The real driving simulator makes its stylish PSP debut.
- Over 800 car models and 35 tracks
- Mission and Arcade modes
- Ad-hoc multiplayer racing mode and player-to-player car trading
Release date: 1 October 2009
Developer: Polyphony Digital Inc.
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Ad Hoc Mode:
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no network play
Speed and beauty
The presentation has been streamlined to fit the portable system's screen. Menus are clean and simple, and you're never more than a few clicks away from the next race. On the track, however, this is a full Gran Turismo experience, which means incredibly realistic handling and a connoisseur's collection of exotic cars.
There are more than 800 vehicles to race on 35 tracks, with over 70 variations. All tracks are available from the outset and winning races on them earns credits that can be spent on cars. Of course, you'll need a set of wheels to do that, so you start off with a Peugeot 206; in between each race a different set of car manufacturers will open its doors for you to add to your garage.
Graphics are crisp and detailed, with vehicles in particular boasting a high level of detail. In motion, they look all the sweeter thanks to a frame rate of 60 frames per second.
The game's soundtrack is varied and a welcome feature is the ability to play your own tunes from the PSP system's Memory Stick or the built-in memory, if you're playing on PSPgo.
Behind the wheel, Gran Turismo fans will feel immediately at home. Detail is everywhere, from the modelling of the cars to how they lean into corners, and all tracks - some real, some GT stalwarts such as High Speed Ring - are lovingly recreated.
The three race types available are single race, which pits you against three computer-controlled teams on the course of your choice; Time Trial and Drift, which places markers at corners and awards points for the longest powerslides. There are also several gorgeous rally courses, such as Chamonix and Grand Canyon, and a stable of specialist vehicles to drive on them.
Mission mode resembles the license modes from previous titles, providing groups of challenges of increasing difficulty, and ranging from simple starting and stopping to advanced techniques such as drifting. It's a great way to learn the fundamentals of race driving, and the later challenges provide enough complexity for even the elite players.
Up to four players can get together and race in Ad-Hoc Mode on any of the courses, using any of the cars.
Another useful feature is the ability to compare garages and swap vehicles via Ad-Hoc Mode, meaning that groups of friends can work together in trying to unlock the vast array of cars available.