Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo 7 brings the popular racing game series back on track after the somewhat divisive Gran Turismo Sport.
Sony’s premier exclusive racing game franchise, Gran Turismo, was born in 1997 when Polyphony Digital released it for the original PlayStation. Gran Turismo’s sequels have achieved similar success, but there have also been some bumps in the road. Gran Turismo Sport’s 2017 launch featured far fewer cars to collect than previous games in the series’ history, and the single-player mode was dropped in favor of online multiplayer. Gran Turismo 7 brings the series back on track for those who were let down by the previous installments in the series.
The opening cutscene of Gran Turismo 7 showcases the game’s various tracks and vehicles in a stunning, lengthy, and completely unskippable cutscene. Gran Turismo 7 finally puts players behind the wheel, allowing them to progress through a linear single-player experience in which they compete in races, earn new licenses, and of course, collect hundreds of cars.
Many game modes, features, customization options, and more are available in Gran Turismo 7 to the point where it could become too much. Gran Turismo 7 takes a more gradual approach to introduce new features, rather than dumping them all on players at once. There is a sense of progress and direction in the game, which some may find restrictive, but others will appreciate.
Completed menus are the primary means of progressing through Gran Turismo 7. A series of menus in Gran Turismo 7 gives players a series of tasks they must complete progressing through the game. Getting to the top of the podium in races, for example, might earn players three different car types in a single menu. Afterward, the next menu may ask players to make some alterations to their automobile. After that, they may be whisked away to a new feature on the world map that gives them even more options to consider and activities to do, all the while learning interesting history about the vehicles they’re unlocking.
It’s a lot more than what Gran Turismo Sport had when it launched, but it’s still not the most cars the series has ever had available. Racing, special challenges, purchasing them with credits, and random rewards are all ways to acquire cars in Gran Turismo 7. Completers of Gran Turismo 7’s cars should expect to put in a significant amount of time if they intend to complete the game.
Apart from completing the cafe menu books and progressing through the single-player story in Gran Turismo 7, collecting every car available is the ultimate objective. It’s a good thing that racing is so enjoyable because this is the primary method by which players will achieve this goal. Gran Turismo 7 provides a more laid-back, almost relaxing racing game experience than some of its competitors, with players given complete control over the driving experience.
Playing Gran Turismo 7 is an experience that can be tailored to the individual player’s preferences. The difficulty settings can be tweaked to the player’s preference, and the game’s assistance features can be turned off if they desire. However, those who find it difficult to properly time their brakes and maneuver through corners may prefer to leave some of the assistance features on. Playing in this way is better because it gives players the freedom to play the game in any way they see fit.
Although Gran Turismo 7 racers can benefit from the assistance of other racers, they still need to be prepared to win. In order for players to participate in races, their cars must meet a certain set of requirements. As the game progresses, new parts and upgrades become available for players to purchase with their hard-earned credits. In contrast to hardcore fans who spend a lot of time customizing their vehicles, casual fans can simply choose parts that raise their PP rating. To keep things simple for non-gearheads while providing the depth that gearheads crave, Gran Turismo 7’s tuning and customization options are divided into two categories: easy to understand for gearheads and complex for the more experienced.
Numerous Gran Turismo 7 tracks are available to play on the PlayStation 5, and they’re all absolutely stunning to look at. With the excellent lighting in Gran Turismo 7, the game can appear almost lifelike at times. In the game’s day/night cycle, players will enjoy starting a championship race on a track in the afternoon, only to have it transition tonight by the time the race ends.
That said, Gran Turismo 7 is still one of the best-looking racing games ever made, even if it doesn’t utilize the PS5 to its fullest extent. If you’re not impressed by the lighting and weather effects, you won’t be able to imagine how things can get any better from here on out.
In terms of immersion, Gran Turismo 7 benefits greatly from the PS5 DualSense controller and its excellent visuals. However, GT7 makes excellent use of DualSense’s unique features such as haptic feedback, making it an excellent choice for racing game fans who prefer to use a proper steering wheel controller. The controller’s vibration perfectly reflects what’s happening on the screen, creating an extra level of realism that wasn’t previously possible. A dual-sensor setup enhances both smooth and erratic driving while making high-speed spin-outs more exhilarating.
Gran Turismo 7 has a lot going for it, and fans of the series can rest easy knowing that they’ll get their money’s worth out of the title. However, there are a few drawbacks to the game that are worth noting. Even though most fans of the game probably won’t mind, those who are only interested in multiplayer may find this a nuisance.
Microtransactions are the main issue with the game. With credits, players can buy everything from custom liveries to car parts, new cars, and maintenance on their current vehicles, all with credits. A lot of credits are given to players in Gran Turismo 7, but there are times when it appears as if the game is attempting to steer them toward purchasing items via in-game currency exchanges.
To stay competitive in Gran Turismo 7, gamers must spend a lot of their earned credits in order to keep up with their rivals. Existing vehicles must be replaced or upgraded, which can be an extremely costly undertaking. As a result, the game appears to be set up to encourage Gran Turismo 7 players to continually spend their credits, but it also offers special deals to entice them.
Gran Turismo 7 players, for example, may receive a letter from a brand that will lead them to an extremely impressive but pricey car. Over 3 million credits may be required, and most players don’t have that kind of money on hand. A “convenient” pop-up appears when credit-deficient players try to buy these vehicles, asking if they’d like to top off their PlayStation Store credits. In our time with Gran Turismo 7, we weren’t able to see how much of an impact microtransactions would have on the overall gameplay experience, but it does appear that the game is intentionally trying to get players to spend money on a game they’ve already paid full price for.
However, if you don’t care about the microtransactions in Gran Turismo 7, what you get is still a deep racing game experience that will keep you playing for hours. Gran Turismo 7 is a beautiful racing game, but it won’t be breaking any barriers to convert non-racing game fans. Gran Turismo 7’s target audience will be pleased.