Gran Turismo 4 (2005, PS2, PS3) – 9/10

Gran Turismo 4 (2005)

Drive about 700 cars (from AC Cars, Acura, Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Amuse Power House, ASL, Aston Martin, Audi, Autobianchi, Bentley, Blitz, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Callaway, Caterham, Chaparral Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroën, Cizeta Automobili, Daihatsu, DMC Dodge, Dome, Eagle, Fiat, Ford, Ford Australia, FPV, Gillet Automobiles, Ginetta, HKS, Holden, Hommell, Honda, HPA Motorsports, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jay Leno, Jensen Healey suisse, Lancia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lister, Lotus, Marcos, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, MG Mine’s, Mini, Mitsubishi Motors, Mugen Nike, Nismo, Nissan, Opel, Opera Performance, Pagani Automobili Modena, Panoz, Pescarolo Sport, Peugeot, Plymouth, Polyphony Digital, Pontiac, Proto Motors, RE Amemiya, Renault, RUF, Saleen, Seat, Shelby, Spoon Sports, Spyker, Subaru, Suzuki, Tommy kaira, Tom’s, Toyota, TRD Racing Development, Trial Tuning Spirit, Triumph, TVR, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Volvo) personally or manage a B-spec driver across over 40 tracks (Circuit de la Sarthe I, Fuji Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Laguna Seca Raceway, Nurburgring Nordschleife, Suzuka Circuit, Twin Ring Motegi, Tsukuba Circuit, Cathedral Rocks Trail, Chamonix, Grand Canyon, Ice Arena, Swiss Alps, Tahiti Maze, Apricot Hill Raceway, Autumn Ring, Deep Forest Raceway, El Capitan, Grand Valley East Section, Grand Valley Speedway, High-speed Ring, Midfield Raceway, Trial Mountain Circuit, Citta di Aria, Clubman Stage Route 5, Costa di Amalfi, Côte d’Azur, George V Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Opera Paris, Seattle Circuit, Seoul Central, Tokyo Route 246, Special Stage Route 5, Test Course, Las Vegas Drag Strip, Driving Park, Test Course, Gymkhana, Motorland, Beginner Course; many with multiple configurations and reverse direction), earning money for race wins to spend on new cars and upgrades.

9/10

Graphically astonishing ultimate driving simulator. Sadly, the computer AI continues to be breathtakingly awful making this a long way short of the ultimate racing simulator. The cars looks entirely wonderful and the tracks look just as good with the new El Capitan and Citta di Aria circuit particularly breathtaking. The superbly communicative presentation of each car’s handling is, amazingly, notably better than on Gran Turismo 3 and the boys at Polyphony Digital also offer us two major new features in the shape of Photo Mode (which became an almost standard mode on, oddly, Xbox 360 driving games) and B-spec where you issue orders to an AI driver. So, despite deficient opponent AI, let me reiterate, simply driving in this game is better than racing in most other games. Yes, “the drive of your life” if not the race.

Classified 3+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for persons who have reached the age of 3 or over.

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