Sony Computer Entertainment / 2001-07-09
Racing games used to provoke massive arguments between fans. Some hankered for realistic engine noises, authentic handling, and the ability to tune every nut and bolt in their virtual vehicles. Others were more concerned with the relative intelligence of the computer drivers' AI routines, or the quantity and quality of the vehicles on offer. Some just wanted to see stunning graphics, others cared for nothing but the sensation of speed, and many more were simply looking for a decent multiplayer racer. And then Gran Turismo 3 was released, and all the arguments stopped.
If ever a game could be described as being 'all things to all people', it's GT3. Initially mooted as a Japanese launch title for the PlayStation 2, it eventually turned up more than two years late. Many had given up on it ever being released, but one look at the finished product was enough to explain why it arrived so far behind schedule; every inch of the game exudes polished style, of the sort that can only be achieved with years of constant refinement. GT3 describes itself as the 'Real Driving Simulator', and only a fool would argue with that.
What makes it so good? Well, to start with, it has all of the elements that made its PS one ancestors so popular. Foremost among these are the cars; not just the enormous selection of vehicles on offer, but the equally comprehensive array of upgrades and tuning options, allowing you to supercharge anything from a Honda Civic to an Aston Martin far beyond their original capacities. The structure of the game is also similar to the originals, with strict entry requirements for each of the varied and numerous competitions, usually limiting entrants to cars with similar engines, or specific manufacturers and models.
Many of the tracks will also be familiar to Gran Turismo veterans, but when they're as good as the Deep Forest circuit or Laguna Seca, this is not a cause for complaint. The rallying sections from GT2 also make a welcome return, looking better than ever in glorious PS2-o-vision. There are also a couple of brand new tracks this time out, most notably the stunning recreation of the Monaco Formula One circuit - and what other game lets you drive a Mini round Monaco?
It almost goes without saying that GT3's graphics are among the best ever seen in a racing game, setting a standard that others have struggled to match ever since. The reflections on the cars, the numerous lighting effects, the trackside detail and the sensation of speed are as convincing as the way the cars handle or the perfect pitch of their engine noises, and the end result is scarily realistic. Not even the opponent AI can dispel the sensation of being in a real race; the computer drivers react intelligently to your presence on the road, and provide a significant challenge to all but the most skilful drivers.
GT3 excels in so many different areas that you have to feel sorry for the competition. Other racing games may yet produce better graphics, or have a wider variety of cars, better tuning options, or more authentic spot effects, but it's unlikely that they will improve on all of them at once. GT3's longevity is also undeniably impressive, with several gruelling endurance races to complete, and a wide selection of exotic secret vehicles to uncover. And then there's the multiplayer to consider - superb in two-player splitscreen mode, but absolutely devastating when you network PS2s using the iLink port, allowing for simultaneous six player racing heaven. Gran Turismo 3 has set an almost unreachable benchmark for all other racing games, and is an essential part of every racing fan's software collection. Don't miss out.
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Unlock Camaro SS: Finish first in all three races of the Stars & Stripes event.
Unlock CR-X Del-Sol: Finish first in all three races of Race of the NA Sports.
Unlock Mazda MX-5 Miata LS: Finish first in all three races of the Spider & Roadster event.
Unlock Skyline GT-R Vspec II: Obtain a Gold Medal in the Gran Turismo World Championship Series.
Unlock Mini Cooper: Finish first in all three races of the Lightweight Cup.
Quick Horsepower Boost: Get an oil change as soon as you buy/acquire a car to raise its horsepower.
Unlock Toyota Sprinter Truendo GT-Apex: Obtain a Gold Medal in each of the three races of the Sunday Cup.
Unlock Mazda MX-5 Miata: Obtain a Gold Medal in each of the three races of the Clubman Cup.
Unlock Nissan Silvia K's: Finish first in all three races of the FR Challenge.
Unlock Mazda RX-7 INFINI III: Finish first in all three races of the 80's Sports Car Cup.
Unlock Mira TR-XX Avanzato: Finish first in all three races of the Turbo: Race of Turbo Sports Series.
Unlock Alto Works Suzuki Sports Limited: Finish first in all three races of the 4WD Challenge.
Rocket Car: Get all golds on beginner, amateur, and professional.
Trunk load of cash: (You will need two memory cards to operate this function successfully. Save A car on both memory cards and transfer one car into the other.
YZFR1 Motorbike: To get this bike type L1, R1, R3 (Analog Button, press in), R2, then x+x+triangle at the car selection menu on arcade mode.
Beat races the easy way: Earn up some credits to by a car thats $50,000 or more then buy a turbo kit 4 or N/A tune up 3 and install that. Now make sure your transmission is geared right so it can use all that power. After all that, go to the endurance races and race on the super speed way course (150 mile challenge). Race on that course until you get the formula 1. The F1 is the best car(s) in the game. The 150 mile challenge will take 1 hour to beat but the competition is weak, you can beat the race easily if you have the time. Just make sure you have the proper license.
Wanna Pull A Wheelie? This works and don't overlook it. If you want to have fun with a car with over 950hp and racing modifications. You can gain speeds in excess of 800mph. Examples of cars used are the Escudo Pikes Peak, Camaro Race Car, and GT-One Race Car. Here are the steps.
1.Equip the highest possible turbo or NA tune stage possible.
2.Decrease spring rate to smallest possible value on both front and rear.
3.Decrease ride height to smallest possible value on both front and rear.
4.Set gear ratio's auto setting to highest possible level.
5.Set gear ratio's final gear to about 3.000
6.Decrease front downforce to the lowest and increase rear downforce to the highest possible value.
7.Set ASM and TCS to level 0
Now go out on the test coure and when u reach about 230mph your car will begin to catch some air.
To get a car with About 1,835 horse power, get the Suzuki rally car and put a turbo stage 4 on it. With the correct gear ratio it should go around 280 mph