Gran Turismo for PSP Hands-On

Gran Turismo on the PSP is real! We check out the sizeable E3 demo of this realistic racer.

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It's been a long time coming, but Gran Turismo is finally coming to the PSP. Gran Turismo 4 Mobile was announced way back in 2004, but it was only at E3 this week that a release date (October 1, alongside the PSP Go) and a new title (Gran Turismo for PSP) were confirmed, and the game appeared in playable form somewhere other than behind closed doors. The E3 demo weighs in with an impressive 100 cars and 14 tracks, but that's just a fraction of the 800 cars and 35 tracks (60 with variants) that will be included in the finished game.

With so many options at our disposal, we set about testing the demo's extremes. First, we took the incredibly quick Toyota Le Mans for a spin around Laguna Seca, and then, after scrolling to the other end of the vehicle selection screen, we climbed into an ancient and extremely slow Citroen 2CV to take a look at the Tsukuba circuit. We were tempted to check out the Nurburgring, but that takes a long time even in a race car, so in the 2CV (which took a long time to get up to 40mph before we hit a corner), it would likely have taken a good portion of the day.

The fact that Gran Turismo features such a broad range of vehicles is truly impressive, and though some might say that cars like the 2CV, the Daihatsu Midget, the Fiat 500, and the Nissan Cube have no place in a racing game, it's immediately apparent as you scroll through the list that Polyphony Digital is picking and choosing which vehicles to include very carefully. Some have been chosen because they're fast, some because they're fun, many because--at least to some people--they are considered classics. DMC's DeLorean, the 1990 Toyota Supra, the Pagani Zonda, the 1973 Alpine A110 1600S--the list just goes on, and you'd do well to approach Gran Turismo as the "driving simulator" that it is, rather than wishing it were a racing game (like some of us).

Taking the controls of any car in Gran Turismo is fun, even if the game rarely forgives mistakes. The PSP controls work well regardless of whether you choose the D pad or the analog nub, the visuals are impressive and move at a steady 60 frames per second, and the racing line feature borrowed from Forza serves as a great learning tool. Where the game falters, depending on your criteria, is in its lack of believable or competitive AI drivers, its lack of damage models, and its lack of customization options outside of those offered by manufacturers. These things have been true of every game in the long-running series, and Gran Turismo for PSP is no exception.

On the upside, GT for the PSP will support ad-hoc play for up to four players, so there's some realistic racing to be had provided you can find a friend or three with a copy of the game. We're also told that you'll be able to trade cars with friends, though it's unclear if you'll be swapping them one for one, exchanging in-game money, or just unlocking cars you've already gained access to for your friend.

Gran Turismo for the PSP will be released both as a UMD and a download on October 1. Based on what we saw of the game today, it's unlikely to attract many drivers who aren't already fans of the series, but it could well be a must-have for those who are fans.

Discussion

86 comments
Valkirye22
Valkirye22

now you have something to play when stuck in traffic x)))

MKDJ242
MKDJ242

saweet!!! ive already preordered it. cant wait!!!!

bluechuy
bluechuy

can't wait i already pre-ordered the psp go

wuzitduzit
wuzitduzit

I don't know if my old PSP can handle all the punishment it's gonna take from being used so much. Will definitely pick this on up.

CRYSIX
CRYSIX

THIS SHOULD BE THE BEST PSP RACER. LOOKS GREAT.

rsdnc777
rsdnc777

Is the online mode limited to Ad-Hoc? I cant wait for this to finaly come out! Gna be sick!

Lidlo
Lidlo

Finally, the best racing game ever, out on PSP!

Silver_Soul_U
Silver_Soul_U

finally, GT is on. i cant wait until it comes out.

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

cant wait till they release this on ps3

LobsterBoy92
LobsterBoy92

800 cars on the move! Amazing! Can't wait this is going to push the PSP to it's limits.

Slashfan10
Slashfan10

5 years waiting, I can't wait. It is finally almost here!

CADMAN_3
CADMAN_3

YES, YES, YES.......It's about time. ALL HAIL THE RACING GOD'S............ I love this game and I will add this to my collection.

gnorkok
gnorkok

who cares how the quality! i played all series of GT and i still go for it!

cliffatron
cliffatron

Woa, how many years late? Not only that why do they still have to release it so late? Means I want be able to play it all summer!

raza3
raza3

finaly gt on psp

F1Canuck
F1Canuck

No A.I. no Car Damage, no customization ? Sounds like a super realistic sim to me, Boy I just have to spend $40 on that... ...maybe if this was 1991....maybe. You want a pretty Ridge Racer ? you got it, cept it's slower. Wow, nice game design guys, why not leave out the cars too? as always, garbage.

maxgoh
maxgoh

before psp 3000 PRC protection ends, publishers thought their will have more software business with PSP games both on UMD and downloads. even psp go are using the same chips to verify CF. Now seems like everything's gone. So, you think those great titles will still make their way to PSP and let the world play for free?

maxgoh
maxgoh

graphics is below GT3 quality.

dbpvivi
dbpvivi

Some things really are worth waiting for. Ad-Hoc is great but Online would be even better. I'm still playing Test Drive 2 years later because of it.

