Gran Turismo Sport Review: This Is Not Your Father's Gran Turismo

Pure racing with none of the extras

3y ago

You know a game takes its online racing seriously when 1) it's partnered with the FIA, and 2) it makes you watch a Sportsmanship video prior to allowing you into any online race. You know those idiots in every racing game that think it's funny to turn a race into bumper cars? They're not welcome in GT Sport. Hallelujah.

The focus of Gran Turismo Sport is 100% on racing itself. This is none more evident than the paltry amount of content included in the game. Total cars? Less than 200. Tracks? Less than 20. Offline content? Virtually non-existent. This isn't like the GT numerical entries where you collect 50 different Nissan Skylines; it's you, a few tracks and cars, and the online racing.

The offfline portion of GT Sports exists solely as individual challenges reminiscent of license challenges in GT games past. In addition, you also get an arcade mode where you can customize your own races, but if you're hoping for a single player campaign the likes of Project CARS, then you will be sorely disappointed.

Kazunori Yamauchi mentioned that there will be an update to beef up the single player experience, but as of now, we don't know to what degree. That's all fine and good anyway since GT Sport is an online game first...something you surely researched before buying the game, right?

The online racing is about as fantastic as it gets. GT Sport is treated as an eSport, and with a variety of daily and season long races, you will have your fill of online wheel to wheel racing. In fact, GT Sport will even allow you to earn an FIA license:

"We also have the FIA Gran Turismo Digital License. This is a program that provides a real motorsports license after achieving a certain level of performance within the game...To become eligible for the license, you have to complete the racing etiquette mode, achieve silver or better results in all the campaign mode events, and then maintain or exceed a certain level of driver class and sportsmanship points."

As far as gameplay and physics go, I would place GT Sport's driving model right in between Project CARS/Assetto Corsa and Forza Motorsport 7. It's not as unforgiving as something like Assetto Corsa, but if you thrash about like one would in a Forza game, you're going to have a bad time. I feel like the body roll and tire grip is much more twitchy in GT Sport vs GT6, but that could easily be me just being rusty in a GT game.

As with any "sim" racing game, playing on a wheel is much better experience than playing with a DS4 controller, but if you're reading this and considering buying GT Sport, then you already know this.

If you don't care about car collecting and creating a bunch of different liveries (which you can do in GT Sport) and having a beefy offline campaign and all you want to do is put yourself against the best online racers in the world, then GT Sport is the racing game for you. It's pretty cool to know that you're participating in an "official" FIA league, and I don't know about you, but I totally want that FIA Gran Turismo Digital License.


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Comments (17)

  • I will be getting it because this will complete all the GT's collection. AND WHAT WOULD IT NOT BE DAD"S Grand Turismo ... Fooba- Wooba lol .. i am 58 and going to kick some ride.

      3 years ago
  • I'm quite disappointed that there's not more single-player offline content. I spent more hours than I care to admit on GT5, got the wheel, 800+ cars, everything. Somehow I didn't like GT6 as much and hoped GT Sport might be better. I've still ordered it, and the deluxe edition at that, but I was hoping for a bit more offline to balance out the online.

      3 years ago
    • It's aimed at fair online racing. And it works. If you want to race against AI then play Forza like my kids do

        3 years ago
  • if you want a great simulation, go on iracing... this game just falls between forza and project cars/asseto/iracing. If you cant play it wih a controller and do well whats the point of it !? There are already plenty of good sim for ppl with wheels and forza rocks the controller racing games. GT sport is just useless

      3 years ago
  • Cant wait to try by first time... See u on track guys!!

      3 years ago
  • Instead of not allowing bumper cars. Why not put damage to the cars in this race.?Those who like to bang their car up will soon be out of a race.

      3 years ago
    • I think the biggest problem with that is, anyone they hit loses time and then takes damage on top of it.

        3 years ago
    • Thus you have a true variable to a real race. Truthfully, I hate those kind of drivers due to them having no real consequences to there actions. Damage would make a true end result to there actions.

        3 years ago