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Gran Turismo - Platinum Edition

Platform : PlayStation
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4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Accurate driving simulation
  • Real driving techniques required
  • Over 150 authentic vehicles
  • Superior graphics and rendering
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00004UA48
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm ; 181 g
  • Release Date: 21 May 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,417 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Gran Turismo is the new definition of a great racing game. With wonderful graphics, TV-like replays and an entire host of cars to chose from, this instant classic goes beyond a driving game into the realm of driving simulator.

You can choose between the arcade version (featuring classic cars such as Corvettes and Aston Martins) or the simulation, which is the true heart of the game. The simulation starts you on an entire racing career beginning with a cheap used car and second-rate tracks. You will find yourself longing for the Dodge Viper as your sad starting fund puts you behind the wheel of a used Honda Prelude or Mazda RX-7. As you win races, acquire money and earn advanced licenses, you are able to buy better cars and race in more competitive matches right up to the GT World Cup.

Complete with cunning renditions of actual car models and a very playable interface, this game is great for the serious racing simulation fan and the casual gamer. It promises instant action and the kind of gradual advancement that keeps gamers playing for weeks. While the license tests can be hard, the fun track design and sheer number (140-plus) and variety of cars to choose from makes this an exciting race experience. --Allen Stewart

Manufacturer's Description

At first you must use a second-hand car to gain your first of three licences, these will allow you to race in amateur then more professional competitions. The amateur racing classes are easier and of course you will win less money to improve your car but as you progress you will gain new licences, race bigger races, win more money and get faster and bigger cars!!!

Quite simply the greatest racing simulation on Earth, bar none!!!



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Some games in life are just brilliant. Some games are just so well made that they maintain their addictiveness and playability years and years after their initial release. The original Gran Turismo on PSone is a perfect example of what I mean. The game maybe 13 years old, but this racing sim is a work of art that is just as much fun to play now as it was when it was first released to the gaming world back in the late 90's.

Gran Turismo was published by Sony, and developed by Polyphony Digital. It was first released in Japan in December 1997, and then made it to UK shores in May 1998. The game changed the face of the racing genre forever. No more blemishes were acceptable, like stiff handling or hexagon-shaped tyre barriers. If you wanted in on the racing game business you had create something that was nigh on perfect; and that's EXACTLY what Gran Turismo was.

The game is split into two modes. First up is the Arcade Mode, racing at its simpliest. You just select a difficulty level, a car, and choose from one of four tracks. Then you just go off racing. If you continue winning races on Hard difficulty you'll unlock other cars and courses, and then eventually the end credits. Not exactly the grandest of prizes that last one, but if the Arcade mode was all GT had to offer it would still be good enough to warrant 5-Stars.

But this mode barely scratches the surface of what "The Real Driving Simulator" has to offer. Now we move onto the other mode, the "Gran Turismo" mode. At the start you're presented with a city map. You have your own garage, a car wash and a machine test area. At first there is a strong temptation to select the chequred flag icon and go racing. Whoa, Nelly!! There are far more important things to do at this moment in time.
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GRAPHICS & SOUND
Quite simply, Gran Turismo sets an extremely high benchmark with regards to its visual presentation. The intro sequence is spectacular, as a wave of super cars swoop around various tracks, the camera tracking the action to perfection and the Manic Street Preachers overlay their thumping music track. The cars are beautifully crafted; every curve, alloy type and panel has been painstaking recreated. The vehicle types also differ as you dive deeper into the experience; there are some gorgeous conversions to be done, in order for you to customise a car’s paint job. Nissan, Toyota, Chevrolet and Dodge are just some of the big name manufacturers on offer.

The tracks are varied; we have the popular High Speed Ring, built for speed and risky overtaking. The night time tracks look absolutely stunning, beautifully lit from start to finish. The tracks are completely fictional, though this shouldn’t in anyway ruin your immersion. Every track has a unique design. whether you are taking sharp-bends or forced to brake suddenly. The track designs compliment the frenetic nature of the racing. The tracks aren’t just placed in lifeless environments; they are situated in large forests, around mountain regions and spiralling highway routes. If there is to be a jewel in Gran Turismo’s crown, it would have to be its race replays. It’s like watching a movie! Even if you finish dead last, you can still watch your race playback and appreciate how damn good it looks. The camera movement is sharp during replays, presenting angles from a variety of positions.

Sound design is phenomenal, every car has a distinct engine noise. The sounds of under/over breaking screech through the tyres, and playing pinball with other cars echoes out a satisfying thud noise.
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Gran Turismo is one of the best games on the PlayStation, and despite being relatively old, it still beats of most opposition games. Sony have come up with a brilliant game here (good old Sony eh!)! For PlayStation fans this is an essential buy, and since it became platinum, is possibly the best value for money (except for Gran Turismo 2, of course), and with so much choice it is a brilliant game.This game has bought me many hours of enjoyment (not as much as Gran Turismo 2 mind!), and the soundtracks are top class (Feeder, Ash...). But apart from all that, you have got to buy this game, even if your not into racing games.
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I wanted to go back to the older ps1 & 2 games after getting hold of a ps2 console and wanted in particular to replace some or all of my fav games and Gran Turismo games were at the top of my list, so thanks to the seller! the game plays just great!
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Gran turismo is a game that never gets boring. There is always something to aim for, and so you will be playing for a very long time before you are satisfied. The gameplay is amazing, and the graphics are simply superb. I have had this game for a very long time now and i still play it regularly. A must have!
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I just got reunited with this gem yesterday (2013) after more than 14 years of absence of playing Gran Turismo. This is still from this day forward one the best racing games around. the simulation mode is the most challenging but most satisfying mode in the game, where you have to work your way through to get a decent car.

The graphics is excellent for a 1997 production. Although if you were too young or not around when the PS1 craze was taking place then you might be disappointed

all cars have unique coding, so it feels like your driving a car of a particular make and model (not literally)

without a doubt, a classic and an incredibly fun game.
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