Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (PlayStation 2)

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This is the third game in the Gran Turismo series of racing games.

The game is now an even more realistic driving experience with lighting now having an effect on the game, such as buildings blocking the sunlight. There are smoke effects caused by skidding and 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 Greek Bastard (25) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
A whole new experience, and a sign of things to come... Kartanym (10755) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
An excellent product. JPaterson (9118) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Great Game For Its time Pedro Cunha (247) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A strong candidate for the best driving game ever. Jim Fun (222) unrated

Critic Reviews

Cincinnati Enquirer Aug 01, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Consoles Plus Jun, 2001 98 out of 100 98
PlanetPS2 Jul 16, 2001 94 out of 100 94 Aug 16, 2001 94 out of 100 94 Jul 20, 2001 92 out of 100 92
GameSpy Jul 26, 2001 91 out of 100 91
DarkZero Dec 24, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
Gaming Age Jul 12, 2001 A- 91
ZTGameDomain Jun 30, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Game Revolution Jul, 2001 B+ 83


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1001 Video Games

Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


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.


According to developer Polyphony Digital, Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec sold 14,890,000 copies worldwide since its original release, making it the best selling title in the franchise at the moment of writing.


  • 4Players
    • 2001– Best Simulation of the Year
  • 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)
  • IGCD Internet Game Cars Database (Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.)
  • 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