Gran Turismo 6 – reviews of ‘breathtaking’ sim racing game

A show-stopping choice of tracks and cars make GT6 the closest thing you can get to real-life racing

LAST UPDATED AT 07:42 ON Mon 9 Dec 2013
What you need to know

Reviewers are calling the latest instalment of the Gran Turismo racing game, just released in the UK, “breathtaking” and “spectacular”. Gran Turismo 6 was developed by Japan’s Polyphony studio for the Playstation 3 console.

Gran Turismo games emulate the appearance and performance of a wide range of racing vehicles, many of which are licensed replicas of real vehicles, while the locations include real-world and invented tracks. There’s even a Moon-based event in a Lunar Rover.

As with previous games, there is an arcade mode for a pick-up-and-play race, and a longer sim mode, where players work their way up through the championships earning licences, trophies and vehicle upgrades.

What the critics like

As ever, “the depth of the game is truly breathtaking”, says Rebecca Jackson in the Daily Telegraph.  Playing Gran Turismo is no direct replacement for the thrill of real-life racing, but for the time being, it’s about as close as you can get.
GT6 is “a remarkable racing game”, says Luke Reilly on IGN. It’s impossibly good looking for a PlayStation 3 game, the handling is spectacular, and the sheer variety of track and driving content it boasts is nothing short of show-stopping.  
GT6 still offers "the best drive of any racing game around”, says Mr Pinkerton in Metro. And with excellent graphics, 1,200 vehicles, 33 tracks and 71 layouts, you’re certainly getting your money’s worth.  

What they don’t like

The new Gran Turismo is a natural progression of the game, rather than a great reinvention of the franchise, says Joseph Barron on Gamespot. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but there are parts of the game, such as the AI and computer controlled handling, that are "sorely in need of a makeover".      · 

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