Gran Turismo 3: A-spec
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PSX Extreme (10 out of 10)
By now your eyes are sore and you're thinking 'when the hell is this review going to end'? Well you can shut your pie hole and quit your whining because it's done, finished, finito, zaconchin, finition, ende, revestimento, eh you get the idea. Gran Turismo 3 is not only the best Playstation 2 game available for the PS2, but it may very well take my "Game of the Year" award. I should also mention that GT3 is the very first Playstation 2 game to earn a perfect ten from me, but which game will steal tens across the board? I shouldn't have to tell you that GT3 will be a must own title, and no PS2 library will be complete without a copy, 1 million Japanese owners sure think so, shouldn't you? If you haven't already, YOU MUST GET GT3! Your life depends on it!Jul 10th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Eurogamer.net (UK) (10 out of 10)
I've been playing Gran Turismo 3 solidly for a week now, doing little else in that time, and I can't honestly say that I've done more than scratch the surface yet. I will probably be playing this game for months, and even then I won't finish it. It's all-encompassing, and like its predecessors before it, teaches the racing genre a thing or two about itself. Developers will be copying it for years, gamers will be playing it for years. It doesn't matter who you are, you should buy GT3. It's not perfect, but it's very, very close.Jul 28th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
GamePro (US) (5 out of 5)
The GT series has a huge worldwide fan base, and GT3 measures up to those high expectations with style and depth. If you?re into racing at all, this instant classic is simply a must-own game.Jul 9th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
GamersMark (10 out of 10)
All in all (tell me if you saw this one coming) this game roxxors. Not only does it have beautiful graphics, excellent control, more cars than you could ever need (wait...there is no such thing as too much when dealing with cars), and great lasting value, GT3 is certainly here to stay, taking its rightful place in the Gran Turismo series.Aug 3rd, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) ( )
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec is one of those rare offerings that pretty much everyone who has a PS2 should own. Even if you’re not a huge racing fan, you’re not going to find a better showpiece for your system, and the Arcade mode is still accessible enough that anyone can find it an absolute blast. Simulation fans should buckle up, though, because once you leap into the deeper modes of this title, there’s no turning back, since this is some of the most realistic, heart-pounding road action to ever translate to a digital medium. Tight controls, amazing physics and superb track design all make for the ride of your life, while a massive roster of cars and challenges should keep you busy for months on end. On top of all of this, it should be stated that words cannot adequately describe the graphics. We could toss around the phrase “photo-realism” without too much exaggeration, and “live footage” wouldn’t be too far from the mark either.Sep 28th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
PSM (10 out of 10)
Between arcade mode (a full game in and of itself) and the full-on Gran Turismo simulation mode, be prepared to invest a substantial chunk of your life (more than 50 hours) on this game. But trust us, if you love cars, you won't regret a minute of it. GT3 is simply the best racing game ever produced.Jul 2001 · PlayStation 2
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (10 out of 10)
The fact of the matter is, GT3 is the best racing game ever made. It may not feature as many cars as Gran Turismo 2, but it more than makes up for this with superior car physics, more upgrades, more events, more tracks, better graphics, more songs and, overall, more replay value. When it comes down to it, this game will take longer to fully complete than any other racing game out there, and because it has such an amazingly realistic engine, you'll enjoy every minute of it.2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Racing fans, it just doesn't get better than this. "Gran Turismo 3 A-spec" is exactly what you've been waiting for and more. So strap yourself in for the ride of your life and see what all the hoopla is about.Aug 1st, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
GamesFirst! ( )
I have no qualms stating that this game live up to its "killer app" status. Everyone who plays video games must play GT3, racing fan or no, if only to see it, to experience it, to know what it is all about. However, due to the lack of innovation in game play since the last title, and the all too familiar tracks and racing behavior, players who have tired of the GT formula should play before they buy. For all those new to GT, you have a truly great gaming experience ahead of you.Sep 27th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
