PlayStation celebrates 25 years of Gran Turismo with retrospective video

The Gran Turismo series has long been a favorite of sim racing enthusiasts and today marks a special milestone for the franchise. Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator was released on PlayStation in Japan on December 23, 1997, meaning that the series has officially crossed the quarter-century mark. To celebrate 25 years of Gran Turismo, PlayStation has released a special blog post and retrospective video.

The blog post is by Kazunori Yamauchi, creator and producer of the franchise and CEO of Polyphony Digital. In the post, Yamauchi shares how the series came about, with his original plans for the series going back to 1992.

“Intrigued by real-time 3D graphics that many had been waiting for, I created and presented blueprints for all types of video games, not just limited to racing games, but RPGs, adventure games, action games, puzzle games, and more,” he wrote. “As a result, Gran Turismo took on a more imaginative racing game format in ‘Motor Toon Grand Prix’ and became one of the first 1st-party titles for PlayStation, but if a plan for something other than a racing game was approved, that’s a good one Chance that I did a different title than Gran Turismo today. After that, the Gran Turismo project started by putting together a team of two part-time artists and three engineers.”

You can read the full blog post here. As part of the celebration, PlayStation and Polyphony Digital also released a four and a half minute retrospective video commemorating each era of the Gran Turismo franchise. The video is set to Alusville’s “Day to Live” which is included in the Gran Turismo 6 soundtrack. You can see this video below.

The latest entry in the Gran Turismo franchise is Gran Turismo 7, which was released on March 4th, 2022. Though the game featured various frustrating elements in its economy and structure, the central racing gameplay maintained the franchise’s rock-solid long-running pedigree, resulting in the game earning an 8.75 out of 10 in our review. In fact, Gran Turismo has often fared well in the eyes of critics, with most games receiving high marks game informant.

Check out our historic franchise valuation results below.

  • Gran Turismo – 9.5 out of 10
  • Gran Turismo 2 – 9.5 out of 10
  • Gran Turismo 3: A Spec – 9 out of 10
  • Gran Turismo 4 – 9.25 out of 10
  • Gran Turismo 5: Prologue – 7.75 out of 10
  • Gran Turismo (PSP) – 7 out of 10
  • Gran Turismo 5 – 9 out of 10
  • Gran Turismo 6 – 8 out of 10
  • Gran Turismo 7 – 8.75 out of 10

Which Gran Turismo game was your favorite? Did this video awaken long dormant memories? Where do you want the series to go from here? Let us know in the comments section!

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