. Putting you in the middle of several races, there are medals to win, trophies to collect, money to spend, and plenty of cars to race.
Each stage gets progressively harder, and before you can really move on, you'll spend alot of time in the car shop upgrading and customizing your car to perform the way that you want it to during the race. With 166 different cars to buy, customize and then choose from, each car has something different about it that will either help or hinder you in the end.
Gran Turismo is one of the best racing games out there on the market. Where it puts in realism, it puts in challenge and variety on what you can drive. The learning curve is a bit steep at first, especially when you're trying to move your car around the track successfully. With the sheer amount of cars to choose from, and they are real performing cars, Gran Turismo takes the checkered flag.
Even if you're not a racing fan, this game is worth a rent. Anyone who is a fan of racing, and racing game need not think twice before picking up this title. The amount of options alone on what can be done with the cars will keep most fans riveted for weeks.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 05/15/01, Updated 05/15/01
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