When Gran Turismo Sport came to Playstation 4 late last year, I wrote that it was a great game. Any problems I had with the way Polyphony Digital simulated tire physics disappeared, and it looked better and sounded better than any previous issue of the franchise. But it was also not perfect, especially for longtime fans of the series, who had little interest in chasing other people online.
Since launching in October, Polyphony Digital has been working hard to release regular updates, add new tracks, boost new cars and (perhaps most importantly for many of our viewers) single player mode. The latest of these updates was transferred to PS4 consoles this morning and expanded with eight new cars and a new range. The additions include the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 Formula 1 racing car, the 1991 Le Mans-winning Mazda 787B and a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (serial number 3729GT). However, there is a change to the game that could drive some insane: microtransactions.
From Monday in the Asian and American regions (and everywhere else from August 2nd) it will be possible to pay real money for . GT Sport vehicles as long as they cost less than two million credits in the game. Based on screenshots on the website GT Sport it looks like paying for real money for cars via the Playstation Store will cost about 99 cents per car. But when I checked this morning, this option was not fully live, so I can not confirm that.
Aside from any rage about microtransactions – which are optional, do not forget – I have to say my pleasure GT Sport has really grown in recent months. Maybe I, like many of you, have less and less time for games, but when I do, it's always GT-Sport that gets some action – always in single-player mode. As the Career Mode expands with each update, there is much to do now. And even if the game does not offer as much variety as Forza Motorsport 7 when it comes to driving a car, there is more than enough to make a difference.
Some of the recent additions include tracks or cars from previous installments of this long-running franchise. I can not be the only one who was overjoyed to see, for example, the return of the short Tsukuba class. And the futuristic single-seaters Red Bull X2014, designed by legendary F1 designer Adrian Newey, now have their own racing series. Especially for Red Bull X2014 Jr it is a great way to mow credits and a much better alternative to grab your real credit card. Only if you are able to be complacent about avoiding microtransactions, you will undoubtedly also improve your performance in the game.
So, if you read our 2017 review and focus on online multiplayer in GT Sport do not worry anymore. Today you can race for days and days without ever interacting with another real person.
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