• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2009
Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 73 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 73
  2. Negative: 1 out of 73
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  1. This GT5 appetizer is a very good driving game in its own right, especially if you have friends to enjoy it with.
  2. However, Polyphony Digital has not only delivered on their promise to make a great portable Gran Turismo, they have created the best portable racer this generation.
  3. It's you and your machine versus the circuit. In this respect, Gran Turismo PSP doesn't stall, effortlessly powering to the front of the handheld field in a manner that is likely to leave many a petrolhead breathless.
  4. With incredible visuals and a literal ton of vehicles and courses, Gran Turismo PSP is definitely an amazing accomplishment for a portable title.
  5. Altogether, Gran Turismo for the PSP is a solid game, and it's exceptionally well presented on the PSP. Unfortunately, I felt that the lack of a career progression really hindered my experience.
  6. 80
    The game clearly leans backward rather than forward in some respects, but it bears repeating: What it does in the tiny PSP world, it does well.
  7. 89
    The idea of Polyphony is clear: to offer something different to Gran Turismo 5 for the players to jump between both versions to complete the garage, making each experience a bit different.
  8. Games Master UK
    79
    Great looks, impressive handling, good tracks and cars. But where's the career mode? [Dec 2009, p.64]
  9. 75
    GTPSP is not a bad game by any means; it's a great fit for the PSP and offers a genuine Gran Turismo racing experience on the go, but it's constantly hindered by its boggling lack of structure. More than anything, GTPSP lacks a sense of direction.
  10. 80
    All the years waiting have certainly paid off in presentation and gameplay, but a lack of certain standard features is likely to disappoint some. Still if you love the series, don't mind losing some of the core aspects and are in need of a great sim racer for your PSP you will be hard pressed to find a better offering.
  11. Perfect for Quick Play. But without career mode GT seems a little pale.
  12. Gran Turismo on PSP is not quite as slick as its PS2 or PS3 brothers and the lack of a career mode is surprising. It's clumsy at times and the quality varies immensely, but it's still a class act.
  13. Make no mistake, this is Gran Turismo as you remember it but on a handheld, and done in a way that betters what I imagined was possible.
  14. Pelit (Finland)
    79
    A very good driving game and the basics are spot on. The lack of penalties and internet multiplayer modes are real problems, though. [Nov 2010]
  15. Gran Turismo does a good job of bringing the core GT experience to the PSP, but racing fans are sure to be disappointed by the fact that the races are limited to four cars.
  16. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    80
    Effortlessly one of the finest driving titles on PSP. [Nov 2009, p.118]
  17. The lack of any classic game mode will likely deflate many a player’s determination to persevere over an extended time period, which means this is one for the purists. Even in light of all all its shortcomings it’s all so easy to fall in love again.
  18. Even if you haven’t played one of the Gran Turismo games, you definitely should buy this one! Awesome!
  19. 75
    Sure, it's nice to see Gran Turismo eventually materialise and it plays great, but it would have been even nicer for it to have come fully fledged.
  20. Gran Turismo is a rewarding driving game with plenty of courses to master and vehicles to acquire. However, it's held back by a lack of key features and frustrating limitations that will aggravate car collectors most of all. After such a long wait, GT fans deserve better.
  21. At the end of the day, Gran Turismo on the PSP could be considered Gran Turismo light in some aspects, however if you're looking at a racing simulation with real-world cars and decent gameplay, than this is one title you should investigate.
  22. It’s not the Gran Turismo you’re used to, but it’s well tuned for on-the-go gaming.
  23. Easily the PSP’s finest tuned racer so far with loads to do if you’re happy without the career mode. Online would have bolstered the score a notch, though.
  24. Play UK
    85
    The best four-wheeled satisfaction you'll ever get from a handheld. [Issue#184, p.64]
  25. Gran Turismo is a fine racing simulator and offers car fans an enormous amount of killer vehicles to collect. Ultimately, the game is marred by the lack of a career mode and online play.
  26. But there's no point in denying that Kazunori-san and Polyphony Digital have succeeded in bringing the GT experience faithfully to the PSP without having to condense or cut out anything that made the series what it is.
