Steam Custom Images: PlayStation, ePSXe, Gran Turismo, Moto Racer

Steam icon 48x48Steam now allows you to set custom images for all items in your library, including non-Steam games. Here are a few images I have made for myself derived from official artworks and images found on Google Image Search. If you are the copyright holder or original artist and wish me to remove an image, please contact me.

These PlayStation images are the latest updates to the full list of Steam custom images.

The first item in the list is a PNG template that I’m using for all my PlayStation games.

PlayStation Steam template
PlayStation Steam template
ePSXe 1.7.0
ePSXe 1.7.0
Gran Turismo PlayStation
Gran Turismo PlayStation
Gran Turismo 2 PlayStation
Gran Turismo 2 PlayStation
Moto Racer PlayStation
Moto Racer PlayStation

Race Pro (2009, Racing Game, 360) – 8/10 review

Creative Director: Diego Sartori
Game Designer: Diego Sartori
Technical Director: Ola Olsson
Lead Programmer: Michael Andersson

Race Pro (2009)

8/10

I hate AI that isn’t affected by grass and gravel and kerbs and camber and G-forces and momentum and variable grip and their line through corners and your car being in their way and you driving into the side of them at 100mph and, like most racing games, Race Pro is guilty of this. So why the high score? Communication. Race Pro communicates the relationship of the driver to the car and car to the track more successfully than just about any other console game. This means that every single time you crash, understeer, oversteer, slide or nail a corner oh-so-sweetly, you know exactly why. Every time. Forza Motorsport 2 and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue are more forgiving and far more polished and Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli has more heart, but this is probably the best driving experience available on 360 or PS3 at this time.

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

Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 3: A-spec (2001, PS2 exclusive) – 9/10 racing game review

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Cast / crew
Game Designer: Kazunori Yamauchi

Gran Turismo Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 3: A-spec (2001)

1 or 2 players offline.

Starting with a small number of credits, purchase cars and upgrades till you’ve won every race and championship available.

9/10

While Gran Turismo 2: A-Spec may have been a more accurate, if mean, title, this game offers reference-quality graphics (not matched by any other PlayStation 2 game for about five years), an astonishing number of challenges and mildly improved (though still dull) A.I. but it takes significantly longer to get its addictive hooks into you. For me, the main reason for this is that there is no longer a racing modification available for ordinary cars and so you have little motivation to keep upgrading your car because it will just look the same even if it goes like stink.

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.

Project Gotham Racing 3 (PGR3) HD HDR 1920×1080 widescreen wallpapers

I just love the photo-taking options in console games. It was probably kicked off in style by Gran Turismo 4 which was brilliant because it generated a higher resolution image that the game ran at (the game ran at 640×480 on NTSC and slightly higher vertically on PAL but the photo renders were 1280×1024 or 1024×1280).

The nice thing about photo modes in console games is that they are much more than a simple screen capture. They allow you to position the camera and adjust various photographic properties. Xbox 360 launch title PGR Project Gotham Racing 3 has a nice photo mode and was probably the best-looking of the first wave of titles. It also renders photos at a slightly higher resolution than the game runs and produces 1280×720 pictures which can be uploaded and accessed over the Internet.

I used it to produce this 1920×1080 HD wallpaper of a Jaguar XJ220:

Jaguar XJ220 1920×1080

Very nice, but then it then struck me that, because one of the photographic options is exposure, it would be possible to generate photographs that could be combined to make a HDR photo. An HDR photo is made by digitally combining several different exposures of the same shot.

These are the differently exposed originals of a McLaren F1 jumping next to The Triangle Building in Tokyo:

  

These were combined to produce the follow 1280×720 HDR photo which was then enlarged and tweaked to produce a 1920×1080 HD HDR widescreen wallpaper.

McLaren F1 1280×720

McLaren F1 1920×1080

Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 3: A-spec (2001, PS2)

Gran Turismo 3 Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 3: A-spec (2001)

1 or 2 players offline.

Starting with a small number of credits, purchase cars and upgrades till you’ve won every race and championship available.

9/10

While Gran Turismo 2: A-Spec may have been a more accurate, if mean, title, this game offers reference-quality graphics (not matched by any other PlayStation 2 game for about five years), an astonishing number of challenges and mildly improved (though still dull) A.I. but it takes significantly longer to get its addictive hooks into you. For me, the main reason for this is that there is no longer a racing modification available for ordinary cars and so you have little motivation to keep upgrading your car because it will just look the same even if it goes like stink.

Classified OK 3+ by ELSPA. Content OK 3+.

Gran Turismo: Real Driving Simulator 2, The (1999, PS1) – 10/10

Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 2 (1999)

1 player GT mode offline, 1 or 2 player Arcade mode offline.

Starting with lowly production cars, win races of all classes and disciplines to earn money to enhance your car and expand your garage, ultimately getting your hands on limited edition, ultra-rare full-on sportscars with outrageous performance.

10/10

The most comprehensive driving simulator by far at the time, Gran Turismo 2 has astounding breadth and is instantly brilliant in nearly every department. It’s one and only weakness – it is too easy, a fact concealed only by its length – is not enough to prevent it getting the full ten. Polyphony Digital once again provide a wonderful showcase of brilliantly designed and rendered environments for their exemplary driving experience that is convincing, challenging and, crucially, fun.