Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7 is the best car museum you can go to. The game displays all the cars beautifully and gives a lot of information about the models, brands, creators, etc. Love for cars splashes across your screen and it’s nice to see it. The game helps you quickly make a great combination, so you can vary a lot in the cars you drive. These cars can also be highly modified, both externally and under the hood. When it comes to racing, there is room for improvement. Since you often start from the back with a rolling start and have to spend a lot of time in the front cars, many trips turn into a rather boring catch-up race. Fortunately, later in the game more fun races were added, and of course you can also find this gameplay in multiplayer mode, although it lacks some useful features, such as the ability to adjust settings within an existing lobby. We also regret that you cannot sell cars for credits. Now you can earn credits just by racing a lot or by buying them with real money and Gran Turismo 7 doesn’t need that in our view. Fortunately don’t spoil the fun too much; Gran Turismo 7 remains a great car game in the first place and a great racing game in second place.
You can recently read our review of the Elden Ring on Tweakers. In it, we explained what makes FromSoftware so attractive. We describe how the magic of this game lies in overcoming an enemy that at first seemed unbeatable. We also mentioned that FromSoftware Games is unique in this way. How wonderful that after less than two weeks we suddenly noticed that we ended up with the same rhythm. Just like on Elden Ring, in Gran Turismo 7 we’ve learned to deal with rhythm, timing, and accuracy. Whereas the RPG is about enemies with big swords or other powerful weapons that you have to dodge and attack, Gran Turismo 7 is about attacking checks, cutting corners and clicking on the top. If this works, then the “golden time” associated with the licensing experience will suddenly not be as useless as it might seem at first glance.
Gran Turismo 7 is a special game in many ways. Primarily, it is a game that many players have been looking forward to for a long time. The series is one of the most popular racing game franchises in history, where he might just have to put up with Need for Speed, but you can (without use) argue about that. The truth is that Gran Turismo belongs to PlayStation furniture. If you’ve been with us for a long time, and if you’re familiar with the series’ past, “Losing My Favorite” from The Cardigans will probably be closely related to Gran Turismo for you too. We are talking about Gran Turismo 2, a game that showed incredibly beautiful things for its time. This is the state Gran Turismo has always maintained over the years. Despite increasing competition over the years, Gran Turismo has continued to lead the way.
Keep in mind that Gran Turismo hasn’t always been the best racing game in all those years – or let’s say decades. We wrote ourselves about Gran Turismo 6, for example, that we thought was more of a driving game than a racing game. The way the cars were simulated was beautiful, and no one has done it better. But the race? Computer-controlled cars often followed a fixed path, and did not really deviate from it, thus posing obstacles to the player driving rather than racing. Of course that changed when I started playing online. In this respect, the franchise gained an incentive with the GT Sport, but still: the main menu in most Gran Turismo games is about cars, not racing.
This approach goes hand in hand with a strong focus on achieving the highest visual level. You can find comparisons on YouTube, among other things, indicating how Gran Turismo has evolved over the years. Since a number of tracks appear in almost all Grand Turismo games, it is also easy to compare developments in this field. It’s good to see how the arrival of the PlayStation 3 caused a jump in graphic quality and how PlayStation 4 actually came close to realism in some parts of the game. The question, of course, is: Does this first game of Gran Turismo on PlayStation 5 really bring us that level of photo realism?
The answer is yes, but mainly because in 2022 we have a photo mode in every game in which you can sometimes take insanely beautiful photos. Gran Turismo 7 also has something like this. In fact, the game has a separate mode in which you can place cars in groups from all over the world. So it is also possible to put your new car next to the Amsterdam canal. This mode, called Spaces, offers thousands of locations from all over the world. It allows you to put one or more cars there and make all kinds of additional settings, depending on what the car looks like and how the camera is set, how bright it is, etc. Spaces isn’t the main mode in Gran Turismo 7, but it does show nicely how Gran Turismo 7’s center of gravity differs from most racing games. Watching and enjoying the cars is key here. It is an animated car show.
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