IGN (9.8 out of 10)
I don't think many people will be disappointed with this game. Like I said, it's not perfect, but then most things aren't. GT3 offers the finest racing, the best cars and the highest-quality automotive audio-visual feast available on any gaming system anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, it's an absolutely essential purchase for anyone who loves cars and racing.Aug 7th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
GameZone (9.8 out of 10)
GT3 is extremely fun to play against others and it even includes i.link support to connect two separate PS2's (with two TV's).Jul 16th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Consoles Plus (98 out of 100)
On a rarement vu un jeu de caisses d'une telle qualité. Incontournable pour celui qui aime tout ce qui roule sur console.Jun 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Playstation Illustrated (97 out of 100)
Well, I guess if everything else is as great as it is, I shouldn't harp too much on such a small thing, but sheesh! - it should be an easy thing to do, just put an option in the Options menu.Aug 26th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Armchair Empire, The (9.6 out of 10)
While countless games have fallen horribly short after a barrage of hype, GT3 actually lives up to it. The game looks great, has a little something for most anyone interested in racing games, and plays extremely well. If you have a Playstation 2, this is a very worthy addition to its library.Aug 8th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Game Informer Magazine (9.5 out of 10)
The computer opponents are intelligent and vigorous drivers, and the new environmental effects only add to the formidable task at hand. Whether you’re fighting for visibility behind a dust cloud, or cautiously navigating a damp highway, each track delivers a different challenge. The controls are as true to life as can be, especially when using the Logitech GT Force wheel peripheral. Best of all, the multiplayer experience now includes I-link play.Aug 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Gamezone (Germany) (9.5 out of 10)
Wie schon erwähnt, ist das Fahrverhalten unglaublich, auch die Grafik, so ist z.B. das Streckendesign und die Zeichnung der Autos ein wahrer Augenschmaus. Egal ob der Lichteinfall zwischen den Bäumen, die realistischen Spiegelungen auf den Wagen oder der Glanz einer nassen Fahrbahnen, hier sieht alles fast wie echt aus. Auch die Motorengeräusche der vielzahligen Boliden sind perfekt und sehr unterschiedlich. Neben quietschenden Reifen ist sogar der Fahrtwind zu hören.Jun 10th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Power Unlimited (94 out of 100)
Misschien heb ik wel nog net genoeg ruimte om af te sluiten met de mededeling dat Gran Turismo 3 op dit ogenblik al mijn vrije tijd opslokt en terwijl Ed wanhopig aan de lijn hangt om te vragen waar mijn andere teksten blijven, moet ik gewoon mijn rondetijd verbeteren en mijn laatste licentie halen. Ik raak er met het uur meer van overtuigd dat deze game echt die titel is waarvoor mensen speciaal een PlayStation 2 in huis zullen halen. Ik weet in ieder geval dat ik dat zou doen want deze shit is gewoon de bomb.Aug 2001 · PlayStation 2
Gaming Target (9.4 out of 10)
Simply put, Gran Turismo 3 is the first true killer app and AAA game for PlayStation 2. No questions about it. Yes, some people will get turned off by the realism and challenge of making corners, but that realism is what makes Gran Turismo great. If you can't handle the realism, the arcade mode might satisfy for a while, but you're best off sticking to Ridge Racer. The rest of us can know GT3 is the ultimate racing game. Don't take my word for it, just play it and see for yourself.Jul 19th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
GameSpot (9.4 out of 10)
Ultimately, there's little more that racing fans can ask for that Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec doesn't have. Its endless tuning options and many racing events will keep you engrossed in the game for many months, and it's accessible enough to be enjoyed by anyone who's the least bit interested in driving an exotic car, and quite frankly, who isn't? Your PlayStation 2 library would be incomplete without this game.Jul 10th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Gamezilla (94 out of 100)
This game rocks, so do yourself a favor and go buy it now. Don’t listen to anyone telling you otherwise. We finally have a Gran Turismo game with beautiful graphics to match the incredible gameplay. Sure they cut some things back but based on what we got, I have no problem with that. One word of caution though; this game will suck away hours of your life. I have been playing on and off for a week and I am only 28% complete with the game. When you hear boasts of over 100 hours of gameplay, I suggest you take them seriously.Jul 24th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Futuregamez.net (94 out of 100)
