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PETER HOSKIN reviews Gran Turismo 7 and Chocobo GP 


Gran Turismo 7 (PlayStation 4 and 5, £69.99)

Rating:

Verdict: Our fine four-fendered friends

There were various adjectives I expected to apply to the latest Gran Turismo: muscular, flashy, zoomalicious.

Then there were adjectives I didn’t expect to use: lovely, winsome, poignant.

Yet, as it turns out, it’s the second set that better describes the seventh entry in PlayStation’s 25-year-old racing series.

This is, dare I say, a romantic game . . . in love with cars and eager to share that love with the rest of us. 

Jostling for position among a pack of other cars, as the PS5 controller buzzes brilliantly in your hands, is both a challenge and a thrill

Jostling for position among a pack of other cars, as the PS5 controller buzzes brilliantly in your hands, is both a challenge and a thrill

When you’re not taking a spin around its meticulously rendered tracks, Gran Turismo 7 is serving up facts about everyday hatchbacks, alongside footage of futuristic supercars and sepia close-ups of the classics.

Which is perfect for petrolheads. But it’s also great for airheads like me.

There aren’t many racing games — nor, indeed, many games, period — that do so much to be welcoming to all types of players, including novices. The tutorials that take you step-by-step from the basics (er, stopping) to the finer points of high-octane racing are best in class.

And the same could be said of Gran Turismo 7’s other embellishments. Even the way in which you’re given new tasks — by the owner of the charming in-game café — has been designed with care — and makes you care in response.

Then there’s the actual racing. Don’t worry: Gran Turismo 7 is — if I can reach for my original lexicon — plenty zoomalicious. Jostling for position among a pack of other cars, as the PS5 controller buzzes brilliantly in your hands, is both a challenge and a thrill.

I now expect to play this one for ever, or at least until Gran Turismo 8. As John Paul Young didn’t quite sing, love is in the exhaust fumes.

There were various adjectives I expected to apply to the latest Gran Turismo: muscular, flashy, zoomalicious. Then there were adjectives I didn’t expect to use: lovely, winsome, poignant

There were various adjectives I expected to apply to the latest Gran Turismo: muscular, flashy, zoomalicious. Then there were adjectives I didn’t expect to use: lovely, winsome, poignant

Even the way in which you’re given new tasks — by the owner of the charming in-game café — has been designed with care — and makes you care in response

Even the way in which you’re given new tasks — by the owner of the charming in-game café — has been designed with care — and makes you care in response

Chocobo GP (Switch, £39.99)

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Verdict: Mario Kart lite 

Are you in the know? Or perhaps I should ask: are you in the knowcobo? For if you’re aware that chocobos are the big, feathered mounts in the Final Fantasy series, this could be the kart-racing game for you.

Chocobo GP is, in effect, Mario Kart for Final Fantasy. It has the same sugary look and a similar mix of on-track speed and peril, but with a line-up of competitors ranging from those chocobos to the square-jawed Steiner, as well as a few additional features, such as a story that plays like a bad Saturday morning cartoon.

But while being similar to a good thing is, well, a good thing, it is also Chocobo GP’s downfall. 

Because if you’re not nuts about Final Fantasy, why not just play Mario Kart, which is better all round? In this household, big plumbers beat big birds. 

For if you’re aware that chocobos are the big, feathered mounts in the Final Fantasy series, this could be the kart-racing game for you

For if you’re aware that chocobos are the big, feathered mounts in the Final Fantasy series, this could be the kart-racing game for you

Chocobo GP is, in effect, Mario Kart for Final Fantasy. It has the same sugary look and a similar mix of on-track speed and peril, but with a line-up of competitors ranging from those chocobos to the square-jawed Steiner, as well as a few additional features, such as a story that plays like a bad Saturday morning cartoon

Chocobo GP is, in effect, Mario Kart for Final Fantasy. It has the same sugary look and a similar mix of on-track speed and peril, but with a line-up of competitors ranging from those chocobos to the square-jawed Steiner, as well as a few additional features, such as a story that plays like a bad Saturday morning cartoon

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