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      18.07.2012 00:11
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      Could have been a lot better

      Gran turismo is a racing simulating for the ps2. In this game you can play an absolutely huge number of cars, larger than any other game i have played before or since. You can choose from Peugeot road cars, to Mclrean 24 hour race cars, to the original benz, to crazy cars. Sadly though for some reason they make some of the most fun cars (caterham 7) only available to drive on test mode, you can't actually race in them. This is bad point number 1 about the game, is that you can't always use the car you want.

      Another good point about the game is the race modes, particularly on multiplayer. You have a snow, dirt, and 80 lap modes, which means you can always be playing something different. Sadly though, none of these modes are as good as the same modes on other games (for example, dirt mode is not as good as racing on Colin McRae of any year).

      There is also a campaign style mode, where you try to get driving licences, win/buy cars, and get trophies. To be honest i didn't like this mode very much because of all the driving licences you have to get. It kinda gets really really boring. Furthermore, say the 60 lap plus races, they literally last more than 2 hours for the one race! You can stick a co-pilot in the seat, but he is terrible, and always pits. I should probably add for a "realistic game", its a shame there is no damage system, considering there is a pit. The only reason you need to pit is to change you tyres, which on most races is pointless. Only on the 60 lap plus races does it even matter, and the pc seems to want to pit after every lap! The campaign is also ridiculous long, which isn't a bad thing, but when you play for 10 hours, and barely get more than 5% done, it does kinda feel pointless.
      But by far the biggest problem with this game is the boredom! This game doesn't feel like a racing game. It doesn't even feel like a simulator either. Everything just feels sluggish, and the lack of any damage means it doesn't feel real either. Also i hate the way the computer in races makes every turn perfectly. They literally follow each other in perfect lines all over the race. The end effect is that you are not racing, you are just trying to complete the race in a given time, you never once see another car spin off, or overbreak or anything. I just found this so dull.

      In summary then, i only give this game 2/5. The good is the sheer amount of stuff in this game. Sadly none of it is done very well in my opinion, and in trying to be a realistic game, its become a really unrealistic game. When you drive fast you feel like your doing around 30mph, as the car is always totally smooth, you never get the car bumping or anything. I just found it a disappointing game.

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      07.09.2010 12:11
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      The best racer on PS2. Period.

      Gran Turismo 4 is quite simply the best racing game on the PS2. I have had it for over a year now and have really enjoyed playing on it. The aim of the game is to race against other cars in a series of different races useing different types of car (i.e FWD, FF, FR and so on) at various different levels. Pretty much every type of car is in the game from normal everyday car to supercars that go over 300mph!

      I like the variety of the game and have found that the inclusions on the B-spec mode and the rally sections have actually made me grow fonder of it. It strikes a good balence between all out hardcore racing and something that anyone can pick up and play.

      The b-spec mode is a godsend for those who get tired of racing all the time. It is also a great way to save time in the endurance races which you previously only had the option to race yourself.

      The graphic of the game would not look out of place on a next generation console and the soundtrack is varied with rock through to classical music.

      I do have a few gripes about the game. First of all there is no damage which should really have been included to complete the experience. As it is it doesn't feel quite as real as it should do. Secondly every major car manufacturer is included in the game apart from Ferrari and Porsche (this is kind of nit picking though).

      Overall however, it quite simpily is the best racing car game available on PS2.

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      10.05.2010 18:28
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      great attention to detail makes it

      the last in the franchise for the ps2 is the 4th version of the game which is a driving simulator over a game really.

      There is a massive range of cars in the game and most of them are actual street cars but there is an element of fantasy with some of the bonus cars.

      The idea of the game is you buy cars, race them and progress your racing career with earning licenses at driving school to enter more advanced races and earning more money. To win the races you need skill and you need good car tuning which will also cost you money so you can raise funds by selling assets in your garage. In this way the game is trying to be very real. The cars also handle very real. The makers use a physics engine to recreate the real world in the game so your inputs have a realistic result to real racing. In addition the sounds are actual recording of the actual car.

      It is this level of detail which makes the game fun and the amount of gameplay is massive with even real time 24 hours races included in the levels to complete. If anything I would be happy with less gameplay because it can get a little tiring after a while. All in all I really enjoyed it and cannot wait to see the gt5 version for the ps3 when it comes out if ever.

