I’ve always liked racing games a lot, but until mid-1998 I saw the genre as something uncompromising, creations that offered little immersion and that went far from giving us the real feeling of actually driving a car.
So, while on vacation in Niterói, I went into a small mall in the city and saw a game in the window of a game store that would make me see the style in another way, Gran Turismo.
That replay shown continuously on a small television blew my mind. I don’t know how many minutes I stood there drooling over those images and after entering that store and experiencing that wonder for a few minutes, I was sure I needed to buy it.
Developed by perfectionist Kazunori Yamauchi and released by Sony Computer Entertainment (Polyphony Digital only emerged due to the success of the game), its production took five years and when it hit stores, Gran Turismo quickly became a conqueror of many people, being recognized today as the best-selling game on PlayStation and boasting a 96 average on Metacritic.
The reason for so much adoration is due to the most realistic racing experience a console has ever received, with an impressive physics simulation for the time and a huge amount of tracks and cars to choose from.
In addition to shining in its gameplay and graphics, that game also had an elaborate career mode that forced us to take out wallets to advance and above all, it gave us the clear feeling of being a pilot who was looking for his space among the best.
I couldn’t say how many hours I spent on Gran Turismo’s virtual tracks, but I know that there were many and more than what made me abandon other games for a long time, that title is very important in my training as a gamer, because as I said rather, it was from there that I really became passionate about racing games.
Today I admit that I like its main competitor more, the Forza Motorsport series, but that doesn’t stop me from continuing to play its latest releases and no matter how much time passes, I will always have a special affection for the game that for so long was known as the ” authentic pilot simulator”.