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Critic Reviews

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Difficulty complaints aside, Gran Turismo is truly an amazing game. There has never been a game quite like it on the Playstation, and unless Sony puts out a sequel, I don’t think that anyone is going to be matching it any time soon. Whether you’re a hard-core racing sim fan, or just a casual gamer who feels like a few laps around a track, Gran Turismo has something for you. This is the last word in console racing games, period.
Edge (Jan 27, 1998)
Racing titles have remained fundamentally the same for the last 20 years. While GT doesn’t represent as immediate and apparent a departure from racing games as Super Mario 64 did for platform games, for example, it is the most realistic, detailed and playable example of an extensive genre. Not only does it redefine the concept of PlayStation racing games, Gran Turismo sets a new standard of excellence for all other platforms to follow.
HonestGamers (May 23, 2004)
Overall, this is one of my all time favorite games ever. It's got it all. Never has a racer been this realistic, or unique. I love just zoomin' around in a Nissan Skyline. There's nothing like racing to the car dealership, and using your last penny to purchase the best parts for your car you can, the customizing them to fit your needs, it's great! I'd recommend this game for any racing fan, or just...Anyone! It's fantastic.
Everyone who has a PlayStation should play this game. Even when you don't particularly like driving games, you will still enjoy playing this.
GamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
Never before has a racing game gotten so many things right. Turismo rockets to the top with unbelievable depth, raucous arcade actin, challenging sim gameplay, and more cars than a mall parking lot. It's worth every penny.
Game Revolution (May, 1998)
But this is the only flaw I could find to gripe about. The rest of the game is just fantastic. There is simply no other racing game for the PSX with the same graphic quality, depth, detail, and replay value. This is an absolute must-buy for racing fans, and is still highly recommended for everyone else. Gran Turismo earns a rare 'A'.
(PAL version)
This game has more depth to it than many RPG and Adventure games. The aim is to start with a underpowered second hand car and build it up to a true racing machine by using the prize money from races that you take part in. Every time you slightly modify your car it races completely differently - meaning that you have to adjust your cornering and braking strategies for each track continually. There is literally months of gameplay in this title. I would confidently say that this is the most in-depth and enjoyable racing experience ever created on and computer or videogame system. I would guess that this will not change for quite some time!
Game Vortex (Feb 06, 2004)
Gran Turismo is a solid title with an offering of cutting edge gameplay, graphics, and sound. The inclusion of two radically different modes, which are both great in their own right, offers a variety of gameplay options for the gamer. Varying the physics engines allows the gamer to “tweak” the game depth and response to their liking. The physics engines are very good; the graphics engine is superb. The graphics in this game show that amazing things can be accomplished with that same old familiar console.
(Japanese version)
When Gran Turismo finally arrives on a format for your system don't even think twice about renting this excellent racer, buy first. In fact if the cash flow is on the low side then trade in all of your other racers to allow you to obtain this little gem.
Gaming Age (Feb 03, 2001)
The bottom line is this. You have not seen a racing game this good or this complete on a home console, ever. The sheer volume of machines coupled with the unequaled graphics and the excellent control and gameplay makes for an instant legend. Buy the import version, though, since many of these cars will be cut due to licensing when Gran Turismo hits North America.
Gamezilla (1998)
This is a game that all racing fans should own. Don't try to just play the arcade mode because it is the simulation mode that makes the game so great. It is not an easy game to play but once you get the hang of it, you will love it. I think the ability to customize the cars kept me playing just so I would see how the next upgrade would effect my ride. Stop reading this and go buy it now!
Long after other racing games are played out and gathering dust on the shelf, Grand Turismo will continue to offer fresh gameplay as players explore its intense level of detail. While depth certainly distances this title from most racers, the graphics in Grand Turismo will set it apart as well. Even the most jaded gamers will find themselves running replay after replay of their races just to admire the spectacular graphics engine. With its detail, solid graphics, and tight control, Grand Turismo will wow both racing fans and car lovers alike.
Gamezone (Germany) (Apr 26, 2001)
Die Spielprogrammierung und -grafik läßt keine Wünsche offen und versetzt den Spieler in die absolute Racing-Atmosphäre. Das realistische Handling und die grafisch aufwendig gestaltete Umgebung erzeugt ein absolutes "Mittendrin"-Gefühl. Die detailgenaueste und packendste Rennsimulation aller Zeiten.
