Gran Turismo 7 did what no other game could | Editor’s favourites

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In this section, the editors talk about the game that has made the most impression on them in the past year. Today: Arthur with Gran Turismo 7.

I could talk here about everything wrong with Gran Turismo 7. That would result in a story that would get me angry emails from the editors: sorry Arthur, this is way too long for Let me just say that GT7 didn’t get off to a great start, then went off the rails with its microtransactions and days of server outages, but has since returned to the road to recovery.

In fact, the last few updates have been, well, ordinary well? If I sound surprised, it’s because developer Polyphony Digital has a reputation for doing some really weird stuff; two steps forward, one back flip. But everything GT father Kazunori Yamauchi’s studio has been doing lately actually obeys the laws of logic.

Two things stand out. First, the distances between cars with rolling starts online are no longer street length, which makes racing much more exciting. Additionally, you can now sell any car in your garage if you’re short on cash and don’t want to break the bank on microtransactions out of principle (or necessity; it’s a crisis). Combine that with the content being added for free – the two new tracks, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta, are some of the best in the game – and you’re almost there blunders from earlier this year.

Gran Turismo 7 is the most fun Gran Turismo ever, I wrote earlier. The campaign setup is short but fun and takes you through everything the game has to offer in a nice rhythm. Grinding for cars goes at a nice pace, playing with the controller is actually okay, it pays off circuit experiences to do (literally: it gives you a lot of credits, but it also makes you a really good driver, which makes the game more fun), the online part benefits from Polyphony’s experience with GT Sport, and the studio no longer plays silly tricks to keep you entertained like silly run on the moon. So now is a great time to get into Gran Turismo 7 if you’re still hesitating after all the bad news from the early days.

But none of these are reasons why I’m writing about Gran Turismo 7 here.

It becomes an age thing, but I’ve never understood why people watch people play games. I still understand a walkthrough, a big esports tournament, Okay, but why turn up Twitch or YouTube to watch someone else mow the lawn in front of you? The whole idea of ​​a game is that you play it; The whole idea of ​​gamefluencers is that they walk through the screen screaming for likes and followers.

So no, I never watched other players play – I had better things to do. I didn’t follow youtubers and the only streams I watched on Twitch were (former editor-in-chief of Gerard van Nieuwenhuijzen’s adventures in The Sims 4. But here, now, in my 38th year of life, at the end of 2022 I have to admit: I regularly put on a video of Super GT.

Super GT is Steve Alvarez Brown, a British guy who plays racing games and is pretty good at it. Not world-class, but worthy enough to watch and learn from. Brown used to play Forza, he got his online breakthrough with GT Sport and now he mainly uploads videos from Gran Turismo 7. Every now and then he jumps into a go-kart and he does it so well that today he also competes professionally race in (real) cars can drive.

Brown, in particular, is someone who realizes that the volume knob doesn’t always have to be on eleven. And trading on likes only scares away random passers-by on your YouTube channel. After a simple “hello viewers, Super GT here” he dives right into one of the daily races in his videos. He talks things through, throws in British humour, but above all the focus is on the racing.

It’s good viewing material. Take one of his last races, among all Mazda Roadsters, at Road Atlanta. It’s a straight one thriller to the last second and excellent promotion of Gran Turismo 7 as a racing game.

Brown’s videos work in part because his vibe matches Gran Turismo’s: his voice is zen, just like the game. It’s a strange thing to say about a game that’s all about speed, but Gran Turismo – its flaws aside – is very nice to meet you. He is a strange man. The music, the menus, the design, the pace, the collection; none of this screams RACIAL CULTURE, as RACIAL CULTURE tends to scream. Gran Turismo is about beauty and about jazz.

Call it meditative, call it ASMR, but Gran Turismo is a casual game par excellence. To play, but even more to see. A video of Super GT to wake up to or de-stress after a long day at work. Outside it’s dark, inside it’s vibes in Laguna Seca, Deep Forest or with a trip along all the changes in the latest update.

Gran Turismo 7 isn’t necessarily my GOTY (Citizen Sleeper is), but it did what no other game could: it made me a watcher. For the average gamer it’s no doubt trivial, but for me it’s a minor shift in how I take in games. And thus GT7 is my most important game in 2022.

And if you have any tips for fun streamers and YouTubers to follow: I’d love to hear them!

Gran Turismo 7 is available for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. Read previous articles from the Editors’ Favorites section here.

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