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The Top 7... You love 'em, we hate 'em

Gran Turismo IV

Hated by: Executive Editor Eric Bratcher

Why is Gran Turismo praised for being the most boring racing game on the planet? This mega-delayed, stuffy PS2 driving sim is so concerned with realism, it forgets to be enjoyable.
Having a zillion cars is nice, but who needs the low-end jalopies? We play games to get away from reality, not to be reminded of it. Sure, it's technologically impressive that the piece o' crap Corolla you're stuck with in the game handles just like the piece o' crap Corolla in your driveway, but it's not pleasurable.

It takes hours to win a few races and buy a better car than you could afford in real life, and begin to experience the ultimate in driving realism...



Above: So realistic, you can almost see the reflection of each driver yawning in nearby cars' indestructible side panels...

Then you hit something, and bounce off it like a bumper car.

Apparently, the much-touted incredible depth of simulation does not extend to actually touching anything. Your car may drive like it would in the real world, but your personal force field breaks the racing entirely, enabling you to consistently ricochet off other cars on tight corners instead of slowing down. The game finally makes a concession to gameplay over simulation, and it undermines the entire rest of the game. Whoops.

And for what reason? That whole "you can't damage licensed cars" excuse is bullcrap, as games such as GT-killer Forza Motorsport have proven.

Sure, many other racing games don't show damage, but they're arcade racers, not simulations. Which apparently means they have a better sense of speed, more gameplay options and online modes, while GT4 has... photo mode? That's a fair trade.

"Sony's hallowed racing series might thrill auto engineers, but for the rest of us? Stick to racers with simpler titles, like Midnight Club, Ridge Racer, and Burnout, whose gameplay leaves room for actual fun." - Eric

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6 comments

  • RanTheAwesome - February 19, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    Maybe running over hookers isn't fun to you, because you'd rather sleep with them and have them take all of your hard-earned cash. I personally enjoy running them over/shooting them for my own personal reasons. Once again, the hate for some of these game are weak.
  • CreeplyTuna - October 10, 2009 1:36 p.m.

    i hate gta 4. san andreas is fun
  • Jox - November 21, 2008 11:41 p.m.

    1st one!!!
  • Lrd_Chikn - February 11, 2009 5:18 a.m.

    WTF Donkey country is one of the best games for SNES, its not as good as Mario but its still pretty fun, I still play the gameboy color port
  • dewfish - May 25, 2009 4:45 a.m.

    I never understood the appeal of Grand Theft Auto. Does anybody think this is how real gangsters or mobsters live? I don't care how much Counterstrike, Team fortress 2, and Call of duty I play, I will never know what it's like to be a real soldier. From a gameplay perspective, the GTA series is like those combination printer/fax/copier machines. Good at one thing, mediocre at another, and horrible at the rest. Except GTA doesn't really excel at anything. As a "third person shooter", it is clunky and slow, it's driving dynamics are abysmal, and the storylines are completely uninteresting. It tries to be everything to everyone, and winds up being a huge ball of mediocrity.
  • jackrabbitslims - March 18, 2009 10:13 a.m.

    Wait, No Super Smash Bros? How someone hate GTA:SA but not the button mashing yawn fest that is SSBb Or SSBM. Has anyone noticed how shallow the fighting in the game is? Either way, great article.

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