A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is all about high-speed racing, which may have your child believing that this is the only way to drive
Products & Purchases
The game is full of commercialism, with advertisements from major car manufacturers like Audi and Chevrolet, along with sponsors like tire makers Bridgestone and Dunlop visible throughout the game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game provides players with more cars, more race courses, and more high-speed fun than earlier versions, though gameplay is only slightly different from its predecessor. While the game is a good alternative to Need for Speed Underground games, parents may be concerned about advertising in the game, and the speeds at which cars travel around the racetracks.
Is It Any Good?
You can feel comfortable purchasing Gran Turismo 4 for just about any member of your family. It's a more family-friendly alternative to the Need for Speed Underground series. Players younger than 6 can give the game a test ride, but probably will be frustrated because keeping the car on the track takes hand-eye coordination and quick thinking.
Commercialism and reckless driving are the downsides of the game. Logos from top car manufacturers are visible everywhere. Also, because cars consistently crack the 100 mph threshold while speeding around sharp corners, a discussion about safe driving is highly recommended.
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