25 Jun 2021 10:31 AM +00:00

Trip Down Memory Lane: Is The Return Of Simulation Mode In Gran Turismo 7 Worth It?

Gran Turismo 7 is slated for release in 2022, but as a fan, I'm already excited with the reveal of the renowned racing game franchise’s latest game offering since 2017.

GT7 would be five years in the making if its release does come in 2022. That's a long time to develop a game, and hype has been building, too.

And luckily, GT7 developers Polyphony Digital and publishers Sony Interactive Entertainment already revealed some major content that's coming, or should I say, returning to the game.

Yes, the GT Simulation mode or the Gran Turismo Simulation mode which we can compare to the likes of the career mode in the NBA 2K or WWE 2K franchise of sports games, focusing on a single-player campaign that progresses in the long run.

But the question is, is it worth bringing back?

Technically speaking, it’s more of bringing back an old mechanic in the game which was last seen in the original Gran Turismo title released way back in 1997. So, could a more than 20-year-old gameplay feature could somehow bring GT7 back to the top?

Well, honestly, it’s a yes for me.

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Not just it could actually bring back a nostalgic feeling to those who have played the original and very first game of the Gran Turismo franchise, but this can further expand the different modes and options available for the game itself.

One example of this one is the positive response of fans when it was revealed that the upcoming Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown would allow players to try the original Virtua Fighter 1 graphics. Of course, the visual nostalgia is already there, but the experience of bringing it back once again to be felt by players of the old and new generation can really change the game.

Although we may expect that the returning GT Simulation mode is an old mechanic already, of course, Polyphony Digital would most likely create their modern-day take on the mechanic or gameplay feature.

And this is where we can say that it could be one of GT7’s possible strengths, or should I say, main strength if they manage to pull off this dose of racing nostalgia.

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