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Gran Turismo 2

Platform : PlayStation
Rated: Everyone
4.5 out of 5 stars 263 customer reviews
Metascore: 93 / 100
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Get all the tire-screeching excitement of real-life racing with Gran Turismo 2. Tear through 20 hair-raising tracks from Seattle to Tahiti in one of more than 500 incredibly detailed, brand name autos. Then customize your car by purchasing parts with your winnings. Made in USA.

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Thanks to glowing reviews and a fan base of rabid racing purists, Gran Turismo has built up a reputation as the definitive driving simulation for the PlayStation. While that proved good news for Sony's coffers, it posed a tough challenge for its developers: How can the sequel surpass the original? For better or worse, Gran Turismo 2 has taken the Star Wars: Special Edition approach to tackling this challenge. The bulk of the game's top-notch graphics and gameplay remain true to the original, but this version is packed with extra add-ons - more tracks, more cars, more races and more secrets - that have turned the game into a mammoth two-disc experience. The sequel may not play or look noticeably better than the original, but it's certainly a bigger meal to digest. With that said, prospective buyers will fall into four categories: * Fans who loved the original Gran Turismo and have actually unlocked all the game's secrets: The purchase of this game is a no-brainer. * Fans who loved the original Gran Turismo but lacked the patience or skills to unlock all the game's secrets: The addition of an off-road rally racing mode won't be enough incentive to rehash a gameplay formula all too similar to the original, despite having more cars and tracks. This might not be your cup of tea. * Those who haven't played Gran Turismo but who love cars and seek a pure racing simulation: The purchase of this game is also a no-brainer, assuming you have a lot of free time ahead. * Casual video gamers looking for fun, easy racing entertainment (or for those shopping for a kids' gift): It's a toss-up. The skill needed to master the nuances of this game, as well as its depth, might prove too much for those looking for a less sophisticated, less demanding racer. The arcade portion of the game will still sate most gamers' needs - but a whole half of the game might go to waste in the meantime. For an in-depth review, keep on reading.... Gran Turismo 2: Crunching the numbers A by-the-numbers look at this pure driving simulation shows how much depth this game offers. First off, the game comes on two CDs. The first CD offers arcade-mode racing, which features one-player races and two-player split-screen competition. When a player places first on a track, a hidden car is unlocked. The second CD is the more valuable of the two; it offers the Gran Turismo simulation mode. In this ultra-realistic, one-player-only mode, you earn credits by winning races - credits that you can then use to buy additional cars and upgrades. To unlock more races, you must pass a series of driving tests (at least 50 to start) to obtain licenses. These licenses can then be transferred (via memory card) to unlock new tracks in the arcade mode; in addition, the cars created in the Gran Turismo mode can be raced head-to-head in the arcade mode as well. For those who've played the original, all this will be familiar territory. For those new to the series, it'll be an overwhelming experience to wade through. Back to the numbers: The game features more than 400 car models from various years, covering everything from lowly compacts such as the Volkswagen Golf to muscle cars like the Chevrolet Corvette. There are also special off-road rally cars and high-performance super sports cars (for the wealthy). These are not mere graphical swaps either, as each car has its own unique performance and handling specifications. The attention to and depth of detail imprinted on each car gives this game virtually enough credibility to stand as an interactive encyclopedia on performance racing cars.--Nelson Taruc--Copyright © 1998 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review

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4.5 out of 5 stars 263 customer reviews

