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Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec

Developer: Polyphony Digital | Publisher: SCEA
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 07/09/01 | Genre: Driving

Well you've heard all about it, now see if the fabled racing simulation lives up to it's praise! I'd like to start off by saying that this a great game. I don't even have to play it to know that the game is great. The things I think I should tell you are which aspects of the game shine and which could have used more polishing.

First off, the graphics are amazing. In fact they are jaw dropping, but they aren't revolutionary in the sense that... well... when you have graphics this good you can see every little detail in the cars, doors handles, tire tracks, EVERYTHING on the car. However, there is something missing. I mean with this amount of detail you would think that NOTHING would be left out right? Well, there is one thing left out but it's not a really big deal but it DOES take a little of the fun out of the game. Where are the drivers in the cars? When you watch the replays, the cars are empty!

As far as the control goes in GT3. it's right on with realistic turning and accelerating. It even makes use of the digital buttons too! I feel that there really isn't anything else to say about the control. It's PERFECT and it couldn't be better.

I also remember hearing developers talking about adding skid marks and water tread. That is not here either. Plus, there is no option to control the sound or music! Yes, that is right folks you can only turn the music and sound ON or OFF. Don't get me wrong, this game will make you play for days to weeks (depending on how good a gamer you are), and you'll love most of it. but not all.

Now back to the good stuff... The vast number of cars is very impressive and the tracks are the same. In addition, the level of detail for both the tracks and cars are also quite good. Racing in GT3 has gotten better as well. Physics are right on the mark and so are the sounds. Although the computer can be cheap at times, it tends to drive in a straight line and if you get in the way of that line you better be prepared to smash into a wall or another car.

The music is decent, but the main theme from the Japanese version has been replaced with Lenny Kravitz "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" This upsets me a little. I liked the original theme and I wish that this part of the game didn't have to be changed during the localization process. Oh well, I guess you can never get everything you want, huh? As for the rest of the tracks, they are well organized and sorted. You've got rap and rock (70% rock) and some techno (25% techno).

There has been a little confusion with the Horse Power levels because they tend to change SLIGHTLY in different screens. What can I say? Bugs happen, but the funny thing is that the game is only showing the HP at different gears. So in essence you are getting the actual Horsepower of the car.

If it isn't already evident, GT3 has it's share of minor problems. Despite this, let me tell you this-it is definitely worth your time and for your money. If you are only a casual fan of racing games and you want to have a weekend fun with GT3, go out and rent it. For those who would like to develop their skills beyond the rest of the pack and become a GT3 master you will not put another PS2 game in your system. Although some of the more simpler aspects of the game are dumbed down--such as the sound, controls, and the fact that the Lamborghini license was LOST, this game comes out as the best PS2 game money can buy. Go get this game, you won't regret. Buy it, rent it, or just borrow it-just make sure you play it!

By Kyle Horner - 08/15/01
ESRB Details: Mild Lyrics

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