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Scheduled release date:

October 1, 2009

Publisher:

Sony Computer Entertainment

Developer:

Polyphony Digital

Number Of Players:

1-4 (Ad-Hoc)

Genre:

Racing

Release Date:

October 1, 2009

Gran Turismo was the all elusive PlayStation Portable game for 5 years now. It's actually incredible when you think about, but Gran Turismo PSP was announced when the PSP was announced. Following a disappearance that had gone on for years, the game became a joke of sorts in the game world, many calling it vaporware. Polyphony had repeatedly assured us it was coming, and it looks like they weren't kidding. Having endured numerous delays because of Polyphony's incredibly busy development schedule with Gran Turismo 4, Touring Trophy, Gran Turismo HD Concept demo, Gran Turismo Prologue, and Gran Turismo 5, the PSP game was ultimately sidelined and worked on in between every one of the home-console titles. But now it's here, and we've played it.

To apologize for the wait, Polyphony decided to make this the largest Gran Turismo game ever, as far as car offerings go. 800 cars populate this UMD game, and 35 tracks, which can be raced forwards and reverse. To demonstrate simply how massive the game is, Nissan alone has 115 cars to choose from. But, at the same time, not every car is unique, as there are a number of variations available for one car, such as the 350Z, where there are numerous variants available in the game, including the convertible. Yes, the variants do differ mildly, be it a few extra horsepower there or a more track tuned suspension in another. But at the same time, I have always thought of them as fairly pointless, seeing as how your car doesn't stay stock for a very long time, either way. I am curious to know how many unique car models are in the game - in other words, how many not counting the variants.

Moving on, upon approaching a PSP devkit running the game, somebody had left it with an Audi A3 running on the Tokyo course. I picked the unit up and immediately found myself dazzled at how phenomenal the game looks running on the PSP. Now, I will say that you shouldn't buy into the hype that it looks like Gran Turismo 4, because it doesn't. Ultimately, the PS2 is the stronger unit, so the PSP cannot do what its bigger brother can. On the other hand, the reason why people so often claim that the PSP game looks like GT4 is because its lighting most closely resembles that of the PS2 title. The cars have a very beautiful sheen to them, making their colors pop and look natural. As far as the textures are concerned, the cars are a very, very slight step below GT3, and for a handheld unit with a three-inch tall screen, that's absolutely fantastic.

The framerate hangs on tight at all times, managing to run the game at a flawless 60 frames per second, which really helps ease the pain of other racers that run at framerates far less than that. Environmental detail is very good, as well, and you will notice the differences in the way the tree and ground texture look if you've spent a lot of time playing GT3 and GT4. But, overall, when it arrives, there is absolutely no way you'll deny that Gran Turismo on the PSP is the best looking handheld game of all time.

More importantly, the physics engine features a standard mode and professional mode, essentially allowing you to choose between the physics of GT4 and physics that closely resemble GT5. Obviously, given the processing strength of the PlayStation 3 and the vast differences between it and the PSP, you can't expect the same caliber of physics calculations for this PSP game. But still, what GT PSP does isn't just close, it's extremely close, and that should satisfy every GT fan anxiously anticipating this on-the-go racer.

Gran Turismo for the PSP is fast approaching its release, with only two months left. It'll be launching October 1st in both UMD for the standard PSP and downloadable form for the PSP Go.

8/1/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (19 posts)

maxpontiac
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:43:34 PM
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I will be buying this game (1st PSP title) and using my sons PSP.

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ohmikkie
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 2:27:41 PM

me too since i've bought every other gt

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maxpontiac
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 4:15:57 PM

Exactly. I won't miss playing a Gran Turismo!

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Radiitz
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 2:07:23 PM
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Hope we get to see more GT 5 details soon.

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Deleted User
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 2:39:57 PM
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all ready have GT PSP reserved. i have 3 other games.
- GTA Vice city stories and the other GTA one.
and God of War

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King James
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 3:01:19 PM
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Reading the title, I thought you meant GT5. *Sad face* Guess I need to read more carefully.

-Cake For Everyone!

Last edited by King James on 8/1/2009 3:02:06 PM

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Scarecrow
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 3:10:33 PM
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So getting this!

Is it me or does it have that Gran Turismo 2 feel to it?

Haven't played it of course, but I don't know, I just get the feeling that it'll have that GT2 flair. Should be fun!

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EddPm6
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 3:44:26 PM
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its hard for me to belive some of those screens are PSP because some look amazing and then some look like......well...something on a psp.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 3:57:00 PM
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well I'll be getting this game =D woot woot, good thing I'm getting a PSP on August 25th =D

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Ultimate_Balla
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 4:13:54 PM
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I Use The Analogue Stick When In GT4 For Constant Accelerations At The Corners. . . Now How Is That Gonna Work Here?? Either, Imma Start Saving Up For This, Uncharted, Fifa 09 And Some Others 2moro. .

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Mr Bitey
Monday, August 03, 2009 @ 9:18:04 AM

I used to race like that also. It took some getting use to, but I really liked using the stick to speed up and slow down.

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JofaMang
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 4:20:57 PM
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I am buying a PSP-3000 just for this game. Although once I have it I will probably end up hoarding some good titles. :D

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LegendaryWolfeh
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 6:02:00 PM

Just wait and get the Dissidia PSP Bundle coming out this 25th =D

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Banky A
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 4:39:18 PM
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Swwwweeeeet.

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Stratsman
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 5:09:33 PM
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Yep, I'll be getting it.

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DGo8
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 5:33:12 PM
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hmm i dunno if you get the 3000 or the PSP GO what do you lot think??

And i will deff get this for PSP and PS3!! the video i saw of GT on PSP where well shocking...i didnt beleav it was the actully game spesh how it looked on a handheld console

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LegendaryWolfeh
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 6:01:43 PM

They'll have it for both more then likely, I mean jeez they demonstrated it on the GO at e3, so that'd be messed up if it isn't for both.

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Mornelithe
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 6:40:30 PM
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Sounds pretty good, I gotta get around to picking up a PsP, I've been holding off too long.

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___________
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 1:50:48 AM
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ive got a little bit of a gripe with this game.
because of this ive been forced to wait for so long for a proper racing simulator.
forcing me to shudder NFS pro street.
50 bucks says if it wasn't for this GT5 would of been out a year ago.

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