Growing Up Gran Turismo: Part Five

After the release of Gran Turismo 4, there was a bit of a lull in the Polyphony Digital sim-racing universe. The fourth installment of the franchise was released in 2004 and there wouldn’t be another, proper game, until 2010. During this time period two stop-gap games did appear. The first was Gran Turismo 5: PrologueContinue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo: Part Five”

Need For Speed V-Rally – Out of Control

Christmas 1997 was a big deal for teenage Michael. It marked a major change for me when it came to video games. Previously, I was an exclusive purveyor of Sega products (a Genesis and a Master System). But the Sega Saturn, and more importantly its games, never interested me. When it was finally time toContinue reading “Need For Speed V-Rally – Out of Control”

Test Drive 5 – That Intro Though

One cannot merely start playing Test Drive 5; they need to be prepared. Prepared for the audio and visual onslaught about to commence. Not from the game itself, but rather from the fervid introductory video. One and a half minutes of loud guitars, quick cuts, and automotive glory bombard the screen. Screaming engines and squealingContinue reading “Test Drive 5 – That Intro Though”

Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part 4

When Gran Turismo 4 was released in December of 2004, I was in a different place in life. I was no longer a kid; I was a man now. I had responsibilities. I had a full-time job. I owned a real car, which over the past year, I had been more interested in modifying andContinue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part 4”


3, 6, 9, Damn She’s Fine If I hear the intro to Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz’ hit Get Low anywhere, I’m taken back to 2003. Not to a club, not to a concert, but rather to my basement. Sitting in my cushy black recliner, driving the snot out of a highly modifiedContinue reading “NFS Underground – TO THE WINDOW! TO THE WALL!”

Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Three

Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (GT3) is an anomaly for me. It is the only Gran Turismo I didn’t buy shortly after its release and it is the only title in the franchise that I didn’t overtly obsess over. There are some very good reasons for this. First, Gran Turismo 3 was released for the PlayStationContinue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Three”

Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Two

December 23rd, 1999. I was a first year University student home for Christmas break. Broke as hell, I did what many students did when stuck at home for a month – went back to work at my high school job, trimming produce at a local grocery store. I had an early afternoon shift that day,Continue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Two”

Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part One

We had a good system going. A friend of mine up the street had a newly acquired CD burner and I had a modified PlayStation One, capable of playing copied games. As long as I rented the games from our local Blockbuster, he would make us each a copy of the game. One day IContinue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part One”