Gran Turismo 6
What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- producing new content
- achieving goals
- time management
- work to achieve goals
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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?