Summary: If you're happy with Gran Turismo 3, I'd recommend sticking with that. GT4's new features are not all that glamorous. For instance, B-Spec mode, while pretty neat, is only really all that great for really long races (multi-hour races) -- so unless you enjoy sitting and watching a race monitor for 4 hours (literally) to instruct your driver, you just give him the a car seriously overpowered compared to the competition -- ie make it a sure thing, ie not very fun.
Summary: I have played this about 50% through, and there is an abiding sense of frustration with the execution of the game. The things it does well (graphics, multitude of cars, more tracks, etc.), it does extremely well. The things Gran Turismo 4 does poorly, however, are numerous; and those things suck big wind. Most of the new features (photo) don't add anything to the enjoyment, and some (b-spec) seem to be a cover for extremely poor game design (overly long endurance races).
Summary: I'm not exactly a GT fan. Bad experiences with the first has lead me to a grudge against it. Even with the upgrades it all remains the same. Taking photos is nothing new to race games. I played it 4 2 days. After that i started playing burnout.
Great racing game, but not substantially improved over GT3
Fourth Horseman, Amazon
28 February 2005
Summary: If you have liked the previous Grand Turismo games you'll like GT4. That's the bottom line. The down side is that there's not all that much new here. There are improvements: the graphics are a bit nicer, the cars' suspensions have more realistic travel and there are a lot of nice new tracks. There's also some questionable features like photo and b-spec mode, which may be of value to some, though I'm guessing most players won't find much use for them.
Summary: I, just like everyone else waited a long time, through all the delays, for this game to come out (to long now I see the final product). I bought it the day it came out, excited to see these photo-realistic graphics I have been hearing about, and I see that they are only a little bit better than Project Gotham 2, which came out almost a year ago and is $17.99 now (albeit on Xbox, but a lot of people have both systems anyway).
Summary: I seriously hope that Sony puts a lot more effort into their completed product. Mind you the graphics are superb, I don't think that anyone can deny that. Playing the game looks like watching the intro movie. The driving physics are improved from the previous game, to a point. My major complaint is that when any type of traction control is turned on all the cars seem to drive the same. A rear wheel drive car drives like a front and vice versa.
No Instruction Manual - but the Game itself is excellent
William "William", amazon.co.uk
6 November 2013
Summary: No Instruction Manual - but the Game itself is excellent, thus I am not sure how this game is to be played. Have seen it at many TOYOTA Centers, looks great a reasonale variety of Vehciles from that time and s few concept Cars. It has Auto and Manual Transmition selections.
best racing game ever, but not much more to offer than GT3
25 November 2005
Excerpt: Gran turismo 3 was the best driving game ever, everybody agrees with that pretty much. I was so excited about gran turismo 4 I couldnt wait. Gran 3 was a huge game, you never really complete it, there are hundreds of hours to spend on a game this size. Gran Turismo 4 you would expect to be better. And it is but..... 1 - If you have gran turismo 3 and only got 30% of the way through it do you really neeed another one ?