The Gran Turismo series has long been a favorite of simulation racing enthusiasts and today marks a special milestone for the franchise. Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator was released on PlayStation in Japan on December 23, 1997, meaning the series has officially passed the quarter-century mark. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Gran Turismo, PlayStation has released a special blog post and a flashback video.
Blog post by Kazunori Yamauchi, franchise creator and producer and CEO of Polyphony Digital. In the post, Yamauchi recounts the birth of the series, with his original plans for the series stretching back to 1992.
“I was fascinated by the real-time 3D graphics that many have been waiting for, and created and presented plans for all kinds of video games, not just limited to racing games but also role-playing games, adventure games, action games, puzzle games, etc,” he wrote. “As a result, Gran Turismo adopted a more fantasy racing game format in ‘Motor Toon Grand Prix’, becoming one of the first first-party titles for the PlayStation, but what if a plan for something? that is other than racing game is the plan that was approved, most likely today I created another game other than Gran Turismo Then the Gran Turismo project started from assembling a team of two part-time artist and three engineers.”
You can read the full blog post this. As part of the celebration, PlayStation and Polyphony Digital also released a four-and-a-half minute video that relives each period of the Gran Turismo franchise. The video is set to “Day to Live” by Alusville, featured on the Gran Turismo 6 soundtrack. You can watch it below.
The most recent entry in the Gran Turismo franchise is Gran Turismo 7, which launches on March 4, 2022. Although the game has various nasty elements to its economy and structure, The core racing gameplay maintains the solid pedigree of the age-old series. franchise, making the game 8.75 out of 10 in our review. In fact, Gran Turismo is generally well-regarded in the eyes of critics, with most games scoring high from Game Info.
Check out our historical review scores from the franchise below.
- Gran Turismo – 9.5 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 2 – 9.5 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec – 9 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 4 – 9.25 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 5: Prologue – 7.75 out of 10
- Gran Turismo (PSP) – 7 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 5 – 9 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 6 – 8 out of 10
- Gran Turismo 7 – 8.75 out of 10
Which Gran Turismo game is your favorite? Did the video evoke any dormant memories? Want to see where the series goes from here? Let us know in the comments section!