Gran Turismo 6

Common Sense Media says

Fun racer for players with a yen for speed and variety.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game was designed to simulate professional car racing. Its message is about competition and racing.

Positive role models

You don't play as any one particular character. Rather, you simply drive vehicles on exotic tracks around the world, racing against others.

 

Ease of play

As in previous Gran Turismo games, players start off with a tutorial to familiarize themselves with the controllers. Plus, there are many aids you can enable to better handle the tracks.

Violence

Cars can crash, but no one gets hurt.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game offers optional downloadable content (DLC), which costs real money.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is a reference to smoking in one of the soundtrack's songs: "Never seen a bill / Change for cigarettes."

Privacy & safety

Creates privacy and safety issues. The game's online multiplayer supports voice chatting; therefore, players can talk to one another via the PlayStation 3. Problem is, there's no one monitoring or filtering the conversations, so kids might hear inappropriate words and questions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gran Turismo 6 is a racing simulation. Players challenge other computer-controlled or human drivers (in online multiplayer) in a number of virtual courses around the world. There isn't any controversial content other than one reference to cigarettes in the soundtrack's lyrics and the ability to talk to strangers over the Internet while playing (and thus exposing themselves to profanity and other potentially offensive language).

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

Creativity

  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals
  • achieving goals

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

By offering a large number of tracks located all around the world, Gran Turismo 6 engages kids in racing. It also invites them to design their own racetracks.

 

Learning Approach

Players learn by challenging virtual or human opponents on a variety of tracks and in various competition styles. With the built-in editor, players can create their own digital content, too.

Support

The game has a few tutorial modes and a number of assists, such as braking and drifting help. One screen shows the controller layout, too, for when you're in doubt.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

Creativity

  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals
  • achieving goals

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Kids will learn about different kinds of cars, racing tracks, and competition types. The game also can teach kids about using digital tools, as they can create different courses on which to race. The process of designing a racetrack requires skills such as logical reasoning and problem solving. By zipping around in Gran Turismo 6, kids learn racing strategies, apply some knowledge about momentum and physics, and exercise reasoning skills to build their own tracks.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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What's it about?

In case you haven't climbed behind the wheel of a Gran Turismo game before, this long-time Sony PlayStation series lets you race a number of exotic cars around some of the world's most coveted tracks. GRAN TURISMO 6 continues this tradition, allowing PlayStation 3 gamers to drive a huge number of cars -- more than 1,200 -- at 33 locations and with 71 layouts. The game boasts a new physics engine, designed to create an authentic driving experience and taking hundreds of variables into account, such as suspension, tires, and aerodynamics, along with other new features that set this version apart from its predecessors and competitors, such as the Forza Motorsport series.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Gran Turismo 6 (GT6) is a perfect game for PS3 owners with a yen for speed, variety, and creativity. It includes a course maker, allowing you to design and share your own race circuit. The game's graphics and physics are worth mentioning, as is the sheer variety of cars and courses, though the computer-controlled cars' artificial intelligence (A.I.) is predictable. Other features include an online race organizer (you can create and manage your own communities and events) and mobile-device compatibility (supporting smartphones, tablets, and PCs). GT6 should more than satiate fans of the franchise and newcomers alike. 

 
 
 

Families can talk about...

  • Should Sony allow kids to play online and communicate via headset microphone, or should this feature have an age gate of some kind? Would monitoring or filtering words or phrases infringe on your privacy? Here's a good CSM video on protecting your kids' online privacy.

  • How does this game stack up against other racing games you've played?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:December 10, 2013
Genre:Racing
Topics:Cars and trucks, Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for Mild Lyrics (PlayStation 3)

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