Gran Turismo 3 is definitely one of the best racing games in history and while I've pretty much lashed out at this game, it was really for a couple of things that hardly deserve a mention. Just driving the cars is a joy and completing the Gran Turismo Mode will definitely take a lot of time. This really is a "must have" game on the Playstation 2.Aug 16th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
PlanetPS2 (94 out of 100)
Despite the few flaws, Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec is by far the best racing game available on any platform. The incredible mix of eye-popping visuals and realistic physics make this game the title to own for the PS2. If you enjoy racing games, or simply driving titles in general, then Gran Turismo 3 is for you. If you are not a fan of this type of game, you might want to just rent it for the "wow" factor, as this is a game for the purists –- seemingly infinite in its detail, depth, and realism.Jul 16th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Gamesmania.de (93 out of 100)
GT3 bietet viel mehr als andere Rennspiele, lässt aber auch einige Wünsche offen. Bis zum perfekten "Driving Simulator", der von Projektleiter Kazunori Yamauchi angestrebt wird, ist es jedenfalls noch ein weiter Weg. Doch der Aufwand, der in die nahezu makellose Präsentation des Spiels investiert wurde, hat sich allemal gelohnt. Weit und breit ist kein Kandidat in Sicht, der diesem Rennspiel-Highlight das Wasser reichen kann.Jul 20th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
4Players.de (92 out of 100)
Gran Turismo 3 ist mit Sicherheit das erste Spiel, das einen vom Kauf einer PS2 überzeugen könnte. Im Prinzip stimmt einfach alles: Die Grafik ist bis auf sehr wenige Ausnahmen ein Genuss, der Sound -abgesehen von der Mehrheit der Musikstücke- grandios und Steuerung und Fahrphysik sind eine Klasse für sich. Und doch: Irgendwie wird man das Gefühl nicht los, dass GT3 nichts anderes ist als eine grafisch aufgebohrte Fassung des schon exzellenten GT2. Keine großen Überraschungen, aber das dafür in einer hohen Qualität. Andererseits stellt sich natürlich die Frage, welche Veränderungen im Vergleich zum Vorgänger hätten durchgeführt werden können. Ist Gran Turismo 3 jetzt das „beste Rennspiel aller Zeiten“? Vielleicht. Fest steht, dass die Messlatte für Rennspiele jetzt erst mal ein ganzes Stück höher gesetzt wurde.Jul 20th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
GameSpy (91 out of 100)
When you come right down to it, what you have is perhaps the most gorgeous PS2 game to date, running what is, alternately, an enhanced and (depending on your point of view) stripped down version of GT2. Those new to the series will almost certainly love this game, while veterans may have mixed emotions. For those veterans who have been holding off on a PS2 purchase to see if GT3 would provide a totally overhauled racing experience, there's likely to be at least some disappointment here. Still, it's the best racer out there, and if it seems similar in many respects to GT2, then that should really be construed as a compliment to just how good GT2 really was, rather than a black mark against GT3.Jul 26th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
DarkZero (9.1 out of 10)
Gran Turismo is a truly great game. It is worth the £20 it is out now at Platinum price, and however many bugs you can find, as long as you are a racing sim fan, you will enjoy.Dec 24th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Gaming Age (A-)
GT3 doesn't disappoint. The AI could be better, but everything else kicks too much ass to worry about it.Jul 12th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Gamereactor (Sweden) (9 out of 10)
Gran Turismo 3 är i stora drag ett Gran Turismo 2 i snyggare, mer välstruken kostym. Väntar man sig några stora spelmässiga skillnader blir man besviken. Spelmässiga skillnader är dock inte att tänka på då de föregående spelen fortfarande är det bästa du kan köpa för pengar. Jag har väntat länge på det här och finner mig lika uppslukad som jag blev av det första spelet. På minuskontot hittar jag dock en tragisk avsaknad av realtidsdeformering, en tråkig artificiell intelligens och ett betydligt mindre antal bilar än i det föregående spelet. Detta översköljs dock snabbt av den underbara kvalitet som genomsyrar hela produktionen och Polyphony har än en gång fått mig att fastna framför min TV.May 8th, 2003 · PlayStation 2 · read review
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (9 out of 10)
