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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Fans of cars will learn lots of historic details about car models, manufacturers, race events, and racing strategy that professionals use on tracks around the world. Background info will help fans know details about machines, and while not everyone will transfer the driving skills to real life, some players have become professional racers after playing previous Gran Turismo titles.
Promotes competition, challenging yourself, and testing your abilities to learn and master both racetrack and vehicle. Promotes exploration of vehicles in environments, which could get players intrigued in both photography and locations shown, but gameplay is mainly a love letter to vehicles and racing.
Positive Role Models
Player takes on role of faceless, voiceless driver entering multiple challenges and race events across the globe. Other characters pop up, cheering you on in your quest to become a top racer, and giving you directions of where to go next.
Players don't have option to customize their driver, apart from racing gear they wear. Characters you interact with are diverse group of men and women of varying ages from different countries; all provide comments or suggestions of next steps to take for races.
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Ease of Play
Racing controls are relatively simple to understand, but the difficulty and need to master racing skills increases as you move into higher licensed events. This demands control of your car, tuning your vehicle for race conditions, and adjusting to changing environmental conditions. Three difficulty settings, all with varying levels of assists, but at the end of each race, your skill will determine how well you place.
Violence & Scariness
While cars can crash into each other or into walls, no blood, gore, or injuries are shown, and no damage is shown to the vehicles themselves from collisions.
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Unmoderated multiplayer can potentially expose players to inappropriate comments.
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Products & Purchases
The 2022 release of the long-running and critically acclaimed Gran Turismo franchise. Highlights and showcases every single car manufacturer, model, and product line included in the game with slick visuals that feel ripped from a car brochure, even links to YouTube videos from manufacturers themselves. Billboards along racetracks frequently highlight racing products like Toyo Tires or Brembo brakes, and racers can drive with logo-emblazoned helmets and suits. Players can also spend real money for in-game credits.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Static photos shows a driver smoking a cigarette. A sign in a photo also highlights alcoholic drinks, though nothing is shown being consumed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gran Turismo 7 is a car racing game exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. This is the 2022 installment in the long-running racing franchise, and features hundreds of cars from top manufacturers from around the world. Along with photography and video shots to highlight the vehicles, there are also promotional YouTube videos for cars, along with detailed technical information and history for these machines. While cars can crash into each other or into barriers, no injuries are shown as a result of the impacts, and the cars themselves aren't shown being dented or destroyed. Controls for cars are simple to learn, but later races require knowledge of your vehicle, skill behind the wheel, and application of lessons learned on tracks to succeed. Some players have used the skills and lessons from previous Gran Turismo games to become professional racers. Players may possibly see a photo of a driver smoking a cigarette, and could potentially be exposed to inappropriate content via multiplayer races.
Is It Any Good?
Grab your helmet and start your engines! It's time to head back to the track with this racer that's visually stunning, incredibly addicting, and constantly challenging. It may have been almost a decade since the last full installment of this series, but Gran Turismo 7 has roared back onto PlayStation consoles with an experience that's a clear love letter to cars and car culture. Whether you're tearing through Italian hills in a tiny Fiat Abarth, drifting around corners in a Ford Mustang, or off-roading in a Toyota Tundra, every vehicle is beautifully reproduced. In fact, some of the screens feel like you walked away from a game console and into a car showroom, and these hero shots of the cars are truly breathtaking, especially when you use the Scapes feature to place these machines in a vast set of locales taken from around the world. But these cars aren't simply eye candy, because the gear shifting and engine revving during a race feels different thanks to the haptic feedback of the DualSense controller. This is even more apparent between the slower pace of a stock machine versus the roar of a car you've spent time (and credits) modifying and tuning to suit your needs. What's more, sprinting around corners, with a squeal of tires as you take the curve and exit into a straightaway, or feathering your brake and gas pedals to cleanly overcome a hairpin turn just feels amazing.
GT7 may seem like it's designed only for hard-core racing fans, but newcomers and casual racers will find the gameplay very accessible thanks to the menu system at the in-game café, which gives a minor amount of structure when it comes to courses to enter and challenges to take on. Once you've cleared a number of the campaign elements, though, and opened up multiplayer races or missions, you're provided with a better sense of track competition and fast-paced play through various modes. Like all cars, GT7 does have some pings and knocks that you'll uncover as you're flying across highways or tarmacs. For one thing, the number of credits that you'll earn for a race is incredibly low. Even with perfectly clean races and racing lines, you earn fractions of the number of credits needed to earn a mid-tier, premium, or luxury vehicle, so you'll be grinding your way through previously completed races repeatedly to earn credits, or sinking cash into the store for the machine you really want. Also, while tuning your cars helps, getting a more expensive part isn't always the best option for your vehicle. In fact, it could possibly make your performance worse on the track. Suggested optimized car kits for certain kinds of races would've been useful, especially for players who are antsy to dive into the trial and error of tweaking the differential, transmission, and other specs of their car. These issues are minor compared to the rest of the game, though, which manages to keep you coming back to the track to improve your time, land more first place finishes, and grow your car collection. Gran Turismo 7 is simply a masterpiece for racing games, and whether you like watching races on television or simply enjoy driving your car to handle errands, you'll find something here to get your motor running.
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