For those of you whom are interested in buying Gran Turismo 7 might have seen complaints about the game due to needing to connect to the internet even though you are on single player mode. Despite the issue people are talking about, is this game worth trying at all?
First thing first, I am not a big fan about car racing games due to its inconvenience to “drive” the car. The gameplay experience hasn’t been friendly to me, by having to learn how to adjust the joystick angle to the driving turns in the game. The only one I was happy to try was using the Nintendo Switch joycons where you can actually drive by turning the joycon like a real steering wheel which make things easier.
Gran Turismo 7 Gameplay
I would call Gran Turismo 7 a racing game that can be enjoyed by both novice and enthusiast. On the PS5, the Gran Turismo 7 tap into gyro control on the dual-sense controller and you can drive by turning the controller like a steering wheel instead of using the joycon to steer. For a novice player like me, it definitely enhances the experience and it is an easier learning curve.
Apart from that the haptic feedback you get on the controller is as good as Astro’s Playroom and Ratchet and Clank. You get to feel the bumps and puddles on the road as you drive through. The adaptive triggers work as if you punch your feet on the pedals as it accelerate faster as you press all the way in or brake harder. All these elements do enhance the experience of the game.
The main game menu gives us access to many things like the circuits, garage, cafe and etc. Upon completing “quests” given from the cafe, you will be able to earn specific cars to use during races. Apart from that, upon finish each category you will be able to learn more about the mentioned car category or car models. You will also earn roulette tickets to earn cash or car parts, however the roulette kinda feels like a disappointment and does not really add up to the whole experience.
Other things that I really love about this game is the whole buying a car experience where the second-hand car catalog is designed exactly how it is in real life. They even added in the mileage of the car and value it against it. However, you are rather capped by the low amount of cash to buy a car with high performance. It is quite annoying that paying through micro transactions to get a high performance car does make difference for you to play the game and to compete better. It feels almost as if you have to pay-to-win even when this is not a free-to-play game.
Racing feels close to real life as weather condition affects your car performance causing it easier to skid at corners. As the day shifts from day to night your headlights turn on and your vision decreases. However, your toughest race would be the online races as you compete with other players. For those whom are not familiar with the game can choose to compete in casual races via the multiplayer lobbies. While those whom are more experience can compete in Sport mode where you have comply to racing rules.
The Gran Turismo 7 strikes the perfect balance for both casual and hardcore drivers. Visual wise, ray-tracing or not does not really make a difference as both brings out the best details of the game. Contrary to all the complaints the game got due to the issue it had, we do recommend getting this game as it is pretty nice to pass time. Even for those whom feel like they did badly in racing games before this could try out Gran Turismo 7 for a change and it might just be the change you need to get into racing games.