Gran Turismo 2

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Gran Turismo 2

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"I'm losing my favourite game. You're losing your mind again." (The Cardigans - My Favorite Game)
Genre: Racing
Platforms: PlayStation
Release Date: December 11, 1999
Developer: Polyphony Digital
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Franchise: Gran Turismo
Previous Game: Gran Turismo
Next Game: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec


Gran Turismo 2 (known as Gran Turismo 2: The Real Driving Simulator outside US) is a racing video game released in 1999 for the PlayStation and developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the sequel to Gran Turismo.

Why It Rocks

  1. Improved visuals from the first game.
  2. Great gameplay.
  3. Over 650 cars. Also featuring new manufacturers such as Daihatsu, Suzuki, Venturi, Lister, Alfa-Romeo, Lotus and Volkswagen.
  4. Some of the more famous Le Mans competitors like the Ford GT40 Race Car '69 and Toyota GT-One Race Car '99 make their début in this game.
  5. 36 car manufacturers.
  6. Lots of replay value.
  7. Plenty of races to enter in "Go Race" including Dirt, Special, and Endurance events.
  8. 27 racing tracks. Now featuring the Midfield Raceway, Red Rock Valley Speedway and many more!
  9. Amazing soundtrack.
  10. Featured the Gran Turismo 2 Plus mod where fixes bugs and restores all cut or hidden content such as Mercedes-Benz CLK Race Car and the Honda NSX-R LM GT2 as well adds more colors to some cars such as the Ford GT90, the Jaguar XJR15, and the Lister Storm V12 etc and now both Opel and Vauhall delaerships are available to buy without needed to use cheats as well Honda and Acura are added like it was Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec and onwards. After the Beta 5.1 the Toyota Chaser LM Edition appears in this game.

Bad Qualities

  1. The graphics remain barely untouched since the first game.
  2. Various bugs in the early NTSC and Japanese versions. The most devastating glitch is the garage glitch, triggered by setting nine Maximum Speed Test records, which in turn damages your garage info.
  3. The game was rushed to meet the Christmas 1999 deadline. As a result, the drag racing part was cut, meaning you cannot attain 100% completion percentage in the early copies; the Greatest Hits re-release and European version fixes it.
    • Also, some race modifications were cut, but Gran Turismo 2 Plus restored these cut content.
  4. Despite that there are 650 cars, the garage limit is still 100 like in Gran Turismo 1.
  5. Somewhat false advertising: The dials featured on the American cover are from the McLaren F1, but the F1 doesn't appear in the game, and McLaren will not appear in the franchise until 11 years later! Oddly enough, the McLaren F1 GTR race car appeared in Gran Turismo 4 albeit being listed as a BMW car, due to using a BMW engine.
  6. Some events has opponents whose cars exceed the horsepower limit. Those events are:
    • The infamous Historic Car Cup event in Rome Circuit with a 305HP cheating Ford GT40 (which is became a meme because of this) despite the event limited to 295HP.
    • The third race of the aforementioned event in Grindelwald uses a 434HP Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C2) '67 despite the event limited to 394HP.
    • The third race of MR Challenge in Red Rock Valley uses a 638HP Wiegert Vector W8 TwinTurbo despite the event limited to 591HP.
    • The Trial Mountain 30 Laps Endurance uses a 680HP Vector M12 LM Edition despite the event limited to 295HP and due of this, this makes the race impossible to win unless if the player uses the Dodge Concept Car with racing modification (obtainable by getting gold in National A Licenses). However this is fixed in the subsequent releases of the game as well in the PAL version.
  7. Unlike most of other Gran Turismo series, hacked/modded horsepower car values by either swapping engine or using part modification codes via Gameshark or Action Replay Max, they cannot reach more than 650km/h (403 mph). Instead, the cars go reverse automatically then throttles which means that the cars doesn't even reach more than 1000km/h even using Turbo Boost
  8. The player must change their disc to be able to access the other mode, meaning, if one disc is heavily scratched, that mode does not work anymore.
  9. Getting Gold medals in the License events can be frustrating due to unforgiving time limits.

Reception

Gran Turismo 2 was well-received upon release, shipping over 9.37 million copies as of April of 2008. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it a perfect 10 out of 10, while IGN gave it a 9.8 (Amazing) out of 10. It holds a score of 92.42% on aggregate site GameRankings and a score 93 out of 100 on Metacritic.

Trivia

  • The soundtrack in every region is different:
    • Featuring music from Moby, Fear Factory, Apollo 440, Rob Zombie, Filter, Garbage, The Cardigans, Foo Fighters, The Crystal Method, Boom Boom Satellites, The Dandy Warhols, Stone Temple Pilots, Soul Coughing, Creed, Hole, Beck and Gearwhore in America,
    • Ash, Everything But The Girl, Fatboy slim, Mansun, Propellerheads, Stereophonics and The Cardigans in Europe,
    • Masahiro Andoh and Isamu Ohira in Japan. (The same thing also applies to Gran Turismo and 3: A-spec.)
  • There are plenty of unused tracks that were intended to appear in the final version of the game, but were ultimately cut. One of them were Cote D'Azur (finally make it's debut in GT3) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (reappeared in GT5).
  • If you rub the label of the second disc (the blue one), it will give off the scent of asphalt.

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