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Gran Turismo 3:  A-Spec


Unless you have been living in a hole, you already know that the "Gran Turismo" series of games is maybe the best racing series of all time.  With "Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec", there is no need to buy another racing game until the next game in the series comes out, because there is nothing that comes close to matching the track selection, the customization of cars, and the car selection.

Add to that a full lineup of tunes, a full set of single and series races, and cars from nearly every maker on Earth, the only thing that has not been developed for these games is a Track Editor, and when that happens, I won't need to buy a "Gran Turismo" game ever again.  As it is, the game is 99% perfect--a game that takes 100 hours to beat, makes learning cars and their performance details a joy, and is constantly replayable.

And, selling for only $20, if you don't have this, you owe it to yourself to pick this bad boy up.  I honestly can't believe that some Americans own PS2s and not this game!

Rating:  Opening Weekend


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Bellview Rating System:

"Opening Weekend":  Buy this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why that's a good move.  A game experience that will almost guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end. 

"$40":  Usually after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly, or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new games.  Usually, that's about $40.  You'll feel good getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.

"eBay":  This game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from either or eBay.  You also might let a friend buy this game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make them feel better.  Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy Seconds."

"Rental":  Like my cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something worthwhile.  For games in this category, this is the maximum amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.  Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.

"Dogshit":  Games like this should have never been released.  If you play this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the experience.  Further, if you can get this game for free, don't do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience for you!

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