I had the most awe of a Gran Turismo when I played GT4. I stared at its world map for a few moments just taking it all in. GT7 is very close.
isamu called it a CaRPG. I posted a little ficlet prior to the release of GT5 Prologue describing what I wanted in a Gran Turismo, and it seems like some in Polyphony read that because a number of elements from it showed up in GT7. The Forzas and Project Cars too, but that's another story. I quite liked getting emails and invites in PC1, and the event calendar.
Some things are flat out weird. Being subject to the whims of a Cafe owner to progress? The rewards and chats are nice. The economy seems rather stingy, but mostly that's an impression because I'm not grinding for money like usual in previous GTs. Aspects of the car physics are perplexing, but I'm adjusting, and I've been catching slides lately. I should report the short daytimes as a bug, because... well, a twelve minute day?? And that might not be an exaggeration! That's kind of annoying because the gloom is very gloomy, but what the heck. The parts missing or yet to be included make no sense, like the not-quite all there Livery Editor, but I'm hopeful that gets upgraded with everything else. The Used Car Dealership is really small, and that's where the pre-2000 cars are found, which makes for an excruciating wait for rides like the Supra 3.0 and 300ZX.
Otherwise, I'm spending most of the day playing. And I'm still only Level 17 in progress because I'm taking time out to practice Time Trials and get dialed in to various cars in prep for race events, and those dreaded S Class License Tests I still have to do. Plus I ordered from GameStop so I'm a day behind you Amazon and digital buyers. I only have 500K some odd in the bank because I'm constantly upgrading, painting and buying used cars here and there. I can hardly wait to try turning the Ferrari F430 into a race car.
Like many, the omissions and things I wished for are a disappointment, but I'm hopeful they get added in with patches. In particular since we have wide body mods now, I'd love to see the return of a bona fide Race Mod, giving us racers built to the specs of various leagues, or most likely the GT Classes which would be fine. I'd like to see a GR5 Class added, like our SCCA would support. And the Tuner Mod I mentioned many times in the past, which gives us prebaked tuners like the NISMOs. The Livery Editor could stand improvement, and online and GT Sport mode. I have no doubt that a few updates will tweak physics and handling.
But for the next several weeks, at least, I can see that every day will have me serving up a hot plate of GT7 for breakfast after morning coffee. And lunch, and dinner, and my other games will be collecting dust. As Jordan says, the King, warts and all, is back in prime form. Great job, Kaz and company, I'm lovin' it.