• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jul 9, 2001

Universal acclaim - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. The sound effects and music in the game are as inspiring as the graphics. The engine motors and tire screeches are incredibly lifelike, and the soundtrack is top notch.
  2. Core gameplay is unchanged, but the graphics get a complete overhaul - which makes GT3 the best-playing/looking sim on the market. [Feb 2003, p.92]
  3. 100
    The feeling of jubilation once you have Gold awards for every area of every test is immeasurable.
  4. 100
    It's so much more than just a racing game, It's gaming at its very finest and regardless of your usual tastes no PS2 owner should be without Gran Turismo 3 as the jewel in their collection.
  5. Superby detailed licensed cars, stunning visual effects, multiple modes and top draw sountrack makes this one a winner.
  6. Everything we wanted; the graphics are so realistic it’s actually quite scary. The sound effects and background music push your adrenaline to the max, and you’ll find yourself in shock after playing this game.
  7. I cannot say that I have ever played a driving game that has challenged me and given me more feelings of reward for my hard-earned efforts than "Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec."
  8. It's been a long time since I've given such high scores across the board to any game; then again, it's been a long time since any game I've reviewed so richly deserved it!
  9. This game has taken over my entire life. [Sept 2001, p.142]
  10. Better handling, more races and brain-melting visuals make it the showpiece title PlayStation 2's been waiting for.
  11. YOU MUST GET GT3! Your life depends on it!
  12. A true next generation product that must be seen to be believed. Also, let me warn you, this game will chew up your social life and spit it out... you have been warned :)
  13. 100
    The PS2 accentuates developer Polyphony Digital's extraordinary handling of lighting and textures -- sun rays sift through a tunnel of trees, exhaust fumes spew into the air, and cars glisten like the sweat on La Femme Nikita's brow.
  14. Not the revolutionary title many had hoped, this is nonetheless as complete and professional a racer as you could wish for.
  15. 100
    GT3’s razor-sharp handling means you’re always battling your opponents, not the controls. The force feedback and analog responsiveness are particularly impressive.
  16. You’ll finally answer some of life’s most burning questions, like how your Suburu Impreza station wagon would fare against a 2002 Dodge Viper on a racetrack.
  17. Remember to start on the outside of the turn, cut to the inside and then tromp on the accelerator when you're past the half way; that should keep your speed as high as possible on the your way to the nearest retailer. Trust me, the traffic ticket would be worth it.
  18. Everything a racing game should be. It's tough, challenging and ultimately educational.
  19. But for all its other qualities, the one element that elevates Gran Turismo 3 to instant classic status is the incredibly addictive career mode.
  20. 100
    From the little details on the cars up to the driving physics, everything is dead on. I know a little bit about racing concepts (speed limits? What are those?), and the game executes them with near perfection.
  21. 98
    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.
  22. Incredible eye candy combined with awesome game play and complete physical realism make this game stand out above the rest. It was well worth the wait.
  23. It's games like Gran Turismo 3 that make me proud to be doing this for a living!
  24. GT3 simply is one of the best looking racers to date on any system. In fact, it's one of the best looking games available for the PS2, even being two years past its initial release date.
  25. People fear the reality in modern videogame violence, but the way GT3 has changed my everyday driving style is much more frightening.
  26. Quite simply the best racing game ever created - and with supreme playability it's going to be a long time before it is overtaken.
  27. Better physics, smarter opponents, and a huge leap in its visual presentation make GT3 a racer well worth playing.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 256 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 122
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    Incredible game, amazing graphics for the time and pretty much the best driving simulator that had come out at the time. This game had insane hype and it's one of those rare cases where a game this hyped lives up to it and then some. Full Review »
  2. Sep 11, 2012
    Even by the standards of the day, GT3 A-Spec has unbelievable graphics and unmatched driving physics. Framerate is smooth, there are a lot of cars to choose from, a full range of adjustable driving assists and some of the most realistic driving you will ever come across in a racing game. The licesnes are fun and gold medal is actually difficult unlike most modern games. There are a lot of cars that are hugely detailed (although admittedly some cars do look noticeably better than others) and controls are simple, responsive and make every corner satisfying. The choice of tracks is dissapointing but you still get some decent ones like Mazda Laguna Seca. The amount of content in this game, the replay value and addictiveness of trying to beat best times even on livesnses where you drive in a straight line and stop inside a box means that it's a game which can be enjoyed at any point, anytime. The attention to detail combined with its simplicity but hidden complexity in trying to get best times makes it both accessible, fun and hardcore. If they added more tracks this would be the ultimate simulator for its time. All it would be missing is interior view. Full Review »
  3. EdgardG.
    Jun 23, 2005
    I seem to be the only one who didnt like this game. The car is going 60mph and it seems like its going 20. If u like speed and action youll hate this game, but if u like graphics, youll like it....I HATED IT. It came with my ps2 and i played it once or twice! Its wicked boring! Full Review »