• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jul 9, 2001
Metascore
95

Universal acclaim - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Everything a racing game should be. It's tough, challenging and ultimately educational.
  5. 94
    Every fan of racing will find something to love in GT3, and purists will find a veritable Mecca of cars, tracks, and realism.
  6. 100
    The feeling of jubilation once you have Gold awards for every area of every test is immeasurable.
  7. 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.
  8. GT3 doesn't disappoint. The AI could be better, but everything else kicks too much ass to worry about it.
  9. While GT2 features over 500 cars, GT3 contains only a fraction of that number. In fact, the original Gran Turismo holds more cars (166) than the advertised 150+ cars of GT3. Enthusiasts will be sorely disappointed, but trust me, 150+ cars is still pretty hefty. Also missing is the used car lot.
  10. You can see and do just about everything this game has to offer without ever coming close to finishing it. Only the most diligent racers will have the patience to muddle their way through the entire simulation mode.
  11. 80
    GT3's soundtrack is a mixed bag. Some of it is boring-yet-harmless original music that is surprisingly jazzy. The list of licensed songs is the real disappointment.
  12. People fear the reality in modern videogame violence, but the way GT3 has changed my everyday driving style is much more frightening.
  13. 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.
  14. This game has taken over my entire life. [Sept 2001, p.142]
  15. Better physics, smarter opponents, and a huge leap in its visual presentation make GT3 a racer well worth playing.
  16. While it has its flaws, is by far the best console racer on the planet, and betters its predecessors in nearly every respect.
  17. Literally, there are well over 200 hours of gameplay in the Simulation Mode, even for a skilled player just to beat the game.
  18. 90
    Something else that could have people reaching for the eject button is the sheer number of races and license tests required to complete the game. Loading up the Race menu to be greeted with seemingly hundreds of races, including massively long endurance races, is extremely daunting at times.
  19. Superby detailed licensed cars, stunning visual effects, multiple modes and top draw sountrack makes this one a winner.
  20. The lack of any kind of weather (wet roads isn't a weather condition, merely a clever effect), the frame-skipping problems (it just shouldn't exist!), and the lack of car damage (erm… this is a simulation, right?) drags the score down from the high nineties. Still, this game is without a doubt the best racer on any platform.
  21. 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.
  22. By far the most crafted and exceptional driving game around, but something or even anything new wouldn't go amiss.
  23. 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.
  24. YOU MUST GET GT3! Your life depends on it!
  25. One word of caution though; this game will suck away hours of your life.
  26. Better handling, more races and brain-melting visuals make it the showpiece title PlayStation 2's been waiting for.
  27. Not the revolutionary title many had hoped, this is nonetheless as complete and professional a racer as you could wish for.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 276 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 123
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    10
    Incredible game, amazing graphics for the time and pretty much the best driving simulator that had come out at the time. This game had insaneIncredible 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
    10
    Even by the standards of the day, GT3 A-Spec has unbelievable graphics and unmatched driving physics. Framerate is smooth, there are a lot ofEven 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
    3
    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 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 »