After a bit of a bumpy ride with GT Sport, Gran Turismo 7 gets the series back on track, for the most part, at least. With more than 400 cars available, it's the most content-rich Gran Turismo game in years, and, thanks to the immense power of the PS5, the best looking too, by some margin. However, as is often the case, there's a whole lot more than just impressive variety and bleeding-edge graphics going on under the game's hood.
Despite its many strengths, Gran Turismo 7 is far from a perfect game. The way that players progress through the main single-player campaign, for example, can be a little repetitive, while the decision to lock key game modes away behind story progress is a baffling choice, to say the least. The game also includes a gambling mini-game and heavy-handed microtransactions, both of which tarnish the overall experience quite a bit.
Updated March 14, 2022 by Tom Bowen: Complaints about the excessive nature of the game's microtransactions aside, the initial response to Gran Turismo 7 has been mostly positive so far. Ten days on from the game's official release, the PS5 version holds an impressive 88 rating on Metacritic; a huge improvement over its predecessor's disappointing 75 MetaScore (an all-time low for the franchise). At 6.2, it would be fair to say that GT7's User Score is a lot less favorable, although, given how prevalent review bombing seems to be in this day and age, it's perhaps best to take this number with a rather large grain of salt. Those who are enjoying the game can find everything that they'll need to master it right here, from beginner tips and tricks right through to unlocking all of the game's 400+ vehicles.
Getting Started in Gran Turismo 7
The Gran Turismo series has always prided itself on its realism, and this is once again the case in Gran Turismo 7. The attention to detail really is quite astounding, though it can make the driving experience a little intimidating at first glance. This feeling melts away pretty quickly though, and, in the event that it doesn't, the game's highly customizable difficult settings should help.
Just like its predecessors, the game does a fairly decent job of teaching players how they're supposed to interact with it, though there are a few things that it skips over here and there. This section of the guide will aim to fill in some of those gaps, with how-to guides, tips and tricks, and answers to some of the more frequently asked questions all featuring here.
- How to Download Special Edition & Pre-Order Bonuses
- How to Unlock Multiplayer Mode
- How to Change View
- How to Unlock New Cars
- How to Customize Cars
- How to Wash Cars
- How to Get Roulette Tickets
- How to Earn Credits Quickly
Tips & Tricks
Frequently Asked Questions
- What Time Does Gran Turismo 7 Release?
- Which is the Best Starter Car?
- What are Roulette Tickets Used For?
With more than 400 cars available, one might be forgiven for thinking that choosing which vehicle to drive in Gran Turismo 7 might be difficult. To its credit though, the game does a very good job of guiding players from car to car, ensuring that they get at least some experience with just about every vehicle type while playing through the single-player campaign.
That said, there are some vehicles that are locked away behind ridiculously large paywalls, with players needing to save up millions of Credits in order to buy some of the game's premium rides. This section of the guides will look at some of the more expensive car prices, which ones, if any, are worth buying, as well as some of the fastest vehicles in the game.
- Every Car in Gran Turismo 7 (& How to Get Them)
- The Most Expensive Cars (& Where to Buy Them)
- The Fastest Cars in the Game (& How to Get Them)
- The Best Value for Money Cars in the Game
Though Gran Turismo 7 doesn't really have a story to speak of, it does feature a pretty expansive single-player campaign. A little like Pokemon, the main aim is for players to build up their collections, while also winning the occasional competition. This is accomplished by completing Menu Books for a man named Luca, who is one of several NPCs that will help players come to grips with the game's mechanics in the early stages of Gran Turismo 7.
There are 39 of these Menu Books in total, which, together, will take players around 20 hours to complete. Some of them are collection-based, while others are centered around winning races. This section of the guide will have information about the many challenges found in the single-player campaign, as well as details about some of the real-world-inspired tracks that players will be racing on in order to complete them.
News & Opinions
The news and opinions section is exactly what it sounds like: a place for players to read up on all the latest updates regarding Gran Turismo 7, as well as a wide range of opinions about the game and some of the design choices that went into making it. In terms of the type of news that players can expect to find here, it will mainly be information regarding sales, as well as patch and update notes.
This section of the guide is also where the opinions of ordinary players can be found, in addition to any interesting videos, pictures, or other general observations they might make. Like the rest of the guide, it will be updated on a regular basis over the coming days and weeks, so readers should be sure to check back in from time to time for all the latest Gran Turismo 7 news and updates.
- Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.17 Adds 3 New Cars and More
- Sony Shares Release Date And First Details of Gran Turismo Movie
- Update Makes Rare Cars Even More Expensive
- Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.13 Adds 3 New Cars and More
- Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.11 Released
- Gran Turismo 7 Update Seeks to Fix Launch Issues
- Gran Turismo 7 Currency Rewards Will Increase After Player Backlash
- Gran Turismo 7 Giving Apology Credits for Connection Problems
- Gran Turismo 7 Outlines Changes for Future Updates
- Gran Turismo 7 Devs AddressMicrotransaction Complaints
- Gran Turismo 7 is Being Review Bombed Due to Aggressive Microtransactions and Always Online Requirements
- Gran Turismo 7 Unplayable for Hours Due to Server Maintenance
- Players Aren't Happy with Update 1.07
- Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.06 Adds New Content and Fixes Problems
- Gran Turismo 7 Pulled from Sale in Russia
- Gran Turismo 7's Microtransactions are More Expensive in the US than Japan
- Gran Turismo 7 Has a UFO That Abducts Cows
- Player Protests Microtransactions By Getting Credits Without Actually Playing the Game
- Game Rant's Gran Turismo 7 Review
- Things We Love About Gran Turismo 7 (& Things We Don't)
- Fixes Needed in Gran Turismo 7
- Every Gran Turismo Game, Ranked
- Gran Turismo 7's Split-Screen Has a Serious Problem
- Gran Turismo 7's Microtransactions Are Excessive
- Gran Turismo 7's Microtransaction System Sounds Expensive
- Gran Turismo Franchise's Most Memorable Easter Eggs
- How Gran Turismo 7 Will Avoid Franchise Fatigue
- Gran Turismo 7 Could Be The Perfect Bridge Between Sim Racers and Casual Audiences
- Why Gran Turismo 7 Fans Are So Upset About the Game's Microtransactions
- Gran Turismo 7 is a Love Letter to Car Culture
- Gran Turismo 7 Car History Museum Explained
Gran Turismo 7 is available now on PS4 and PS5.