This is a hard one for me because I like all of them really, I guess my least favourite would be the first one, just because I don't have many memories playing it as a kid and going back to it today the physics are a little wonky. I used to play GT2 a lot as a kid, I even did my first ever endurance race on it, I think it was like 4 hours around Seattle if I'm remembering correctly and I used the Lancer Evo Rally Car. I always used to race a Mitsubishi 3000GT with a green Puma livery on GT2 where I could and it was my favourite car for a while. I think GT2 is my favourite in terms of which one means the most to me but all of the games are somewhat special to me.
GT3 I played for a while because when I was a kid, I never thought to ask for GT4 for Christmas I dunno why, but it did mean I spent a lot of time on GT3. I remember specifically going through all the cars working out which was the best and somehow I managed to work out that the PT Cruiser was the best to start with, it's a terrible choice looking back on it but that car will always be special to me because of this.
I got GT4 from trading games with someone when I was younger, I don't really have memories of playing that copy of the game though as I spent most of my time playing GT4 with my uncle on his PS2 whenever I went to go see him. I remember taking a huge shortcut in one of the races against him trying my best to win because as a kid I was a terrible driver so I used as much cheekiness as I could to win, I still lost though if I remember correctly. I never really got that far into this game because the copy I got was scratched really badly so most of my memories with this one are playing with my uncle.
GT5 was my first online game and one of my first PS3 games as I got the PS3 fairly late in it's life-cycle, I think I got it in late 2012 if I am remembering correctly. My first online experience wasn't the greatest as I joined a cops lobby and I was playing in the front room so there was a lot of distractions and I ended up getting kicked for not really following the rules, however I did have loads of good experiences on GT5. I joined my first event, a rally series and I enjoyed that a lot, I was really nervous though and nearly cancelled my entry. I played dirty Nascar with a bunch of Americans who were really friendly and I had my first all-nighter because of it, and finally another big thing I remember was joining a clean racing lobby where we'd do shuffle races and end off with racing GT500 cars and it was like a daily thing.
I got really excited about GT6, and little me defended it like some kind of little guardian angel from all the hate it got online. I wasn't disappointed with it I actually enjoyed it a lot, the only thing I was disappointed with was the lack of shuffle races online as I really loved that feature from GT5. I remember cruising with people online in a Ford F-150 SVT Lightning and it was the first game I used a wheel on, I trained myself with an Impreza WRX STi Hatchback around that little GT circuit and Tsukuba until I could do a full lap without crashing or losing traction, which I'm able to do now of course, but back then I was hilariously bad, however we all start somewhere and I started in a small yellow Impreza.
GTS although significantly smaller than the rest of the games, I still loved it just as much as the others, the lack of tracks is it's biggest downfall but I still play it today so it's not that big of a disadvantage to stop me enjoying it. The livery editor is honestly the best livery editor I've ever had to work with, it is missing things like numbers for scale and rotation and selecting certain car panels to paint on instead of the whole side of the car, however I enjoy making liveries and making the cars my own and it's the only game so far to keep me invested in the livery I'm creating. The car models are insanely detailed, so much so that they're scaled down in game because the PS4 can't handle it, and I think that is some insane dedication for portraying the beauty of vehicle design.
Oh also I wanted to say that Ace-_- your profile pic looks beautiful.
I started with Gran Turismo 3 : A-spec, as one of my first racing game on PS2, i was quite young, the game was pretty hard for me and i was almost always racing on "Test Course" or "Super Speedway", with the excellent Dodge Viper GTS. No corners, pure speed, perfect for a young ricer !
I moved to Gran Turismo 4 a few years later, the Playstation 2 was already at it's sunset. It's my last true experience with the GT series. This game was just awesome, I know it's far from a simulation, but it was the right spot for me, I basically miss everything about it, the weird music, the Licence grinding to get free cars, the slow learning curve, the different championship, the fact you had to buy a car and then customize it, the numerous vehicles (and tracks). It was just the perfect compromise between Arcade and Simulation (this also applies for the general car's feeling/handling).
I played a bit of GT5 but never bought it, because i got the PS3 pretty late and was already on GTA5 at this time, and never played to a GT from this point.
I'm now on PC, and i must admit that i miss Gran Turismo. You guys got any advice for a good GT look-a-like on PC ? With a decent career mode ?
By the way, what do you guys think about GT5, GT6 and GTS compared to GT4 ? Many peoples keeps saying (on internet at least) that it was the best Gran Turismo. But is it pure nostalgia ? Or is there really some features that disappeared ?
From memories GT2. From all the GTs I've played, just thinking back to my childhood, splitscreen with friends, that one stands out. It's not about handling, graphics or modes, just raw emotions and memories
I would say GT6 with the combination of the Nordschleife and the GP track. I raced hundreds of laps on that track. But something that I always miss in the GT games is something like a championship crator, where you can make up your own series of races on your favourite tracks in the order you want and in cars of your choice. The "Career" championships always have one aspect to them that I dont like, either the cars used or the track or the number of races...