Summary: You already own a PSP probably if you're looking at this, and might probably owned a version of Gran Turismo on one of Sonys previous consoles or at the very least be aware of its existance. So you'll know its been an excellent title, outstanding and THE driving simulator on pretty much ANY console. To summerise - this isn't the version to buy. Don't get me wrong and start clicking 'unhelpful review button' if you a fan or the series.
Summary: I found this game hard work. I didnt like the infrastructure of the menus. The graphics during play are up to the usual polyphony excellent standards. It's smooth to play. I have, however, spent 10's of 1000's of laps on GT4. I've been spoilt. ;) This is a good game.. but didn't quite grab my personal satisfaction on long journeys.
Read up on it otherwise you might be disappointed!
Abdullah Khalid, amazon.co.uk
28 October 2009
Summary: This is a beautiful game, drives and looks like a dream (if not for some rendering glitches in the racing tracks) This is NOT a full-size console GT game, buying and customizing cars is a joke, Midnight Club LA Remix had more options than GT! But: it does not detract much from the game.
Summary: So a few things the other reviews don't cover in detail... I've had this game since the PSP launch, and my previous history is restricted to playing GT2 on a PS1. Having obtained the UMD version, the load times were tearing my hair out. Fortunately you can copy the game data to your memory card, which makes load times much more acceptable. The other really annoying thing is the in-game music.
Summary: Much like the other reviewers, I can't help feeling something is amiss in this game... At first its great, same old fave tracks, cars etc...however, this novelty very soon wears off, as you wonder why you are racing round the tracks - whats the goal here? To go up to another skill level on the same track.... After only a few hours I end up owning a touring car, which seems great - now I can really trounce the opposition.
Summary: Other than a few graphical glitches, the look and feel of the driving is exceptional for a handheld, and once you progress to the faster cars, it feels as good as GT2 (which is the last one in the series I have played to any real extent). I expected this to be like the GT prologues, which in some respects it is - but with one major flaw... The fundamental problem is that there is no 'game' to speak of.
Summary: I guess I should've trusted the reviews. No career mode really takes most of the joy out of playing gran turismo. I guess it's still the best racing game for portables if you don't like arcade racers. Now it just feels like a rushed game or just one made by a b-team.
Summary: Yes I no the game lacks a career mode, but it's still great. What I do is a pick a really slow car (I use one that 11bhp to pass the D rank races). That way I always have a challenge on my hand. With all those races to do as well, in addition to D/C/B/A and S class ranks to pass, this game will keep me entertained for months.