Gran Turismo 3: A Spec is everything we wanted; the graphics are so realistic itâs actually quite scary. The sound effects and background music push your adrenaline to the max, and youâll find yourself in shock after playing this game. A must have for ALL PlayStation 2 owners.May 15th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Gameplanet ( )
Other than the AI (which isn't bad, it just hasn't advanced since the previous games in the series) Gran Turismo 3 is the complete package as far as racing/driving games are concerned. It will become the pinnacle of the racing circuit in which all other future racing games will be compared with, in both terms of graphical content and realism. The fact that the game isn't perfect is actually an exciting prospect, as it means Sony can only improve on what is already a masterpiece. I only hope the next game in the GT series will finally feature at least one HSV Holden (hint, hint).Aug 6th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Peliplaneetta.net (90 out of 100)
GT3 on hyvä peli, eikä kannata uskoa ketään joka väittää muuta. Se vie konsoliautoilua roiman askeleen eteenpäin, tarjoaa hienoja autoja, upeaa ajotuntumaa ja ennen kaikkea vielä enemmän pelattavaa ja haastetta kuin edeltäjänsä. Mutta aivan purematta sitä ei tarvitse niellä. Grafiikan suhteen se lunastaa vain osan lupauksista ja vyöryttää PS2:n tehon todistustaakkaa Metal Gear Solid 2:n niskaan, ja pohjimmiltaan peli on kuitenkin vain päivitys. Mutta erinomainen päivitys erinomaiseen peliin, eikä se ole vähän se.Jul 24th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (9 out of 10)
GT3 simply does too many things right to be consumed by its faults. If you own a PS2, and even sort of like racing games, then you need to check this game out. Especially when you consider it’s now half price on platinum.Feb 15th, 2003 · PlayStation 2 · read review
ZTGameDomain (9 out of 10)
In the end GT3 is well worth the $50 price tag. If you own a PS2 you should own this game, it is the reason most of you bought a PS2 and it is a great sequel to an already amazing game! GT remains the king of the racing ring, will it ever be de-throned? Only time will tell that story but for now Gran Turismo sits high above the rest as the greatest racing game of all time...this is ZT out!Jun 30th, 2005 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Game Critics (9 out of 10)
So it is at this point that I cant help but wonder, "what next?" Aside from improving the AI, how could the Gran Turismo series—or any racing simulator for that matter—evolve? As I said earlier, GT3 preserves the Gran Turismo formula fundamentally unchanged, refining rather than creating. In doing so, it has become the most in-depth and complete racer ever. What more could a racing simulator possibly offer? Better graphics? Better physics? More upgrades? More exotic cars? At some point, refinement becomes self-defeating as gamers grow tired of overused concepts. Unfortunately, GT3 simply does not offer anything new or unique. Where will the creative minds of developers take simulators in the future? Despite its strengths, GT3 leaves that question unanswered.Aug 3rd, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20)
Le titre à se procurer sur PS2 sans aucun doute puisqu'il exploite véritablement le potentiel de la machine pour le mettre au service d'une simulation réaliste, technique, riche en sensations et surtout belle à en pleurer.Jul 16th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Gamekult (9 out of 10)
N'y allons pas par quatre chemins : Gran Turismo 3 A Spec est LE jeu de simulation automobile du moment, et il sera difficile de le détrôner. Le jeu va en surprendre plus d'un, et s'avère largement à la hauteur de nos attentes. Certes, tout n'est pas parfait (léger clipping, pas de vue cockpit), mais la réalisation globale est d'un niveau tel que ces petits défauts passent inaperçus. Les nombreuses épreuves du jeu lui confèrent une durée de vie impressionnante, augmentée encore par le potentiel de personnalisation des véhicules, sans oublier les modes Rallye et Formule Un. La précision du comportement des véhicules et leur excellente maniabilité hissent Gran Turismo 3 au summum de la simulation sur console... voire même sur tous supports confondus, après tout ! Sans le moindre doute, les fans de la série seront comblés, et les autres bluffés.Jul 20th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Super Play (Sweden) (9 out of 10)
Det är snyggt och är tekniskt bättre än föregångarna, men det är ingenting annat än ett snyggare Gran Turismo 2. Om jag kisar lite när jag spelar kan jag inte avgöra om det är tvåan eller trean jag spelar. Det hänger bara på grafiken. Det bästa med trea när den nya ratten och det fabulösa rallyåkandet. Annars är det bara mer av samma.Jul 2001 · PlayStation 2
Game Informer Magazine (9 out of 10)
