• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Feb 22, 2005
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  • Summary: Gran Turismo 4 features a truly authentic racing experience spanning 100 years of automotive history. Packed with more cars, courses, race modes and online gameplay via the Network Adaptor, Gran Turismo 4 delivers enhanced, if not perfected game physics and graphics. New physics engineGran Turismo 4 features a truly authentic racing experience spanning 100 years of automotive history. Packed with more cars, courses, race modes and online gameplay via the Network Adaptor, Gran Turismo 4 delivers enhanced, if not perfected game physics and graphics. New physics engine adding a higher level of realism in cars, which allows for cars to be handled easier. More than 5,000 polygons per vehicle capture exceptional detail, right down to the disc brakes behind the wheel. Up to 100 courses including Nurburgring, New York City, the Grand Canyon, Tsukuba Circuit, Fuji Speedway, Citta di Aria, Hong Kong, Costa di Amalfi and others. Includes courses that can be played in reverse mode. More than 500 vehicles encompassing manufacturers from around the world with a range from vintage to modern models seen today. All vehicles are fully customizable from racing tires to gear ratio. Race opponents posses advanced artificial intelligence, which allows for behavior that captures human-like emotion. Compatible with the Logitech Driving ForceTM Pro Wheel. GT Career 'Simulation' Mode ? Via the GT Universe, players start from the bottom and race to earn money, unlock cars and courses, buy and sell cars and upgrade parts while competing in more than 200 various championship races. GT Online Mode ? Features head-to-head racing for up to six players per race. Chat functionality and in-depth menu screens for the ability to build communities to interact about automotive topics. GT Arcade Mode - Players compete against each other or the artificial intelligence with select cars on select courses. More cars and course are available in the GT Arcade Mode when they are unlocked in the GT Career Simulation Mode. GT Photo Mode ? Players can travel around the globe with their car(s) and conduct photo sessions in various popular locations that include Piazza San Marco, Shibuya, Tsumago, Sagano and more. Once the photo is taken in the game, the player can save it to their memory card and have the option to share with friends or print out a color copy via a USB Printer. [Sony] Expand
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  1. Positive: 69 out of 74
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  1. 100
    Blows by the competition like it was sitting on jack stands, and is the new high-water mark by which all other driving games will be judged.
  2. Despite the fact that it plays just like its previous incarnations, the ballooned number of cars and the sheer amount of things to do easily makes this version the best of the bunch.
  3. The greatest driving game ever. On any console, computer, or arcade cabinet, ever. Even with all the problems, nothing even comes close to matching the sheer adrenaline GT4 offers when you're chucking a 700bhp beast around one of the game's beautifully crafted courses. As a game, GT4 is staggeringly huge, looks and sounds amazing, and features so many cars you're unlikely to ever see them all. [JPN Import]
  4. The only reason this game isn't perfectly fun is because it does once again leave us wanting more, and in that I am referring to online play.
  5. Even with its lackluster Arcade Mode, and the lack of online play, Gran Turismo still conveys what it has always been known for: The Drive of Your Life. There is no question that this is the most expansive racing title available.
  6. While the game excels at being a simulator, it falters a bit in being enjoyable. The game can feel a bit boring at times.
  7. Yes, there are tweaks, better graphics and further development on the cars’ physics, but nothing groundbreaking. For the most part it seems that the past four years have been spent improving the playback of your car whizzing around the track once you’ve finished the race.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 108
  2. Negative: 7 out of 108
  1. AnthonyP.
    Apr 22, 2005
    10
    Grand Turismo is the best game ever.
  2. Apr 14, 2020
    10
    Most iconic racing greatest hit on the PS2 generation to date. Absolute perfection. Can’t wait for PD to recreate this game style on the PS5Most iconic racing greatest hit on the PS2 generation to date. Absolute perfection. Can’t wait for PD to recreate this game style on the PS5 someday. Expand
  3. Krajws
    Sep 7, 2005
    10
    Nothing better exists.
  4. Feb 24, 2011
    9
    To start off, this game was and still is fun to play. The graphics on the cars are really good and you feel that the developers took theirTo start off, this game was and still is fun to play. The graphics on the cars are really good and you feel that the developers took their time on it. The game play is the same as always, so theres nothing more to say; its straight forward easy to get into. The amount of content in the game from the over 800 cars to the numerous amount of tracks to choose from, this game doesn't ever get boring. One thing that bugged me though, was the endurance events, especially the 24hr ones. How do you expect a person to stay up for 24 hours, or 9 if you do directors mode with pit stops? Other than that, this game was and still is a great piece of gaming that doesn't disappoint. Expand
  5. Oct 15, 2020
    8
    I'm not going to say this isn't a good/great game but i've played a lot of ps2 drive games and feel justified to say it is slightlyI'm not going to say this isn't a good/great game but i've played a lot of ps2 drive games and feel justified to say it is slightly over-rated. I can definitely recommend that it is a must play or own game for the ps2 confidently however. GT4 feels like an improvement over gt3 however I'm not a fan of the music swap over. I suppose if you didn't like the choices available in gt3 more generic music was probably a good idea. That said, I don't believe the audio quality is as far as it could go. Sound effects seem rather bland still it's still that 1995 sound all race games have and the music is not in digital I presume. Just take a listen to the quality of need for speed underground released much earlier and you can see the quality could be better. The options in this game are fantastic however I'm still disappointed more high speed racers aren't available (default) as I prefer going right into arcade mode and racing. I don't want to do sim mode and unlock everything and I don't even know if that's possible because I'm not willing to make this game such a time sink. I score high points to this game for minimal load times and for excellent steering wheel feel. I would like to point out though that in the ps2 library I do feel the flatout series nailed steering wheel feel even better than gt4. I can't complain about the feel however of all ps2 racing games to date that I've played these are the only two series I feel the wheel simulation was worth the purchase. Imo flatout nailed the feel of the terrain and crashes much better (more immersive). With respect to that comparison, gt4 terrain and turns still feel a bit floaty even with a force feedback wheel from where I feel they would be optimal. Graphically it's decent but considering I have an HDTV and I've changed options to 1080p in game with 16:9 aspect it really doesn't seem what one would expect. All in all I find this game really decent but as I mentioned some other race games did better jobs in different areas. That still leaves room for improvement doesn't it, and why I rate this game as 8/10. It's a massive game with lots of choice but even with all those options it didn't rank as my highest scoring race game on the system. With its high quality though it is a game that will stay on my personal library and I highly recommend it to ps2 fans or anyone still into old school. Expand
  6. Warmonger
    Feb 23, 2005
    8
    Good but not what I was expecting!! poor soundtrack. The music was better in GT3- definitely PS2's last hurrah!!
  7. AnonymousMC
    Jul 26, 2004
    0
    Man, if only this game could be made on actual next -generation hardware instead of 4 year old hardware that was outdated when it came out, itMan, if only this game could be made on actual next -generation hardware instead of 4 year old hardware that was outdated when it came out, it might be ok. Too bad Sony pays off everyone so that games that could be great can't be seen on good hardware. GT3 looked just like GT2, pop- up, graininess and all, and GT4 will look the same way. Don't be fooled by the screenshots. The XBOX couldn't do that and as we all know it is about 3 or 4 times as powerful as the PS2. Find a different reason to back a company than because of its out of date name. Forza will kill this game because people that love cars will actually be able to see what the cars look like today, not what they looked like in '98 when the PS2, oops I mean PS1 came out. Sorry, I get the graphics engines mixed up when I see them. LOSERS! Expand

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