Gran Turismo 2 PlayStation
  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 30, 1999

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Is the game a worthy purchase for GT veterans and racing newcomers alike? The answer is a 400-horsepower yes.
  2. The second lap was even better than the first. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  3. The sheer breadth of gameplay and the incomparable selection of cars offered sets "Gran Turismo 2" far above the competition.
  4. Even though the graphics are almost identical to the last version, everything else has been upgraded enough to make this sequel better than last year and, by default, the best racing game of all time.
  5. 100
    Put simply, this is the best racing game you can get for yourself right now and is the sequel every Gran Turismo fan could have wanted.
  6. The best racing game you'll find on the PS one, hands down. [Mar 2002, p.34]
  7. Basically the developers took everything that was right about GT and multiplied it by a factor of ten in GT2.
  8. 98
    The genius is hidden away under a wall of rather harsh looking pixels until you realize that every one of the 500-plus replicated vehicles races so exactly like the real thing it's shocking.
  9. The game is light-years ahead of its time - even with the handful of annoying 'glitches' that occasionally rear their ugly head within the game.
  10. Without it your PlayStation is naked.
  11. If cars are your religion, "Gran Turismo 2" is your Holy Grail.
  12. Yet another intense racing experience that any fan of tire-melting action will worship.
  13. It is as addicting as ever and has taken all of the great aspects of the original and expanded on them. You will be playing this game for days, weeks, and months before you will even come close to finishing.
  14. Frankly, GT2 is so good it hurts.
  15. The enormous number of tracks and cars on top of the realistic Gran Turismo gameplay gives this game some of the best replay value there is.
  16. The controls can seem downright impossible to master at first, but with some practice and patience you'll be ripping it up in no time.
  17. At three in the morning, I realized that having me write about GT2 is pretty much like giving Stone Temple Pilots' frontman, Scott Weiland, a gig as a heroin reviewer.
  18. 90
    Sound in GT2 is again top notch. The cars sound real, down to minute changes in tone after you make high-powered modifications.
  19. This is a game that will take most gamers months to complete 100 percent.
  20. Once you have a highly tuned car, the game becomes a lot more enjoyable as you now have a fair chance against the other cars. It will take a long time to get to that stage.
  21. 84
    A brilliant game in it's own right but doesn't move on enough from the original to justify a bigger score.
  22. I only wish something new and exciting could have been added. Gran Turismo 2 is an impressive game, just not an impressive sequel.
  23. While GT2 adds more of everything -- cars, courses, even a rally mode and circuit -- it fails to improve the 2-year-old graphics engine or add any new gameplay features.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Oct 9, 2013
    When I ordered this game, I was expecting it to be very fun and at most, vaguely frustrating. However, I was completely wrong. It first took me an hour to get my first licence which annoyed me. I was then only given $10,000 to spend on a car. I searched around ALL the garages (I must have been doing it for at least 45 minutes) and I couldn't find an affordable car so I had to buy a 1996 Toyota to plough me through the first few events.

    Now onto the racing. The most annoying thing about the racing is that your position can change from 1st to 6th in NO TIME AT ALL, which just frustrates me to the bone. You could be 5 seconds away from winning a race, when suddenly a mob of cars from behind you come and steal your position you worked hard for. The car can't be controlled with the analog stick (which is dumb when you consider that a PS1 controller with an analog stick had been out for 2 years when the game was released) so you have to use the d-pad which is terrible for steering because you CONSTANTLY swerve off the track.

    I swear to God, this game frustrates me so much that I one time yelled at the box and almost broke it. Sometimes it gets so bad, I feel like snapping the disc.

    Thank God I only paid £3.49 for it.
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  2. Dec 30, 2012
    This game was one of the most complete racing games of all time. It came with a multitude of cars and tracks, if only racing games now could live up to this standard, I wish they would just remake this game with better graphics because it is damn near perfect. Full Review »
  3. Aug 18, 2012
    I remember playing this as a young kid, and I loved all of it, the customization and the races were great. Its the main game that got me into cars in the future. Full Review »