I can feel the rear slip out, fishtailing as my FD RX-7 barrels over the summit of Eau Rogue, the ‘shift-up’ siren screams at me as traction is lost and the I feel the tyres spinning in the increasing rain. In front of me, R34 GTR and Lancer EVO VI lock horns, kicking up a wall of mist that limits my visibility to maybe a few meters. I step off the accelerator and feel the rear tyres claw back into the tarmac as I find my line in the deluge. I drop a gear as the traction returns and eye a line through the pair duking it out, foot flat, slipstream found, here we go. With renewed confidence, the rotary engine spits flames as the turbo spools higher and my RX-7 comes screaming through the mist. The pair are too focused on their own battle to notice the sleek silver creature slipping past them in the grey downpour. The lead is mine.
Welcome to Gran Turismo 7. Finally, PlayStation has pulled back the covers on the next-gen racing sim, the latest in a historic lineage of exceptionally crafted titles and I am happy to report that this may just be the finest installment ever built by the dedicated team at Polyphony Digital. After a small delay, GT7 has stormed onto the scene and once again cemented itself as the king of sim racing on console.
GT7 is the most complete title in the series and is a serious departure from its predecessor GT Sport.
With 400 cars on offer, the eighth installment offers up an impressive roster of cars, but there are some noticeable gaps in this roster, most notably current cars.
I cannot express just how gorgeous this title is, but it’s not without fault. Beyond the limits of the track, scenery can be a little more questionable.
One tablespoon Star Wars, a dollop of motorsport, a splash of Metal Gear. And a pinch of space magic. Mix and blend. Smashing! Is also running for congress.
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Sony Interactive Entertainment
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
4 March 2022
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