Today when I checked the mail there was a package in there containing a game I have not seen since the Y2K debate. This is one PlayStation game I bought as soon as it hit store shelves along with a guide book. Being a huge fan of the first Gran Turismo this was one game I was highly excited about. So getting it in the mail was an exciting moment for me. A game that has eluded me many times was now in my hands, complete and ready...no...begging to be played.
I spent many months on this game before I traded in all my PlayStation stuff and I might have achieved 50 percent completion. As time moved on and Forza came out the whole Gran Turismo thing for me sort of faded. Booting up Gran Turismo 2 and seeing the menu screen took me by surprise...again. But this time in a bad way because for the life of me I could not remember the layout of the game's navigation screen. I had not seen it in so long that it took a while to find my way around again. Once I spent some time on it the memories started coming back. Took a while but came back.
All the tracks in the game were nice to see again. High Speed Ring I remember well. That's one track that has managed to stay with the series since the first game and I know it has appeared in GT3 and GT4. Red Rock Valley and Tahiti Road I had forgot about and had to learn all over again. Those races I discovered under the Sunday Cup, practically the only races available, except for two tracks in the Clubman Cup races, that don't require a license.
And that's another thing! The license tests. I got so use to Forza and not having to worry about obtaining licenses to participate in races later on in the game that I completely forgot how difficult getting those licenses were. I just obtained my B-Class license after having to do most of the tests multiple times just to get a bronze award but, hey, whatever works.
The one aspect of the game that took me a while to adjust to was the graphics. Granted I could put the game in the PS2 to help out but, I'm old school and the PlayStation needed some exercise. It's funny...
...these graphics were once considered top notch. While the PlayStation games have lived on the system as a whole just has not aged well at all. I believe it was said that GT2, with as much as they put into it, still didn't make full use of the system's capabilities. Even if the game does not look as good as it once did it is decent enough and doesn't discourage this old dog from enjoying an old friend's visitation.
I'm very grateful to see this game in my collection. This time it's here to stay. I want to try to get that 99 or 100 percent completion. I'm hoping I can get most of my favorite old cars back. I'm starting off with a car I didn't get before...a '91 Nissan Skyline GTS-t Type M with a few mods. I'm a huge fan of the Skylines so that was a no brainer. But I'm not going to get those cars if I'm sitting here writing this. My journey begins again with a game I have not seen in decades and I'm looking forward to it.