It's been quite an endurance race for Sony in getting Gran Turismo 3 out, but cruise one lap around and you’ll be instantly thankful for the time well spent. Of course, you can't compare the two PlayStation systems, so the question is whether GT 3 is just a PS2 buff n' shine job, or an actual leap forward. I believe Gran Turismo 3 is the first true GT realization of mastermind Kazunori Yamauchi's vision of depth, playability, and visual splendor. There are areas to be worked on, but Gran Turismo's reign really starts here.Aug 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Computer Bild Spiele (1.64 out of 6)
Leider haben es die Entwickler verpasst, den computergesteuerten Fahrern eine glaubwürdige Intelligenz zu verpassen, und das schlägt sich auch im Testergebnis nieder. Die Gegner ziehen stur und immer fehlerfrei ihre Ideallinie auf dem Kurs. Nicht einmal heftige Rammattacken Ihrerseits können andere Fahrzeuge aus dem Rennen werfen. Da ist alles so geblieben wie bei den Vorgängern. Ansonsten wurde hier ganze Arbeit geleistet – der Traum des Programmierers Kazunori Yamauchi ist mit Gran Turismo 3 zu einem großen Teil Wirklichkeit geworden. Und „gut“.Jul 2001 · PlayStation 2
Game Revolution (B+)
A few features that were on the wish list of GT gamers everywhere continue to remain missing in action. There is no place to drag race and you still can't damage your car no matter how hard you try. And contrary to the advertised "fully customizable" cars, you cannot modify the exterior of your car beyond the wheels. So all you customization freaks out there are just plain out of luck. No fat GReddy tip, no ground effects from C-West, no spoilers - nothing. Surprisingly, you can't even change the color of the car once it's selected. If you win the pink car, it shall remain pink forever. At least you can still sell it.Jul 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Game Chronicles (8.2 out of 10)
There are two types of racing games and two types of people who play them. The diehard simulation guys like to tweak spoilers, modify gear ratios, and study the analyzer graphs to achieve peak peformance. These people are probably going to find Gran Turismo 3 just a bit too "arcade" for their tastes. With no damage model and no penalties for poor driving, not to mention a lack of a dash-view, this game can hardly be considered a simulation.Jul 18th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Bordersdown (8 out of 10)
While GT3 shows what the PS2 is capable of and sets the new standard in graphical power for future games, it does have its faults, which affect the game play and the way you play it. I for one will hope that GT4 will iron these faults and bring in real time damage to car models to give us the most realistic driving game ever.Dec 31st, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
There are some video game moments that will live with me forever. Docking my first ship in Elite, busting out of the city, and into a whole new world in Final Fantasy VII. Saving the Princess in Zelda, and buying my first car in Gran Turismo.Jul 19th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Edge (8 out of 10)
True, there are better racing games out there. The PlayStation’s TOCA WTC, with its excellent AI routines, and Le Mans on DC come to mind as superior all-out racing affairs. But the essence of the GT world has always been to take a car and its driver to the limit of their ability, rather than racing alone. And in this respect, GT3 truly refines this experience.Jun 18th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Game Critics (7.5 out of 10)
The production values of the graphics, sound, and gameplay content in GT3 are clearly high-caliber and worthy of being dubbed "next-generation." But I'm not so sure that the priorities were where they should be for a racing game. GT3 is still much more about the quantity of collecting authentically licensed cars and the simulated experience of what it's like to drive them rather than the quality of the actual racing competition. Until a better balanced is achieved, I only recommend this title to those who can tolerate or enjoy the "feel" of the questionably realistic diving model.Aug 3rd, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Gran Turismo 3 has its flaws, but both racing purists and arcade nuts will appreciate GT3's smooth action and attention to detail.Jul 24th, 2001 · PlayStation 2 · read review
Best racing game ever, but not without some flaws.
by gozilla (78)
When this game was released it was without question on of the beautiful racing games ever seen on any console. Being the first Gran Turismo on the PS2, the graphics department is one area where this game certainly didn’t disappoint. The amount of details in each car was astonishing, and the little touches like glowing brake discs under heavy breaking was a nice inclusion. Engine sounds were great in this game, except the V8 engines (good news is that GT4 has some beaut V8 engine sounds).