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Product Dimensions 5.6 x 5 x 1 inches
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Visually, GT has been improved over its top selling predecessor. While the cars are graphically the same, the backgrounds are much more detailed and sophisticated. Track design is superb with the addition of a few true to life road courses. As of yet, I have not noticed any pop up which is unbelievable considering the amount of detail involved in this game. The frame rate is pretty consistent although I have encountered slow down (about 20fps) when cornering on a few occasions. This struck me as odd because there was no traffic around at the time. The rally racing option is fantastic and a lot of fun to play. What a great addition to the game!
Experienced GT gamers will find the control identical to the original Gran Turismo. For newcomers to this type of racer, there will probably be about a 1-2 hour learning curve. While many people find the license testing a nuisance, it is ideal for the entry level gamer (or newcomer to GT) to learn the concepts required to be successful in this type of racing sim. For those who are more experienced, many of the tests can be passed in 1-3 attempts.
The variety of cars is unbelievable. The only noticeable absentees are Pontiac and Porsche. Many if not all of the originals have stayed to make a second appearance plus many, MANY new additions. The range in variety of cars is incredible: from VW Beetles to the Vector to super McLaren type cars. One thing that struck me as odd was the varied "model years" of some cars. The 2000 Toyota Celica is present, but GT2 still showcases the '97 Mitsubishi Eclipse and '96 Corvette seen in GT1. The Japanese styled Acura Integra has not been given the "American facelift" in this edition of GT either.
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By A Customer on January 21, 2000
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I recently bought a Playstation specifically to play GT2. Normally I wouldn't have taken the plunge just for one game, but ALL of the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Plus, I'm a life-long car nut, and I couldn't resist. Well, this game is beyond anything I could have hoped for.
I have never seen a deeper game in my life. The sheer number of cars is astounding, and they're all real-life cars! Everything about the game is great, from graphics to control to sound to music...everything! I read some complaints about graphics bugs and poor AI. The bugs are very minor and don't detract from enjoyment. As far as AI, what do you expect, HAL from "2001"? The opposition is just fine.
The license concept is nice and adds to the realism. Getting to drive everything from a Mini Cooper S to a '69 Camaro Z28 to a Toyota GT One to a 900+hp Suzuki Pikes Peak car is incredible (especially the Suzuki)! Plus there are racing versions of many of the cars, such as a Trans Am version of the Z28. The tracks are great, too. The rendering of Laguna Seca is amazing - the view of the corkscrew on the replay is worth the price of admission!
Do yourself a favor and BUY THIS GAME. If this was the only game available for PSX, it would almost be worth it just to play GT2.
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500 cars! Wouldn't the graphics suffer because of that, you might wonder? No way! This one looks just as good and sounds even better. Plus, with old, new and reverse tracks, you get enough to shake a stick at! (40+, and that doesn't even include the dirt tracks for rally-style racing!) You will be playing this for a long time, I guarantee! I've had my copy for a few months now, I have 70 cars in my garage from winning most of the major events and I'm still not even done half of the game! Talk about staying power! If you haven't already done so, buy this game! It may change the way you think about video games. P.S. Best car? Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak Edition. What a monster! The first time you drive this car will no doubt be on one of the license tests as it costs $2,000,000! But once you've saved up enough money, buy it and you'll be laughing all the way to the finish line.
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Like it's predecessor, GT-2 will take the gaming market to new heights. GT was the best selling game of 98 for the PlayStation console, and from the looks of things, GT-2 will do even better. With over 400 cars to choose from, from manufacturers FORD, Dodge, Honda, Acura, Chevrolet, Nissan, and many more, the game offers quite a variety of cars to play with and should have a lasting replay value. All the details of the original game are here in the sequel, along with plenty of additions. If you're looking for a GREAT X-mas present for a loved one with a Playstation, this would be it. Oh, and if they don't already have one, you might want to consider getting them a steering wheel controller for their system too.
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Gran Turismo 2 has to be the best racing game ever on any system ,and in the top 5 on the Playstation. The graphics are top-notch, the large selection of tracks are the best yet, and the controls make the cars feel as real as they possibly can in a video game. The soundtrack to GT2 rocks hard enough to be sold as its own CD (which it is!),and has drivin' music from Garbage, The Crystal Method, Rob Zombie, and Filter. There are a few minor bugs in the game, evidence that it still wasn't ready after repeated delays--but they don't detract from the game much and you might not even notice them. The bottom line is this: if you like cars, racing, or video games GT2 needs to be in your Playstation. This is the kind of game that you set aside an hour for, wind up playing for 4 hours, and then thinking about playing for the rest of the day.
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