Games: Gran Turismo Sport (March Update)

With the prices of everything from groceries to electricity rising year on year, it’s become harder and harder for the average working class citizen to afford a car let alone some million dollar exotic sportscar. We all grow up dreaming of the day we’ll be able to afford a bright red Ferrari or wild green Lamborghini. But reality is somewhat different, with only the (very) lucky few being able to ever drive or own one. So unless you’ve just created the next big app or are the son or daughter of a wealthy Saudi Arabian oil sheikh, it seems the dream of driving an exotic Italian supercar will have to wait. Or does it?

During the past decade or so gaming tech has improved dramatically, with games becoming ever more realistic and lifelike. Few gaming genres demonstrates this as effectively as the latest racing games. Titles like Forza, Project Cars, Assetto Corsa and Gran Turismo have become near indistinguishable from the real thing, with sounds, graphics and dynamics of the cars moving closer to simulation and virtual reality.

But this is not new. Back in 1997 Polyphony Digital launched the first Gran Turismo on Playstation 1. Dubbed “The Real Driving Simulator”, Gran Turismo was the first racing/car game aimed specifically at providing gamers with the experience of driving an actual sports car, with lifelike handling, dynamics and acceleration characteristics, Gran Turismo became the standard by which all other racing games were judged.

Fast Forward twenty years to 2017, and the racing game market had changed dramatically. We were now on to Playstation 4, and Gran Turismo had been overtaken in popularity by titles such as Forza. In addition, the gaming landscape had changed dramatically. Newer technology and innovations meant that racing games can be closer to real life than ever before, and virtual reality meant that players could be thrown into a virtual environment that could mimic the feeling of driving at 200 mph. In response to this, GT’s creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, launched the latest version of Gran Turismo, “Gran Turismo Sport”, with a purpose to once again become the leader in racing game simulators.

Kazunori san has also been grateful with regards to updates, with GT Sport seeing almost regular free monthly revisions since it’s launch in October 2017. The latest update sees new cars added such as the new 2019 Toyota GR Supra, 1989 Mazda MX-5/Eunos roadster, 1995 Mclaren F1 GTR, 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren and 2013 Pagani Huayra. There’s also a new track in the form of Autopolis International Racing Course, as well as additional races in the GT League single player mode, with two additional rounds being added to the Mazda Roadsters Cup, Premium Sports Lounge, and All Japan GT Car Championship, with an all new single player series dubbed “Supra Legend”, where only Toyota Supra’s will be able to compete.

These updates are therefore all the reasons you need to clear your schedule, get the PS4 out, and pretend to be Lewis Hamilton in front of your TV for a few hours…

Written by Riyaadh Raciet