GT3 was a great game, and although it looked the best in the series, it really missed some features that the original one’s had. One set back was the lack of cars/variety of cars. There were 120+ cars in the game, but GT1 had about 150, and GT2 had 300+ cars, the 120 presented in GT3 did seem small. But the number wasn’t really the problem, it was the variety. For instance there is something like 6 different Mitubishi Lancers all practically the same.
Another drawback to the game was the sense of speed. Or lack of it actually. There are situations where you find yourself driving a car at 150+ and it feels like your just cursing around at 20kph.
But the biggest drawback to this game, in my opinion anyone, was the computer AI. The computer controlled cars were to too stupid and offered no challenge.
The Bottom Line
Even with it's flaws, this still is the best racing game (Until GT4 hits our shelves). This game (series of games) is the sole reason I ever bought a PS2 (and PSX/PSOne). The game still offered some of the most realistic handling and physics ever, without sacrificing playability too much. If you're a serious racing fan/car nut, go out and grab this game (should be budget priced now). Or you can just wait for GT4. (I have played GT4:Prologue. And it is great)
Sep 12th, 2004 · PlayStation 2
Excellent racer but with one major flaw
by Random Fiste (9)
Graphics are superb and smooth. Cars are rendered cleanly and have that signature shimmy and shine. Peripheral viewings as you are blazing down the courses is adequate for visual pleasure. It is not like you have a lot of time to ponder the surroundings unless you are in a slow car.
All aspects but one were stellar. The one major flaw in this game are the endurance races. If you want to get 100% in this game you have to go through the tedious and hour plus races that totally takes all the fun out of this title. These races should be for "extra" points and not for completion requirements. It is so bad that some people have given suggestions on how to tape your controller in a particular position and acceleration on the oval tracks to get through the races. It is then recommended to go to a move while your rigged controllers buzzes your car around the track. I like to enjoy my games, not have them be a job!
The Bottom Line
Awesome on road and off road actions. Great for simulation and quick racing. As long as you can avoid the endurance races, you got a class A title.
Dec 4th, 2001 · PlayStation 2
Still playing it...
by The Holy Moly (20)
Nice graphics. Large variety of music.
The first time that I played it I was very disappointed. There are no used cars. I was expecting a huge car line up. As an example there is the Chrysler dealership and the only car that it offers is the PT cruiser. A lot of the dealerships offer only a very small selection to choose from. Something is wrong with the stats. I bought a Mazda Miata and upgrade the motor so I was sitting on 280hp. It said that the car made 17 ft/lbs of torque. There are still the licenses to get but they seem almost pointless...like someone remembered that GT1 & GT2 had license tests so GT3 should have tests as well. You cannot adjust the level of the music and background volume as you could in the earlier versions. Instead you can only turn it on and off. I find that the music volume is barely audible and I would like to be able to adjust it. I could be wrong but it seems like the tachometer and speedometer are not custom to each car. All cars have a max 9k tac and 200mph speedo, they simply have different rev limiters. All in all the game feels less personal and detail oriented. For me this takes away from the overall fun factor. I am still playing this game, so if it grows on me with time I'll be sure to update this review. I am still playing the game trying to get into it but I'm so far having a hard time.
The Bottom Line
A graphical step step forward. The lack of detail and car selection is disappointing.
I would buy this game only if you already own a PS2 and the game is cheap.
Jul 28th, 2004 · PlayStation 2
The biggest, cutest, most fun racing game available on any platform, EVER.
by Tibes80 (1565)
Incredible Graphics - On first inspection you think, "Yeah, they're not bad", however after a bit of play you really appreciate how great they are. There are heaps of subtle touches - heat haze, track glare, smoke, environment mapping, shadows... it's all there. It amounts to something that could almost pass for real life video at some moments and really good computer graphics the rest of the time. Still impressive after a year or two out of the box!
Size - This is one big game, LOTS of tracks, LOTS of cars, LOTS of options and multiple modes of play. This game is the best value for money I've ever gotten from a game (maybe with the exception of 'Doom'). If only all games were this size we could justify the high cost!