IGN (Aug 23, 1998)
Gran Turismo is truly the mother of all racing games up to date. It has it all: awesome gameplay, brilliant replays, and a reality factor that'll astound even the most hardened gamers -- no pun intended.
Video Games (May, 1998)
Anschnallen und staunen! Als ein geschworener Rennspielfan kann ich nur sagen: Hut ab! Dank der Tonnen an Setup-Optionen und Fahrzeugen hat meine Euphoriekurve eine schwindelerregende Wertungshöhe erreicht. Um so mehr erfreut es, hinter den zahlreichen Einstellungsvarianten ein herausragendes Raserspektakel zu entdecken. Gran Turismo brilliert mit einer einzigartigen Detailtreue, Physikpräzision und Realitätsnähe. Bei aller Perfektion stört mich allerdings trotzdem etwas: Warum sich bei jedem noch so wilden Crash die Karosserie nicht einen Millimeter verformt, will mir einfach nicht einleuchten.
Mega Fun (Feb, 1998)
Hut ab vor diesem Game. Was Sony Japan hier auf die Beine äh Reifen gestellt hat, ist wirklich einmalig. Nicht nur beeindruckt Gran Turismo mit seiner tollen und schnellen Grafik, auch der Aufbau derselben ist schön flüssig. Soundtechnisch verwöhnen knackige Soundsamples der unterschiedlichen Boliden das Ohr des Spielers. Den Vogel schießt aber der Story-Modus ab. der die Motivation zum Spielen wirklich fast unbegrenzt garantiert, denn bei der großen Auswahl an Autos könnt Ihr immer wieder von vorne beginnen, ein Top-Team hochzuzüchten. Eine tolle Idee ist auch das Tuning, so ähnelt bald keines der Autos mehr dem anderen, denn jeder Spieler kann seinen persönlichen Vorlieben beim Aufbohren seines Bocks freien Lauf lassen.
Joystick (French) (Mar, 1998)
En gros, nous tenons ici un hit en puissance, le nouveau "Veau d'or" de la conduite.
Entertainment Weekly (Jun 19, 1998)
Whether you're zooming around the screen in a stripped-down Honda Civic or a souped-up Aston Martin DB7, you'll swear Gran Turismo is Spanish for wickedly comprehensive. More than 150 real-world cars are at your disposal in this racing simulator, each of which you first buy (with virtual cash) and then tweak (camberangle adjustment, anyone?). Talk about attention to detail: You even need to earn a driver's license in order to enter a racing circuit. Wisely, the game left out the speeding tickets.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 15, 1999)
The ten tracks are realistic but not very interesting. The rocking soundtrack features several licensed songs, including a track by my favorite band - Garbage. Gran Turismo was one of the first games to support vibration feedback, and it feels amazing as you roll over grass. Although the controls are supposed to be ultra-realistic, it's hard to steer rear-wheel drive cars in this game without fishtailing all over the place. Otherwise Gran Turismo is a landmark title for the Playstation that took the world of racing to a whole new level.
PSX Extreme (Dec 01, 1999)
With 166 cars, 11 tracks, a long simulation mode that can last you about half a year, an Arcade mode and tons of goodies to unlock, believe me when I say that GT will last you for about a year.
Meristation (May 16, 1998)
Tras varios meses en los que Gran Turismo estaba triunfando en Japón, ¡por fin! llega la versión europea PAL simultaneamente en todos los paises. El mejor juego de coches ha llegado a nuestra consola para arrasar de manos de la mismísima Sony.
Gran Turismo puts a refreshingly different spin on the racing genre, giving the first real feeling of 'ownership' over the vehicles. There is actually a challenge to the game beyond getting the fastest times'. Gran Turismo bills itself as the Real Driving Simulator, and it certainly captures the excitement of sitting behind the wheel of a top motor.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Dec 07, 2002)
In my opinion, this game is an overall great racing car game. Fun for all ages and a very hard game to get bored of. Sure you might stop playing it for awhile after months of grueling and intensified play, but you'll always come back to it, trust me.
GameSpot (Jan 15, 1998)
Racing games generally come in two forms - arcade-style or sim - and so do racing fans. Some players enjoy the raw excitement and unfettered control of an action-oriented contest, while others go gaga over the realistic physics and heavy-duty customization features of a sim-style game. Rare indeed, almost nonexistent, is a racer that has a legitimate appeal to both camps, a game that blends the elements of action and sim in such a subtle manner that something altogether new is the result.