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Gran Turismo 2
Gran Turismo 2 Cover
Developer(s) Polyphony Digital
Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
Designed by Kazunori Yamauchi
Engine Custom
Genre Racing
Modes Single player
Multiplayer
Rating ESRB: Everyone
ELSPA: 3+
Platform PlayStation
Input Dual Analog
DualShock
Release date JP December 11, 1999
NA December 23, 1999
EU January 28, 2000

Gran Turismo 2 (commonly abbreviated to GT2) is a driving simulator / racing game for the Sony PlayStation. Gran Turismo 2 was developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 1999. The games serves as a sequel to Gran Turismo. It was well-received publicly and critically, shipping 1.71 million copies in Japan, 20,000 in Southeast Asia, 3.96 million in North America, and 3.68 million in Europe for a total of 9.37 million copies as of April 30, 2008, and eventually becoming a Sony Greatest Hits game. The title received an average of 93% in Metacritic's aggregate.

GameplayEdit

Gran Turismo 2 is fundamentally based on the racing game genre. The player must maneuver an automobile to compete against artificially intelligent drivers on various race tracks. The game uses two different modes: Arcade and Simulation. In Arcade mode, the player can freely choose the courses and vehicles they wish to use. However, the Simulation mode requires the player to earn driver's licenses, pay for vehicles, and earn trophies in order to unlock new courses. Gran Turismo 2 features nearly 620 cars and 27 race tracks.

Unlike its predecessor, the player can race events separately, instead of a tournament with multiple races, and the player is no longer able to qualify for starting grid position. It also featured all-new rally racing, in which winding dirt tracks are challenged. An example is the winding Pikes Peak which has 2 variations, Hill Climb and Downhill.

DevelopmentEdit

After the unexpected success of the first game, lead developer Kazunori Yamauchi planned to make Gran Turismo 2 "an even better product". Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA)'s marketing director (Ami Blaire) had high hopes, stating that "the overwhelming and continuing popularity of Gran Turismo clearly positions Gran Turismo 2 to be one of the hottest titles available for the holidays and beyond". Jack Tretton (sales vice president of SCEA) had similar enthusiasm, expecting Gran Turismo 2 to "fly off the shelves faster than the original, continuing the momentum of this incredible franchise".

Upon the game's release, players shortly found various errors and glitches. SCEA did not ignore the outcry, and offered a replacement if any problems occurred.

Reception and CriticismEdit

Gran Turismo was well-received critically, achieving many positive reviews. GameSpot rated it 8.5 out of 10, recommending it to any gamer, car enthusiast or not.

There were a few glitches in early versions of GT2 that could interrupt gameplay and corrupt saved games (e.g., A player's entire garage getting erased after more than 8 records were set in Machine Tests). Sony later openly admitted that the game was rushed to the market to be on shelves in time for the holiday season, and arranged to exchange affected games for newer versions.

Due to the rushed release, it is only possible to complete 98.2% of the game in the North American 1.0 version. A reference to drag racing in the game's manual, the fact that there are three drag racers — the HKS Drag 180SX and HKS R33 Drag GT-R, which can be won from races and the third by race modifying a Dodge Intrepid ES, and an unused "Drag Race" menu icon (see pictures), strongly suggest that drag racing was to be included. Although the racing aspect was removed, the record-keeping aspect was not. The name of the removed drag strip was believed to be Palm Strip[1], however this was later debunked[2]. The Palm Strip name is also erroneously listed as one of the locations for certain International A license tests in the NTSC-J version, when in fact they take place on Apricot Hill Raceway.

In the PAL version, because of the ability to change languages (and thereby available manufacturers), players can reach 100.9% completion. The presence of Vauxhall in the English language and Opel in all other languages make this possible.

A minor spelling error can be found in the 1.0 versions, the manufacturer's event for Dodge cars contains the misprint "Viper Festibal" instead of "Viper Festival". There is also another spelling error in the Japanese version - the Luxury Sedan Cup (or Luxury 4-Door Cup in the PAL version) is misspelt "Luxualy Sedan Cup".