Sound - Again, awesome. Sound effects are good, and each car has it's own growl. While not exactly the same as the real things, it's close enough, and closer than most other games have ever come. The music is also a good rock selection and while none of it is really well known, it all fits in with the atmosphere of the game and furthers the adrenaline rush.
Engine - The car handling is great and feels very true to life. At the same time you don't have to find tweaking minor details and studying stats and lap times fun, to do well - the emphasis is on the racing (as it should be!) - other games take note!
Not Much - There's not much wrong with the game at all. All I would say is that the "Gran Turismo" (career) mode could have been balanced a little better. By that I mean that it is very easy to work into a corner where the only races you are likely to win are ones which you don't quite have a car that meets the criteria. This requires you to repeat previous races in order to get the money for new vehicles and/or parts. After a while this becomes a drag - but this is only a minor thing, and better that than have the whole thing mapped out linearly for you.
The Bottom Line
A game worth buying a PS2 for. Simply awesome.
Jan 3rd, 2003 · PlayStation 2
Great Game For Its time
by Pedro Cunha (251)
This game has got lots of gameplay time, about 60 hours. The cars and tracks available are very high detailed. Also has different types of tracks, goes from technical, with lots of turns, to high speed tracks. Each car has a different handling. The endurance races are not too strenuous.
In this game there were only about 180 cars, way less than previous titles. Some professional events and races are just too long.
The Bottom Line
This game marks a huge leap in graphics and that's due to the change from PS to PS2. It allows you to have a very nice time, alone or with your friends. It justifies being one of the best selling PS2 games ever. It's a classic and if you can you should get it.
Aug 29th, 2012 · PlayStation 2
An excellent product.
by JPaterson (9522)
Everything. There is a wide variety of cars, from compact to sports, including some '80s cars. There are lots of tracks, and all of them appear to have been worked on extensively, with detailed buildings, environmental effects and sun glare. In Rally races, they've even included believable dirt tracks, which when played in two player mode, can really distort the view of a trailing car.
The Simulation, or Career mode, is outstanding. You can only buy a few cars with your measley starting credits (cash), and you use that car to win races to earn money to buy upgrades to improve your car. It has been really thought out and was implemented nicely.
The Arcade mode, which lets you play two-player battles, free run, and other races is also done nicely. Not only is it there for people who don't want to start a career, but some areas of this mode MUST be completed to get a 100% completion rating for the entire game.
The iLink battle is astounding. If you have the hardware to set this up, you are guaranteed one of the most exciting nights of your life. You can hook six PlayStation2's to each other, each connected to a separate television and race each other, all at once, just like you would find in a video arcade.
I can't really find anything bad to say about GT3:AS, but one thing I was disappointed at was the fact that they didn't include any '80s muscle cars, especially from Dodge, which were readily available in GT2. Other than that, the game is, well, perfect.
The Bottom Line
Any fan of racing games should pick this up no doubt. If you loved the previous GT games, you will adore this incarnation. People who aren't into racing would probably get bored of this game really fast, so I'd recommend it as a rental to non-race fans.
Jul 18th, 2001 · PlayStation 2
This racer acts like a drug, for better or worse
by CoffeeCrack (25)
It's not hard to explain what gets people hooked on this game. First and foremost, I would say the graphics are quite amazing, even eleven years after GT3's initial release they still look great.
And then there's the sense of achievement once you got your first car all prepped up and once you have won your first championship and got away with a new bonus car plus a decent amount of credits. It is then that you really want to try out more cars and can't racing the same few tracks over and over.
The Rally mode does not yet include the penalty system that pestered GT4. This is a relief because the rallies are rather difficult to master even without penalties.
The simplicity of the menu layouts and the speed of switching between screens are also much more of a relief as compared to the tedious and frequent loading screens of GT4. There's not so much aggravating loading involved in this title.
Back in 2001, this instalment may have been the epitome of racing sims on the PS2. At the same time, the GT franchise had always been hyped beyond recognition. There are plenty of flaws and frustrating experiences that come along with prolonged play.
