The real driving simulator

With authentic cars, courses, and car physics, Gran Turismo 4 adds an even more realistic racing simulation to the series. The characteristics of each car take into account weight, speed, friction, and more to deliver realistic handling. Test-drive new vehicles in courses located in various sites, such as Nurburgring Nordschleife, New York City, the Grand Canyon, and Tsukuba Circuit. Along with Career mode, Gran Turismo™ 4 highlights the new GT Photo mode.

Gran Turismo 4 uses an all-new physics engine coupled with revolutionary technology to deliver enhanced game physics and graphics providing a near-realistic automotive racing simulation. New and enhanced racing modes include: GT Director Mode/B-spec, GT Photo Mode, GT Career Simulation Mode and GT Arcade Mode encompassing more than 200 championship races, highly detailed car customization and many other innovative options to set the bar as the most complete racing game available. Though initially promised online options were removed from the title, the final features list clocks in with a whopping 700+ cars, more than 100 courses and plenty of unique surprises for automotive enthusiasts.

New Career Modes and Photo Modes are included in the game, as well as compatibility with Logitech’s Driving Force Pro steering wheel and USB storage and print devices for its photo modes. This game is able to produce a selection of screenshots with variable compression rate (Normal/Fine/SuperFine) and size (up to 1280x960 72dpi) from within the user can choose to save or print with an Epson compatible USB printer. It is also the first game on the PS2 to support 1080i resolution, it also supports 480p and widescreen modes.

Compared to its predecessors, Gran Turismo 4 adds a race-manager-style role (called B-Spec, as opposed to ’normal’ racing A-spec) in which players attempt to train the game AI to drive progressively better cars and harder races by dictating when the car should pit, pass, how hard to push (on a scale of 1-5), and all the pit-stop options available in A-spec mode (including the option to switch between A-spec and B-spec). B-spec is especially useful in endurance races that can last up to 24 hours in real time, although in B-spec time can be sped-up 3x. The Photo Mode lets the gamer control a virtual camera, taking pictures of their cars on track, or at specific locations, including the Grand Canyon. Another new addition to the game is the Driving Missions, which are similar in experience to the license tests, but come with points to unlock tracks. A PlayStation 2 Network Adaptor can be used to communicate to additional PS2s, in order to create a multi-monitor setup. In addition, the network adaptor can be used to play games on a local subnet, for up to six players, though player customized cars can’t be used in a LAN game.

The game includes, as prizes, many cars of historical interest, for instance 1886 Benz and Daimler "horseless" carriages, and a Model T Ford. Because the complexity of their digital models runs into limitations of the PS2 hardware (Emad G. 2005), these cars are not useable in races, but, instead can only be used in single car "time trials", or in photo-shoot mode. Even some modern cars with complex body shapes, for instance the Chrysler Prowler, or the Caterham Seven Fire Blade, also cannot be used in races. Players interested only in the racing aspect of the game might want to sell such cars, and then be disappointed because, while most prize cars can be sold for money, you do not get money for most such "special cars"—instead you must simply give them away for nothing. One car, the Auto Union Streamliner, is only capable of being driven on the Nürburgring, the Test Course, and the Las Vegas Drag Strip. To some players, a goal of the game is to collect all the cars the game has to offer, and so, to them, it is not really important if the car can not be raced. And, in any case, there are plenty of historical cars which can be raced, including a 1961 E-type Jaguar, 1954 Mercedes 300SL, and a 1954 Citroen 2CV.

B-Spec game mode

The new B-Spec mode puts players in the place of a racing crew chief: telling the driver how aggressive to drive, when to pass, and mandating pit stops (by monitoring tire wear, fuel level, and oil dirtying). The speed of the time in the race can be increased up to 3x, allowing for Endurance races to be completed in less time than would take in A-Spec mode (normal first person racing).

B-Spec points are given out for each race completed in B-Spec mode. This increases the skill level of the AI driver in different skill categories. Players can thereby use B-Spec mode in harder races as the game progresses.

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  (6021) posted on 03.5.2008

Now anymore games.

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