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      04.05.2010 22:38
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      As the Headline States.

      I bought this game for my PS2, way back, when it was first released in fact. I though then, I remember so clearly, that it was the best driving simulation game ever. Some games have a lasting impact. This one really did.

      Gran Turismo, for those who haven't played it claims to be the most realistic driving simulation game on the market. To be honest, it's a reasonable claim, nothing comes close. The game offers realistic physics, speed, reaction times, incredible graphics, great driving engine, massive selection of cars, massive selection of tracks, addictive career and offers great multiplayer races. In the Career mode you'll start off with limited money to buy a car and race with in various events, or you can save it, play out the licenses for money and a prize car, then you can buy something a bit better. The aim essentially is to win every race, and own a great deal of lovely cars. You can buy upgrades for your cars, but beware; too much power with no brakes equals crashes. My only criticism on this note is that cars do not crash such, just bump and there is no damage. This is the only real issue with the simulation. But then. You're not supposed to crash.

      The game is incredibly beautiful to look at, the cars and tracks are reproduced to within an inch of reality. This, is an incredible achievement for a PS2 game. I love this game, and played it for hours and hours, the driving feels so real and life-like that I can barely believe I played it on the PS2.

      This is without a doubt the best driving game I've ever played.

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      05.09.2009 18:34
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      Simply amazing

      As if the standards hadn't been set highly enough, Gran Turismo 4 somehow manages to pull out the stops and perfect a game that I thought was in itself, perfect. One of the most hyped games of the entire PS2 era, this is an outright classic and possibly the greatest racer ever made.

      Most notably, this is an absolute visual marvel - the graphics are among the very best that the PS2 has ever seen, and technical advances still do not deplete or denigrate this game's reputation as a stunning work of art and of meticulous dedication. Not only are the vehicles themselves expertly rendered, but the tracks, and even the background landscapes are perfectly captured - it makes one excited to see how the PS3 will capitalise on this with the long-awaited Gran Turismo 5. Given how the game has nearly 700 cars, it's astounding to me that they managed to capture all of them with such clarity, given the rather small storage space of a PS2 disc.

      The gameplay is also a refinement of what made it so great - aside from the fact that STILL, the series does not allow vehicular damage, it is supremely realistic, and the dual shock has been ramped up somewhat, making you really feel those collisions. From series staples such as the Dodge Viper, to cars from the 1960s, there's everything here, and even a new addition in truck racing, although I found myself to be rather hopeless at steering these things! As with the previous games, the sound department is just as excellent as the visual - the shunts, bumps, and screeching tire sound effects are superbly captured, and also there's a scintilating soundtrack that has the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, among many other popular artists.

      Simply, whether you're a petrolhead or just enjoy the odd race, you OWE it to yourself to buy this game. With the enhancements such as the B-Spec mode (meaning you can autopilot strenuous races such as the Le Mans 24), this is a game focusing on player satisfaction, and delivers unequivocally in that regard.

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      11.06.2009 18:28
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      A brilliant driving game with little wrong with it

      The fourth edition of the Gran Turismo series brings up Gran Turismo 4, which features 500 realistic cars and over 100 courses including Nurburgring. This is the best racing game on the PS2 by a mile, the realism and gameplay graphics are amazing. Your Aim is to become the best driver in the world by winning all the races, this leads you to buy a variety of cars including F1 cars. It also features endurance races which are hours long and very difficult to win. The soundtrack features kasabian and franz ferdinand and really suit the driving experience. With the ability to tune any cars, the game has limitless elements of entertainment, you can even play your friends. With future installments arising in the next few years it is safe to say this game will always have a place in my heart, as it is truly brilliant. I can play it for hours and still be entertained, even when losing, an all time classic.

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        04.06.2009 23:31
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        The only flaw is that im greedy and want more

        Having not played the newest edition, this has to sit on the pedestal as the best driving game, some how improving on GT3 in so many ways it almost seemed as though gamers hadn't thought of. Everything from GT3 was expanded, then added to, with the 150 cars, becoming around 700, from the 1886 Daimler Motor Carriage to the 2022 Nike concept car, the game reached new heights including not only real sports cars but some totally customised gimmick cars (such as Jay Leno's "Tank Car"). GT 4 was released in early 2005 after a prologue (effectively a demo) version was released late 2003 (in Japan) and mid 2004 in europe to whet gamers appetites.