I don't mind so much the smaller range of cars available as opposed to GT2 or GT4, no, it's actually the lack of track variety that makes the simulation boring after a short while. And increasing the number of laps for each difficulty level doesn't help make it more interesting.
A problem that has still not been addressed even by GT4 is the resale value of the cars. No matter how much you invest in any further tuning parts, you'll never get the huge amounts of money spent back. I guess I can live with this, but it's nonetheless annoying.
I also noticed that the computer cars are not only dumb and strictly routine by the way the drive, but they are also unfair towards the player. There are some events that are nearly impossible to win, and I'm not talking about the endurance races. For example, take the MR challenge at amateur level: I got me a nice Honda NSX Type R car, all nicely done up to maximum level and optimally tuned too, and still I can't seem to beat the Elise cars here. It's also that much more horsepower doesn't help when speeding up on straights in order to get a little advantage over the competition, because once you reach the next corner, they're all quite close behind you again, and the AI cars seem to be routinely placed on certain spots on the track where you will get to see them every time regardless of your advantage that you think you should have. That's really a pain in the butt, and luckily, this issue has been addressed in the next instalment.
It may be me, but in the steering, I don't like the oversensitivity of the steering axis, and there's no option to adjust the sensitivity of the controller. I'm not intending to buy a steering wheel. In comparison, the steering sensitivity in Enthusia has been done much more realistic, like driving a real car, and I know because I do drive for real.
The Bottom Line
There's plenty of hours of fun in this game. But once you've seen all of the tracks and you've sensed the computer AI's unfairness just to make things even more challenging, the only thing in the game that may keep you motivated to keep on playing is the percentage of completion on the status screen. You may want to see more cars also, but the tedious gameplay will most likely prevent you from clinging on to the experience.
Dec 9th, 2012 · PlayStation 2
A whole new experience, and a sign of things to come...
by Kartanym (12689)
The amazing amount of realism: Light flowing through cracks in the tree branches and bouncing off the roof; headlights lighting the way through the rain; sun sets blinding your view; logo's on the cars. Everything has been taken care of.
The tracks: Updated looks for classic tracks from GT1 and 2, and new tracks with plenty of winding roads and tight turns, making for some great passing moves.
The Cars: A great selection, including some new models (and my personal fav, the Ford Tickford V8 Supercar, marking the debut of Australian cars in the GT series).
The Rally mode: Bigger and better then GT2, and just as good as any other stand alone Rally game out there.
F1 Cars: Yes they are in there, somewhere, although not the latest versions, but still this makes for another good reason to complete the game as best you can.
And finally, the sound. Plug in your surround sound system, and you'll be in heaven.
A few things missing in the latest version:
Online: It's a pitty that an online mode hasn't been included, but that makes GT4 all that more important for the PS2. The i.link modem meanwhile, does a good job of bringing heaps of people together at a time.
The Cars: Not as many as the previous title, but then again, it wasn't all that much fun racing in a VW Beetle, was it? So the lack of a huge amount isn't that much of a worry.
Car Damage: Thank the car manufacturers for this loss, as they do not wish to see their cars damaged. This would have added a lot more realism to the game, and a bit more strategy in buying new parts, etc. So hopefully GT4 will change that.
No Drivers: Not that I didn't like this, but it seems funny driving these super realistic cars without a driver inside them!! Makes it look like radio controlled cars!
The Bottom Line
The only reason (for the time being) why you should save up and buy a Playstation 2. Amazing detail, and a sign of great things to come over the next few years, considering this is a 1st/2nd generation title. You must get this, if only to watch the sun set.
Aug 14th, 2001 · PlayStation 2
Great Game but least favorite of the series.
by Jeff Robinson (68)
Gran Turismo as a series has always been a great racing game. The realism is always been a factor, giving each car its own feel. For being an early PS2 game I found the graphics to be very amazing. Especially when I first bought it. The selection of cars, though less then GT2, still gave you a good variety. The tuning shops also let you take full control over your car's performance. I thought this game was great.
It is hard to find problems with Gran Turismo but I did find it a little had to get money in this game.
The Bottom Line
This is one of the best racing games there are out there. With great flexibility on many factors, such as car type and track type, this game lives up to the claim of being "the real driving simulator".
Jan 24th, 2009 · PlayStation 2
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