Okay, I’m going to preface this write up with the fact that I’m pretty bitter about the game right now. Shortly after I loaded it up for the first time the servers went down for unannounced maintenance. This wouldn’t be an issue if not for the fact that you only have access to arcade races when the servers are down. And oh by the way….you also can’t save the game…AT ALL! I can understand some modes not being available and I can tolerate the fact that doing so much as selecting a car from my garage triggers multiple cannot connect messages. I can accept those things, but not being able to save? Is this real life? I currently have my PS4 running in the background because if I quit the game I lose literally all of my progress made since I started playing. The servers went down during a race, so that means all my credits and whatnot are gone.
At first, I thought little of it and decided to keep playing, thinking they would be back. It couldn’t be that big of a deal. That was over an hour ago. I maybe could have made better use of my time doing some of the training events…except that they’re unavailable when the servers are offline. This entirely asinine design decision is beyond impossible to comprehend. What, I can’t compare times with random people online so why bother playing anything with meaning? I can’t even spend the currency I am earning without being connected.
I digress. At least I can play the game in some way. I came here for some good ole’ Gran Turismo action! So, I realize that I’m still early and haven’t unlocked a lot of cars or tracks, but what I’ve played so far has just been…boring. I’ve never had such a boring time driving fast cars around a track. The game appears to be so focused on its rules that there might as well be speed limit signs on the tracks. A.I. cars travel slower than evening traffic and there I am with them, trying desperately to play by these rules wondering when I’m going to put the “sport” in sportscar…or in Gran Turismo Sport.
I do fancy myself more of an arcade racer, but I’ve always appreciated how GT makes every minor tweak feel so special. Something as simple as changing your tires could shave multiple seconds off your track time. In the world of simulation racers, Gran Turismo felt approachable enough to be fun and made someone who doesn’t really know what they’re doing when it comes to cars feel like they maybe knew enough. I’ve always enjoyed these games…and I’m hoping that whenever this reconnects I’ll find the fun. Right now though, well, I’d be lying if I didn’t feel some remorse for taking the plunge with this one.