The Gran Turismo series has long been a favorite of sim-racing enthusiasts, and today marks a special milestone for the franchise. Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator was released on the PlayStation in Japan on December 23, 1997, meaning the series has officially passed the quarter-century mark. To celebrate 25 years of Gran Turismo, PlayStation released a special blog post and a retrospective video.
The blog post comes via Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator and producer of the franchise and CEO of Polyphony Digital. In the post, Yamauchi explained how the series came to be, with his original plans for the series extending back to 1992.
“I was fascinated by the real-time 3D graphics that many have been waiting for, and have planned and rendered for all types of video games, not only limited to race games but also RPGs, adventure games, action games, puzzle games And many more,” he wrote. “As a result, Gran Turismo took on a more fantasy race game format in ‘Motor Toon Grand Prix’, becoming one of the first first party titles for the PlayStation, but if there were plans for something other than a racing game it was approved. done, there’s a good chance I’d be making a title other than Gran Turismo today. The Gran Turismo project then began by assembling a team of two part-time artists and three engineers.”
You can read the full blog post here, As part of the celebration, PlayStation and Polyphony Digital also released a four-and-a-half-minute retrospective video commemorating each era of the Gran Turismo franchise. The video is set to “Day to Live” by Ellusville, which is featured on the Gran Turismo 6 soundtrack. You can watch that video below.
The most recent entry in the Gran Turismo franchise is Gran Turismo 7, which was launched on March 4, 2022. While the game contained various frustrating elements to its economy and structure, the core racing gameplay maintained its long-standing rock-solid pedigree. franchise, which earned the game an 8.75 out of 10 our review, In fact, Gran Turismo has often performed well in the eyes of critics, earning high marks from most of the games. sports informer,
Check out our historical review scores from the franchise below.
- Gran Turismo – 9.5 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 2 – 9.5 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec – 9 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 4 – 9.25 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 5: The Prologue – 7.75 out of 10
- Gran Turismo (PSP) – 7 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 5 – 9 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 6 – 8 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 7 – 8.75 out of 10
Which Gran Turismo game was your favorite? Did that video wake up a long-dormant memory? Where would you like to see the series go from here? Let us know in the comments section!