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Tourist Trophy
Tourist Trophy Cover
Developer(s) Polyphony Digital
Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
Designed by Takamasa Shichisawa
Engine Modified GT4 engine
Genre Racing
Modes Single player
Multiplayer
Rating ESRB: Everyone
PEGI: 3+
OFLC: G
Platform PlayStation 2
Input Dual Shock 2
Release date Flag of Japan 2 February 2006
Flag of USA 4 April 2006
EU lgflag 2 June 2006

This is an article about the Tourist Trophy game from 2006. For other uses, see Tourist Trophy (disambiguation).

Tourist Trophy: The Real Riding Simulator is a 2006 motorcycle racing game. It was published by Polyphony Digital, the same developer that created the Gran Turismo auto racing series, and produced by Kazunori Yamauchi. Overall game design and direction was undertaken by Takamasa Shichisawa. The game engine was based on the one used for Gran Turismo 4, with several modifications to accommodate the new features. Tourist Trophy is one of only four titles for the PlayStation 2 that is capable of 1080i output.

Tourist Trophy was interestingly first released in China on January 26, 2006, following with a Japanese release on February 2, 2006. The NTSC-U edition, released on April 4, 2006, included seven extra motorcycles, new riding gear, seven bonus background music (BGM) tracks, enhanced visual effects, an exclusive "Semi-Pro Mode" and bike profiles. The PAL edition, launched on June 2, 2006, offered two additional motorcycles and five new BGM tracks, performed by European artists Infadels, Vitalic and Hystereo.

GameplayEdit

Game ModesEdit

Arcade ModeEdit

Just like in Gran Turismo 4, the player can choose from an available selection of motorcycles and tracks, and start a single race against three AI opponents. More bikes and tracks can be unlocked by winning events in TT Mode, Tourist Trophy's version of the well-known "Simulation Mode".

TT ModeEdit

Again, like all Gran Turismo games, TT Mode requires the player to obtain progressively more difficult licenses to enter events and win new motorcycles. However, there is no Credits system in this game. Instead, players will win new bikes by placing first in championships and beating events in Challenge Mode. Just like Gran Turismo 4, progressing in this game mode will unlock new bikes and tracks for use in the Arcade Mode.

Semi-Pro ModeEdit

Exclusive to the NTSC-U release. This mode contains a larger array of options to customise gameplay. Options include: "Strict Judgment", a 10-second speed penalty, similar to the mechanic seen in Gran Turismo 4 Special Conditions events; and the ability to display the "Best Line", a colored line appearing on the course assisting the player in determining the fastest route around the course.

Challenge ModeEdit

Events that will test the player's skill and response. These small races and challenges will award the player with new motorcycles if they are beaten.

Other FeaturesEdit

Driving SchoolEdit

Similar to the license tests from the previous games, player will gradually advance through small tests designed to challenge the player's skill and coordination. Just like the Gran Turismo series, obtaining all gold trophies on a particular license will award the player with a unique motorcycle.

Best ShotEdit

Screenshots can be taken from race replays and saved on a memory card or connected USB flash drives, like in Gran Turismo 4. This feature is known in-game as "Best Shot". Using various replay angles as a digital camera, the game is able to produce a selection of screenshots with a variable compression rate (Normal/Fine/SuperFine) and size (up to 1280x960/72 dpi). The player can choose to save or print with an Epson compatible USB printer, or display it on the television screen using the "Musical Diorama" feature.

Photo ModeEdit

Unlike "Best Shot", the "Photo Mode"' parameters are fully adjustable. It gives the player the opportunity to entirely customise photos by tuning various parameters such as camera angle or course section.

Theater and Time AttackEdit

Unlike any Gran Turismo game, Tourist Trophy included a feature where the player could download other players' race replays, or "ghosts" onto a USB flash drive. It was then possible to view the downloaded replay in the included "Theater Mode", or use it as a ghost opponent in the "Time Attack" mode. The first replay files released on the official Japanese website featured a Famitsu[1] journalist, Japanese pro rider and Tourist Trophy test rider Satoshi Tsujimoto, and Tourist Trophy producer Kazunori Yamauchi.

Track ListEdit

Main article: List of Tourist Trophy courses

This lists all circuits featured in Tourist Trophy, unique configurations are noted by an asterisk:

Original GT CircuitsEdit


Real-World CircuitsEdit


City CircuitsEdit


Bike ListEdit

The list of featured motorcycles in Tourist Trophy. 3 are exclusive to the PAL version and 7 are exclusive to the NTSC-U version:

ApriliaEdit


BMW MotorradEdit


BuellEdit


DucatiEdit


HondaEdit


KawasakiEdit


MoriwakiEdit


MV AgustaEdit


SuzukiEdit


TriumphEdit


YamahaEdit


YoshimuraEdit


SoundtrackEdit

The Tourist Trophy original soundtrack as it appears in all versions of TT:

Composed by: Sun Paulo and Makoto

Performed by: Sun Paulo, Quadra, Makoto, KASAI and Mitsuo Okada

  • "I Against Speed" (Short Mix)
  • "Discommunication" (Short Mix)
  • "Who Am I?" (Short Mix)
  • "Forest" (Short Mix)
  • "Fiber Optics" (Sun Paulo Remix)
  • "Five Silver Rings"
  • "Mystery"
  • "Low Sky"
  • "Mind Visions"
  • "Introduction"
  • "Far West"
  • "Blue on Black"
  • "Your Soul"
  • "Take Your Soul"
  • "Inside My Love"
  • "Peaces of Mind"
  • "Okinawa Wind"
  • "Brazilian Wind"
  • "California Wind"
  • "Digital Mononoke Beat PT.1"
  • "Digital Mononoke Beat PT.2"

ReceptionEdit

The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of four 8s for a total of 32 out of 40. Tourist Trophy won IGN's award for Best PS2 Simulation of 2006.

PicturesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Famitsu is a Japanese gaming magazine and online reviewer
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 NTSC-U version exclusive
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 PAL version exclusive