Excerpt: So, once again we’re confronted with the so-called quintessential PlayStation racer. You may sense a distain in our tone, a certain edginess even. Well put yourselves in our reviewing shoes for just one moment. Imagine standing at the very top of a cliff and before you are a queue of people, a million souls in total.
Summary: Sony PlayStation 2 1-2 Players, 1-6 LAN Players Rated E (Everyone) Release Date 2004/12/28 (JP), 2005/02/22 (US), 2005/03/09 (EU) Retail Price $49.99 Buy at Amazon Overall Rating 9 out of t0 The Gran Turismo series of racing simulations have been generally recognized as the best available for the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, if not for all consoles. This installment in the series further refines the fit and finish of an already great game.
Excerpt: ) is Polyphony Digital’s long-awaited sequel to a franchise that defines video game racing. In its fourth incarnation, it’s obvious that the makers created a much more polished game overall from the graphics and realism to the user interface on top of an expanded list of features. However, it’s that very polish that exposes the shortcomings and ultimately leads us to question the game’s claim that it is “The Real Driving Simulator.
Summary: Overall, Gran Turismo 4 offers exactly what players have come to expect from the
series: a highly-tuned precision driving simulator that’s demanding and deep.
The gameplay is standard GT with hundreds of vehicles, many driving types and
the extensive GT mode that offers the typically deep RPG-like racing experience.
The sheer number of cars, vehicles and courses can be overwhelming, so its best
to take this on in small chunks.
Excerpt: Gran Turismo 4 (GT4) is more than just another racing game; it is a game for the true driving enthusiast. Sure, you can jump right into the game’s arcade mode, make your selections from a number of cars and circuits, and get into a race right away, but to truly experience GT4’s homage to the automobile you’ll need to lose yourself in the game’s GT Mode.
Excerpt: I always enjoy it when I'm able to learn something about myself when playing a game. It can be something as simple as, "Gee, throwing people through windows sure is fun," or as complex as "in a post-Cold War world, I'm more than a little uncomfortable playing a game where I shoot Russian soldiers." If Gran Turismo 4 taught me one thing, it's that I'd be quite a good driver if it wasn't for all those corners.
Excerpt: Gran Turismo is known to be unparalleled in its graphical presentation and simulation accuracy. This is the expectation I hold for a Gran Turismo title. GT4 lived up to this expectation and added in an interesting photographic element. The models in GT4 are fantastic – photorealistic models that can get dirty with use (of course, there’s still no visible damage – license issues, you see).
Excerpt: I still remember the day. Soon after I bought my Playstation 2, I saw the previews for one of my racing titles of all time. Yes, it was Gran Turismo 3: A-spec and it was one of the biggest releases for a racing game at the time. I watched every movie and saw every picture I could find until the game hit the shelves, as soon as it did I had it.