  27. We can certainly ask ourselves why the game took so long to develop if it was going to lack the essence of what made other Gran Turismos appealing to play. Sure the graphics are great and there’s a bunch of cars to unlock but if there’s no structure to keep me going back to the game, the willingness to play often will simply go away. Regardless of this, Gran Turismo remains an interesting game to check out…even though it’s not worth the five year wait.
  28. What bothers me is the lack of the fundamentals, the very basic and general things that have made Gran Turismo such a superb game. Yes, the physics are great, yes there's a ton of cars and tracks, and yes, despite all of these drawbacks the game is still quite a bit of fun. But this is a game that could've been perfect.
  29. Gran Turismo is for the real car- and racefans. If you drive round after round, to add that one Lamborghini to your garage or beat the time of yourself and others, this is probably the game to get. On the technical side Gran Turismo PSP is a real eyecatcher and it is a job well done by Polyphony. But as a game GT just misses too much, racing to max 3 cars at a time is very disappointing and there is no big career mode as well. It just feels as a stripped down version of what it should be.
  30. Gran Turismo for the PlayStation Portable is a faithful reproduction of the original PSX game that achieved so much success in the 90's. Although missing online functionality, it's still the best racer you'll find for the platform.
  31. While it may be a bit later than PSP owners in 2005 expected, what we did end up with is a pretty good portable version of Gran Turismo that doesn’t have everything we’d expect out of a portable iteration of this series.
  32. PSM3 Magazine UK
    76
    Portable perfection on the track, but uncharacteristically formless away from it. [Nov 2009, p.76]
  33. The lack of structure here is a bit disappointing but hardly a deal breaker. There is a wealth of content on offer and Gran Turismo is a very well crafted game which is definitely worth the price.
  34. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    90
    The driving sim of choice for the true racing aficionado on the go. [Dec 2009, p.72]
  35. 80
    Whether you get the most out of GT on the PSP will ultimately depend upon how much you enjoyed the rest of the instalments in the series. If you're not already a fan of the slavishly exhaustive self-confessed Real Driving Simulator, then this will do nothing to change your mind.
  36. I really don't understand why so much effort went into making Gran Turismo such a fantastic racer while you're behind the wheel, but so little went into extending that experience when you're not.
  37. 2004, back when Gran Turismo PSP was announced, is a long time ago. Gran Turismo PSP delivers, but it doesn't fulfill our enormous expectations.
  38. 86
    A great adaptation of the console version. At least 800 cars, more than 40 tracks and great graphics. It’s kind of sad the career mode isn’t in this game, but the challenges and the quick race options are a nice replacement.
  39. The poor AI and the ever absent damage system have spoiled our first GT experience on the PSP. Gran Turismo PSP is nevertheless a good product, enriched by tons of vehicle, tracks and tuning details all four-wheel enthusiasts will enjoy.

Awards & Rankings

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#1 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2009
7
#7 Most Shared PSP Game of 2009
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 103
  2. Negative: 9 out of 103
  1. Nov 23, 2015
    10
    The game is just amazing. I love play this game. For me this game is amazing ! Nothing more to comment because this game is amazing ! I rateThe game is just amazing. I love play this game. For me this game is amazing ! Nothing more to comment because this game is amazing ! I rate this 10/10 Full Review »
  2. Aug 30, 2012
    8
    It's pretty fun, the graphics are INCREDIBLE. It is a shame that you can't just buy the cars you want but have to race and then see what theIt's pretty fun, the graphics are INCREDIBLE. It is a shame that you can't just buy the cars you want but have to race and then see what the dealership have in store for you, but overall it's pretty great. Full Review »
  3. DWilliams
    Oct 6, 2009
    5
    Oh dear...Graphics? amazing! Physics? amazing! 4 cars on track? Laughable. No career mode? Despicable!! The reason I bought a PSP on release Oh dear...Graphics? amazing! Physics? amazing! 4 cars on track? Laughable. No career mode? Despicable!! The reason I bought a PSP on release was for this game and Polyphony have made a complete hash of it. I'd rather have taken a hit in the graphics dept. to allow at least 2 more cars on track, preferably another 4. As for the lack of career mode...what were they thinking? probably something like ''lets not include a career mode incase it stops people buying GT5''.... well to be honest people would have bought both.... Idiots. Potentially an amazing game ruined by Idiotic decicions in Polyphony towers! Full Review »