Gran Turismo PlayStation
  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Apr 30, 1998

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. If you can get past its slightly intimidating barrier to entry (getting your license to race in this game is trickier than the real thing), you'll play Gran Turismo for months and months and never see all of its glory. This is a classic.
  2. 100
    Visually, Gran Turismo set new standards right down to the finest details including the brilliant lighting effects. And just wait till you see the replays - amazing.
  3. 100
    Turismo rockets to the top with unbelievable depth, raucous arcade action, challenging sim gameplay, and more cars than a mall parking lot. It’s worth every penny.
  4. Difficulty complaints aside, Gran Turismo is truly an amazing game... This is the last word in console racing games, period.
  5. Is it really that realistic? The answer to that is a plain "YES." When you have a PlayStation steering wheel, you could practice for your real-life driver's license with this game.
  6. The amazing part is that GT takes all of this into account and represents it in the performance of your car. This includes traction, weight, load balance, gear ratios, downforce, and lots of other technical racing jargon. For example, buy a racing suspension, and before each race you can modify the car height (front and rear), spring rate, shock damping and camber angle.
  7. Picture the most complete racer you could ever imagine, now double it. Gran Turismo is definitely the best racing game ever.
  8. I would confidently say that this is the most in-depth and enjoyable racing experience ever created on and computer or videogame system.
  9. The biggest, best and sexiest racing game ever. What we have here is a gigantic car game that's such enormous fun to play because of three main elements: unparalleled realism, ground-breaking graphics and the chance to spend a lot of money.
  10. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this may very well be the best racing game of all time. Yes, you read that correctly.
  11. 95
    One of the most exquisite racers ever to hit the PlayStation. Its alluring features will keep you glued to your seat for months, if not years. In fact I haven't driven my real car in three weeks.
  12. The first installment in the best racing-game series of all time. [Jan 2004, p.188]
  13. The replays had some of us doing double-takes to make sure we weren't watching real race footage. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  14. The tracks to this game can get sort of boring after awhile of playing the game (most of the tracks are the same, they just re-route them for you to go in different directions).
  15. This game requires patience and practice - this may not make this such a great game for smaller kids or people who want to just get out there and race.
  16. Before you can enter a given circuit, you must obtain certification in the form of a license. If you don't pass, you can't race. This is certainly the most controversial aspect of the game and the reason that Gran Turismo scores only an 8 in gameplay.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. RobG.
    Oct 14, 2004
    A game you can just keep coming back to. A classic that I am proud to own!
  2. Dec 4, 2010
    The Best Game Ever? Not quite. But a very important one, nonetheless. I was too young to enjoy it when it first came out (I always lost), but five years later, and wow. I play it on my PSP even now. Anyone reading this probably all ready knows what to expect, so I won't ramble on. While the new generation systems have remarkable capabilities, every racing game after this one will still have a hard time measuring up. Full Review »
  3. Oct 8, 2014
    This game is my first game on playstation, i love it so much
    i have over 700 hours on it when i was just a 11 year old.
    This game is truly
    one of the best racing game i have ever played
    True score: 9.8
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