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

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. 80
    Tourist Trophy is highly customizable, and provides a chillingly realistic riding experience. While it may lack a few obvious features, this is still a strong start for the first real extension of the Gran Turismo franchise, and one that can only get better with time.
  2. AceGamez
    TT isn't so much a racing game as a fantastic driving experience and one that deserves better than the reduced copy and paste options and tracks that have been bolted onto it.
  3. The bike is relatively easy to learn how to operate but it does respond very realistically which is where the sim factor comes in.
  4. The lack of online play really hurts Tourist Trophy and the limitation of only four other racers on screen kicks it in the shins a little more.
  5. The highly acclaimed developer works their magic on the bike racing scene with this extremely addictive sim. Not quite a Gran Turismo for bikes, but close enough.
  6. Tourist Trophy delivers to motorcycle fans the same sort of thrill that Gran Turismo delivers to auto aficionados. The only downside is that there’s far fewer bike makers involved in Tourist Trophy than there were auto makers involved in even the first Gran Turismo.
  7. A well-made game, especially when you consider that it was put together in an almost unfathomable 10 months.
  8. We get all the same great physics and real-world handling that we’ve come to expect from Polyphony Digital combined with the challenging nuances of racing on two wheel instead of four.
  9. Game Informer
    If Tourist Trophy uncovers the fourth dimension of racing, then the fifth dimension needs to be turning Polyphony's obvious passion for mechanical engineering into a passion that everyone can relate too. [May 2006, p.100]
  10. Anyone expecting a purely frenetic racing game should pass, but this should provide sim racing fans with a satisfying game. There’s a lot to tinker with here, and gaming gearheads will be in heaven.
  11. TT has been three years in the making and you can't fault its beautiful looks and attention to accuracy.
  12. 80
    The control is tight and responsive, making any fatal face plants entirely your own fault, while the tutorial/licensing helps quickly acclimate you to competitive racing. All in all, the difficulty might turn as many casual gamers away as it will attract hardcore racing fans, which isn't always a bad thing if you're looking for racing authenticity.
  13. The handling is downright beautiful and innovated over a series of bikes, and the presentation rocks. However, the game's incredible difficulty curve, somewhat average career mode, and complete lack of online play may leave some less than satisfied with the ride.
  14. Tourist Trophy probably won’t have the universal appeal of "GT4," but it is a competent racer in its own right. If you’re a fan of motorcycles, you’re sure to enjoy it.
  15. Games Master UK
    It just takes a little dedication, a little perseverance, and a deep love of bikes to discover it. But if that's you, then this could be time well spent indeed. [July 2006, p.62]
  16. The game maintains the compulsive drive for authenticity that the Gran Turismo series is known for, but with a much narrower focus. So while it may just be Gran Turismo with motorcycles, it's still a great racing game in its own right.
  17. Bottom line here is that the polish and attention to detail has transferred well to make the gameplay solid and something to keep coming back to.
  18. It’s harder, faster, and more realistic than its true competitors (motorcycle racers), but has what it takes to stand alongside the greatest racing games.
  19. There is plenty of fun to be had here, but there is also plenty of room for improvement.
  20. The game definitely has been slimmed down from the massive bulk of Gran Turismo 4, making sure to not drown this new audience in confusion, but at the same time it's deep enough that those who've come to expect a seemingly never-ending game should be satisfied even though it definitely lacks the depth Polyphony is known for.
  21. The best way to describe Tourist Trophy would be to say that it’s the motorcycle expansion pack taken to the extreme.
  22. Those who are up for a challenge and don’t throw their controller in frustration easily are going to have a good time with Tourist Trophy.
  23. 84
    The actual driving mechanic is fantastic, and the way that the game manages to instill the sense of speed, weight, stability and so forth from a bike is phenomenal.
  24. Pelit (Finland)
    A beautiful and realistic motorcycle simulation. Not as deep as its parent game Gran Tourismo 4, though. With four drivers at most, the races can get a little bland, especially if you have a superior (or inferior) bike. [June 2006]
  25. The sound effects do a great job of selling the experience. You’ll hear the wind moving past your bike as you hit top speeds.
  26. Play Magazine
    It's the new high-water mark for road racing. [May 2006, p.54]
  27. Play UK
    It's just that - a racing sim. Which for the most part means it's lonely and dull as you fight corners. [Issue#139, p.98]
  28. Lovely, well-executed, and extremely polished motorcycles, racing through rather familiar territory.
  29. Although Tourist Trophy has some real substance behind it with a wide range of bikes, licensed accessories and the particularly neat "Rider Form" feature, motorbike fans would be advised to wait for THQs "MotoGP 06" which promises to offer a more conclusive experience on the actual track.
  30. There's enough core racing here to entertain for a while, but unlike Gran Turismo, there's not enough universal appeal to make it a buy to anyone but serious riders.
  31. 80
    You'll cry for training wheels at first, but the elation of mastering the game's techniques is its own reward. This is a great start to a Gran Turismo off-shoot.

Awards & Rankings

#73 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
User Score

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
    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
    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
    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 »