Parents' Guide to

Gran Turismo Sport

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Authentic racing game with intense in-game advertising.

Game PlayStation 4 2017
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This is not the standard racer that series fans are accustomed to, but it does bring an authentic racer fully into the online arena. Gran Turismo Sport carries over the impeccable vehicle handling, gorgeous car models, and track designs that have become hallmarks of the series -- it's arguably the prettiest racer around when scaled up to 4K and played on an HDR display -- but it marks a noticeable shift in other areas. For starters, the number of available cars has been drastically scaled back. Whereas Gran Turismo 6 had over a thousand cars for players to earn, Sport has fewer than 200 at launch. And its single-player offerings are surprisingly sparse. The campaign, if it can be called such, is really just a collection of challenges designed to help players master each track and type of car. An Arcade mode allows players to create the exact sort of competitions they like -- including two-player events -- but without an overarching story or goal, it's hard to see many players spending much time with it.

In place of a meaty single-player component, Polyphony Digital has dumped all of its effort into a robust and expertly designed online experience. A mix of daily and championship races in Sport mode are presented as major events taking place at scheduled times. These make for thrilling matchups, creating a sense of added pressure because they only happen during specific intervals. And rating players based on their commitment to sportsmanlike conduct seems to make a marked difference in how some competitors behave on the track; we noticed players courtesy-braking on corners and yielding the driving line on straightaways. There's also a Lobby mode where players can create their own matches with both friends and strangers, but it's the Sport mode that will likely drive most competitive players to keep coming back day after day. Whether Gran Turismo Sport's change of tack will prove a hit with the majority of the series' fans is debatable, but serious fans of online racing are in for something special.

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