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 Title screen.
Gran Turismo PlayStation What racing game would be complete without at least one muscle car? For those of you who are wondering what the 427 stands for, that's how many cubic inches all eight cylinders hold. That's HUGE.
Gran Turismo PlayStation Over the river and through some tunnels... Gran Turismo tracks cover a number of different sceneries.
Gran Turismo PlayStation In at the Dodge dealership.

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
Game Vortex Feb 06, 2004 98 out of 100 98
Gaming Age Feb 03, 2001 97 out of 100 97
Gamezone (Germany) Apr 26, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
Ultra Game Players 1998 95 out of 100 95
Video Games May, 1998 94 out of 100 94
PSX Extreme Dec 01, 1999 9.1 out of 10 91
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