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Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (PlayStation 2)

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The third game in the Gran Turismo series of racing games for PlayStation and PlayStation 2.

This time with an even more realistic driving experience. Lighting now has an effect on the game, such as buildings blocking the sunlight. There are now smoke effects caused by skidding. Now there is even heat rising from the road.


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Alternate Titles

  • "GT3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Gran Turismo 2000" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Best racing game ever, but not without some flaws. gozilla (64) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Still playing it... The Holy Moly (21) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
Excellent racer but with one major flaw Random Fiste (9) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
The biggest, cutest, most fun racing game available on any platform, EVER. Tibes80 (1495) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Great Game but least favorite of the series. Jeff Robinson (59) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
This racer acts like a drug, for better or worse Eierfratz (9) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
A whole new experience, and a sign of things to come... Kartanym (10785) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
An excellent product. JPaterson (9161) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Great Game For Its time Pedro Cunha (221) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A strong candidate for the best driving game ever. Jim Fun (222) unrated

The Press Says

IGN Aug 07, 2001 9.8 out of 10 98
Consoles Plus Jun, 2001 98 out of 100 98
Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
GameSpot Jul 10, 2001 9.4 out of 10 94
Gamesmania Jul 20, 2001 93 out of 100 93
GameSpy Jul 26, 2001 91 out of 100 91
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 08, 2003 9 out of 10 90 Jul 19, 2001 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Game Critics Aug 03, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
The Video Game Critic Jul 24, 2001 B- 67


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Although Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec is more advanced in the graphics department than Gran Turismo 2, GT2 featured around 500 cars and 27 tracks. GT3 has 19 tracks and around 150 cars. This was due to time constraints; the extra detail that developers went to when developing vehicles and tracks for GT3 made the scope of GT2 an unrealistic goal.


  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – PS2 Racing Game of the Year
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #94 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

Related Web Sites

  • Gran Turismo 3 (Sony's official portal for Gran Turismo 3.)
  • Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (Official website)
  • (A site for submitting your race/lap/licence/time trial best times and see how you compare to the rest of the world. No driving up against walls or off-track allowed.)
  • GT Planet (Covering the World of Gran Turismo)
  • Racing-Line (A lap times database. No wall-riding or off-course times are allowed, but there IS a specific hybrid section)
  • The House Of GT (Online racing centre. Also the source of mk's GT3/GT Concept garage editor.)
Brolin Empey (700) added Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (PlayStation 2) on Apr 23, 2001