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Gran Turismo 4 review
Gran Turismo 4: Good or Bad racer for the PS2?

The good:

- Great controls
- Never gets boring
- Loads of replay value
Read on for more

The bad:

- Could have some better music tracks

Summary:

Gran Turismo 4 for the Playstation 2. What can I say about this game?
It's pretty much the greatest racer of all time on the Playstation 2. If you bought a 32 bit Playstation 1, you'll probably have owned Gran Turismo 1.
The first one was the best racer on the Playstation.
Gran Turismo 4 is basically Gran Turismo 1, with better graphics and updated car lists, things like that.
If you're a serious driving game fan, you're better off with Forza Motorsport 2/3 or Gran Turismo 5 for the Playstation 3.
But if you own a Playstation 2, you'll be very happy with this.

The controls in this game are good. You steer with the analog stick.
But there's a great little thing about the game's options - you can customize the controls to whatever style you like. Any button to accelerate, any button to change gear, whatever you want! That is one great thing about the game.

The music in the game ranges from rock to hip hop to techno. You have The Distillers and Feeder for the best driving experience.

The cars are awesome. In Arcade Mode, you can take them for a test spin around any circuit you want.
Although, you can choose Gran Turismo mode/Career mode lets you rack up some credits for buying cars, then you can use those credits to go to the tuning shops and GT Auto to soup up your car with parts like turbochargers, new engine blocks, new camshafts, whatever you want.
You can also tune your car for the best performance.
You have supercars like the Pagani Zonda, and Ford GT, whereas you can get cheaper cars like the Volkswagen Lupo, or the Nissan Skyline. There's a massive range to choose from.

The circuits are half real-life circuits, half Gran Turismo circuits. You'll enjoy all of them, from Suzuka to the test tracks. They're all fun to drive on.

You can progress in the game quite a lot, and it takes a very long time to complete. Once you've reached 25%, you can enter the endurance races, which are very tiring, but very fun. You'll never get bored of this game. And it has so much replay value, because every time you play it, it's different. You can choose a completely different starter car, and progress differently.

The events in the game are extremely plentiful, and that's excellent. They range from racing your Japanese modified car in Japanese events, to racing your good old Aston Martin or the Jaguars in British races (if you're English, like me, make sure your cars are resprayed British Racing Green for these!)
You can even enter rallies with your Mitsubishi Evo VIII, or your Subaru Impreza.
There are also the endurance races, as I mentioned earlier.
You're going to have to get your racing licenses first though, some races require higher licenses than others, and they can be very fun to test yourself.

The multiplayer is as it always is in racing games - see who gets pole position.

To sum up Gran Turismo 4, it's a great racer that never ever gets boring. It goes in perfect tandem with all your other racing games. Especially the other Gran Turismos.
If you're a die-hard racer, and you own an Xbox 360 or PS3, look at buying Forza 2 or 3, or Gran Turismo 5. They're a lot more realistic, GT4 is just for some fun.

If you like this game I recommend: Forza Motorsport 1/2/3(Xbox, Xbox 360), Gran Turismo 3/5 (PS2/3)

Thanks for reading.

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