Speed, gimme what I need. Review

Speed, gimme what I need.

It feels like I haven’t slept in days. The bags under my eyes and the blisters

on my thumbs are a testament to the countless number of hours I have spent doing

battle in the horseless chariots of steel. Even now, the squealing of tires and

roaring of engines continue to echo in my ears. When people see my ragged facial

expression, sore thumbs and Transformers boxers, they ask me why I spend

so much time racing. I tell them it’s not about the hype, it’s not about the cars,

and it’s not even about the review. It’s about the freedom found in high-speed

racing. And the chicks.

With more wins to my name than the great Dale Earnhardt and more cars in my

virtual garage than the entire city of Detroit, I feel it’s time to tell you

all the story of a game that will seize your attention and never let go. Sit

down, shut up, and hold on for “the drive of your life.”

Gran

Turismo 3
is Sony’s latest monster title to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting

gaming public, though they’re not really unsuspecting anymore due to the immense

hype around the game. Developed once again by the amazing team at Polyphony

Digital, GT3 marks the series’ entrance into a new generation of video

gaming. With true-to-life physics and the perhaps the most phenomenal graphics

in video gaming history, Gran Turismo 3 is easily the premier title in

the console racing category. But while the game has reached new heights, it

is still far from racing heaven.

Unless you’ve been living in an ice cave at the far corner of the Earth playing

patty-cake with a yeti for the past year, you’ve seen a screenshot or two of

this awesome game. Ladies and gentlemen, it is no joke. What you’ve seen is

exactly what you get. And what exactly do you get? Well, how does 4,000 polygons

per vehicle, full weather effects (including heat waves, rain soaked streets,

and more), a blazing framerate and the best looking replay ever to grace a console

sound? If there’s one thing that GT3 deserves a cookie for, it’s the

eye crack. Even non-racing fans will stare in slack-jawed silence at the incredible

reflections and eerily realistic cars. Every gamer needs to have a taste of

this graphical wonder.

The audio tracks also perform well. During your drive you’ll get an earful

of tunes from a wide variety of artists. Familiar names such as Snoop Dogg,

Lenny Kravitz, Judas Priest, and BT are just some of the big names assembled

for the soundtrack. Choose only your favorite tunes or take them all out – it’s

totally up to you! Not a bad aural experience in the least.

True to its predecessors, GT3 contains some of the most realistic physics

in a racing game. If you plan on being a successful driver, you’ll have to treat

each race like you’re driving a real car. Don’t even think about taking the

90 degree turn at 300mph, ‘cuz it just won’t happen. Gran Turismo 3 is

indeed the “real driving simulator.”

Actually, GT3 stays a little too true to its past with the exact same

tracks that were in Gran Turismo

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. A mere two new tracks are included and many of you will instantly be

familiar with the seventeen others. Sure, they look MUCH better, but considering

the leap from the PSX to the PS2, the lack of new tracks is a letdown.

Like before, gameplay takes place in two modes: Arcade and Simulation. While

Arcade is great for a quick spin or a friendly match, Simulation mode is definitely

where the real action is. It is here where you’ll gain massive amount of credits,

build up an army of cars and become the greatest racer ever to sit on your couch.

The idea is basic. Buy a car, race a car, tune a car, repeat. You’ll also have

to earn the proper licenses to enter some of the bigger and better races along

the way.

While

the premise is simple, the execution is not. GT3 is not the kind of game

you’ll be done with in a weekend of hardcore playing. There’s even a good chance

of not completing it in a month of hardcore gaming! With five different

leagues and a ton of different class races, you’ll be racing ’til you can’t

race no more. This is definitely a game that will last the long haul.

But for those of you with little patience, GT3 will definitely be a

serious test of willpower with some excruciatingly long races. Naturally, you

start off with just enough money for a soapbox racer and it’ll take some time

for you to earn even the most basic of raceworthy cars. Even when you finally

get into a decent ride, the pace does not quicken. The more advanced leagues

can run 15 laps or so for a normal race on a course you’ll take about 2 minutes

to run. So you’re looking at a half-hour for a single race. ONE RACE! Can you

imagine the frustration of losing (or even second place)? It’s pretty heinous.

Endurance races are even worse. One race has you running the oval for 100

laps. Let me repeat that. One” hundred” laps. If you plan on completing

this game 100%, you’re in for a really long drive.

At least you’ll be able to relive your moments in a glorious replay. GT3‘s

replay is second to none and you’ll be able to check out the race from almost

every dramatic angle know to man. It’s truly impressive.

Although slightly improved, the AI of the other cars still lacks. Opponents

are about as aggressive as Miss Manners and don’t seem to respond much to player

actions. They just seem to follow their pre-programmed driving instructions

to the letter. Try to push computer-controlled cars out of the way and they’ll

just push right back until they’re on course. Then they leave you alone. Wussies.

While the majority of the game has been improved, two notable features of

GT2 are downgraded. While GT2 features over 500 cars, GT3

contains only a fraction of that number. In fact, the

original Gran Turismo
holds more cars (166) than the advertised 150+ cars

of GT3. Enthusiasts will be sorely disappointed, but trust me, 150+ cars

is still pretty hefty. Also missing is the used car lot. Each and every car

must be bought new at MSRP- no discounts!

A few features that were on the wish list of GT gamers everywhere continue

to remain missing in action. There is no place to drag race and you still can’t

damage your car no matter how hard you try. And contrary to the advertised “fully

customizable” cars, you cannot modify the exterior of your car beyond the wheels.

So all you customization freaks out there are just plain out of luck. No fat

GReddy tip, no ground effects from C-West, no spoilers – nothing. Surprisingly,

you can’t even change the color of the car once it’s selected. If you win the

pink car, it shall remain pink forever. At least you can still sell it.

All things considered, Gran Turismo 3 is definitely the kind of game

you’ll use to show off the power of your PS2. GT3‘s amazing graphical

achievements and life-like physics result in one of the most advanced racing

games on the market. There are a few things holding it back from perfection,

but anyone that loves the excitement of a good race should certainly check this

one out. Now if you’ll excuse me, my supercharger just came in.





  • The graphics, my god, the graphics
  • The replay, my god, the replay
  • Star studded soundtrack
  • This game will last you forever
  • And so will some races
  • Still haven't figured out that "AI" thing
  • Only 2 new tracks and fewer cars?
  • My kingdom for some customization

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