Fun fact: racing driver Jann Mardenborough, who raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Super GT and Super Formula, broke his ears not on the tarmac, but on PlayStation in Gran Turismo.
Yes, it is possible to become a true professional racing driver by participating in Sony’s flagship series virtually.
The graphics and experience are so stunning real that the Gran Turismo Sport iteration of the game has been selected to be part of the first Olympic Virtual Series, the official prelude to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
What else can be said about Gran Turismo’s pedigree when the game’s main developer is Kazunori Yamauchi, winner of the 2011 and 2012 editions of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
Watch this video in which seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton praises the realism of the game at Yamauchi-san.
It’s one of the many reasons racing gamers are looking forward to GT7. Here are my thoughts after trying out the new game.
It looks and feels ridiculously real
It’s easy to mistake a Gran Turismo 7 gameplay video for a race on Singtel TV. That’s how much the visuals have improved – and they were already super realistic on GT Sport on PS4 back then.
As with Sport, it’s the most realistic racing simulator you can buy right now. Every car is different, whether you’re cornering with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X or hurtling down the straights with the Porsche 911. The game’s “car physics simulator” has been thoroughly researched and tested, and was designed to be as close to the real deal as possible.
Trust me when I say you can really feel the weight of the car on the PS5 controller’s haptic feedback. If you own a Thrustmaster steering wheel controller… you’ll really feel like you’re driving a real car.
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A celebration of automotive culture
GT7 is packed with features (over 400 cars, 90 different track variants, license tests and racing challenges) that you can feel lost in all the content – not that we’re complaining! Luckily, the game nudges you in the right direction at the Gran Turismo Cafe, where the owner assigns you errands and tasks. You start small with something like a Honda Fit, then slowly collect better cars as you progress through the game.
Car enthusiasts can spend hours perusing showrooms, admiring all the models available, then taking them on a virtual world tour to snap photos in exotic locations (low key, that’s me IRL) .
Gran Turismo is everything I’ve ever wanted in a racing game – if you love cars and own a PS4 or PS5, you need to give this game a spin.
Other racing games that give us a hard time
F1 2021 made our list of favorite games of 2021, thanks to an engaging story mode and the ‘build a team’ feature that lets you design and manage a Formula 1 team from scratch. It is also the only console game where you can race on the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore.
Forza Horizon 5
Xbox and PC gamers have their own racing gem – Forza Horizon 5 is a joy to play whether you’re a casual fan or a hardcore racing gamer. Unlike Gran Turismo, Forza Horizon is open world (like the old Need For Speed games), so you can just kick back and drive your way.
Grid Legends is an easier to play arcade style racing game. Its biggest draw: a live story mode akin to racing documentaries or Netflix’s Drive to Survive. You can even drive trucks!
E-sport racing simulators
For those who want a closer to the track experience without spending a fortune on racing rigs, head over to Legion of Runners to Kallang Avenue to try out their racing box simulators. If you’re serious about racing and want to participate in esports, they also run classes.
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This article was first published in wonderwall.sg.