        For those some how unfamiliar with the GT ethos the games are to motor car fans what other genres will likely never be able to fully replicate. The games major single player mode is myriad of races and competitions, in which winning a competition unlocks a car and grants you with money in which to buy more cars or upgrade one of your current vehicles. You go from the easy Sunday league level competitions of 2 or 3 laps, in some lowly hunk of junk that you won't use much beyond your first hour or to of the game, to unlocking monster cars, and racing in 24 hour endurance races against other super cars. Using your masterfully souped up monster of a beast to try and compete with world renowned race cars, like the legendary Mazda 787B or the wonderful Toyota F1 Street car.

        For those fully aware of the masses of customisable features and upgrades on your car, ranging from a muffler to a turbo, from soft racing tyres to a racing chip to the whole new NOS the game will be exactly what your used to. Nothing hugely different from the older games, but then why would Polyphony (the developers) want to mess with a hugely successful and obviously brilliant formula?

        The game kept the real feel of a simulation to the main game game, but the added little mini games to the mode to allow you to practise and learn new tricks, the game seemed like the bigger brother of the already huge GT3. The main game added a secondary mode called "B-Spec", whilst "A-Spec" was actually racing, the B mode was being a director telling the driver when to speed up, slow down, over take and pit. This may seem like a silly idea, but the fact the races can be down in 3X speed in this mode, meant some of the endurance races (which included some 24 hour races) could be completed with out the gamers collapsing of exhaustion. Though the B-spec mode wasn't allowed to be used on some events (the "driving events" mini games, the license mode or the Rally events), the vast amounts of the game could be B-Specc'd.
        The rally mode had changed from mostly dirt tracks in the prequel, to courses on sand, ice/snow and in the rain as well as the normal dirt, showing how the different surfaces effected a driver, with the rain for example making it difficult to brake from 210 mph, whilst sand found grip almost impossible to get around the corners.

        The games tuning mode that made the game such a huge success with petrol heads continued and was expanded, with different bits being available from different modding garages. The game seemed to blow open a whole new set of ideas, with things like pick up trucks being included even a minivan (the Honda Odyssey) being included in the game as well as all the usual suspects such as Skylines, Evo's, Impreza's. Although the uses of things like the pick up trucks were fairly limited (the Dodge or Ford pick ups could be souped up to walk the truck competition, and could be used in 1 or 2 competitions, but on the whole weren't good enough to scratch the surface of the meatier challenges), they were still a nice addition and fun for idiots wanting to play "bumper cars" in the multiplayer game.

        In total there are over 50 courses to drive any of the 700+ cars around, including real life tracks like the Nurburgring and Circuit de la Sarthe (the le mans circuit) to others that are dreamt up street courses around city's like New York. The vastly impressive graphical features on the game are mind blowing and look just shy of photographic, though with everything else in the game, I think you can allow them slightly under photographic quality graphics with out much of a complaint.
        The game's music, much like it's sequel was an equally impressive line up including Van Halen, Judas Priest, Jet, Papa Roach, TSTOOL, Feeder and Franz Ferdinand (in the UK version anyway), that compliment the wonderful graphics with at least 1 or 2 songs that you'll like (even if you turn all the others off and just have the ones you lie on replay through out the game.

        The games real life feeling was even tested with real life drivers racing around a real life course, then it's in game counterpart, the times were only a few % different. Although when trialled on the Top Gear TV show in Britain the head presenter was unable to replicate his own in game times, he did however seem to be told that it was more down to the game not being able to kill him for his risks, whilst in real life, riskier driving was legitimately risky.

        Although there was some complaints about the game, the lack of damage being a big one by critics, the fact is the game is too fun to care about the damage, yes it'd have been nice to have had it, but the lack of it doesn't make the game poor, in fact it merely makes it easier for people who aren't the few who never crash. The only complaint I have though it the lack of Ferraris, Lambo's and the Koennisegge, which would have been a lovely addition to the game, though again, with over 700 other cars the need to need to scratch around for such minuet things shows just how amazing the game is.

        The games sales didn't compare favourably to GT3 (selling just under 11 Million worldwide to the 15 million by it's prequel), but the fact is the console was nearing it's end in 2005 and would likely have been unable to catch it's little brother on the sales due to the product life cycle of the PS2 as opposed to the quality of the actual game

        The game really is the truest driving game I've ever played, the game's broad array of vehicles and courses that can be used in the single player mode can also be used in the multiplayer games, showing yet more evidence that great racing games, make great multiplayer games. The benchmark for the future, that really will need something special to take away the magic that this game leaves on the track.


        Review is on ciao under a different title and different pros/cons

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        16.05.2009 19:36

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        Pretty much great game all round.

        Another absolutely brilliant game in the gran turismo series number 4 has got even better with more tracks, more cars better graphics and more tests to do.

        Has a completely different layout from number 3 which makes gameplay difficult at first but much easier and player friendly.

        Starting at the beginning of this game you have few credits and tests to acheive to allow you to race on all tracks which range from ice, gravel and dirt to tarmac. You have to literally start on the bottom rung with a cheap second hand car and working up to winning and buying the supercars and taking part in the harder races.

        This game has absolute heaps of content and is guarenteed to keep anybody that likes their console racing games entertained for weeks if not months with realistic car handling and graphics. This game takes an absolute age to complete with some really really difficult races you have to master the game to win.

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        16.05.2009 10:39
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        Well worth the money, last for ages and is great fun

        Personally, I think this game is one of the best driving games of all time. At the time it was released, the graphics were visually stunning. Today they still are, especially for a Playstation 2 game. Not to mention the other factors that contribute to the game being the legend it is.

        The career is a good length, it is quite long but that can't be a bad thing. I liked the way that you have to pass seperate drivers licences (D,C,B, A and special I think) to be able to enter certain races. Also, most of the events have different entry regulations. This helps a lot, as it means you can't cheat the game and waste it. The events are split up into different categories in the "home" area depending on the race type; e.g dirt, endurance etc. In Gran Turismo 4 there is also a computer driver which you can use. If you use this then the race time can be reduced by 75%. This tool is very useful in the endurance races. So long as you set it up right, you can leave your PS2 on while it does the race for you (the longest endurance race is 24 hours, thats the whole career time for the new GTA IV).

        Gran Turismo 4 does what the Gran Turismo series has been famous for quite well. There is a large range of cars sorted in order of the country they came from. These makes include; Porsche, Mercedes AMG and even Formula 1 cars. So on the whole, the cars are pretty good.

        The final + point of Gran Turismo 4 is probably the multiplayer option. The way this works is a split screen 2 player race. Its actually not much harder than normal to race, unlike some other games.

        So on the whole, Gran Turismo 4 is a very worthwhile game. For the graphics, gameplay and everything basically.

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        09.12.2008 00:47
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        Pretty much a perfect game

        Even though this game has been out for over 3 years now it still stands the test of time as probably the best driving simulator ever, if not one of the best video games ever !!

        The Gran Turismo series first came out in 1997 for the original Playstation console and ever since then has evolved and improved on a winning formula, now we have GT4 ( as it's known to its fans ) the most realistic driving simulator to date ( not counting GT5 Prologue, which is currently out for the PS3 but isn't really classed as a complete game !! )

        How about 721 cars to choose from ? 51 Tracks to test your driving skills and wits, and the new addition of the "B-Spec" mode where you can take the role of a racing crew chief and instead of actually driving the race yourself, you can instruct the driver how to drive the race, tell him when to pit, when to overtake etc the other nice feature is you can speed up the race up to 3x faster then the normal speed, which is nice as it makes those pesky endurance races a little easier to manage !

        The graphics on GT4 at the time of release were incredible and now even though we're in the age of the PS3 , XBOX 360 etc they still stand up to some of the offerings nowadays. yes they're a little pixelated and yes they're not as smooth as what's available right now, but they're still impressive.

