Gran Turismo Sport - Not GT7, more like GT Casual

I’m curious what you find less than interesting about the online races. Those are the best part of the game! (For me at least)

I’m not sure. I certainly should enjoy the Sport races considering I love the game itself. Something about how the other drivers race just throws me off, or I’m too focussed on driving in a sportsman-like fashion so that I don’t bother anyone that I don’t compete like I do against AI. It’s just not as fulfilling as getting all gold in the driving school, missions, or circuits. In those, I really feel like I’ve accomplished something.

Maybe we should do some QT3 lobby races?

Picked this up on a sale earlier this week because my fellow QT3 racers above were so enthusiastic. The online is incredibly tense and exhilarating. The whole setup seems weird at first. Races start at set times, every half hour or something like that. About 15 minutes before the start you can start doing qualifying laps which determines your starting position. Those laps are actually incredibly useful to get into the groove of the track before starting the race with actual people around you.

Surprisingly enough the whole SR rating system combined with invisible cars really seems to work out. People are actually racing instead of pushing. I have to admit though, I haven’t taken all the training wheels of yet. Even the intermediate driver setting has some breaking assistance. Which is a good thing for me, because everything in this games seems super hard. This way I can ease into it. I think the whole “everyone can race” thing really worked out.

Another thing I noticed is that even if you don’t win, the online racing is gratifying. Ending up fifth place after driving about 30 laps (15 for qualify, 15 of the race) on a small track yesterday with a fast car felt great.

Huge update today adds in all the extra single-player content I’ve been waiting on.

The GT League is going to be awesome. I’ve been craving something to race my 105 or so cars in, since I rarely have the chance to use my garage cars. Awesome.

This is such a weird aspect of the game. Most of the things you can do in the game, except for arcade mode, are limited to a single car. So you hardly get to use your stable of cars.

Appears the servers have been down for a while. Random reports from around the world that they’ve been down since after 2 EST. And here I was just trying to get some time to play the new content.

Yeah, I’m a little bummed the servers are down. :(

Came back for me around the time you posted. Have you tried again?

Hopefully it’s back up for me today. :)

Still isn’t online for me… Wtf.

Yeah, no love for me either. :(

Seems it went back down today. Just tried to jump into it and no luck. They have an announcement up about the issue this time, at least:

Currently we are experiencing an unstable connection from the Gran Turismo Sport servers to the PlayStation Network servers.

Because of this, an error message is displayed notifying that the game cannot connect to the network.

For the time being, we have found that in some cases it is still possible to bypass the issue and connect to the server by ignoring the correction error messages and going to the top screen, then trying to manually “Reconnect to the Network” a few times.

Please wait while we investigate the cause of this issue together with the PlayStation Network.
We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our users.

I hope I get a sweet free car for my trouble. An Enzo would be nice. :)

Servers were back up long enough for me to get my daily workout in. Another free car. Geeeesh. It’s a good thing you can’t sell the gift cars because I’d be rolling in credits about now. I can’t even be bothered to buy many cars (I bought 3 so far) because I get so many gifts. There’s no point in spending the credits on vehicles yet without knowing if I’m going to be gifted the vehicle later anyway.

I’m on hold with the missions because my next race is a 30 lap endurance that’ll take an hour or so. Since motion sickness has the potential to settle in much earlier than that, and I don’t have a lot of time to race, I have to time doing it at the right moment. Meanwhile, still some circuit ones I don’t have gold in, so those are on tap, and the new GT League is eating up some time.

Looks like the issue is sorted out. Back to car farming and learning tracks. :)

Redbox is having a halloween sale. You can get a used copy of this game for $20. Not quite in the price range I want yet.

Plus the few games I have from Redbox, I hate the look of them. Basically they give the game to you in one of those little red rental cases, which is such a ugly thing to have in your collection. No game case, no manual, so it’s not like getting a used game from Gamefly that looks pristine. But anyway, you get the game, and that’s all you really need. So if it’s cheap enough, it’s worth putting up with having a really ugly redbox jewelcase.

Looks like GT Sport has been adding lots of additional cars lately, and in December they added Leguna Seca to the game. Which makes me ask: how was Leguna Seca not already in the game? Hasn’t that been in every Gran Turismo game up to now?

Anyway, it looks like all this content is free for owners of the game, so that’s nice. It’s a shame the PS4 never got a proper Gran Turismo game. Maybe PS5 will get one?

Meanwhile, the game is now $20 on PSN, but hasn’t been on sale in the last few sales. I guess they’re making up for that with all the free content they’ve been releasing. So maybe I should eventually bite the bullet. If I get through my PS4 backlog this year, then I’ll get it at $20, full price.

Did Leguna have some exclusive deal with another game at some point that only just expired? I know the licensing stuff gets super weird with driving game.

It’s Laguna.

The track has had some operating issues recently and I’m sure that played a role in the licensing. No one’s even sure it’ll still be there in ten years the way it’s been going. Hopefully that’s not the case.