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Gran Turismo Sport review: Incredible gameplay will have rev heads fist-pumping with joy
9Pickle reviews Gran Turismo Sport
True to its name Gran Turismo Sport is all about competition.
One for motorsport purists, the traditional casual elements of the series have been forgone for a stripped down, leaned out online racer steeped in real-world PvP action that looks stunning and feels even better.
From the outset it’s clear that developers Polyphony and Sony had a clear shift in vision for the series: an online-focused racing sim tied to real-world events.
Gran Turismo Sport, in some effect, is the title’s leap into the E-Sports industry – and when you pair it with a PS4 Pro and a 4K TV, what a glorious leap it is.
The PvP competition will have you hooked.
9Pickle has never played an online race that felt so rewarding. You’ll have to work hard for a podium finish with smart driving, precise lines and clean sectors.
Each time you overtake an opponent, you’ll subtly pump a fist in satisfaction – it feels that good.
The matchmaking system is being touted as first class and pits drivers of equal skill level and sportsmanship against each other.
Every race has you climb your way to the top through seasonal leader-boards and daily events.
The game is so realistic the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (the international governing body for auto-racing) aims to officially ratify Gran Turismo Sport’s online competition at the next council meeting.
Players will compete in two Championship Cups formally controlled by the body and be presented with real-world prizes.
It’s clear that this is the series’ vision for the future: an erosion of the boundary between the virtual and real world of competitive racing.
Sitting behind the wheel, Gran Turismo Sport’s gameplay is, without hyperbole, incredible.
9Pickle loves nothing more than unleashing the inner rev-head, and we were struck by how real and unique each car felt.
This isn’t simply a matter of vehicles having faster acceleration and better handling – each car actually resonated with its real-world counterpart.
The Nissan GTR will have you craning your neck as it generates incredible G-force around corners, leaving your knuckles white as they claw around the controller (or wheel if you are serious about your racing).
The Audi R8 LMS is an overtaking machine as it put down all its 585 horses of power to glide past opponents.
And the humble Toyota 86 will put a massive grin on your face as it growls sideways, linking drifts like lengths of noodles.
This genuine feel is largely due to the work done in development. Each car model was built from the ground up specifically for the game using real-world physics and feedback data from the Nürburgring 24-hour and the LMP 1 races.
The developers claim each car model has the “highest precision” outside of manufacturer’s original CAD models. Running the game at 60fps on 4K HDR, 9Pickle believes them.
Unfortunately, despite the online extravaganza, the single player mode suffers in way of content.
The familiar campaign that fans have come to love are now just a memory.
In its place is a series of driving and license challenges. And while well executed, fans of the series will be left longing for that addictive nuanced progression.
The original games were a masterpiece in single player gaming.
You might have a hard time shaking the feeling that the new single player is merely a primer for the online competition.
Gran Turismo Sport is a beautifully crafted racer. But casual gamers looking for a deep immersive offline experience may have trouble attuning to the beat of Sport.
For the competitive racing enthusiast, or the online gamer, this is your shot at the big league. Gran Turismo Sport: 4/5 stars
-- 9Pickle was provided with a review copy of Gran Turismo Sport and a PS4 Pro.
Written by George Vlotis
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