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Gran Turismo 3: A -Spec Platinum (PS2)
- Real-time lighting forces your eyes to adjust to changing conditions
- Over 100 car models to race
- Artificial intelligence mimics actions of real racecar drivers
- Air conditions include heat rising off ground and mist
- Gameplay familiar to anyone who's played other Gran Turismo titles
- Also available: Official Winners' Guide
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The third title of the Gran Turismo series takes full advantage of the PlayStation 2 game engine, which is capable of rendering about 20-million polygons per second--roughly 10 times the number of total polygons of the series' previous instalment, Gran Turismo 2. Real-time lighting forces your eyes to adjust to changing conditions, such as when a car rounds a turn and the sun comes out from behind a building to cause glare on the windshield. This makes the game harder, but more realistic. Heat rises off the ground and mist swirls around vehicles as they make their way across the racetrack.
Gran Turismo 3 also features more than 100 distinct cars, each with different statistics, including the Subaru Impreza Rally, Dodge Viper GTS-R and Mazda's RX-7 RS. Computer-controlled opponents benefit from enhanced artificial intelligence; they don't act like baby ducks following their mother, but instead respond to other cars, the course and the conditions in much the same way that real drivers would. Pressure a car, and it will pressure you back; cut one off in the early part of the race, and expect to receive similar treatment down the course. They don't drive perfectly, either; some will spin out and make other mistakes over the course of a race.
The most eagerly awaited PlayStation 2 game of 2001 is finally here. It's about motor racing, it's called Gran Turismo 3: A Spec, and it's utterly superb. Much has been made of the appearance of Sony's flagship title on the PS2. Detractors have complained it has fewer cars than GT2, it only has a couple of extra tracks and it's really no more than an update. But then it's easy to knock it before you've tried it. To be fair the detractors have a point and for the seriously hardcore driving fan "only" 183 possible vehicles might be a bit of an issue, but to the vast majority of racing gamers GT3 will be a fabulous gaming experience and will really prove what the PlayStation 2 is capable of. In essence, GT3 is a series of sub-games combined by a motoring theme. There are driving licences to gain which open access to racing events, which in turn provide cash to buy bigger and better motors. There's a full arcade section in which it's possible to choose from a pre-determined selection of cars and tracks on time trials, first-past-the-post and free-run races and there's a huge section of game time devoted to tuning and maintaining your garage of racing machines. Graphically, this is the best-looking PS2 title yet. It's crisp, smooth, frighteningly quick and there's no invisible scenery in evidence. Lighting effects are truly awesome--wait 'til you see the setting sun of Laguna Seca--and the engine sounds are ear-burstingly impressive. Control is smooth and precise; the DualShock controller is used to good effect but playing with a suitable steering wheel adds a whole new dimension to things. A number of top-name bands have their musical wares shoehorned into the soundtrack so expect the company of Ash, Feeder and others to keep you company during the long hours of gawping at the TV. Playing GT3, you get the feeling that the PS2 is finally starting to show its worth. This is professional games software of the highest quality. Buy it now. You know you want to. --Chris RussellSee all Product description
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It is not, however, for the casual gamer. This is a game that requires a lot of dedication but it will repay that dedication in spades in terms of sustained brilliance for hundreds of hours and plenty of cars. To try and master a new track will take dozens and dozens of hours of practise and analysing replays but persistance will pay off and nothing beats that feeling of mastering that track and winning that race! It does teach you an awful lot about racing: finding the "racing line" and mastering the controls and knowing when to brake, accelerate (and when not too) is as much a part of the simulation as anything else.
This game has had it's detractors, and to be fair they do have a point. I've mastered both GT1 and GT2 and I was disappointed in the fact that there are only a few new tracks and basically the cars are the same as in the earlier games, only fewer of them. The biggest (and most justified) criticisms though are the facts that, for a start, the computer driven cars are just that: driven by machines. They always take the same line and never take risks (and almost never make mistakes either). Once you know this they become predictable (and fairly straightforward) to beat. They never become angry when you bash into them and, secondly, your car still never suffers any damage (the first race I ever won in GT1 was simply done by keeping the gas pedal to the floor and literally bouncing off the barriers as I went round the track).Read more ›
I own GT2 as well, a superb game in its own right, and as soon as I heard there was to a be a GT3 coming out, I literally went wild with excitment. I actually bought a PS2 (still £300 at the time) just so I could play GT3. I played it near solidly for a month, without ever getting bored, and since I got it, I've completed it 3 times, each time with different cars. If you like cars and racing games, this game will keep you glued to your sofa for hours, even days on end without ever getting boring.
The gameplay is incredible, the graphics mindblowing, and the AI powering the rival cars is about as realistic as it could be. Though it does take a long time to complete, as there are an enormous number of series and endurence races, you wouldn't believe how time flies when you're playing it.
If you want a racing game, get this one. Even if you are attracted to the latest games advertised on TV, you cannot go wrong with this one. Especially as its now a third of the price of the latest games.
The only two niggles I have about this game, are minor ones. It is possible to pick holes in the AI, once you realise that the computer's cars only ever drive on the racing line, but this can make it surprisingly difficult to overtake them.
Also, there is the inclusion of Super Speedway, effectively an oval, with one corner tighter than the other, as an endurence race. I'm not sure what the developers were thinking, as this race really WILL bore you to tears. But these small problems aside, you really can't go wrong with GT3.
This series is guaranteed to become a classic, alongside the Grand Theft Auto series, and will still be played in years to come.
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what a cracking game most enjoyable lots of fun and skill needed to complete courses enjoying very muchPublished 15 months ago by Graham