I can still remember the very first time my dad and I turned on the PS1, the logo and delightful sound that sends shivers down your spine with excitement, then starting a new game he bought on his way home, after a short while…the sounds of engines began roaring through the speakers and a giant smile came across our faces as we took each controller in hand, pressed the X button and away we began racing in Gran Turismo.
Cut to 20 years later for what could be considered their 20th anniversary, developer Polyphony Digital is still going strong with their product and it really shows when you start up their newest game in the Gran Turismo franchise. The appeal that first came in the Gran Turismo series is thanks to its eye for detail when it comes to graphics, a number of licensed vehicles, attention to detail of those vehicles you drive, accurate driving physics in its game design and the emulation presented, with the ability to tune your performance.
Still to this day when sitting down and playing Gran Turismo Sport, it’s a wonder on how well the handling of the vehicles are closer than ever to real-life driving, the physics of the cars are what makes this game quite something. When you turn in a corner with the gas pedal down for gaining as much momentum you can, the car has difficulties turning easily which will land you right out of track and into a wall.
So how has Gran Turismo Sport been for the time I’ve been playing? Well to be honest it has changed in ways that’s hard to put your finger on. While the formula stays the same but crafted with more precision than the previous entries, there still lies something beneath the beauty that makes it seem to have a darker side.
One of the things that immediately sprung out to be a rather different approach producer Kazunori Yamauchi-san did, was the big emphasis on the game being “online only”. Every part of the game has been engineered to make sure you can only enjoy the rest of the 85% if you are connected to the internet all the time. The last 15% can be found in the available arcade mode, here is where you can play against the AI, play against another player, or try out the VR mode, this is something you can play both online and offline but as you stay offline, there is no way to save any of your progress.
Something that was fascinating in terms of design choice was the museum, in here you are able to visit any of the chosen car manufacturers in countries that resides in America, Europe and Asia. When visiting either manufacturer, there is the option to look at selected types of videos which is streamed from Youtube, the available cars in the game that you can get a closer look on for all the specs and story. Plus, as an added bonus on top of it, you have the option to view the history of all the manufacturers from start, all the way up to now.
Just being able to go through each picture and read the small descriptions that tells you the very beginning of Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Chevrolet and many more. There’s a certain joy to read about all these companies on how they started from nothing and became what they are today. So much history is present I believe that you begin to enjoy learning about cars and the legacy that comes with them, as well as learning when they coexisted with other real-time events.
However, if there’s one big thing that can be pointed out is a fault on how much fun it can bring playing this game. In my Rocket League review on my website, I went into some detail on how fun when driving needs to be a certain factor in the game you play before being able to really captivate your players. That is where Gran Turismo has its fault, while not being a completely negative, it does go into what we players can dread when something also happens in other games that seems weird.
What I mean here, is that no matter how you want to play Gran Turismo Sport, you will have to do it by Polyphony Digital’s rules, their way of driving and if you don’t abide by them, then you will get punished with time as well as points.
All this boiled down to its core is a game that wants you to love cars, be excited when seeing cars, wanting to learn more about cars and their history, become interested in how cars work while also become a better driver through Gran Turismo Sport ‘s learning curve.
In the end, Gran Turismo Sport is a beautiful game all the way through every aspect of its game design (especially when you can play it on a 4K tv), and with the creator Kazunori Yamauchi-san saying that the game will be the first in the second era of the Gran Turismo franchise. I can see it become only better from here with little hope that they might experiment more on the VR side. Plus, who knows? We racers might be in luck for more cars coming out as patches rolls out from the pitstop to make the real driving simulator even more stunning.
Thank you guys very much for reading, keep driving towards the goal while appreciating the art that is Gran Turismo.
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