Gran Turismo Sport | Review
Gran Turismo Sport is a beautiful racing game, but its lack of content and focus toward an always-online experience makes everything feel a bit shallow. With well established racers such as Project Cars and Forza aiming for pole position, GT still has a lot of catching up to do.

What is it?

The latest entry in the Gran Turismo racing series and the first title to hit PlayStation 4. Compete in races, level up and earn in-game currency to buy new items and improves the performance of your ever-growing car collection.

Is it any good?

For a long time Gran Turismo was regarded as one of the best racing series available. However, a lot has changed since its inception in 1997 and whilst GT’s graphics have often set the bar for any competitors, nowadays the likes of Forza and Project Cars are going all-out when it comes to packing their titles with content and features. GT Sport feels less like a fully-fledged entry in the Gran Turismo series and more like a long-overdue taster of what the PlayStation 4 is capable of.

That said, whilst I tend to prefer more accessible, arcady driving experiences, GT Sport sure looks mighty pretty and offers some neat driving modes overall. Gran Turismo still packs a punch when it comes to presenting stunning graphics, especially on an HDR-enabled 4K television. The newly-added ‘Scapes’ mode even allows you to place your cars into real life pictures and does an incredible job of showcasing just how good the in-game models really are. Those who like Porsche’s will also be happy to know that the license has finally come Gran Turismo, after the car manufacturer’s exclusivity deal expired with Electronic Arts in 2016.

Anything bad to report?

In total there are only 17 unique locations to race across (slightly more with added variations) and the collection of cars barely exceed 160. Both of these figures pale in comparison to Forza 7’s 700-strong garage and 30 unique tracks. When it comes to single-player content there is also very little on offer, aside from a handful of challenges and the return of the series’ driving school. GT Sport has been built to operate under a constant internet connection, which is a bit naff. If you don’t connect to the internet you can’t save your game and the only content made available is its Arcade mode, which includes the following: custom races, time trials, drift trials, split-screen multiplayer and a limited VR tour mode.

Should you buy it?

If you’re a car enthusiast who loves the thought of driving detailed cars around equally accurate tracks with true-to-life handling, this will probably peak your interest. However, if you’re looking for something that packs more content and a dynamic weather system (which GT Sport doesn’t), perhaps try Forza or Project Cars.

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