Pros Realistic looking cars, excellent & realistic handling, physics & sceanery
Cons Bouncing off walls & gaurd rails not realistic.
Summary After spending about 50 hours winning races, I was able to build a fast & powerful car with the ability to customize handling characteristics. Then got some freinds & family hooked on a Friday night at the races. Each week we tweak this car a little more by winning a couple more races, then spend hours trying to beat the ghost car of the driver with the best time. Even in ghost mode you continue unlocking hidden tracks. Lots of tracks with good graphics. Unlike most other race games that don't reqire much skill, this game requires skill & has driving characteristics simular to my own track car, except for the ability to bounce off walls & railings without a second thought.
Pros Fantastic graphics and sound, over 700 cars, Unbelievable length, Better than Forza(I have both)
Cons Online is coming so we have to buy another one
Summary I love this game more than any game this generation. i have a Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox(now a 360) and this is easily my favorite game out of all of the platforms and games. Halo 2 and Super Smash brothers Melee come close, but I love cars so much that this is my favorite games. Yes Forza is good, but the graphics and especially the sound need a lot of polish. And GT4 is more free roaming and there are alot more cars to buy. Forza is good, but there is something to be said for the polish Polyphony Digital put into this game. Simply the best racing game ever made.
Pros Classic Racing at its Best - Jameson Thottam
Cons Predictable AI ... Jameson Thottam
Summary Jameson Thottam : Gran Turismo 4 review
Since racing games have started coming out, the most popular in the entire world has been Gran Turismo. Any fan of the racing genre will say they have tried one Gran Turismo or another. It started for the PS1 with Gran Turismo, with unreal graphics that no one had seen before and many cars. Then came Gran Turismo 2 also for the PS1, showing much improvement over Gran Turismo 1. Then, Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec for the PS2 blew everyone away. It truly showed the power of the PS2 and many people bought the PS2 just for that came. Now comes along it's big brother, Gran Turismo 4. This game truly has the best graphics out of any racing game or any game, period, on the Playstation 2. This game could qualify as a PS3 game as it's graphics are just stunning. This game is incredible and should be picked up by any fan of the racing genre.
First of all, this game has over 500 licensed cars, and real-life tracks, new and old! The cars details have all been redone and look exactly like real-life models and the backgrounds have shown improvement over Gran Turismo 3 as well. Playing Gran Turismo 4 after Gran Turismo 3 is like "cleaning off a pair of dirty glasses to see the world as it truly is." Okay, enough with the graphics, but is the game good? The gameplay and physics of the cars feel exactly as they would in real life while we were driving (if we could afford these amazing cars). The physics engine has been improved from the classic games and is now better than ever! The first time I popped the game into my PS2, I spent literally 1 hour just looking at the 250 available cars at the beginning of the game and just drooling, they're models look amazing as they are exact replicas of the real cars down to the last detail!
In this game, not only do you have the standard career mode and arcade modes, you also get B-Spec Mode and photo mode. B-Spec mode is basically just auto mode and the race goes by itself in 1/3 of the time and is a good way to collect money for other cars and tracks. Photo mode, however required much more effort. You get to look at all the replays of a race and choose from multiple camera angles and take pictures of the car in mid-race. This sounds kind of dumb, but it's much deeper than it sounds, I felt like becoming a photographer after playing around with photo mode for a while.
The bad thing is still the A.I. as they are very predictable and very sloppy. Just hit them into a wall and pass them. Another problem is there is still no online play!
Even with those few problems, this game is definetely worth the $49.99 price and will be in your collection for many months to come and might even last you until the Gran Turismo 5 release, and hey, who knows, maybe it will be released with the new PS3.
Pros Awesome graphics, great details, selection of cars
Cons Career mode a bit too hard
Summary After I bought this game, I was impressed with the graphics. There are ample selection of cars to choose from. There are nice new additions to the already great features that were available on the GT3, like Photo Drive, Used-Car Showroom, and many more racing categories. But one thing that I did not quite appreciate was that the career mode seems a bit too hard. There is barely enough money to even buy a car at the Used-Car showroom, let alone upgrade it at the beginning. As you complete tournaments, you earn prize cars. Well, some of the prize cars aren't drivable in some races; one good example is Mazdaspeed 6. It, according to Car and Driver, is a 4WD vehicle. Well, you cannot enter the 4WD contest using this car. I am clearly confused at these "prize cars" which I can't even use in races. Other than that, this game is awesome, and as I said, makes gaming like a reality with its attention to details (even a fuel tank now!) and its rich graphics.
Pros The best graphics you will ever see, numerous tracks & cars, so many things to do
Cons Load times!!, somewhat difficult, long time to get to the best points of the game, lack of online play
Summary I have been playing Gran Turismo 4 for months on end now, mainly because I enjoy it, but partly because it's going to take a lenghty time to really enjoy all this game has to offer. As with the previous games in the Gran Turismo series, there are amazing amounts of courses & cars that can be used. Gran Turismo delivers on its promise of the best graphics. The light shines through the trees, spectators on the dirt tracks stand on the course & snap a photo of your car & dash away in a snap before you kill them, & there are lots of other little features you will really appreciate. There are lots of other small things to do besides race. Like the photo mode, where you can place your yellow Ford GT on a gondola in Venice, Italy & print it out with an USB connected Epson printer & send it to your friends, who will wonder how you bought such a beautiful car & send it there. The graphics are that good.
However, like I mentioned, the load times are killer & watching the grass grow would be more entertaining. It also takes a long time to get to the game's best points.
So, if your looking for a realistic & huge game, get Gran Turismo 4!