Gran Turismo Sport | Polyphony Digital/Sony Interactive Entertainment

GRAN TURISMO SPORT DEMO HANDS-ON IMPRESSION

We put the petal to the metal with Polyphony Digital's 7th Installment.

A demo for Sony Interactive Entertainment's Gran Turismo Sport will be launching on October 9th till October 12th.

 

Gran Turismo Sport’s demo will be live for only four days, but progress will carry over to the full game. According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, “your earned in-game credit (up to $1MM) and personalized garage vehicles are transferable to the full game when it launches October 17th.”

With that being said lets get to the demo.

Oscar Portillo

The king of racing simulation is back.

 

I will start this preview by saying I am more of a burnout or midnight club type of player when it comes to racing games. Although, Gran Turismo always peaks my interest upon every release. Lets jump right into the demo which released for Playstation plus subscribers were able to pre download on October 7th. And non Playstation plus subscribers get the demo on October 9th, the demo is only available until October 12 th.

 

The demo features three modes, Sport mode, Arcade and the campaign. The campaign mode lets you earn in game currency and you are able to unlock cars as well as gain experience. All of this transfers to the main game so if you have decided to purchase the full retail

release it would not be a bad idea to download this demo. A photo mode is included as well with several sliders for the camera and the car itself. The demo features three tracks and two variants of those tracks. I probably should not have to say this but the game is a beauty as far as graphics goes. Some images look photo realistic and it amazes me how far we have come. Anyone should at least try

the limited time demo and see for yourself why Gran Turismo is the king of racing simulation.

Gran Turismo Sport | Polyphony Digital/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Felipe Parada

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

I got in a fair amount of time with Gran Turismo Sport demo and enjoyed every minute of it. Even though the demo comes in just one short week before the release date, I'm glad they chose to still release the demo. Upon loading up the game you are presented with a sleek menu full of modes and options for you to explore. This is a true celebration of Motorsports and is a strong reminder of why Gran Turismo has been at the top of the podium for years. 

First thing I want to point out is that this game looks gorgeous, almost frighteningly realistic. The lighting is second to none as the light reflect off of the extremely detailed car models. Everything about the game has been made with a great amount of care and detail. The cars handle exactly how they should and the atmosphere of the Northern Isle Speedway makes you feel like you are re-enacting a scene straight out of Days of Thunder. I dont think it can get any better than that.

Sound on the other hand has always been a hit or miss. Some cars sound too similar like the others whereas larger cars like the AMG GT GT3 really have a presence and weight to them. The exclusion of dynamic weather isn't something that I thought I would miss but after witnessing how dynamic weather really changes up a race like in Driveclub, it would have been a nice addition. Now, I am not sure that Polyphony Digital will add it later or not add it in at all. but it was something worth mentioning. 

Those criticisms are small compared to everything else that Gran Turismo Sport has to offer. Even though the demo is just a small portion of a larger experience, the one thing it does not skimp out on is modes. Sport mode, arcade and the campaign are the modes presented to you in the demo each having their own challenges to complete for cool rewards. One aspect that the Gran Turismo Series always delivered on was accessibility, there will be something in it for everyone.

 

One mode that I spent an absurd amount of time is Scapes mode which is Gran Turismo's version of photo editor mode. It's a simple idea that has so many applications. You get to choose a pre-rendered background from a large selection of states and countries, you lay down the car of your choice and you get to work. You can change almost anything, the angle of the wheels, the type of headlights you want on, and the direction of the car. If you are like me you will spend hours getting the right shot for your favorite car.

Thankfully we don't have to wait long until the release of the game which is on October 17th. Until then I am going to make sure to get as much as I can out of the limited demo. Its all about the racing but I'm sure I will just end up in Scapes mode trying to create my ultimate automotive masterpiece.

Check out video some of our races here.

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