        A couple of downsides to the game are the continued absence of manufacturers like Ferrari , Lamborghini, Porsche ( Although some Porsches are available using RUF which modify Porsches ) which I believe has been corrected for the forthcoming installment in the series and the biggest criticism the game suffers from is the lack of rendered damage to the vehicles, you can happily bash into walls over and over again with no repercussions at all, although I believe it has something to do with the manufacturers not wanting their cars to be showing in the game with damage, but it does detract from the realism slightly, however that is a minor concern and this still is one of the finest video games in existence and one that will keep you entertained for months and months

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          01.09.2008 09:37

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          a great game for all wannabe drivers

          gran turismo 4 is one of the best driving games out there. It lets you live in the eyed of a upcoming driver who must travel around and mark his teritoty by winning races,the more races he wins the more credits you get. the credits can be exchanged for upgraded car parts new cars. a whole range of cars are available including the legendary bmw.Both the cars and people are very realistic which makes it seem like you are in that virtual world and with the controls being easy enough to use your chance to climb the ladder and become the est driver in the bloack can be achieved if you are willing to travel around and race. To sum it upp if you like driving games youll love this if you dont enjou driving games youll still think its good for those who do, all i all a great game

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          26.08.2008 20:25
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          Good game.

          Gran Turismo 4 is a racing game for the Sony PlayStation 2 games console.

          In this game you start out as a rookie racing driver with little money, though you can transfer 100,000 credits from the previous game, you must work your way up to become a master racing driver who owns all the cars.

          In this game there are hundreds of different cars to own and by, every major car manufacturer is here apart from Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. You can also upgrade your existing cars with many parts, though unfortunately there are not many visual upgrades apart from rear wings and wheels.

          Racing in this game is quite difficult at first, it is very realistic style of racing although there is no car damage so you can bump into racing rivals and the wall with no punishment. The handling is quite fun as it varies from car to car.

          You can purchase this great racing title for about 10 to 15 pounds and is a must-have for owners of the PS two.

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          05.07.2008 15:38
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          buy it

          this is a class game possibly the besest racing game in the whole wide world. the variety of cars is imense . it would be better if there was an online mode. it would be better if it had more choice of things to do to the exterior looks of the cars . this game has set the standard for games of this kind and it has set a very high one too . i would recomend it to everyone . even my nan but not mum she smells like poo i think she has problems with her bowls it really stinks . but i digest the is really amazing it has great graphics . if the sound of the engines actually sounded more like the cars it whould be the sex . the continous droning of the engines does get really annoying . it also needs more up to date music i felt really young listening to it lol . so basically if you dont got the game you are so not cool.

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            03.07.2008 10:32

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            Grand Turismo 4 (A great game for every ps2 owner)

            Grand Turismo 4 , As with all the Grand Turismo titles , anouther great racing game , each one better than the last and with version 4 the game designers realy have worked extra hard to get the graphics they have achived an amazing game , alotough from the last generation of gaming, this game still remains to be one of the most detailed racing games availble and is defintly the best racing game out for its time, a brillaint game i used to play it for hours upon end every day, the cars handling and performance is so relaisitic its breath taking , with some intense race tracks and some very special cars, the cars in the game can also be upgraded in every way and with every upgrade the car will handle and perform in a diffrent way, lightening the car will increase the aceleration and decrease the braking distance's , a truely amazing game and a must have for any Playstaion 2 owner

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            a great game you can keep coming back to

            This has to be one of the best games i have ever played on the Playstation 2. The realism is unbeatable, ans the number of cars and tracks mean that you will stay amused for hours on end. The fourth in the series also sees the introduction of prototype sports cars such as the Audi R8 and the Bently Speed 8, as well as many others from past and present.

            There is only one problem with this game that comes to mind, and tht is you can never seem to complete it, although i have read of a Japanese man who has completed every version Gran Turismo so far, which is some achievement although im sure it is possible when all he dos is stay at home and play on it day in day out.

            One thing that does annoy me is that the next version i cannot play on because i cannot afford a playstation 3.

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            In Gran Turismo 4, the characteristics of the cars are realistically designed and calculated so that they handle to the real-life physics of that particular vehicle, taking into account weight, speed, friction, wind, and more. To further enhance the realism of the driving experience, new technology blends real-time action with a photo-fixed background to immerse you in real-life environments such as New York City, the Grand Canyon and others. Highly detailed vehicles and environment mapping create broadcast-quality graphics, from light and competitor car reflections on the your automobile to leaves on a tree shaking in the wind.