Some people tend to think that Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec isn’t the most accurate game because it doesn’t focus on one type of vehicle. But that is what makes it so interesting, GT3 takes racing to a whole new perspective by having over 35 of the world’s top manufacturers, equaling out to be over 150 real-world cars. As an added bonus, Gran Turismo 3 also includes the ability to drive Formula one cars that generate alot of horsepower.
The game is made up of two basic modes: arcade and simulation. Here you will be able to choose from a variety of vehicles that include rally cars, convertibles and hi-torque touring racecars. In arcade mode you will be able to play two-player split screen, but not all the tracks or road courses will be available to you. Time Trials are another challenge that would eventually need to be beat to complete the game, you are required to get at least a bronze to pass a trial. What they did to make the game more realistic in simulation mode was having to get your “B,A,IB,IA,S and Rally” licenses. Most races need specific licenses to race, the license you need to race depends on what type of vehicle you tend to race. In this top-end racing game you start off with $18000 and you would need to buy a car at the dealership within that price range to race with. You can then modify your vehicle by buying parts or adjusting them to your satisfaction, you may also improve its performance by getting oil changes and car wash’s. Add style to your vehicle by buying different rims.
Start with the beginner league and your off!. Go through the single or series races. If you win every race in each event you will be rewarded with a car, and it will appear in your garage with all your other vehicles. Every race won you are rewarded with money. The difficult thing about it all is that some events require you to have different driving types, such as: (FR)front-wheel drive, (4WD)four-wheel drive, (MR)Mid-engine drive and (RR)Rear-wheel drive. Also some events require you to have a specific vehicle make. After you complete all of the single or series events in the beginner league you will then be allowed to enter the Amateur league, then followed by professional, rally and the most tiring one that takes long periods of time, the endurance league.
It’s the game’s simulation mode that’s by far Gran Turismo 3’s most desirable aspect, because it’s here that you’ll actually have the chance to drive and own some of the top manufactured cars. When racing on the road courses and race tracks, some of which are modeled after existing locations can be extremely difficult with the sometimes unsuspected “U” turns or the “S” type twists in the road. The road courses and tracks could have had more thought put into them though. After unlocking all of them there are 34 available. However the developer designed fifteen original tracks/courses, and to save time and create more they designed 19 by variations of the fifteen that include: city streets, professional racetracks, ovals, and dirt roads. I believe that was the biggest upset to the game.
When you buy or rent this game the most important thing to have is a “Memory Card”, unless you would like to play the arcade mode. But even then you will need a memory card to save replays of your races to show others if you like. Replays that are saved can be viewed in the “Replay Theater” located in the main window. This whole game is mainly based around saving game progress, when you put in the GT3 disc it will auto-load your game data. Also what is so unique about simulation mode is that it has a game progress status window, so you’ll always know what you have to work on and how much of the game has been completed!. The options in the game are spectacular, it is also setup very well so you’ll never get lost.