"Gran Turismo 4 is till a great game in the series. It's just that its predecessor did it better."3.5 starson by MegaXtreme
Pros: Tons of cars and tracks, great graphics, deep Gran Turismo Mode, classic cars added, start with $100,000 and A and B Licenses from GT3 with save
Cons: Downshift indicator takes a dive, graphics aren't miles past GT3, bulk of GT Mode too short, no damage modeling, classic cars implemented poorly, can't do endurance races right from the start
Summary: To this day, everyone can agree the Gran Turismo is arguably the greatest racing franchise ever on consoles. With Gran Turismo 3, the series hit an all-time high, reaching near perfection. Now with GT4 out, many will want to believe that it's the new standard. Not true. At all.
In GT4, the Simulation Mode has changed to the Gran Turismo Mode. Its substance is the same, just with a new name. You still start with only a meager $12,000 or so to buy a car with, but for veterans who don't want to bother wasting their time with A and B licenses can transfer their GT3 data, giving them $100,000 and the A and B licenses automatically. This paces it along much faster, allowing you to buy a nice car first. You still start in the amateur league, then to intermediate and extreme. However, the game ends after intermediate, with the credits rolling. It doesn't take too long to beat the bulk of the mode, which bites. The extreme and endurance races are optional, along with the One-Make races, Rally races, and Missions. There's still a ton to do, if you want all of the over 700 cars. Yeah, that's a lot. Sadly, some are rehashes, like 4 different types of Nissan Z's, and the classic cars are crap, since they don't nearly go as fast as they should, and adding parts makes them perform even worse. There's still no damage modeling, no aggressive A.I., and the downshift indicator that showed you what gear to slow to before a turn is poorly timed. This is probably due to the multitude of settings for all 700+ cars, but it still bites when you hit a wall after braking when they tell you to. Rally races are harder, as hitting the wall penalizes you, and the graphics of the game are fantastic, but not leaps and bounds over GT3. There's no online play either, so this shows more than a handful of problems for the game. I still recommend it though. Why? Since it's more than solid racing. Sure, the dwonshift indicator is off and there aren't any drastic improvements, but anyone wanting a new go-round will have to pick up GT4, and anyone new to the racing scene. It's better than most you'll find, and at a Greatest Hits price of $20, you can't pass it up.