Gran Turismo (PlayStation)

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The first game in the Gran Turismo series of racing simulations.

You can choose between the arcade version (featuring classic cars such as Corvettes and Aston Martins) or the simulation, which is the true heart of the game. The simulation starts you on an entire racing career beginning with a cheap used car and second-rate tracks. You will find yourself longing for the Dodge Viper as your sad $10,000 starting fund puts you behind the wheel of a used Honda Prelude or Mazda RX-7. As you win races, acquire money, and earn advanced licenses, you are able to buy better cars and race in more competitive matches right up to the GT World Cup.

Features more than 140 cars.


Gran Turismo PlayStation A close up shot from the replay mode.
Gran Turismo PlayStation The 427 accelerates it faster than almost any car in the game.
Gran Turismo PlayStation In the driver's seat. First person view gives you a good feel for the road, but third person tends to give you better positioning.
Gran Turismo PlayStation Woo hoo ! 158 MPH unmodified !!!

Alternate Titles

  • "GT" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

The best racing game The Holy Moly (21) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Ahhhh Ashley Pomeroy (233) unrated
Revolutionized Racing Sims, and Continues to Sell Playstations Glenn Barnett (15) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 23, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Edge Jan 27, 1998 10 out of 10 100
Absolute Playstation May, 1998 98 out of 100 98
Absolute Playstation May, 1998 98 out of 100 98
Gamezilla 1998 96 out of 100 96
Ultra Game Players 1998 95 out of 100 95
Entertainment Weekly Jun 19, 1998 A- 91
PSX Extreme Dec 01, 1999 9.1 out of 10 91
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Dec 07, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug 15, 2001 9 out of 10 90


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1001 Video Games

Gran Turismo appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

References to the game

This game is referenced in the Eiffel 65 song, My Console.


According to developer Polyphony Digital, Gran Turismo sold 10,850,000 copies worldwide since its original release.


  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #21 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
Information also contributed by J. Michael Bottorff

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Brolin Empey (700) added Gran Turismo (PlayStation) on Apr 23, 2001