Despite his high turnover, Gran Turismo 7 does not have a good start month. On Friday, developer Polyphony Digital took the game offline almost two days of maintenance. This meant that even much of the game’s single player mode was unplayable, as that required an internet connection as well. Players are also upset with the game’s microtransaction-heavy revenue model, despite its premium price tag of $60. And so many players have immortalized their dissatisfaction on Metacritic.
As originally discovered by VGChroniclethe Gran Turismo 7 reportedly had a metacritic value of 2.5 at one point. It’s 2.8 at the time of writing. That makes GT7 the lowest rated Sony game on the rating platform. Many of the complaints are about the forced online mode, but most of the low reviews are about the microtransactions it contains. It turns out that gamers don’t want to spend more money on a game after they’ve already paid full price for the base product. Who could have foreseen that? It’s a mystery.
GT7 costs as much as any other first-party PlayStation title, but players can only obtain certain premium cars by purchasing them from the in-game shop. And unlike before Gran Turismo games, Players cannot sell also their existing cars via the marketplace. While players could grind money for free, members of the Metacritic community also took notice GT7 didn’t have many varied races at the start, which made the endeavor all the more arduous.
Kazunori Yamauchi, CEO and Series Producer of Polyphony Digital released a blog entry on March 18th about forced maintenance and microtransactions. He clarified that the game had to be taken offline due to a launch bug affecting both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. According to the post, the developers initiated unscheduled maintenance to preserve the integrity of players’ save files.
Yamauchi added that he wanted players to experience the game without microtransactions, but that “it’s important for [in-game cars] to tie it to real-world prices.” It’s a confusing statement since video game cars are fake and Sony can make them cost whatever they want.
kotaku reached out to Sony for comment on the issues, but received no response at the time of publication.
https://kotaku.com/gt7-gran-turismo-7-metacritic-review-bomb-offline-sony-1848680758 Gran Turismo 7 is now Sony’s lowest rated game due to angry fans