Gran Turismo let down by lack of content

If you sit down and knock them out, the single player campaign mode will last you a couple of days, tops. So that leaves the online, which is curious to say the least.  Photo: Supplied
If you sit down and knock them out, the single player campaign mode will last you a couple of days, tops. So that leaves the online, which is curious to say the least. Photo: Supplied

It's one of the biggest names in the world of PlayStation and so any release with Gran Turismo in its title holds a certain level of expectation and hype. GT Sport is a rare entry into the series that doesn’t match up to those two things.

That’s by no means saying GT Sport isn’t a good game — it is. The problem with GT Sport is its lack of content.

Photo: Supplied
Photo: Supplied
For example: there are 162 cars, which sounds like more than enough, until you compare it to its predecessor, Gran Turismo 6, which had 1179 cars. For a more direct comparison, its main rival, Forza Motorsport 7, has about 700 cars.

There’s also a lack of tracks. There’s effectively two modes: a single player campaign — comprising license tests, track time trials and a few racing challenge scenarios — and the online Sport mode.

If you sit down and knock them out, the single player campaign mode will last you a couple of days, tops. So that leaves the online, which is curious to say the least. It’s integrated with real FIA licensing, which is awesome from a racers’ perspective, but that functionality doesn’t appear to have been released yet.

What we do have is a strange mode where races occur at certain times of the day (for example, a race every 25 minutes), and you get the choice of three different races to join. If you compare this to the sprawling lobby system of Forza, Project CARS, or any other multiplayer game you care to think of, its an unusual design choice to say the least.

In some instances, you have to wait 30 minutes to be able to join a race, which seems like an unnecessary barrier to playing the game.\

The details on the cars and tracks is astounding. The lighting is spectacular. Its a visual feast for the eyes. And while there are few cars, each is lavishly detailed. Photo: Supplied
The details on the cars and tracks is astounding. The lighting is spectacular. Its a visual feast for the eyes. And while there are few cars, each is lavishly detailed. Photo: Supplied

But let’s put all that aside and focus on what makes Gran Turismo so revered — the overall experience.

Graphically, this game is second to none. The details on the cars and tracks is astounding. The lighting is spectacular. Its a visual feast for the eyes. And while there are few cars, each is lavishly detailed.

There’s a photo mode for you to admire the cars too, which I personally have little interest in, but I know many do.

There is also a VR component which, while being limited, is a real eye-opener. It’s the best (albeit limited) experience I’ve had using PlayStation VR. The feeling of being in the car and using a steering wheel and pedals is an incredible experience, although be wary that it can be quite sickening.

GT Sport is a great game, but its real issue is its value for money.

 

Gran Turismo Sport

For: PS4

From: Sony

Rating: (G) ★★★+

 

 - by Simon Bishop

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