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Toyota offering free Gran Turismo 4 demo disc
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Carmaker promises to send those requesting Prius brochures a "playable" demo; reports indicate it features two cars on two tracks.

Over the past several days, Gran Turismo 4 forums have been filled with posts about an American preview disc of the PlayStation 2 racing sequel. But rather than Gran Turismo 4: Prologue Edition, the stripped-down version of the game being sold in Europe and Japan for around $30, this demo is allegedly free.

Sound too good to be true? That's because it is--sort of. There is a free Gran Turismo 4 disc being offered in the US, but only as part of a promotional campaign by Toyota. Those interested in receiving the disc should log on to Toyota.com, select "Vehicles," then "Brochures," and then "Request A Brochure." Requestors will then be prompted to fill out a form with a valid address and pick two Toyota models they want information on, one of which should be the Prius hybrid.

But what exactly is the "Gran Tourismo 4 DVD" mentioned? Although misspelled, it is a "playable demo" of Gran Turismo 4, according to Toyota representatives contacted by GameSpot. However, the Toyota reps could not confirm what was on the disc or when it would arrive. For their part, Sony reps passed along inquires about the disc to other Sony reps, who had not commented by press time.

However, several sources indicate that the "Gran Tourismo 4 DVD" (sic) in question is an Americanized version of the Gran Turismo 4 Prius Trial Version that was offered at Japanese Toyota dealers late last year and handed out at the New York Auto Show. According to unconfirmed reports, the disc features two cars, the Prius and the Toyota MTRC Concept, and two tracks, the Fuji Speedway and Grand Canyon.



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I got one of those things at the NY AutoShow. It's retarded you can drive the Prius and that 4-wheeled motorcycle looking concept-thing they had around 2 tracks i think. And it's 1 player.

And it didn't even look that good, like the graphics engine wasn't completely done.
 

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I work at GameStop, and we've had that disc in our machine for a few weeks now. It gets a lot of attention, but compared with the driving games on the XBOX, the graphics just look pathetic. I'm not impressed by it graphicly, although the technical enhancements are pretty decent. This is a rather interesting marketing play by Toyota, though.
 

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Xbox's driving games look better, but don't they all have arcade physics? As far as I know, Gran Turismo is the only console game that feels like a driving simulator.
 

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Am I the only one who thinks having a Prius in a racing game is the stupidest thing ever???????????????
 

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Originally posted by GM_Guy81@Jun 4 2004, 06:14 PM
Am I the only one who thinks having a Prius in a racing game is the stupidest thing ever???????????????
No you aren't lol, but racing an Escort around the Le Mans would be worse.....
 
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