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.
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.
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.
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: 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: The Gran Turismo series really does not need an introduction. Between the original PlayStation console and PlayStation 2, Gran Turismo has established itself as the king among kings of racing games. The throne for best racing game was GT�s for the taking and Polyphony Digital did not seem ready to relinquish it without one heck of an effort.
Conclusion: How many times can I say it? Gran Turismo 4 is the best-of-the-best, the cream-of-the-crop, top-shelf, restaurant-quality, and totally unequalled. You wonâ€™t find a more engaging, more rewarding, more satisfying driving sim than Gran Turismo 4.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: The wait is over and it's finally here. Chances are, it's most everything you wanted, and fans of the series are guaranteed to be more than satisfied. GT retains its crown, but as outlined earlier, there is room to grow. Suggestions are apparently already flowing through Sony and Polyphony for GT 5, so yes; another will be on its way at some point.