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Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec ships

The hottest Playstation 2 title of the summer

By James Stevenson     July 10, 2001
Source: Sony Computer Entertainment

Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that it has shipped GRAN TURISMO 3 A-SPEC to stores.

GRAN TURISMO 3 A-SPEC is the most highly anticipated Playstation 2 title to be released. The game has an assortment of advanced special effects including heat waves, blinding glare, and some of the most accurate scenery in racing game history. Enhanced A.I. and greatly improved physics round out the title.

"We are thrilled to bring the Gran Turismo franchise to thePlayStation 2 computer entertainment system," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.  "GRAN TURISMO 3 A-SPEC truly revolutionizes the racing category, bringing a new dimension in physics, graphics and special effects that blur the line betweengame and reality.  It will appeal to a much broader audience and will drive the formation of the PlayStation 2 platform."

Sony's list of features includes:

-- Natural weather conditions, including fogging effects and mist, enhance realism and add challenge to the racing experience.
-- Rally Mode allows players to race through gravel tracks, kicking up dirt to impair their opponent's view
-- More than 150 authentic vehicles, including 30 new car models, will be
    available to the player, including a variety of models from Japanese,
    European and American car manufacturers.
-- 18 tracks including two new tracks -- Monte Carlo and Tokyo Racing
-- Arcade Racing mode with power slides, burnouts and excessive speed
-- In-depth simulation mode where money is earned to buy and sell           vehicles and upgrade parts
-- Sound effects in Gran Turismo 3 A-spec including tire, motor
    and ambient sounds
-- License tests and racing championship rounds
-- Fully customizable vehicles
-- Replay mode
-- One-to-six player racing using the i-Link cable
-- Soundtrack includes tracks by Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg,      Raekwon, Powerman 5000 and Papa Roach.

Sony will also release the Gran Turismo steering wheel for $99.99. The company is also offering a Playstation 2, GRAN TURISMO 3 A-SPEC bundle for the price of $329.99.

GRAN TURISMO 3 A-SPEC will sell seperately for $49.99 and is rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB.





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