Platform Played: Playstation 4
Developer(s): Polyphony Digital
Released: October 2017
Platinum Trophy: No
While the original release of this game was not up to scratch they certainly made things better with patches and free updates. This however should have been in from the start rather than an afterthought.
As a keen player of previous titles I wasn’t impressed when I put the disk in for the first time to see that 90% of the game was online only! No matter what I did I would get penalties when players were pushing me out of the way and unless I managed to get into space I never had an enjoyable race. I didn’t want online racing, I don’t mind them having it but there was no desire to play them and by the sounds of it, I wasn’t alone in this.
The Disk was put away and not opened again for 5 months.
Since the updates and extra cars and tracks and inclusion of a single player mode like they used to have I started playing this again and I must admit I am really enjoying it. The challenges are just that and so are the track times especially if you want 100% gold. The new added single player cups are addictive even if the AI is shite and they are shite putting it politely. They seem to follow a set track and whether you are there or not it doesn’t matter. So many times I have tried for clean races however the AI will always find a way to either drive into me or drive across the front of me while overtaking.
Endurance races are more of a challenge than before which is a good thing as previous games it was just staying awake for 2-4 hours to find out you are 10+ laps ahead of second place. The endurance in this I am not 100% sold on. For example, I would start an hour race around 35 seconds behind first place and as the race goes on I will overtake cars and gradually make my way into first with laps to spare. Now in theory if I am gaining say 5 seconds on the leader a lap I should then gain 5 seconds a lap when in front (so long as my lap times remain the same) however this does not seem to be the case. Once I reach first place, second will stay around 1-5 seconds behind me no matter how I drive. This means that one bad mistake in the final lap I could potentially lose out even though I have not only caught said car but should be 20 seconds in front. It does make the game more interesting but it does feel like a rubber band is placed once you gain 1st.
Pit stops are good and you really have to think about when to come in, what tyres to change to and how much fuel you want to use as it all takes time in the pits. I normally face these by working out what I am doing before a race than during. It’s handy to have a set plan and as there is no rain or dynamic weather you don’t need to think about tyre changes due to that.
It is a little upsetting when you compare GT Sport to games like Driveclub which has changing weather and it really does make a difference. I would have liked it in GT Sport as it would add another challenge.
Scapes is good, I find it strange how much time I spend editing photos when I am playing and now have a whole host of them (Included some in this review). It’s also interesting to see others and what they have come up with.
Like I said, I tend to stay away from online, I am not that interested in it and haven’t enjoyed the games I have played. As the time of this review I have 100% all tracks, challenges and lessons with Gold medals. Not much in the way of trophies but a fun challenge especially the endurance races and Nürburgring tracks.
GT Sport looks the business but if I am totally honest Driveclub looked better, especially in rain or snow.
(All pictures apart from the last one which was just a screen shot, was taken using Scapes)