Gran Turismo 4

The fourth installment of the best-selling racing series for the PlayStation consoles. With Gran Turismo 4, Polyphony Digital went above and beyond, included an astonishing number of 500+ models of cars made by 80 most important car manufacturers of the world. Each car was recreated in the smallest detail and can be significantly customized, both visually and mechanically. There were 100 racing tracks prepared especially for the game – some circuits are completely new, the rest are the updated tracks from the previous parts of the franchise. The backbone of the game is the simulation mode in which you gradually expand your garage, which can accommodate up to 1000 cars, with the money you earn. The game features a number of novelties, like the upgraded 1080i graphics and Photo Mode for making pictures during races and putting them in a special virtual album.

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Sony PlayStation 2
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Gran Turismo 4

Gran Turismo 4 | PS2

Racing, for automobiles

Companies responsible for Gran Turismo 4

Polyphony Digital | game developer

Sony Interactive Entertainment | publisher   Official website

Gran Turismo 4 release date for PS2:

game language:
English

22 February 2005 | Worldwide

09 March 2005 | Europe PAL

22 February 2005 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: split screen, players: 1-2 , size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.9 / 10 calculated out of 2952 players' votes.  

The Gran Turismo series is a system seller. The fourth instalment has sold in more than 10 million copies around the world. No wonder – Gran Turismo 4 for PlayStation 2 outshines former parts of the series and became a must-have for every PlayStation 2 owner.

Gameplay

The number of cars is astonishing – over 500 models from 80 car manufacturers across the world. Players can choose from such brands as: Honda, Pontiac, Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Renault, and many more. Each car is a true, detailed copy of its real counterpart. The game offers new and old cars, big and small, produced in batches as well as special, racing versions – there is a lot to pick and choose from. Even though it seems impossible, the driving physics were upgraded and the number of parameters influencing cars’ behaviour in different conditions was also enlarged.

Gran Turismo 4 takes you for a ride around the world. The game offers 100 tracks, among them some very familiar ones, known from former instalments – but still greatly improved – and a few completely new, like El Capitan in Yosemite (USA), Infineon Raceway in California (USA), Suzuka (Japan), and Tuscan (Italia). Apart from professional tracks, the authors introduced some races in wild sceneries (The Great Canyon) and in concrete jungles (New York City’s streets) – mastering them takes a lot of time and effort.

Game modes

For the most part, the number and types of game modes is the same as in the former instalments. Again, the core of the game is the simulation mode in which the player buys or wins new cars, customises them, sells, etc. with the money won by finishing races at the top of the table. The garage can accommodate even 1000 cars (the garage in Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec can accommodate only 200). Of course, there is the arcade mode for the hasty players. Traditionally, the game includes a Driving School and License Tests. Photo Mode is a novelty which enables you to shoot photos during races. You can also immortalise the most spectacular or dramatic situations, e.g. crashes, or focus on photographing cars in beautiful sceneries. The virtual photo album can store up to 300 pictures.

The multiplayer mode is also worth mentioning: the game features split-screen, so two players can compete with each other and drive any car they want. The game supports many steering wheels.

Technical aspects

Visuals in Gran Turismo 4 published on PlayStation 2 are exactly the same as in Gran Turismo 4: Prologue – very impressive. Details of cars and backgrounds, like trees lashed by the wind, lively spectators, reflections on cars’ bodies, etc. are truly amazing. Soundtrack is recorded in Dolby Pro Logic II. Not for the first time then will the virtual-petrolheads indulge in sounds of running motors recorded separately for each car.

Uses: memory card 8 MB, steering wheel, link-cable + additionally: link-cable