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Gran Turismo 2 Platinum (PS)

by Sony
Platform : PlayStation
Rated: Unknown
28 customer reviews

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  • Over 500 models of cars, over 20 different tracks
  • 33 car manufacturers from all over the world
  • Realistic track simulation and real car physics
  • DualShock vibration
  • Each car has its own individually tailored physics and handling properties which you can personalise
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0000507UF
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.6 x 1.8 cm ; 222 g
  • Release Date: 27 Oct. 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,363 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description Review

After the monster hit that was Gran Turismo, the sequel Gran Turismo 2, has a more than mammoth task ahead of it, but surpass it does and by some distance. The two gaming discs contain an Arcade version to get you racing straight away, or the Simulation mode where you have to race for cash to buy and upgrade your cars. Realism is the core of GT2 so you really do have to get your racing gloves on.

The range of cars is offensively large--everything from the Toyota Yaris to the Dodge Viper is covered. The attention to detail is fantastic, the cars sound and perform like the real thing and the upgrades available cover everything from alloy wheels to a racing weight flywheel for your engine. There are a number of different driving licences to pass and you have to have a particular class of licence to race in the different leagues, which get progressively harder, but reap richer rewards. To really succeed in Gran Turismo 2 you have think like a racer--slip-streaming and power sliding around corners to get the edge on your opponents are just some examples.

The two versions of the game provide a great balance between a serious sim and quick multi-player arcade action, making it a worthwhile investment. While the gameplay sits on the realistic side, so it takes a little time to get totally proficient behind the wheel. Having said that, once you master control of your machine, you really do have the power. If driving is your thing Gran Turismo 2 is a must. --Chris Hall

Manufacturer's Description

The original Gran Turismo is generally credited as the best driving game ever released on the PlayStation. That's a tough claim to beat, but the best contender to steal those bragging rights is, of course, the much-anticipated sequel Gran Turismo 2.

This time the driving action takes place on 20 different racing courses--almost double the number in the original game. There are more than 400 cars to choose from, including newly added "muscle cars" and even a VW Beetle! While some racing games slide by with less-than-realistic driving control, the Gran Turismo series has won over die-hard car fanatics with its attention to detail and realism. For example, this game gives you the freedom to modify your engine to maximise your driving performance. While not all gamers will care about adjusting their axle width or suspension, it is a nice option for those of us who like to get under the hood before we go.

Once your car is up and running, the race begins. The arcade racing mode is filled with numerous bumps and surprises. If you have a dual shock controller, you will feel every rumble and shake as your car speeds, slides and (often) crashes on the street. The in-depth simulation mode allows you to earn money from your races so that you can upgrade your car's parts and, ultimately, buy or sell a car.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Oliver J. Mortimer on 24 Sept. 2001
A few months back, my brother borrowed a Playstation One off his mate. Gran Turismo 2 came with it, and I spent most of my time playing on this game. The graphics are brilliant, the game play is awesome, and the cars are out of this world. Buy your favourite car, soup it up till it can't go any further, and hammer it against the Computer and your mates. Once you have a car in your sights, you will work like anything to get it.
I have now bought the game, as I have just got a PS2, and don't want to spend triple the amount on Gran Turismo 3, which only has better graphics, and less cars!
Truly great game!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2000
This is an excellent game all round. The graphics are brillint, realistic and there isn't a lot of pop up. The handling of the cars is great, they are so much fun to drive. The best thing is power sliding and overtaking at the corners. When the manoeuvre comes off good it's great, but with some rear wheel drive cars it's difficult to control the power slide. The music is quite good, but after a while you might get annoyed with it. The sounds of the engine and the squealing tyres fighting for grip is very realistic. There are hundreds of accurately modelled cars from the Mini to the Dodge Viper. This game will last you for a very long time. First you have to get the licences to be able to compete in the races, then you've got all the different cups to win. There are two discs to Gran Turismo 2 - one is for the Arcade version where you don't buy the cars with money you've won racing, you just choose a car and race against similar models; on the second disc you get £10,000 and start with a second-hand car, then win races and up-grade your car. This is excellent value for money. The only bad thing about this game is the rally section which is disappointing. Although this isn't a new game it can still compete and win against them
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By on 2 Jan. 2001
This has got to be the best game on the PlayStation, without a doubt. There is only one con about this game, and that is the rallying area, not bad, but plenty of room for improvement.On this game there is so much choice, you don't always know what to do. You get cars dating from the 60's and into the future, and company's from Mini to Chrysler to Tommy Kaira (who?). This game is Gran Turismo, but amazingly, better. There is more cars (just over 600), loads more tracks, extra licenses, more racers and events...I could go on and on, but I won't. I can't believe this game is cheaper than Gran Turismo (both an essential buy). If you haven't already got this game buy it!!! The game gets better and better as you go along, until it can't get any better. By the way, try completing this game, it takes, well, a long, long, long time. months of enjoyment! Go on, you know you want it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Hughes on 25 July 2004
Like a lot of people, I loved Gran Turismo when it came out, and was fully expecting to love GT 2 even more. More cars, more tracks, supposedly better graphics, what was there NOT to love?

Well, plenty as it turned out.

The game was released in an unfinished state, the manual spoke of an option to change the speedo from KPH to MPH, it wasn't in the game. Record times weren't saved so there was no point setting lap records. Some players had their saves wiped by visiting the test track and saving their Top Speed records, losing a GT save is a big deal when you have spent weeks buying, tuning and customising cars.

The game also suffered terrible slowdown and frame dropping at times, most notably on the Seattle circuit, where having a load of cars in your rear view mirror could hack things down to an appalling 5 fps or less, not to mention the pop-up which meant that some bends magically appearing 50 feet in front of you when you were doing well over 100mph, not really adequate braking room and even when I knew the tracks like the back of my hand some of these still caught me out every time.

There's a lot of good things in the game, so many new cars to own and play with, a vast number. And some of the new tracks were well worth the addition, but as for the graphical improvements, they are barely noticable, and must contribute to the poor frame rate and general graphical glitchiness, also evident in pop-down in the rear view mirrors, leaving some pursuing cars driving in mid-air.

The worst thing for me is the awful understeer that a lot of the cars seem to have, and as this game was the basis for GT 3 it has carried into the beautiful PS 2 game and spoiled it a little for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grd367 on 7 Jun. 2001
Sony rushed this one and dropped the ball.
GT2 is excellent but not as good as the original GT. How so when it's kinda the same but with more cars and tracks? Well they're clearly trying to model a bit more in the cars (traction control now makes an appearance) and because it's the same Playstation they're having to cut corners to keep the speed.
Most noticeable is the shortening of the clip length of the scenery. You are hurtling down a clear straight and suddenly a building appears right in front of you and you realise there's a 90 degree right hander in front of you. GT did not have this problem, and had a much longer clip length.
Also the quality control is not as good as GT, plenty of glitches and bugs.
If GT had never been released GT2 would still be earth shattering, but as it stands GT2 is definitely in the shadow of the original. I have both (like most of us), and though the margin is small, GT beats GT2 for playability every time.
Four stars because it's still a storming game, but GT would get five.
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