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POSTED 19/10/17


GRAN TURISMO SPORT

Polyphony Digital/Sony



Legendary F1 driver Jackie Stewart once advised, “It’s not always possible to be the best, but it’s always possible to improve your own performance.”

That’s a good attitude to take into GT Sport, which takes the artistry of racing really rather seriously.

It also takes visuals seriously. Once you wade through initial setup they’re stunning – especially if you have an HDR-equipped telly. Sonics? They’re alright. But the visuals? Yummo!

Of course, all the prettiness ever is nothing without a great game to back it up. This release marks a reset for the series, a start from scratch. This may explain the relative lack of content, which might surprise some GT fans. There are only 17 tracks – just six real-world (including Bathurst – yay!), while the rest are made-up. But lots of cars, right? Erm, 162 currently, assuming we can count properly.

Yeah, but the single player campaign must be stunning, right? Uh, well... There isn’t one, really. Seriously, if the thought of taking on real life opponents fills your pants with smelly stuff then you’d better like simple (but useful) training exercises and brief blats in an arcade mode (the rally tracks are ace fun).

As you may have gleaned from the above paragraph, online is where GT Sport is at. This is where the big career thing happens, and where all aspects of your racing style will be judged. If you’re a crash and basher, for example, you’ll be shuffled off with other such racers to continue your destruction derby fantasies – which, considering some of the gorgeous metal here, is shameful.

In fact, the game requires an active internet connection to function properly, which is fine if you have a reliable link – which can also be read as “if you don’t live in Australia”.

Presentation has been a GT issue in the past, but not so here. Everything’s a delight – and makes sense. We just wish that there was more content to improve our performance with.

To quote another great, Murray Walker, “With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go.”

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