Gran Turismo 7 continues the formula known from the previous installments of the series, bringing back a full-fledged single-player career mode (not present in Gran Turismo Sport from 2017). As part of it, we collect cars and learn about their history through the Cafe, as well as earn credits for which we can buy more vehicles or improve the ones we already own. An important role is again played by license tests, the completion of which is a prerequisite to take part in more advanced races.
The driving model in Gran Turismo 7 is relatively realistic, and the physics system takes into account a number of factors affecting the car in motion, including speed, weight, aerodynamics, type of suspension, road surface condition and weather conditions. The latter are especially important, since dynamic weather and time of day changes are back in Gran Turismo 7. For the premiere, the game includes 424 licensed cars (passenger cars, sports cars, concept cars, racing cars, rally cars, etc.) and 97 routes in 34 locations. The latter include both authentic racing tracks and fictitious routes - not only asphalt, but also gravel.
While most car games at the very beginning try to encourage us to have fun driving an expensive car, in Gran Turismo 7 we start with an exciting race of Japanese hybrid hatchbacks. The next stages of the game are classic starts in various cups. For achieving at least third place in the race, we will be rewarded and the action of the game will go on. The whole thing in Gran Turismo 7 focuses on visits to the cafe - there we receive more orders, we meet other characters (appearing as small photos) who tell us stories related to the next cars.
There are 424 cars available in Gran Turismo 7 (Forza Horizon 5 has 504) and that's a really large number of available models. However, this is still not even close to the 1,200 cars from the previous edition of Gran Turismo. We have iconic cars of well-known European manufacturers (Aston Martin, Ferrari or Lamborghini), some American classics (several versions of the Mustang, Camaro), a whole list of Japanese brands (Toyota, Mazda, Honda). We have sports cars competing in Le Mans (Toyota Hybrid TS050), classic cars such as Fiat 500 or Grabus, rally Focus or several different concept cars from Citroen. There is really a lot to choose from, moreover, you can read the list of available cars yourself.
When it comes to graphic quality in Gran Turismo 7, we would expect a bit more from the PS5 version. The game feels like a slightly sharper and smoother version of GT Sport on PS4. It's a pity, because other games showed much more - Grid Legends looks much better, and Forza Horizon 5 is an unsurpassed ideal so far. However, it's not like Gran Turismo 7 looks bad. It's just that the expectations for a game that has been in production for so long and is still a flagship brand for the next generation of PlayStation were very high ... When it comes to sounds, the series has always had a problem with it - the engines don't sound as convincing as they really are, they lack a bit of aggressiveness. It's a pity that old mistakes were repeated once again.
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
CPU: Intel Core i3-560 3.3GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 805
GPU: AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
RAM: 4 GB
HDD: 40 GB
The Gran Turismo series has been defending itself for years with its refined driving model. And in the seventh installment, not much has changed - the cars drive naturally, we can feel the differences in their performance, weight and drive. Really, Gran Turismo is an excellent production in terms of mapping the physics of car behavior. Of course, we must remember that this is only a game and it was created with the largest possible audience in mind. Games like Assetto Corsa Competizione are even more realistic in terms of driving model, but they appeal to a handful of the most orthodox car simulation fans.