Sony PSP News
Highly-anticipated 'Gran Turismo' for PSP released
By Hector Cortez Oct 2, 2009, 13:02 GMT
Sony today announced the North American release of Gran Turismo exclusively for the PSP.
Sony today announced the North American release of Gran Turismo exclusively for the PSP, marking the first time the franchise has appeared on the platform.
Developed by the original Gran Turismo studio Polyphony Digital Inc. (PDI), Gran Turismo for PSP was built for optimal performance on the portable platform, pushing it to the limit to deliver an authentic Gran Turismo experience that over 50 million people worldwide have experienced.
More than 800 vehicles are featured in the game – all with true-to-life driving dynamics specific to each model – with players able to select over 4,500 total paint variations. Gran Turismo also includes more than 35 tracks and over 70 variations on those tracks, including original courses, famous world circuits, city courses and other racing environments, including Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca, Nurburgring Nordschleife, Tokyo Route 246, a Seattle city course and a Grand Canyon rally track.
Starting with the Driving Challenge mode, over 100 challenge races are presented and trophies are awarded depending on the player’s performance. In standard Single Player races, the dynamic difficulty level adjusts opponents based on the driver’s skill and wins/losses. In addition, single players can also race against the clock and their own abilities in one of two Trial modes, Time Trial and Drift Trial. Multiple players of any skill level can go head-to-head using PSP’s ad hoc mode, with a selection of head-to-head races that challenge faster drivers with slower cars and time penalties.
In a first for the Gran Turismo franchise, players will also be able to trade and share their purchased vehicles via ad hoc mode. Most vehicles can be shared freely, while the most exclusive models are available to trade only. A Quick Tune feature allows players to designate 30 favorite vehicles which can be Quick Tuned, while all vehicles have detailed descriptions, including historical backgrounds.
Gran Turismo is available on both UMD and as a download via PlayStation Network.