Since its launch in 1999, Gran Turismo 2 has been considered as one of the best racing games ever created. I try to explain...
In 1999, Polyphony Digital launched what became considered one of the best racing games ever sold. Released as a sequence of the Gran Turismo 1 (Which was the bestselling game for Playstation), the game sold a total of 9.37 million copies, making one of the biggest hits for Playstation. Although it sold less than the previous game, Gran Turismo 2 was more complete, offering more cars (around 650), more tracks (with rally stages), more licenses and more championships.
I consider the best racing game first of all because it was simple and complete. Think that in 1999, a game with those capabilities meant a lot. You could racing modify a car, modify its transmission, aerodynamic, braking settings. Gran Turismo 3 and 4 didn
t have many of Gran Turismo 2 resources, like the racing modification. Cars didnt have ESC and TCS as standard, so when you bought yourself a Dodge Viper, it really felt like the beast we became used to. If Gran Turismo evolved this game, instead of creating new stuff like the photo mode, I believe we would have a better Gran Turismo than today.
Here are some of the things I love about the Gran Turismo 2:
Racing Modification was unlocked after installing Weight Reduction Stage 3. It was the most expensive item and it transformed the exterior of the car into a racing spec. The Taurus received the same livery from the NASCAR Taurus. Europeans sedans usually received the BTCC livery.
The menus were simple and the game focused racing, and racing only. There weren’t useless photo or B-Spec modes. The soundtrack was also gave the game a very good atmosphere, the intro had the hit “My Favourite Game” by The Cardigans.
Cars didn’t have ESC and TCS as standard, they were sold as upgrades for cars. This made driving a lot more challenging than the future games. Also, although it had only 5 AI players, they seem to be more challenging than the ones found in future games.
The two player mode was good and simple. You could load the garage of the simulation mode from the inserted memory card, so you would have more options than the cars available from the arcade mode. Also, there was a score after each race, you could gather your friends and make your own championship.
There were lots of cars from the 90’s that never appeared again in a Gran Turismo game. This cars are one of the reasons people still play Gran Turismo 2 and think about the 90’s nostalgia that will come in the next few years.
Images from IGCD, the best source to know which car appear in the games you play…
GT5 to a degree could be considered as a spiritual successor to GT2.
The day that GT6’s multiplayer goes out is the day that GT5 becomes the much better game.
Love this game, only game to feature the Lexus GS400 as well, fun fact
i think gran turismo 4 is the best raceing game
GT4 was so immersive and well made! It’s a great game and i can’t wait to try the new GT Sport
Actually it’s very overrated
I’ll have to try and find my copy of this. Probably have to try and find some way to cheat money in though, don’t have the time to grind for it these days.
Back in those days,i used gameshark to cheat money..but I can’t recall which version..
Loved that game!
Best GT to this day!
This is the best game because it is the only game with my car!
I like GT3…
I’ll be killed for saying this but I like GT more than Forza. And that’s coming from someone who played Xbox 360 for 4 years until I got a PS4
In what other game can you have a Prius, Odyssey, Midget, Aventador, Mustang, Schwimmwagen, GTR, Z8, F1 GTR, magical overpowered concept car, RE Amemiya FD, Amuse S2000, MX-5, MX-5 with a stripe, Mini Cooper S and an Insight, all on the same grid, going around a wet Tsukuba?
While Forza is the better game, GT just feels better to play IMO
I like gt4