REGARDED by many fast-thumbed petrolheads as a phenomenon and not a game, the latest Gran Turismo instalment has raced ahead to crash first day sales records for PlayStation 2 titles.
On its release day last Thursday over 3.1 million copies of racing game Gran Turismo 4 were shipped in PAL territories across Europe and Australasia and sales have exceeded the console maker’s expectations, says Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand.
The Gran Turismo series has sold over 38 million units worldwide and GT4 follows in the tracks of predecessors Gran Turismo, Gran Turismo 2 and Gran Turismo 3 A-spec.
The title was developed in conjunction with the motor industry’s leading marques and was tested against real cars, real circuits and real test drivers.
Sony Computer Entertainment says GT4 gives drivers the ultimate ride and no-limits test drives of the world’s finest cars from the Aston Martin DB9 Coupe, Audi Le Mans Quattro to the Nissan 350Z and even Australian stalwarts, such as the Holden Monaro CV8 and the Ford Falcon GT.
According to Sony the game features over 700 cars, more than 50 race tracks, new music, new manager and photo modes, better-than-real-life graphics and enhanced simulation.
The company believes the game will be a catalyst for those wanting to buy their first PlayStation and it aims to rev up sales with a new bundle comprising the slimline PlayStation 2 console and GT4 title at a RRP of $339.95.