The graphics on this game could compete with any xbox title. Its very excellent. The engines sounds are twice as good as gran turismo 3. They finally got them right. The tracks are much better too.
Sadly there is not enough on this disc to keep you happy. This game is more half baked than the GT3 release. What is sadder is how long they had to make this game right.
Online mode missing
84 Pontiac Fiero SE missing (I guess they must have cut a bunch of cars and didnt say anything!)
No official drift mode (unless I can't find it in the badly done, slow loading, mess of menus)
The cars are jerky now instead of smooth like GT3. Cornering gives you some kind of indescribable headache with the use of the stick. The bumpers on the curves don't feel right.
No Damage - This would be okay, except its replaced with 5 second penalties that slow your car down. They are penalizing me for the programmers not putting in car damage!
The "car encyclopedia" they talk about in reviews is a myth. Definitely not every car in those original car lists are on there.
Overall, its a complete disappointment. I spent more time in the slow menus looking for things than racing when I first booted the disc.
This game is badly designed overall and not finished despite how polished everything looks.
So get this game if your really interested in a specific car that actually made the cut. It will look awesome and handle almost like the real thing.
You'd have to be crazy for playing through this one if you've already played through GT3 or GT2.
*note* I tried getting this game online with a hack. Search "xlink kai" and there is a whole community of people that play LAN modes in games over the net. But it just didnt work that well. I never got into the game because the sequence for setting up a match was so difficult, even after I had setup my computer and router perfectly. Playing online with hacks for this one seemed like a total waste of my time.
Good things I liked about the game
1. They fixed the braking. Braking feels real compared to GT3
2. It has new cars, like Mustang, GTO (sounds like a F1 upgraded!), and Scions, Subaru WRX.
3. Graphics are sweet
4. Photo Mode
Overall. It doesnt have my car that I drive in real life, or an online mode. Considering this was the only thing I was looking forward to..everything else in the game is a waste of my time. I can't recommend it really unless you need to feel a new physics engine or see what the PS2 can really do. I'm sure there will be better ones in the future.