Tourist Trophy: The Real Riding Simulator
In the past, the Moto GP series had a lock on motorcycle simulators with little or no competition. Times are changing and the developers of the Gran Turismo series are leading the way. As you might expect, Tourist Trophy: The Real Riding Simulator borrows significantly from Gran Turismo 4 and why not. Instead of starting with a new series that usually carries a hefty learning curve, this approach allows for a fairly mature game right from the starting line. That is exactly what's delivered here for the most part with only a few bumps in the road.
Basically imagine all the physics modeling, graphics, audio, and menu options of Gran Turismo 4, but with a 'lean'? toward motorcycles. All those elements are represented well in Tourist Trophy and show the matured state of game development on the PS2. Obviously motorcycles have significantly different considerations when racing and they're captured here perfectly as well. Leaning for instance is as important as steering and getting a sense of how the driver's weight is distributed from side to side becomes critical when attempting to get a realistic feel to the race. Bottom line here is that the polish and attention to detail has transferred well to make the gameplay solid and something to keep coming back to.
There were a few areas I would have liked to see differently which affect the replay value. One is the bikes aren't customizable. Although you can tweak the bike to your preferences, you can't swap out engines or any other upgrades. Compounding the problem for me anyway is that all the bikes are available for any race. I'm kind of a goal oriented gamer and with everything available from the beginning, it produces less motivation to push to the next level.
There are elements like qualifying races that help with those among us who are goal oriented and I'm sure that there are plenty of gamers that prefer to have access to all the bikes at once. What Tourist Trophy: The Real Riding Simulator ends up offering is an accurate motorcycle simulator that can compete with veteran franchises.