• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Apr 4, 2006
Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 56
  2. Negative: 4 out of 56
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  1. A well-made game, but one that lacks any kind of excitement for the casual gamer or non-enthusiast. As much as I love racing games, I had trouble mustering up any kind of genuine enthusiasm for this title.
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    72
    Tourist Trophy is an incredibly technical racing sim and a well-executed vanity project that will appeal to a very small group of people. [Jun 2006, p.114]
  3. While many gamers will be turned off by the daunting gameplay, the true superbike diehard can be sure they'll get their money's worth — though Namco's "MotoGP" series does the genre better on whole.
  4. 70
    You'll need to know what you're doing before you'll have any hope of enjoying it, but once you've made it, the effort will pay off.
  5. At its core, Tourist Trophy is a very nice game but it's totally bogged down by ripping off too much content from "Gran Turismo 4" and not going far enough with the riding simulation.
  6. games(TM)
    70
    Regardless of the fact that the game doesn’t quite replicate the sheer precariousness of hurtling down a track at breakneck speed to the degree it should, the refreshing risk/reward balance merits the perseverance of anyone willing to give it a go. [May 2006, p.108]
  7. It doesn't live up to the Gran Turismo creators' standards, and it doesn't even live up to the standards of the best motorcycle racing games on this generation of hardware.
  8. PSM Magazine
    70
    True motorcycle fiends should hop right on without being let down. [Jun 2006, p.84]
  9. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    Gran Turismo's flaws plus imperfect handling make this hard to love. As a glossy bike catalogue, it's lush. As a game, it's not quite right. [May 2006, p.78]
  10. With one eye on GT for PS3 its easy to see why Tourist Trophy is not as good as GT4 but considering this is the game that bike fans would have been hanging out for, its a shame that it doesn't live up to its older brother.
  11. All in all, Tourist Trophy is very close to being the game Gran Turismo loving bike fans would have wanted.
  12. Much of Tourist Trophy feels like a duller version of Gran Turismo 4 and that game wasn't exactly packed with thrilling racing. Polyphony really does need to rework its racing games to include some racing. There's fun to be had in TT but not nearly as much as there should be.
  13. PSM2 Magazine UK
    68
    Tourist Trophy isn't the "GTA with bikes" that we'd hoped for, and the physics lack the realism of the top driving sims. Still, it's the best game with real bikes yet. [June 2006, p.54]
  14. It may not pack the depth we’ve come to expect from the Gran Turismo games or offer online content, but that’s mostly made up for by the solid, fun gameplay, a nice selection of bikes, and smooth, clean visuals.
  15. Edge Magazine
    60
    Tourist Trophy is never anything more than you, a motorcycle, and the quest for the racing line. It’s more than accomplished enough to fulfil fanatics of bikes and simulations, but too dry for anyone else. [Apr 2006, p.86]
  16. 60
    Tourist Trophy is far from the real riding simulator it claims to be; it misses out on one of the most fundamental things of riding bikes: fun. There may be some hardcore racing fans out there that will get some satisfaction from this game, but for the majority it will be a very frustrating experience.
  17. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    Tourist Trophy started as a sort of side project for Polyphony Digital, and it was driven by some members who are hardcore bike racing fanatics. The problem is, that's exactly what the game feels like--some sort of half-baked mission pack for GT4. [Jun 2006, p.96]
  18. 60
    Simply put, this is a re-release of Gran Turismo 4 with motorbikes instead of cars. Technically more than competent, but not a whole lot of fun for people without a strong interest in bikes.
  19. The result is a game that doesn't really offer motorbike enthusiasts the same attention to detail that petrolheaded car nuts get out of GT, and takes hours and hours for the rest of us to warm to.
  20. There’s nothing of note here – nothing thrilling or stirring, or any part fuelled with even a hint of passion for the sport it wants to portray. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Awards & Rankings

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#72 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jun 23, 2014
    9
    best bike simulator by far. Even if it has some little issues, the haven't been something similar till today. Hopefully there will be a sequelbest bike simulator by far. Even if it has some little issues, the haven't been something similar till today. Hopefully there will be a sequel to this game. Full Review »
  2. Jan 20, 2013
    7
    This game is a little absurd in that it is not really about racing. Its about you vs. the track. It is a calm game with a narrow premise. ItThis game is a little absurd in that it is not really about racing. Its about you vs. the track. It is a calm game with a narrow premise. It exceeds in technical excellence. The detail and controls are perfect. It even has 1080i so you can see ahead on the track on new TVs. The tracks are great. The bikes are great. It is better than any bike game I've played. However, it just doesn't give you the excitement of other driving games. Its a bit ridiculous you must do hard challenges to earn bikes, then go race them lastly. This is a narrow and technical bike game, that will probably give you hours of frustration. Its so cheap its worth picking up though. It is more fun than I had with GT4. I'd get this if you want to demo motorcycles, but not for a racing game and not for the sake of gaming. Overall its kind of cool to own. Full Review »
  3. Apr 15, 2012
    8
    Technically its a proficient game for the PS2 with great graphics and sound. The bikes are highly detailed and sound incredible and the tracksTechnically its a proficient game for the PS2 with great graphics and sound. The bikes are highly detailed and sound incredible and the tracks are nice to drive in. The physics are realistic, many though will be turned down as a bike handles wholly different than a car so its learning curve is higher than its car equivalent. Despite this though i can safely say that once you get the hang of it, it is an enjoyable experience. The main career feels shallow at times as there is no feature to win money with which to buy new bikes and modify them. It also lacks some different modes. it has standard races and time attack, but it could have offroad races like enduro and motocross while there could be more bikes. Still, upgradable or not, varied or not, no riding game gave you the chance to ride that many types of motorcycles from a variety of different eras and lets not forget that a bike is a bike, the symbol of freedom to many people giving you the sense that you are the king of the road and could fly. The game does a great job at giving you that very feeling, a feeling which turns out to be addicting. I found myself returning in the game to get my dose of speedy freedom and i give the game props for that. In the end tourist trophy succeeds. succeeds in doing to a gamer what a fast motorbike does to its rider, giving you the sense of freedom, thrills and excitement of riding a motorbike. It did it to me and i have no past experience with a fast motorbike. For this, tourist trophy is the best motorbike game out there. Full Review »