Caio Reinhardt profile picture Caio Reinhardt 6 years ago
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Why I think Gran Turismo 2 is the best racing game ever

Since its launch in 1999, Gran Turismo 2 has been considered as one of the best racing games ever created. I try to explain...

Why I think Gran Turismo 2 is the best racing game ever - Gaming

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.

Everything you want and need in a racing game!
Everything you want and need in a racing game!

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 didnt 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:

The expensive Racing Modification
The expensive Racing Modification

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.

Remember the 90's with the BTCC liveries
Remember the 90's with the BTCC liveries
NASCAR Taurus
NASCAR Taurus

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.

Why I think Gran Turismo 2 is the best racing game ever - Gaming
Why I think Gran Turismo 2 is the best racing game ever - Gaming

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.

Carefull with the throttle, otherwise you will spin...
Carefull with the throttle, otherwise you will spin...

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.

Why I think Gran Turismo 2 is the best racing game ever - Gaming

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.

Renault Espace F1
Renault Espace F1
Austin Mini Cooper
Austin Mini Cooper
Skyline 25GT Turbo, the FR GT-R
Skyline 25GT Turbo, the FR GT-R
Aston Martin DB6
Aston Martin DB6
BMW 840Ci
BMW 840Ci
Toyota Mark II, a popular choice among drifters
Toyota Mark II, a popular choice among drifters
Toyota Caldina GT-T
Toyota Caldina GT-T
HKS 180SX with 1011hp
HKS 180SX with 1011hp
Dodge Cooperhead
Dodge Cooperhead
Vector M12
Vector M12
Vector W8
Vector W8
Tommykaira R34
Tommykaira R34
Renault Laguna
Renault Laguna
Venturi Atlantique, the Ferrari of France was very popular in the 90's racing games
Venturi Atlantique, the Ferrari of France was very popular in the 90's racing games
Corsa GSi
Corsa GSi
Fiat Punto GT
Fiat Punto GT
BMW 3-Series Compact
BMW 3-Series Compact
Alfa Romeo 145
Alfa Romeo 145
Alfa Romeo 155
Alfa Romeo 155
TOM'S Angel
TOM'S Angel
TOM'S Supra
TOM'S Supra
RS200 road car
RS200 road car
Ford Mondeo
Ford Mondeo
Ford Puma
Ford Puma
The GT90 Concept
The GT90 Concept
Dodge Intrepid
Dodge Intrepid
Dodge Stratus
Dodge Stratus
Plymouth GTX
Plymouth GTX
Peugeot 406, for those moments when you wanna be Robert De Niro
Peugeot 406, for those moments when you wanna be Robert De Niro

Images from IGCD, the best source to know which car appear in the games you play…