Gran Turismo Eats Weekend Alive

« posted February 27, 2005 - 12:55pm »

Sometime this week I was lured into the video game store to get the latest in the Gran Turismo series for the Play Station. I loved my old Gamecube and miss the cast of Nintendo great but this game is the essence of why I will never go without a Playstation again. Sony just beats all hands down on the super realistic simulator games.

The key word here is simulation. Gran Turismo 4 is a simulator in the best sense. It is hard to get even barely decent at the slowest of cars. But as you spend more and more of your life's precious hours learning the intricacies of high speed racing you will be rewarded with some seriously amazing gaming. The soundtrack is the only weak point. Although it does include some greats from Van Halen, the Donnas, and JS Bach, I can't say I love it. I just turn it off pump the effects and put my own music on in the background (right now: Maria Callas). I can't say I have a single big complaint about this game yet. And in the coolest feature of the whole game I can race driving my very own real world car, a 1988 Volvo 240 station wagon! Kickin'.

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