Game review: Gran Turismo 7 (PS5)

The Gran Turismo series started on the PSOne in 1997, and it easily changed the way we think about racing games.

It featured 140 cars and was one of the first games that let you tune your vehicles to go faster.

For 25 years, the Gran Turismo series has been one of the best-selling PlayStation exclusives of all time. Now the latest version of the game called Gran Turismo 7 is here, and it is available for PS5 and PS4 consoles.

Polyphony Digital’s last Gran Turismo game was Gran Turismo Sport, and it was a PS4 exclusive. Although the game featured gorgeous graphics, it was not as well received as previous titles in the series. One of GT Sport’s biggest flaws was the lack of single-player content available at launch.

Luckily, Gran Turismo 7 isn’t a spin-off title as it features a full-fledged single-player campaign as well as multiplayer modes. Not to mention that it includes the best graphics the series has ever seen.

I’ve played several PS5 games over the past year, including Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon Forbidden West. Even though both of these games look great, I still think Gran Turismo 7 is the best looking PS5 game yet.

All cars look shiny and photorealistic thanks to the game dedicating 500,000 polygons on each vehicle. Not to mention that every car has a cockpit, so you won’t see the lack of detailed features like in Gran Turismo 5.

Fans of the series will be happy to know that the game has 34 tracks and features locations from all over the world. Fan-favorite tracks make a comeback like Trial Mountain and Deep Forest. There are also a ton of real-world tracks, including the Nurburgring, Australia’s Mount Panorama, and more.

The game also features a day and night cycle for some tracks, and some locations also feature rain. Rain is quite realistic in this game as it makes racing on the tracks much more difficult than when the weather is dry. Different cars react differently to the type of terrain you’re driving on, so you’ll need the right set of tires to help manage your race.

While the game features 34 race tracks, there are well over 400 cars available at launch. I like that the game features cheaper used cars as well as expensive supercars. Initially you can drive a Mazda RX-7, then later you will have enough credits to buy a Ferrari or a Lamborghini.

Unfortunately, the only major automaker that seems to be missing in GT7 is Lotus, for some reason. Lotus cars were featured in previous games but it is sad not to see them in this new game.

What I love most about Gran Turismo 7 is how generous the game is in giving you money and cars. As you progress through the single-player campaign, you’ll accumulate plenty of gift cars to win races. You will also receive tokens which may allow you to win stacks of money!

By the end of the single player campaign, I’ve earned 4 million credits and amassed over 60 different cars. I rarely needed to buy cars on my own because the game was so generous. It’s probably the most generous game in the entire series.

When it comes to gameplay, a majority of people will spend most of their time on the single-player campaign. The campaign primarily lets you earn cars, as well as teaching you how to tune your vehicles. You will have to tune your existing cars as you need to go faster if you want to beat the fierce competition.

Apart from tuning car performance, this game also allows you to customize the look of your vehicles. You can add liveries, spoilers, body kits and more. There are even options to paint the color you want for your car.

You will also spend time doing quests when visiting the new Café option. The Cafe usually tells you to do certain quests to progress through the campaign. Most of the time you will win races in order to unlock more cars.

Some other single-player game modes include licenses and missions. In Licenses, the game teaches you the basics of driving a racing car, and it is useful for beginners to become better drivers. The licenses are difficult, although you must complete some to access more single-player events.

Missions are similar to Licenses, although you have to do other things like overtake cars within a certain amount of time. Again, just like licenses, missions can be difficult, but they are rewarding once you complete them.

There are also multiplayer modes which include online lobbies and split-screen gameplay. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to test the online modes of the game yet because I played it a week before its release. The split-screen option is fine, although the screen is shrunken and may be difficult for some players to see.

The popular photo mode is back, and it’s called Scrapes. You can take photos of your cars anywhere in the world. There’s even a location in New Zealand, and it’s beautiful. Ray tracing is also available in this mode to make your cars look very beautiful.

A brand new game mode in Gran Turismo 7 is Music Rally. Here in this mode, you race while listening to the beats of some in-game music. This is a casual mode that will appeal to beginners. I haven’t really spent too much time in this mode, so I don’t have a big opinion on it.

While most of Gran Turismo 7 is fun, there are a few flaws that keep it from being perfect. For one, the game lacks a detailed damage system. This means you can drive as fast as you want and crash without any consequences. There’s not even cosmetic damage to the cars either, like in the Forza Horizon series.

Some people may also not like the fact that you can no longer sell your unwanted cars. There is no option to sell cars, which means you cannot get extra money for cars you no longer use. I also felt that the single player campaign didn’t offer many rally events. Not to mention that I completed all solo licenses and race events in just 22 hours. It felt shorter compared to older GT titles, although the game length is longer if you want everything 100%.

Another small flaw is that you need to be connected online to save your progress in the campaign. Although it’s not a huge problem, it’s annoying if you can’t save if the servers are offline for some reason.

Despite some minor flaws, Gran Turismo 7 is still a huge improvement over Gran Turismo Sport. The single-player campaign is fun, and the game has the best graphics ever seen on PS5. If you like driving games, you must pick this game as soon as possible.

Verdict: 9.0/10

A code has been provided to us by PlayStation NZ for review.