Classic Gaming- Gran Tursimo 4: (2004)

There have been many great games in the Gran Turismo series since its inception in the late 90’s. After each game was developed it seemed that the sequels exceeded the expectations of many people who were fans of the series.  Gran Turismo 4 was no different and presented a spectacular sequel to Gran Turismo 3 which many would argue is one of the best racing games ever for the PlayStation 2.  When Gran Turismo 4 was released in late 2004 and early 2005 many people didn’t know what do expect besides great gameplay. Each title in the Gran Turismo series appeared to be more realistic and lifelike as time progressed due to the advancement of technology in gaming.   However, Polyphony Digital was able to develop a game that pushed PlayStation 2 to its limits in terms of gameplay and graphics.

As many of us know Gran Turismo 4 had a video output that supported HDTV (1080i) which is something that was rare for a PlayStation 2 game.  In other words, people can play Gran Turismo 4 in High Definition which was not a common feature for the PS2 at the time. Along with having outstanding graphics Gran Turismo 4 had at least 500 cars which can be unlocked as one progresses thoughout the game.  Generally, players start the game with $10,000 and have the choice of buying used cars along different parts for the current vehicle they have.  New cars can be unlocked by competing in different halls including a DMC Delorean which was popular back in the early 80’s. Gran Turismo 4 provides players with hours of gameplay in various halls including: European, Professional, Easy Special, Endurance, Beginner, Extreme, American and Japanese.

After its initial release Gran Turismo 4 was well received by critics and fans alike for taking racing to another level on the PlayStation 2. Game Informer, IGN and GameZone scored Gran Turismo 4 in the nine point bracket with two of publications leaning towards a perfect ten.  This game also received praise from the Detroit Press and was rated a perfect ten score by Maxim magazine and PlayStation Magazine after its initial release.  It came very close to receiving a perfect score from GamePro as it was rated 4.5 stars out of 5, but it was considered to be the closest to a flawless racing game you can get. While many games in the Gran Turismo series are considered to be instant classics it would be safe to say that this title along with its prequel are among the best racing titles of the early 00’s.


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