Conclusion: Outwardly Tourist Trophy may seem to be largely the same game as Gran Turismo 4, only scaled down and with bikes. But dedicated players who have the patience to push through the game’s steep learning curve should find just enough depth, substance, and unique content to value Tourist Trophy as an experience all it’s own.
Excerpt: Tourist Trophy has been hailed as the Gran Turismo of the motorbike world, but that's a rather lofty claim. Gran Turismo isn't for everyone, but it's undoubtedly one of the premier driving (see what I did? Not racing) franchises available. For Tourist Trophy to match Gran Turismo it would have to be very impressive indeed. While it comes close - this is from Polyphony Digital after all - it falls short in a few areas.
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Excerpt: Like Gran Turismo 3 & 4 before it, Tourist Trophy 's graphical presentation is a feast for the senses. The in-game textures come off as near-photograph quality with bike models that capture even the slightest details of their real-life counterparts. Polyphony has done an amazing job with subtle lighting and shading techniques to capture everything from realistic sunsets to reflections off damp track pavement.
Excerpt: It's been the better part of a decade since the original Gran Turismo redefined racing on consoles, but Polyphony Digital has finally moved into the realm of two-wheeled racing with Tourist Trophy. The game maintains the compulsive drive for authenticity that the Gran Turismo series is known for, but with a much narrower focus. So while it may just be Gran Turismo with motorcycles, it's still a great racing game in its own right.
Pros: More than 120 motorcycles, 35 courses offer a wide array of racing challenges, Great-looking bikes with lifelike handling, Lots of fun and rewarding challenges and race events
Cons: No online play, You can only race up to three other riders at a time, Courses recycled from the Gran Turismo games, Limited bike customization
Excerpt: It would not be unfair to call Tourist Trophy “Gran Turismo with motorcycles”. Both games are developed by Polyphony Digital and both provide detailed simulations of racing with a large variety of real world vehicles to choose from. In fact, if you’ve played the Gran Turismo games then you’ll instantly recognize Tourist Trophy’s menu system and license class play mechanic.
Summary: Polyphony Digital are renowned by most gamers for their successful efforts with the Gran Turismo franchise but now they have moved the short distance in creating Tourist Trophy, which some have hailed the Gran Turismo of motorcycles.