Excerpt: I saw Gran Turismo on the Playstation Portable (PSP) for a really good price on clearance. I wondered how well this Sony racing game made the transition to this hand held device. Ultimately I came away from the experience with the opinion - the PSP version of Gran Turismo is okay. It is not stellar, and it is not horrible. In the middle of the road on the dotted line.
Excerpt: If it's true what they say, that absence makes the heart grow fonder, we would expect to be very fond of Gran Turismo for PSP. Presented years ago as if it might be a launch title for the new system, we now have in our hands the product of years, months, weeks, and certainly many hours of hard labor. Expectations, either from old gamers like myself or newer gamers fresh off the streets of Midnight Club or Test Drive Unlimited are obviously high.
Excerpt: The PSP version of Gran Turismo is simply incredible, and yet disappointing at the same time. At first blush the game is awe-inspiring: 800 cars, 35 tracks. The visuals seem impossibly good and the controls work better than you’d expect. Ironically, the controls work best if you shun the analogue nub in favour of fully digital control. Which is to say, steering and gear-changes on the d-pad with accelerate and brake on cross and circle.
Excerpt: Gran Turismo PSP (GTPSP) bears the dual burdens of being the series' first foray into the portable realm, and of having been announced (and subsequently delayed), for a Duke Nukem-esque five years. Despite the long wait, gamers will probably be willing to forgive GTPSP for its tardiness given the franchise's impeccable record as "The Real Driving Simulator." Whether or not the long wait has paid off for this mobile version though, is debatable.
Pros: portability makes up for spotty design and a driving game without any real drive.
Cons: you are thinking "Racing on the go? Isn't that what a real car is for?" or "Gran Turismo? Did they ever release that?"
Summary: Gran Turismo for the PSP is a hard game to recommend to anyone. Fans will enjoy it, but they will be disappointed at the things that were left out. Non-fans will move onto other titles. Anyone that spends the money will feel that $40 was way too much for the amount of actual content they’re getting.
Excerpt: I had a strange moment while playing Gran Turismo on the PSP. In my clearly tired head I'd started to think about how the game doesn't really look that great when compared to recent racers DIRT 2 and NFS: Shift - games I had been playing on the Xbox 360. Then it dawned on me. I was comparing a game on Sony's small handheld to full-blown next-gen titles.
Crashes have no consequences in pricey racing sim.
Common Sense Media
18 January 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Gran Turismo is a racing simulation game, and that it encourages players to drive carefully and with precision. That said, high speed collisions do occur, and the game doesn’t accurately depict the dire consequences of forceful accidents, which could lead younger players, who have yet to learn how to drive, to believe that crashes aren’t all that serious.
Excerpt: For any fan of the long running Gran Turismo series, patience is a virtue both on and off the race track. Formerly announced simultaneously with the PSP console at E3 2004, Gran Turismo PSP has almost become the Chinese Democracy of the gaming world, with five and a half years separating this hype-fuelled demonstration to the day the sacred blue and red letters lined screens worldwide.