In the NTSC-U 1.0 and the NTSC-J versions, Mark Martin's #6 Ford Taurus Valvoline NASCAR stock car is available by race modifying a Ford Taurus SHO '98 in Simulation mode, however in the PAL and later NTSC-U versions a more generic race modification is substituted. Interestingly, the NASCAR modification is playable in Arcade Mode in all versions, and can be made available by race modifying the Taurus and selecting it through the Home Garage feature in Arcade.

GT2 is also unable to identify a car's body type or size, players found that cars can enter events which they should not be able to. Some examples include: any car can enter the first race of the Lightweight K-Car Cup, any car can enter the Wagon Cup (which means the player can win the event without buying a wagon.), and any car can enter the Muscle Car Cup. This is due to the limitations of such a large game and the PlayStation hardware.

Original SoundtrackEdit

Gran Turismo 2 Original Sound Track

The Original GT2 Soundtrack

  1. Cold Rock the Mic: Apollo Four Forty (4:30)
  2. My Favourite Game: Cardigans (3:45)
  3. Now Is the Time [New Millennium Mix]: Crystal Method (5:33)
  4. Use Once and Destroy: Hole (5:13)
  5. Unforgiven: Creed (3:36)
  6. Sex Type Thing: Stone Temple Pilots (3:39)
  7. Bodyrock [B&H's Body Rob Mix]: Moby (4:41)
  8. Dragula [Hot Rod Herman Mix]: Rob Zombie (4:41)
  9. Cars: Fear Factory, Gary Numan (3:33)
  10. I Think I'm Paranoid: Garbage (3:37)
  11. Push Eject Boom Boom: Satellites (5:39)
  12. Hey Man, Nice Shot: Filter (5:15)
  13. Super Bon Bon Soul: Coughing (3:32)
  14. Playable Demo (42:40)
  15. Exclusive Downloadable Codes (5:20)
  16. Cool Moves/Tips from the Pads :05
  17. Sneak Preview of Gt2000 for Playstation 2
  18. Interview With the Gt2 Production Team

OST disc 1: "Gran Turismo 2"Edit

  1. Moon Over The Castle (The Theme Of GRAN TURISMO 2)
  2. Blue Line
  3. Never Let Me Down
  4. Blade
  5. Call Of The Wild
  6. Blowing Away
  7. Hot Tin Root
  8. Get Into It
  9. Blue Line (インストゥルメント) (The Japanese text means "instrumental")
  10. Moon Over The Castle (type-R)
  11. Welcome Back, G.T.
  12. Windroad
  13. Poker Face
  14. Gold Rush
  15. The Drift Of Air Ver.2
  16. Soul of Garage
  17. Get Ready!
  18. You Made It!
  19. From The East
  20. The “Real” Motorious City

OST disc 2: "Gran Turismo 2: Extended Score Groove"Edit

  1. Moon Over The Castle [prologue]
  2. Moon Over The Castle
  3. Never Let Me Down
  4. From The East [vocal Version]
  5. Call Of The Wild
  6. Blade
  7. Blowing Away
  8. Welcome Back, G.T.
  9. Get Ready!
  10. Get Into It
  11. You Made It!
  12. Blue Line [Piano Version]

TriviaEdit

  • Gran Turismo 2 is the only game in the series to have two disks, both with major parts of the game on it, other games with two disks are special edition with films of making the game.
  • Gran Turismo 2 is the only game in the series with specifically designed tracks for license tests. In other games of the series, the license tests are performed on sections from actual race tracks.
  • Gran Turismo 2 was the first PlayStation game to be emulated on the Sega Dreamcast via "Bleemcast! ".
  • The box art of the US version of the game (shown above) features the McLaren F1's speedometer and tachometer, although the F1 itself wasn't featured until the release of Gran Turismo 5, in 2010.
  • Gran Turismo 2 is the only installment in the series to feature drag race cars. This is because drag racing was originally planned to be in the game, but was removed due to time constraints.
  • This is the first game of the Gran Turismo series to have major regional differences, the most noticeable of which are region-specific vehicle names, to display the vehicle as accurately as possible in the market it was sold in.

PicturesEdit

VideosEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Misspelled "Plam Strip" in the intro movie
  2. Palm Strip was a developmental name for what became Apricot Hill Raceway
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