"The most definitive racing game on any console returns with awesome new locales and high powered concept dream cars."
One could be forgiven to think that Gran Turismo Concept 2002 Tokyo - Geneva is the second coming. In the competitive world of console racing games, it comes very close. Gran Turismo Concept uses an improved engine of Gran Turismo 3... with, if you can believe me, improved graphics and gameplay.
The main difference with this current version of Gran Turismo is that the Gran Turismo mode has been removed to allow for some fast arcade style racing action. This ideal for novices who are unfamiliar with the Gran Turismo series but it also provides professionals the chance to race high powered concept cars. Rather than being complicated, Gran Turismo Concept is aimed at gamers who want a quick racing fix, rather the complexity of hardcore simulation racing.
Gran Turismo Concept has a variety of different gameplay modes that is sure to keep the attention of gamers. In Course License mode, you must pass a variety of different license tests in order for you to qualify for races. Other gameplay modes are Single Race, 2 Player Battle Mode and Free Run.
The game also supports true multiplayer connectivity by allowing players to connect up to six PlayStation 2 consoles via the i.LINK Battle mode for some high speed racing excitement.
It's all about the cars...
Gran Turismo Concept features an amazing array of authentic cars, both real and concept from Japan, Europe, Korea and the United States. Ever walked through a motor show and dreamt of taking the latest concept car from Japan for a test drive? Well this game will let you do just that and you won't have to pay millions of dollars but just the price of the game itself.
There are over 50 different cars that you can select from in the game that include the Mercedes-Benz SL500, the Nissan GT-R Concept and the Dodge Viper GTS/R Prototype. The developers have done an excellent job on the ingame car models that accurately portray their real world counterparts, both in looks and handling.
There are five different racing locations that allow you to test your racing skills. Such as the tropical paradise of Tahiti, the futuristic feel of Tokyo streets to the scenic mountain views of the Swiss Alps. These tracks can also be raced in the other direction which takes the total number of tracks up to ten.