Summary: After 12 months of delays, there was a real danger that Gran Turismo 4 couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. But as with its high-octane predecessors, GT4 leaves every other driving sim stalled on the starter grid. Expanding on Gran Turismo 3 — one of the PS2’s biggest-selling titles — it features a staggering 700 different cars and 50 tracks from around the world, each modelled in microscopic detail on their real-life counterparts.
Conclusion: Their appearance in motion, well, it’s hard to tell the difference at this stage between GT 3 and GT 4: Prologue when the game is in motion except for one huge exception. The sensation of speed has finally been improved. Now if you take a Skyline up to 250+km/hr it feels like it, as opposed to merrily trundling along.
Excerpt: So, once again we’re confronted with the so-called quintessential PlayStation racer. You may sense a distain in our tone, a certain edginess even. Well put yourselves in our reviewing shoes for just one moment. Imagine standing at the very top of a cliff and before you are a queue of people, a million souls in total.
Summary: Sony PlayStation 2 1-2 Players, 1-6 LAN Players Rated E (Everyone) Release Date 2004/12/28 (JP), 2005/02/22 (US), 2005/03/09 (EU) Retail Price $49.99 Buy at Amazon Overall Rating 9 out of t0 The Gran Turismo series of racing simulations have been generally recognized as the best available for the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, if not for all consoles. This installment in the series further refines the fit and finish of an already great game.
Conclusion: The GT games have always been a bit like a car-lovers version of a virtual train set, and GT4 is a Hornby Deluxe super glossy all weather anorak with sexy toggles on rails. Understand? Unless you love exhaust fumes and washing your car thrice weekly probably not.
Pros: 720!? Cars…., Always looks gorgeous., Improved handling., Those replays., The photo mode.
Cons: It’s more a, or, than a real racer, and fails to hide the fact very well., Dumb AI acts just like the Playstation original, and the lack of grip with bog standard tyres is ridiculously low., The quest for Golds in the tests could drive you mental., No online racing.
Conclusion: We're dealing with THE racing game, one of those rare titles that define a genre and match the exact definition of the type of production they are. GT 4 is a realistic driver simulator in its essence and its arcade elements are zero, unless you count the damage concept. Not having so many competitors in this field, it's easily the best game of the genre, challenging even mildly-related games like Need for Speed, TOCA Race Driver or the Test Drive series.
Excerpt: Believe it or not, this was suppose to be a cover for one of our past issues of GAX
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