Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec - On This Day
The third Gran Turismo was initially developed as Gran Turismo 2000, but when the developers realized they would not be able to complete the game that round year, they renamed it Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec. It was the first Gran Turismo to have its accompanying steering wheel with a seat - Logitech's GT Force.
The game, like the previous part, was divided into simulation and arcade
modes. It raced on a total of 19 tracks, mostly fictional, but there
were also licensed ones like Laguna Seca and the track in Monaco. For the
first time in the series, Formula 1 cars could be raced. There were six
models, but they were not licensed, with players in the European version of
the game receiving only two models.
The offer of cars was supplemented by well-known manufacturers Lamborghini and Porsche, but again - not in the European version of the game. In terms of fleet, the Gran Turismo 3 had significantly fewer cars than its predecessor. From 650 vehicles in the GT2 we dropped to 180 in the GT3. However, the vehicles in the trio were more graphically refined and statistically more detailed, so the players did not complain too much.
Moreover, no one objected, and Gran Turismo 3 with
14.89 million copies sold then became the best-selling part of its
series, but later that result was surpassed. Some will say that his 2004
sequel was even better, but by then we were already used to his graphics. When
Gran Turismo 3 appeared, it was a significant leap over the presentation from
the first PlayStation, and it is for this reason that this part has remained
in the fondest memories of many.
Unfortunately, the game remained exclusive to the PlayStation 2, and there were no subsequent ports to other platforms or emulation of the same via the PlayStation 4, as was the case with some other hits from the PS2 console era.