Gran Turismo's Pursuit Of Visual Perfection, One Game At A Time

Gran Turismo is video game's premiere iconic racing game series. Like Lara Croft, it has improved graphically. Take a look, at how good-looking it's become, game by game, for over a decade.

Gran Turismo (1998, PlayStation)

The game doesn't look bad until the 1:50 mark or so, when the cars start bouncing off each other and the backgrounds start looking like a cascade of mud.

Gran Turismo 2 (2000, PlayStation)

The sequel had an excellent intro movie. The cars looked smoother, the roads rougher, as they should be.

Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (2001, PlayStation 2)

Yes, the PlayStation 2 made a difference. The US intro movie from GT3 A-Spec showed grand visual improvements.

Gran Turismo 4 (2005, PlayStation 2)

The gameplay footage from GT4's intro doesn't kick in until around 2:40 but when it does you can see that the backgrounds in this series are so much better in this game than they'd ever been.

Gran Turismo 5 (2010, PlayStation 3)

And this is how Gran Turismo looks in 2010. This is the intro to the brand-new GT5. Gameplay kicks in around the 3:40 mark, though to be honest - and to praise this game - it doesn't look much like a video game, now does it?


    I hadn''t heard that "My Chemical Roamnce" song in the last video before.

      Because they are all like "hurrr we arn't emo we are hipster now lol"

      Seriously a disgrace to music.
      Especially because all their new
      music sounds exactly like what
      evermore was doing 2 years

      But I guess they will be doing a lot of
      cocaine with the money the earn from
      retarded 12 years olds...They are the
      the god tier in IRL trolls.

      And that folks is why they are better
      and way smarter then us all.

    It's cg evolution, hardly any gameplay. Epic fail.

    You know, maybe it's just because I haven't played a Gran Turismo game proper since the first one, but I am really, REALLY digging GT5.

    gt was an awesome step forward for its day....the jap version had a much cooler intro song, no idea why they changed it - it was epic


    such a random intro compared to the American version :P

    3 was the last one i really enjoyed...

    didn't get into 4 much... and 5 is just a HD version of 4 more or less...

    been playing it a bit and i'm struggling to like it... the faster cars do make it more entertaining... but i still prefer forza... especially for its more realistic customization/modding of cars... gt5 is just the same generic parts on all cars... realistic my arse... but anyway... i've always skipped a version of gt lol

    i went from 1 to 3 to 5 (i never owned 2 and barely played 4).. haha..

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