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Gran Turismo 7’s Quirkiest Mode Continues to Be a Missed Opportunity

Last week’s update 1.35 of Gran Turismo 7 came with an unexpected bonus. This is the first expansion to the very quirky Music Rally mode since the game launched in March 2022. With 6 new Music Rally Events added to the original 6 New Music Rally Events, the mode has now doubled in size.

Unfortunately, however, this mode hasn’t really improved.

For those who haven’t played GT7, Music Rally is basically a series of distance trials that challenge the driver to travel as far as possible before the associated song ends. It starts by assigning beats according to the tempo of the song, and as checkpoints on the track are passed, beats continue to be added until the music ends. It’s ultimately pretty easy.

Ahead of GT7’s release, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi described Music Rally as a low-stakes mode for beginners, especially children, designed for players to enjoy a relaxing drive to the music. Did. In fact, such a laid-back approach is not suitable for true success in music rallies. Achieving Gold Cup distances requires aggressive and fast driving. Or at least you can go as fast as you can with pre-selected vehicles (most of them from his 50’s, 60’s and 70’s). One is from his 20’s.

Not the 2020s.of 1920’s.

Pop Quiz: What’s Old? Cars or Music?

Let me be clear, the problem with Music Rally is not car vintage. i love old cars I’m a big car fanatic. No, the problem is the music itself.

Of course, music, like anything else, is subjective. Very much so. I’m not here to get into the George Gershwin vs. Garbage debate. But let’s be realistic. How many Gran Turismo fans are also fans of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his remixes of his early 1980s classical music disco by Lewis Clark Music Rally? Is it enough to cover 1?Somehow I doubt it. I’d bet that the Venn diagram doesn’t intersect at Polyphony Digital’s office, but nowhere else.

Sure, GT7’s Music Rally is a short-term novelty at best.

Sure, GT7’s Music Rally is a short-term novelty at best. Completely disconnected from his core solo career. There are no rewards for completing all events. In fact, in standalone mode you can basically ignore this entirely. And I think most players do.But how much better would the music have been if it had been more thoughtfully curated? Really Will it resonate with Gran Turismo fans?

In IGN’s review of GT7, we thought the Music Rally mode, stacked with familiar tunes from early Gran Turismo games, would probably resonate with longtime players. While the past decade has felt like we’ve been living on the brink of nostalgia and burnout, the reappearance of old songs, albeit with remasters or reboots every second release. It would have been difficult to sarcastically. on this. After all, it was the 25th anniversary of the series. What better way to celebrate than with loud music?

Literally any song would be better than VROOM.
Literally any song would be better than VROOM.

I’m talking about a song that’s burned deep into the brains of some GT players and is still going wild. I’m talking about “My Favorite Game” by Cardigans. I’m talking about ‘Kickstart My Heart’ by Motley Crue and ‘Just a Day’ by Feeder. I’m talking about Ash, Garbage, Lenny Kravitz and The Chemical Brothers playing Manic Street Preachers’ Everything Must Go the way they want it. It would have been a fast power drive that followed the proverbial memory. It has long been known that music can evoke powerful autobiographical memories.

If any of Music Rally’s six original songs sound familiar, it’s because one of them is remembered as the opening movie theme for the PS3’s PAL version of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. The awkwardly titled “SURV1V3” by his longtime GT composer Daiki Kasho is Gran Turismo’s internal rock his track, which has appeared in almost every production since 2007 (others of his Daiki His 10-odd songs as well as Kasho’s tracks). Unfortunately, the procession of certified bangers (by internationally renowned artists) that helped define his game in the first few Gran Turismo games outside of Japan. outside ) in the GT development area was forgotten. Now forgotten again.

Just to emphasize, I don’t blame you for finding all six of Music Rally’s new songs catchy. Maybe you like European disco funk. Maybe you’re into her rousing version of the Battle of the Republic hymn her grandma was dancing to in 1982. I still think it was a big missed opportunity.

Maybe you’re into the rousing version of the Battle of the Republic hymn your grandma was dancing to in 1982.

To be fair, it’s worth emphasizing that the music Western GT fans have weaved throughout their early experiences with the series will likely mean little in Japan. To be clear, the music you associate with the early days of Gran Turismo really depends on whether you played in North America or the PAL regions (including Europe and Australia/New Zealand). For example, GT2’s North American intro featured My Favorite Game by The Cardigans, while the PAL version used a slightly more languid remix of the same track instead. The in-game race music also varied between versions.

GT3’s soundtrack was also significantly different between the North American and PAL versions. The North American version kicks off with an energetic electronic remix of Lenny Kravitz’s Are You Gonna Go My Way and contains almost twice as many songs as the PAL version (Welsh rocker Feeder believes It opens with the irresistibly contagious Just a Day).

However, early GT games in Japan did not include any licensed music. All music was provided by Japanese jazz fusion guitarist Masahiro Ando and video game composer Isamu Ohira. The result of this is that Gran Turismo’s musical legacy is not one-size-fits-all. There are some important cultural considerations. In fact, it’s entirely possible that the staff at Polyphony Digital have made no emotional investment in the music, which has such strong nostalgic appeal to GT gamers outside of Japan.

That being said, one of the first six Music Rally events featured a track called “Green Monster” (recorded by Masahiro Ando for the original Gran Turismo Japanese release), so they I think you understand that. It’s nice that it probably costs a lot less to use songs that seem to have been commissioned specifically for the Gran Turismo series in the first place, but GT7 fills audiences around the world evenly. not.

It’s definitely a shame. One of my all-time favorite video game soundtracks is a racing game. Perhaps even the majority. I’m not very good at this sort of thing. When Playground Games celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Forza Horizon series, I was horrified when they temporarily adjusted Forza Horizon 5’s intro to recreate the original opening. I don’t listen to his EDM, but in this context, Porter Robinson’s language takes a blissful aural journey back in time to his early days at IGN and the first experience of his most-played series of the last decade. helped bring it up. .

Not as important as GT7’s Music Rally mode, but I know I think the event featuring popular songs from the previous album was irresistible.

If they don’t put any of it in the next movie, they’re totally mad.

Luke is a senior editor on the IGN review team. You can chat with him on Twitter @LukeReilly.

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