Sharoma Gran Turismo: Sport

Gran Turismo: Sport

Welcome

A little history. I owned a PlayStation. It was my second console after the venerable Sega MegaDrive (Genesis). The original Gran Turismo was a significant event. In 1997 I recall seeing in Play magazine an article all about the Japanese version and impending PAL release. The only fault they could find was slowdown when there was lots of smoke on screen. Thankfully, this was fixed by the time I acquired a copy in 1998. I remember my first car. I chose a black Nissan Primera, secondhand obviously. The game became that summer's obsession. We'd talk about it at school: our plans for future upgrades and car purchases. I bought Gran Turismo: Sport in early 2019 and instantly rediscovered the appeal of this franchise.

Observations

Regulars to the forums will know that playing online in the Sport mode can be a lesson in extreme frustration. You'll quickly have to adapt your behaviour to take into account the hazard of the other drivers. Approximately one in three of my races are seriously affected by someone punting me off the track, either deliberate destruction or simply to use my car as their brake. Many players will likely lack the knowledge of the finer points of racecraft. If they see a gap, they will go for it, even if they're too far back and clearly cannot make it. They don't take into account their own required stopping distance. It's often said that if you can survive the first corner, you'll do alright. Many players do not brake earlier in traffic and will insist on trying to drive qualifying laps during a race. Part of the skill is not being fast, but detecting and avoiding these players before they can damage your race.

Suggestions

The online mentality

Run your own race. The majority of my races begin at the back or near the back of the grid, which is the most dangerous place to start. On the other hand, it is the least amount of pressure. I often move up around five places if I run my own race. I try not to worry about my driver rating (DR). I do not block quicker drivers by changing direction on straights or in braking zones. I do not attempt a pass unless I am clearly in a position to make it and also to defend it securely. Naturally, I make mistakes and am sometimes too eager, resulting in contact that is my fault. If you concentrate simply on two things - racing clean and not making mistakes - I guarantee you will rise up. Every single race will feature quicker drivers who make mistakes, negating their speed. The frustration is when people ahead of you make mistakes, end up behind you, and then involve you in their unpredictable behaviour. Again, it's all a lesson in patience. Accept that you will be shunted off regularly. Accept that people will not race clean. Accept that you'll often lose out on good results by no fault of your own. That's online motor racing.

Do not react

This thread is all about the penalty system and its problems. It reveals thousands of pages of complaints from players who have been victimized by poor behaviour. The inherent failure of the matching system is that it puts clean drivers with dirty ones. Although it is difficult, do not 'revenge ram' these dirty drivers. I've punted people off because of a genuine mistake. We all misjudge our braking on occasion. Once I knocked someone off on the final lap at Tsukuba. He recovered and revenge smashed me into a wall. I then finished 11th to his 12th. Before I could explain and apologize for my genuine mistake, he aggressively quit after hurling insults. Even if the offender is clearly attacking you, try not to respond likewise. It turns the track into a demolition derby and it essentially 'feeds the trolls'. They're looking for a reaction. Run your own race, see the bigger picture. Do not take the bait. Use your radar. If there's an aggressive or wreckless driver behind you, let him by. More often than not, he'll fall off the track and you'll get the place back. Once they've quit in rage long before the end of the race, you'll realise fighting them had been a mistake and a waste of effort.

Politeness

When you do find yourself racing at length with a clean and respectful driver, it is very rewarding. Make sure to thank them afterwards and try to improve the overall mood of the lobby you're in. If you take revenge on dirty drivers, you're in practice as guilty as they are. The rules are still the rules: no contact. Even if you're a victim, you have no right to throw out that sacred rule. Also, you may have wrongly identified a cuplrit and before you know it you've made an enemy who had nothing against you. If you're angry at being punted, check the replay. They may have been punted by someone else (this happens a lot) or simply locked up their brakes because they were racing hard and got carried away. If you are still having trouble with dirty drivers, try racing at length in the GT League. The AI in this part of the game gets a lot of criticism for being slow and stupid but I think Polyphony made it that way to teach you how to drive against unpredictable and dirty drivers. The AI will be horrendously slow at times and very dirty. They'll brake check and swerve into you. You quickly learn how to read their behaviour and become adept at avoiding action. Overtaking them and staying clean can be a real challenge when it seems they've been programmed to make contact. This is the GT League's purpose: to train you for the Sport mode, where dirty drivers and unpredictable racing are the norm.

Money-making

There's no excuse for being poor, in credit terms. GT League's Professional series is your friend, specifically the Premium Sports Lounge. I personally like to race the N1000-class race at Dragon Trail in a Ford GT de-tuned to N400. Race it clean and in 19 minutes you'll earn 345,000 credits. Pick the latest Supra and tune it down to N300 and this increases to 375,000 - well over a million per hour. The quickest way is any Group 1 Cup event, with Monza and Kyoto being ten minuters that pay out 330,000 credits for a clean race.

Personal challenges

The single player campaign may be a bit staid but you can create your own challenges within it. Besides winning all the PSN trophies, I personally made it my goal to:

  1. Level 50 XP, plus 2 million beyond.
  2. Own every car and sell none.
  3. Drive every car owned.
  4. Win 1500 GT League events.
  5. Disable driving aids (except ABS).
  6. Achieve 80 fastest laps (Sport mode).
  7. Complete 1000 online races.
  8. Drive 80,000 miles.

Also, when racing:

  1. Set personal fastest time on the final lap (on and offline).
  2. Never quit, even if last by a wide margin. [1]
  3. Achieve a clean race free of all contacts. [2]

[1] As of August 2020 I have not finished six Sport mode races. Three were due to unwanted connection termination, one was me going outside and forgetting about the race I'd entered, one was due to the pause menu freezing and one was frustration with the penalty system.
[2] Current Clean Races in a row record is 22.

Track wishlist

  1. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  2. Road America
  3. Michigan International Speedway
  4. Dijon-Prenois
  5. Burke Lakefront Airport

Favourite tracks

  1. Dragon Trail - Seaside
  2. Blue Moon Bay Speedway
  3. Sardegna - Road Track - B
  4. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
  5. Willow Springs International Raceway

External links

Last updated: November 2nd, 2021.