|Gran Turismo 4|
SCEA - Sony Computer Entertainment America
Driving - Driving Simulator
1-2; up to 6 via LAN*
(LAN requires Ethernet hub, adapter, and cables depending on model.)
February, 22, 2005 (US)
March, 10, 2005 (AU)
March, 9, 2005 (UK)
E - Everyone* (Mild Lyrics)
Pretty much instantaneous. Although some cars are harder to drive than others, and the snow/dirt tracks took me a while to get the hang of.
(*Prices are approximate, as they vary slightly from store to store.)
Although it was originally intended for release with online playability, they gave up on that.
But since it can be played over LAN there are ways to do it. I myself wouldn't know how to do this but, this thread makes it seem possible. And this site explains how it is done. (For those that have the following.)
XLink Kai (Available for download here.)
A PS2 with network adaptor
A Gran Turismo 4 disk.
A PC with broadband connection
An Ethernet router to connect the PS2 and the PC to the broadband socket (meaning not a USB broadband modem)
I saved these images at 1280x960 and then scaled to 800x600 to save on load times.
Photo - 1886 Daimler Benz motor carriage.
Photo - Nike one.
Photo - AC Cobra in action.
Photo - Silverado SST.
Photo - F1 racecar.
Well, anyone who has played any of the previous incarnations (Ugh, a pun.) of Gran Turismo, has most likely been waiting for this game to be released for a while. Since the first version was released in 1997 this series has been a winner, but this time they have truly outdone themselves. With 100 tracks, around 700 cars, new features, and new modes of play, this game easily surpasses it's predecessors, and all competitors.
Gameplay - 10.0
The game boasts new physics, new AI, in addition to a new gameplay mode called B-spec which allows you to simulate races at up to 3 times normal speed. Which will come in handy when trying to complete some of the games twenty four hour races. New photo modes allowing you to capture pictures of your vehicles in motion on your favorite tracks, or even stationary from a selection of locations around the world. These pictures can be saved to USB drives and transferred to the PC. The game is also compatible with a few Epson printer's allowing you to print these photos without a computer. For some examples of these pictures see the links pasted below "Multimedia". The game also features courses from Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, Seattle, Paris and even the Grand Canyon. Real world tracks such as Infineon Raceway, Laguna Seca Raceway, Nürburgring. Some racetracks that only exist in Gran Turismo, some seen in the earlier versions, and the addition of some new boards such as a Las Vegas drag strip.
Graphics - 10.0+
The quality of graphics that they have achieved are amazing, these graphics are not only better than all of the previous versions, but better than most people thought the Playstation2 was even capable of. It is by far the most photo realistic driving game released to this day. Some of the scenes are so vivid, that it's hard to convince yourself that they aren't real.
Overall Sound - 7.5
Sound Effects - 7.0
The engine noises are not as realistic as they could be, with close to 700 cars not all of them sound exactly the way I thought they should. Still, even if they hadn't devoted valuable space to all the games other aspects, they still would have a hard time getting the engine sound exactly right for every car in the game.
Music - 8.0
The game features artists such as Van Halen, James Brown, Earth Wind and Fire, Jimmy Eat World, Judas Priest, Apollo 440, Papa Roach, Less than Jake, The Crystal Method, The Roots, The Donnas, The Commodores, even some Bach, Mozart, and Chopin.
Full soundtrack in .pdf
Although the soundtrack is far from bad, I found myself missing the music from the previous versions, music I had turned off because it got repetitive. Admittedly though, this was due my taste in music, not the quality of the music in this game.
Lasting Appeal - 10.0+
With more than 50 tracks, in forward and reverse, and 80 manufacturers this game will remain exciting for quite some time. Each of the Gran Turismo games been right out of a car lover's dreams. This one is so far beyond what the previous versions were, that I know I will be playing this game at least until the next one is released, and possibly after. Even if you can't play video games due to a lack of skill, or an absence of thumbs, you should still buy this one, and "B-spec" (simulate) the races until you have all the cars you want. Although even that might take a while considering that they have all of the following car makers.
American: Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, HPA Motorsports, Panoz, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saleen, Tickford, Shelby, Buick, Callaway, DMC-DeLorean, Eagle, Jay Leno, Mercury, Infiniti, Lexus, Chaparral, Scion, Nike.
UK: Aston Martin, Ginetta, Bentley, Jaguar, Lotus, MG, Mini, TVR, Jensen Healey, Lister, Marcos, Caterham, Land Rover, AC Cars, Triumph.
Germany: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Opel/Vauxhall, Volkswagen, RUF.
France: Citroen, Renault, Peugeot, Pescarolo Sport, Alpine, Hommel.
Italy: Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Autobianch, Pagani, Fiat, Cizeta.
Korea: Hyundai, Proto motors.
Australia: Ford Australia, Holden, FPV-Ford Performance Vehicles.
Japan: Amuse, Blitz, Daihatsu, Honda, HKS, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Mine's, Mugen, Nismo, Opera Performance, Nissan, Subaru, Spoon, Suzuki, Toyota, Tom's, Toyota Modelista, Trial, Acura, Tommy Kaira, ASL-Autobacs Sportscar Laboratories, Dome.
Misc. Manufacturers: POLYPHONY DIGITAL, D1 Grand Prix, Denso, and "none" as in it is in the case of the SILEIGHTY.
I guess it's from me being a pessimist, but I usually buy a game and immediately start to see it's faults. I see none here. The sound effects could be a bit better, but the graphics and gameplay are so good that I really only took notice because others had mentioned it. I didn't care for the soundtrack but that was due to my personal taste in music, not a lack of good artists or songs. This game is not only worth the money I spent buying it, but I would have paid more. The only bad thing I can think to say about this game is that it's killing my thumb. If you haven't yet, run out and buy it right now.
Overall Rating: 9.3
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