Gran Turismo 4

Platform(s): PlayStation 2
Genre: Racing
Publisher: SCEA

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'Gran Turismo 4' (PS2) Screeches into Stores

by Judy on Feb. 22, 2005 @ 2:22 p.m. PST

Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today the vast list of drivable vehicles and the in-game soundtrack for Gran Turismo 4, available now exclusively for the PlayStation 2. Featuring more than 700 different vehicles from more than 80 manufacturers worldwide and 64 songs from 46 established and emerging artists, Gran Turismo 4 sets the lap pace as the most authentic and comprehensive racing videogame experience possible to date. For the complete car and soundtrack list, visit http://gt4.playstation.com.

Developed by Polyphony Digital Inc., the automotive library in Gran Turismo 4 captures automotive culture since its inception, from historically significant vehicles such as the 1915 Ford Model T Tourer and Mercedes-Benz' 1886 Daimler Motor Carriage, to numerous legendary muscle cars and vehicles from the '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s,'90s and popular cars of today, as well as modern day concept cars. As the primary goal of the Gran Turismo franchise to serve as a realistic driving simulation, the characteristics of each car featured in the game is designed and calculated so that it handles to the "real-life" physics of its real-life counterpart, taking into account weight, speed, friction, wind, and more. In addition, each car is fully customizable in the game, from tire selection to gear ratio and more, offered from various licensed automotive companies.

"We are very proud to offer the most comprehensive list of cars to drive and experience in Gran Turismo 4, coupled with a unique soundtrack that can be set to all drivers' moods -- from popular artists such as The Donnas to James Brown, to even Mozart," said Susan Nourai, director, product and online marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America.

"The Gran Turismo franchise is a labor of love for our team and this passion is demonstrated through the high level of detail that can be seen and experienced in the game. During the development of Gran Turismo 4, we set out across the globe to capture various amounts of data for each car featured in the game to set the player on a journey to discover the essence of the automotive world."

The complete list of manufacturers found in Gran Turismo 4 are as follows: AC Cars, Acura, Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Amuse, ASL, Aston Martin, Audi, Autobianchi, Bentley, Blitz, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Callaway, Caterham, Chaparral, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroen, Cizeta, Daihatsu, DMC, Dodge, Eagle, Fiat, Ford, FPV, Gillet, Ginetta, HKS, Holden, Hommell, Honda, HPA Motorsports, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jay Leno, Jensen, Lancia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lister, Lotus, Marcos, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, MG, Mine's, MINI, Mitsubishi, Mugen, Nike, Nismo, Nissan, Opel, Opera Performance, Pagani, Panoz, Pescarolo, Peugeot, Plymouth, Polyphony Digital, Pontiac, Pronto Motors, RE Amemiya, Renault, RUF, Saleen, Scion, Seat, Shelby, Spoon, Spyker, Subaru, Suzuki, Tommy kaira, Tom's, Toyota, Toyota Modellista, Trial, Triumph, TVR, Volkswagen and Volvo.

The in-game soundtrack includes legendary musicians and chart-topping performances, as well as groundbreaking new songs that will rock the music scene in 2005. In addition, the soundtrack will also feature seven custom tracks, made exclusively for the game, that fans will not be able to hear anywhere else. Some of the hottest artists in the industry have contributed new and custom music to the collection, including Van Halen, The Crystal Method, Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas, The Roots, The Donnas, Papa Roach, Jimmy Eat World, X-ecutioners, and Jet.

"We're excited that Sony has chosen to use Deepsky's mix of our song 'Born Too Slow' in Gran Turismo 4. It's a driving, upbeat track so it should be good music for racing. It's great that videogames have become a way for new fans to find out about our music," said Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method.

Classic music from Bootsy Collins, Judas Priest, Earth, Wind & Fire, and James Brown have been updated and customized, bringing a new twist to quintessential songs.

"Exposure for me is the key for our sound to be heard all across the nation and our look to be the bridge between the gap, so Gran Turismo 4 is a great way for us to say hey guys enjoy the ride and remember that we are riding with you to ensure complete insanity and fun for the whole family," said Bootsy Collins.

Following in the footsteps of the PlayStation 2 "Greatest Hits" title, Gran Turismo(TM)3 A-spec and a racing franchise that has sold more than 38 million units worldwide, Gran Turismo 4 further demonstrates its mission to provide the most authentic driving simulation available in the marketplace. The new features will extend above and beyond just pure automotive racing, providing a unique destination for automotive and PlayStation 2 enthusiasts to enjoy car culture in every dimension -- extending that goal will be highlighted through new modes such as "GT Director Mode / B-spec" and "GT Photo Mode." In addition, enhanced popular features will return with "Gran Turismo Mode" and "Gran Turismo Arcade Mode."

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Gran Turismo 4 "E" for Everyone.


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