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

last racing game i played was ridge racer. looks like GranTurismo will blow that one away!

mastodonfatguy
mastodonfatguy

its about damn time... i been waiting so long for this game since launch date and its taken this long to get here. sigh my friend hacked my psp and i guess hell download it and give me the file.. but i still want to buy it. :D NOW!

sparkypants
sparkypants

Im looking foward to it, Iv kindda been looking for a racing game for my PSP...this is the one I want! :D

maverick_76
maverick_76

Man I cannot wait till this comes out! Also anyone who saw the Gran Turismo 5 video at E3 knows that it will have damage finally!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!

GameHog9
GameHog9

@jamkyskis- You can activate your account up to 5 times across 5 PSN accounts. I have FF7 on my PS3 and PSP, and I could put it on 3 other systems if I want to. You can deactivate an account if you want to, and that gives you back that activation limit. You can download it *as many times as you want* on any account. Down loads are so much better (for those who have the memory). No more clunky UMDs, load times are WAY faster, you can store your entire library right there.... downloads it is for me.

Midnightshade29
Midnightshade29

@konradak, there is no Go excluisves -- PSP-GO is the psp-4000, it's not psp2, it's like the dsi, same games accross the board and sony is still making psp 3000 models so people have the choice to buy umd or download...it gives people choice.

jt58d
jt58d

SPIOLER!!!! this just in, halo: reach will be just like halo 3 multiplayer!!! but more armour options and you can play as the FLOOD!!!! OMG!! And you can also play as a ODST TROOPER!!!

SQUALL20XX
SQUALL20XX

I'm getting the PSP, so wait for me GT

konradak
konradak

Sweet. All those cars and tracks and 60 FPS? Wow. Great package. Glad they are putting this on the older PSP's, thought this was PSP Go exclusive.

jnewco81
jnewco81

I'm pleased the PSP is finally getting some more AAA titles. Annoyed that I sold mine a few months ago though :-)

CRYSIX
CRYSIX

Hope the graphics will be good. The gameplay seems promising.

GamerNationPC
GamerNationPC

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jamyskis
jamyskis

TruthSeekr01 - the download version will be infested with DRM, which means you're going to have to activate it on your PSP from the PSN servers and then deactivate it when you want to move it to another PSP. When Sony sees fit to stop supporting this game and/or PSN, your game will be gone. They won't let piracy get the upper hand. And the limitations of the UMD format were not about performance, nor were they restricted in space. The restrictions were actually down to UMD (video and audio, specifically) only running on the PSP and running down the battery (although not severely so). 1.1GB of space (GT2 on the PS1 has everything running on 1 650MB CD-ROM) is ample space for 800 cars.

TruthSeekr01
TruthSeekr01

It would be incredible if they could actually fit all the promised 800 cars into this game given the limitations of the UMD. In that respect at least, downloads would be much better since they wouldn't be weighted down by size constraints...but wait; if you could put it on a MemoryStick wouldn't the pirates have it handed to them on a silver platter?

drifted_ashore
drifted_ashore

man I wish the psp had pressure sensitive buttons

JKing360
JKing360

This game looks great, but who are they going to put so many thing in a little umd? And 800 cars, even more than ps2 version? Cool :-)

tekken220
tekken220

800 cars??? Sony should make a new kind of UMD so all those stuff will fit.

Wings_008
Wings_008

if it also on UMD's then am diffidently getting one

TomJD1990
TomJD1990

I'm going to buy a Go just for this game when I start uni. Yes, I love GT. I'm just wondering how much memory this will take up!

gmax
gmax

It will be interesting to hear what real players think about GT on PSP...

cowmaster2k3
cowmaster2k3

played this at e3... its awesome and SMOOTH. Constant 60fps is a beauty!

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Nice racing game for the PSP. Maybe I should get one really, now that Resident Evil is coming.

angusclone2
angusclone2

Hail to the cheif that it's also being produced on UMD. I'm still not quite impressed with the Psp Go.

BLKGZUS04
BLKGZUS04

Gran Turismo is a beast. I've been waiting for some reason to buy another PSP (since my first broke) & this will be the reason. But "GS" needs to stop being so unforgiving to the game for things like the "no damage" or harsh when making mistakes. Evidentally there are no real drivers at "GS". "TURISMO 4-LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

bonchie
bonchie

Man it sure would be better if the cars explode or something!

cholidzufar
cholidzufar

i've watched gt for psp(e3 version) in youtube and it so coool the ghrapic it's amazing better than ps2 and i think this game like next gen game...!!!!

JamBoi92
JamBoi92

I've been waiting for this game ever since I got my PSP 4 years ago! Can't wait to get this.

Dingram_Meridal
Dingram_Meridal

@assassinX01 - Thank you for posting that before I did, just checked the release dates of both, 4 years between them...c'mon GS get your facts right!

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

Thank god that it is also coming out on a UMD