a pristine and purring video game ode to the automobile

It’s chill-inducing stuff at its finest. Although famous tracks sometimes lack a bit of atmosphere. Much of this can be due to noise. It’s a pleasure to whiz around Daytona, but silence greets you as you speed past the crowded 100,000-seat grandstand. And a smaller scale, admittedly, but as a Kentish lad I would expect more activity along the banks of Brands Hatch. Gran Turismo can often be accused of sterility, which I don’t think is entirely fair if you’re willing to embrace its idiosyncrasies (like the GT drivers popping up for a friendly chat, like LinkedIn messages coming from a JRPG broadcast), but it doesn’t always capture the excitement of race day.

And a bit of that runs throughout the game. Despite being a speed game, it likes to take its time. Navigating menus and unlocking cars is fast enough, but I was driving many, many hours before I even had a race that involved starting on the grid. The vast majority of races take you to the back of the grid in a rolling start, challenging you to move up the field in an arcade-style chase. In fairness, this is a thoroughly enjoyable way to play, as the game’s AI allows you to get caught up in some engaging positional battles as you work your way through. However, it takes a while before it starts to stretch its legs and introduce more complexity in terms of drifting, pitting and fuel management.

In that sense, it’s the anti-Forza Horizon. Playground’s hilarious game – and Xbox’s flagship – blasts you off planes in a supercar from minute one, happily handing out rewards and new events like they’re going out of style. Gran Turismo 7, as befits its story, is much more than that. Some would say cumbersome, others would say sophisticated.

Me? I can’t help but admire his purity and focus. Gran Turismo 7 appears to have one mission: to represent and share his love for cars and their place in the wider culture. Its curated catalogue, handsome history books and gleaming showrooms are presented with dutiful care and attention. So much so that before you know it you can easily find yourself in the history of Volkswagen or Aston Martin. And once you put those cars on the track? That’s the best part of it all.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gaming/features/gran-turismo-7-review-pristine-purring-video-game-ode-automobile/ a pristine and purring video game ode to the automobile


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