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Gran Turismo

Post by ☆spooks on Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:28 pm

Gran Turismo (also previously known as Gran Turismo 4 Mobile, Gran Turismo PSP, Gran Turismo Mobile, Gran Turismo 5 Portable and Gran Turismo Portable) is a Playstation Portable (PSP) game developed by Poly Phonydigital. The game was announced at the E3 Sony
press conference on May 11, 2004, the same conference where Sony
announced the original PSP. Following five years of delays and
speculation, it made a reappearance at E3 on June 2, 2009 in a playable
form. It was released on October 1, 2009 as one of the launch titles for
the new PSP Go. As of August 31, 2010, Gran Turismo has sold 1,960,000 million units. On June 1 2010, the game was rereleased as part of the Greatest Hits.

Developer(s)Polyphony Digital
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Designer(s) Kazunori Yamauchi
Series Gran Turismo
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) October 1, 2009
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
* PEGI: 3+

Media UMD, Download


Gran Turismo is available as both a Universal Media Disc (UMD) at retail and as a digital download from the PlayStation Store. The game features over 800 cars, although only four cars are present in any race. The exotic car manufacturer Ferrari is featured, and for the first time in the main Gran Turismo series, Lamborghini, Bugatti and various other cars were introduced and fully licensed. There is no damage model in the game. 45 tracks are included, and most can be driven forward and reverse, for close to 75 layouts.
Gran Turismo is centered on completing driving missions in order to advance in the game, unlike Gran Turismo 4's open-ended map. The game uses a new trading system to allow players to acquire cars. Ad hoc multiplayer will be supported for up to four players. Gran Turismo also allows online play through the free downloadable Playstation 3 (PS3) application Adhoc party for Playstation Portable. During an interview at E3, it was revealed that tracks featured in the game are directly sourced from Gran Turismo 4 and Tourist Trophy, while the game's physics engine is based on Gran Turismo 5 Prolague. Downloadable contient (DLC) will not be released for Gran Turismo, although five cars already included in the game are available for free download off the PlayStation Store in exclusive colors.

The game is centered on an open-ended design. The single-player menu presents players with three variables — Mode Selection (Time Trial, Single Race, and Drift Trial), Car Selection, and Track Selection. The player can pick and choose circuits and vehicles, with credits earned based on the difficulty, performance and number of laps they have chosen. Players can select from any number of laps, one to 99. There are 45 tracks (including layout variations) plus the added bonus of reverse on most tracks, which takes the track number close to 75. For the first time in the series, the game features the use of custom soundtracks that enables players to play their own songs whilst racing, but this option must first be unlocked by completing section B of the Driving Challenges. The music tracks can only be played if it is set on "MUSIC folder" and can be used for offline or online races.

There are three hidden tracks which are removed prior to release (Smokey Mountain North from Gran Turismo 2, Tahiti Dirt Route 3 from Gran Turismo 2, and Gymkhana from Gran Turismo 4). These tracks are only accessible via PSPs that have custom firmware and running Gameshark-like programs.

Gran Turismo features over 800 vehicles, each modelled accurately and statistics derived from their real life counterparts. Players will start with a low-powered car, but can upgrade as they progress through the game. The dealerships available change after every other race, so players won't always be able to buy what they are looking for. Like Tourist Trophy, there are only four cars (3 are opponents) feature in a race at any one time. There is an interior view available for each car — however, it is not detailed.

For multiplayer, players have access to four-player local wireless play across a handful of modes, with various options that allow players of all skill types to play together. There is no online play nor are there any online leaderboards for time trial times or the ability to share ghost laps with other players.

UMD Install

Users are able to install part of Gran Turismo on their memory stick. The install takes about 1GB (1014 MB on the European version and 750 MB for the American version) of space. The UMD still needs to be in the PSP's UMD drive to run the game. The loading times of the game are drastically reduced after installing.
[edit] Development

Fitting a full-scale Gran Turismo on the PSP platform was a challenge for Polyphony Digital. Series director Kazunori Yamauchi stated that the main problem was trying to fit the game in such a small memory space. Regardless, Gran Turismo runs at 60 frames per second (rare for a portable title) and takes up only 1GB of storage.
[edit] Delays

Originally named Gran Turismo 4 Mobile, the game was initially to have a release date sometime in April 2005 — however, it was notably absent from the 2004 Tokyo Game Show and then from E3 2005, a year after it was first announced. At the end of 2005, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that the game would be pushed back to sometime in 2006. Despite no news for most of 2006, Kazunori Yamauchi assured audiences that Gran Turismo for the PSP was still in development and on its way.
Toyota Supras from the JGTC racing league compete on High Speed Ring.

In April 2008, Yamauchi stated that developing Gran Turismo 5 on the PlayStation 3 "took much more time and effort and this was because loads of new stylish cars have started to come out so it took longer to develop than we had first imagined," and that it was unlikely the PSP version would be released by the end of 2008.

A version of Gran Turismo for the PSP was shown during Sony's E3 2009 keynote on June 2, 2009. Called simply Gran Turismo its October 1, 2009 release date coincides with the launch of the PSP Go (announced at the same conference).

Yamauchi discussed many reasons for the delays, with one of them being Polyphony Digital's busy schedule with releases of Gran Turismo 4, Tourist Trophy, Gran Turismo HD, and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue during the time of Gran Turismo's development. The company also refused to outsource the game to another developer describing that move as, "unthinkable." Yamauchi also considered other names for the PSP game, either Gran Turismo Spyder or Gran Turismo Portable, but decided at the end to name it just Gran Turismo because he wanted people to know that it was a "fully-specced Gran Turismo."

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