Gran Turismo Sport has been available for a few months now and, when we first played it, we were a little surprised.
There was almost no reason to play offline unless you wanted to set lap times, and seemingly no reason to have your own garage. It was a departure from Gran Turismo that pushed us towards online racing, something you really have to be in the right mood for. But a recent update changed that, by reintroducing us to the AI-battling grind that is a career-style GT Mode.
GT Sport was already worth buying, even without the recent major addition, as it was good enough as a simulator and an opportunity to have some fun.
Bringing back GT Mode has just sweetened the deal and given sceptical fans of previous titles a good reason to have a go. And those fans will be impressed with the game’s dynamics.
Turning electronics off is an excellent lesson in smooth driving, and those hoping cars will feel and sound more realistic than in previous titles are in for a treat. It’s a fairly basic simulator, but an effective one.
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Online racing remains mostly unchanged, but its patrons have calmed somewhat over time. You should still expect to occasionally come up against those wishing to use you as a barrier on corner entry.
It’d be interesting to experiment with the same car on the same track in both GT Sport and a game like Forza Motorsport 7, Assetto Corsa, or Project Cars 2 (some of these are more realistic) to see which holds up as the best of the bunch.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars