Gran Turismo 4: The REAL Racing Simulator,
This review is from: Gran Turismo 4 (PS2) (Video Game)
It would seem that quite a few people on here have gotten the wrong idea about the Gran Turismo series, they expect to see something like NFS, with over-the-top nitrous and visuals up the arse.
However, that is not what this series/ game is all about, it is a racing simulator, it even says so in the tagline, so why on earth you people keep expecting nitrous and customisation is beyond me, people complaining about how the cars control, they are REALISTIC, as in, this is how the cars would handle in real life, again, don't expect NFS style "realism" because its not the same.
Gameplay wise, its similar to GT3, you essentially complete licenses in GT mode in order to gain access to various cars, the licences can be very tedious to get as there are usually around 10-11 "lessons" that you need to do before you can get the license, once you've adjusted to the way cars handle, it becomes fairly easy, although to get a gold on the "lessons" you'd need saint-like patience.
Arcade mode is a lot of fun, you can pick a track from a number of categories (World Circuits, Dirt/ Snow etc) and then pick a car, choose your settings and away you go, it is a good way to get a feel for the game as you can do unlimited laps of whatever track you choose, therefore giving you an infinite amount of practice (if you're patient enough)
As for the no Ferraris situation, I believe the creators made the right choice in not including them, as they would probably be faster than any of the other cars available, therefore meaning no-one would buy any other type of car. I also believe it has something to do with licensing issues, because, as most of you probably know, Polyphony Digital had to acquire a license from each manufacturer in order to include their cars in the game, they obviously had a problem with Ferrari, therefore they aren't in the game, so stop whining.
Overall, I'd give this game an 8.5/10, it does get repetitive and boring in Gran Turismo mode, but then there's Arcade Mode for you to mess around in. If you don't care about GT mode and only want to mess around with your friends/ siblings, use Arcade Mode and have fun.