Gran Turismo 4 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Feb 22, 2005
Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 74 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 74
  2. Negative: 0 out of 74
Buy On
  1. 70
    But lost among the vast raft of offerings is a game that has grown, but barely improved, certainly not at the rate gamers really deserve. In so many cases it will be irrelevant, with those that have waited for its arrival so eagerly lapping it up, and being washed away with all its new twinkling extras.
  2. Whilst the game can offer a certain joy of ownership for a fraction of the cost, those who are not passionately interested in motoring in general won’t want to put the required effort in.
  3. Yes, there are tweaks, better graphics and further development on the cars’ physics, but nothing groundbreaking. For the most part it seems that the past four years have been spent improving the playback of your car whizzing around the track once you’ve finished the race.
  4. Edge Magazine
    70
    Gran Turismo 4 is fundamentally unconcerned with furthering the art of the videogame. This titanic franchise, this critical, load-bearing pillar of PlayStation, is barely even a videogame at all. It’s a hobbyist software suite, a racetrack tutorial, an encyclopaedia you can get in and drive off. [March 2005, p.78]
  5. Computer Games Magazine
    60
    A driving game with no damage model and no good reason to stay on the track. [July 2005, p.85]

Awards & Rankings

9
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#4 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
17
#17 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 300 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 91
  2. Negative: 7 out of 91
  1. Krajws
    Sep 7, 2005
    10
    Nothing better exists.
  2. Nov 20, 2016
    10
    Quite honestly my favourite game ever made. I played it again recently and there is still nothing else like it. Of course, modern drivingQuite honestly my favourite game ever made. I played it again recently and there is still nothing else like it. Of course, modern driving games like GT6 and Forza 5 have better physics, graphics and a better selection of cars and tracks but they lack something compared to to GT4. I believe it is quite simply the layout that makes this game so special. The world map containing every dealership, race course and race event is a fantastic idea and I am still yet to see a game layout that can live up to it. Of course though, a game is not all about the layout, it's about actual gameplay, which GT4 also nails. It was comfortably the most advanced racing game for a number of years and got the very best out of an ageing console. Another thing I love about this game is the rate of progression and it's sheer length. A lot of racing games allow you to jump into some of the world's fastest cars almost right from the off, whereas others take so long before you get to drive anything good that it almost takes the fun out of it. GT4 gets the balance perfect. The way you have to start by earning all of your racing licenses and gradually working your way up to unlock different types of car for different types of races is something that makes this game amazing. It is a game that is incredibly challenging to complete to 100% and that is another reason why I love it so much. Easily the best game I've ever played. A solid 10/10 Full Review »
  3. May 17, 2015
    9
    GRAPHICS! THESE GRAPHICS! Best racing game you can find. Year 2005? Are you kidding me? Best racing simulator, there is no other. LicenseGRAPHICS! THESE GRAPHICS! Best racing game you can find. Year 2005? Are you kidding me? Best racing simulator, there is no other. License system, good old unlocking cars and 24 hours events. Beautiful. Full Review »