Gran Turismo 7 Ultimate Guide: Review, tips, news, credit grinds & more

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Gran Turismo 7 is a sensational racing title.

The long, long wait for a new numbered GT game is over and players everywhere are enjoying the unparalleled gameplay and gorgeous graphics.

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There is plenty new in GT7, especially if you've never played a GT game before. Welcome to our Ulitmate Guide to Gran Turismo 7!

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Latest news - Gran Turismo Sophy AI shown off in World Series exhibition races

Gran Turismo Sophy AI recently raced with the world's best GT7 drivers in a series of World Series exhibition races. You can watch these races in their entirety and find out if Sophy AI could beat the human drivers.

Update 1.19 adds 3 new cars, Menu Books, and events

The latest Gran Turismo 7 update has arrived.

Update 1.19 adds three new cars, including the Porsche 918 Spyder '13, Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder, and Nissan Skyline Super Silhouette, along with Menu Books, single race events, and quality-of-life changes.

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The Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar makes its Gran Turismo debut in update 1.19.

We've also found five things you may have missed in update 1.19.

B-Spec could be returning in Gran Turismo 7

B-Spec mode hasn't featured in a Gran Turismo game since GT6. That could change, however, as B-Spec mode has been found hiding in GT7's game code when running in debug mode. Video footage even shows B-Spec mode working in GT7 - albeit with limited functionality.

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Update 1.18 patch fixes ticket glitch

The latest GT7 update has arrived, with update 1.18 fixing a ticket glitch. Check out the full patch notes.

Update 1.17 adds Watkins Glen and Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak

GT7's update 1.17 has arrived, adding Watkins Glen as a new track along with new cars including the legendary Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak, events, and GT Cafe menus.

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Update 1.16 fixes force feedback

After fan backlash, update 1.16 fixes the downgraded force feedback introduced in update 1.15.

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Force feedback downgraded in update 1.15

Update 1.15 added some welcome changes and new content, including three new cars, changes to Sport mode, and new GR.1 events for the single-player campaign. But there's another change that's causing controversy.

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Polyphony has nerfed force feedback for select Thrustmaster and Fanatec wheels to prevent player injury.

As part of the update, Polyphony has downgraded force feedback for selected Thrustmaster and Fanatec wheels. This change was made after Polyphony found that "excessively strong force feedback vibrations" could injure players.

Update 1.15 adds 3 new cars, new Cafe Menus, GR.1 events and more

Update 1.15 has landed in Gran Turismo 7. This huge free update adds three new cars to GT7: the Toyota GR010 Hybrid 2021, Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo, and Roadster Shop Rampage.

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After we complained about the lack of content for longtime players, the update also adds new GT Cafe Menu Books and race events including a new GR.1 race series. Sadly, the update also removes the Tomahawk VGT credit grind exploit.

As there's a lot to unpack in the patch notes, we've also found five things you may have missed in update 1.15.

Update 1.13 adds 3 new cars and track layout

Gran Turismo 7 update 1.13 has arrived. April's free update adds three new cars including the Subaru BRZ GT300, 2021 Subaru BRZ S, and 1991 Suzuki Cappuccino (EA11R). Also included in the update is a new 24-hour track layout for Spa- Francorchamps along with new events and physics improvements.

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The 2021 Subaru BRZ S joins Gran Turismo 7's car roster in update 1.13

Update 1.12 fixes car invitations

GT7's update 1.12 fixes an issue with car invitations expiring too early. GT7 players received invites to buy cars from manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Bugatti, and Ferrari.

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Update 1.11 increases credit rewards

Following fan backlash, update 1.11 increases credit rewards for single-player events and Sport Mode in GT7, making it easier to buy the game's most expensive cars.

Polyphony promises changes

After the remarkable backlash from credit reductions in the most recent update, Kazunori Yamauchi has released a statement addressing the future of GT7.

We have a full breakdown of the sweeping changes that are coming in the next month or so to the game. The number of cars available at the Used Cars and Legend Cars dealerships is also increased.

Update 1.09

A new update arrives on 25 March.

You can see the full patch notes here.

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Credit rewards reduced in update 1.08

It's been a difficult few days for GT7 players. Update 1.07 caused the servers to go offline for over 30 hours. Because the single-player campaign requires an online connection, this rendered GT7 almost entirely unplayable. This was fixed in update 1.08. However, the latest update also brings some controversial changes to the economy.

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Fans are not happy about the changes made to GT7's economy

With the latest update, credit rewards in some single-player events are significantly reduced. This means it takes a lot longer to earn enough credits to buy the most expensive cars in Gran Turismo 7. Some players are resorting to desperate measures to farm credits, even creating an exploit that lets you earn credits without playing the game.

Thankfully, there are still other ways to farm credits in Gran Turismo 7. Check out our latest guide on how to earn credits fast in GT7.

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Gran Turismo 7 review

Unsure if GT7 is for you? Not sure what to make of the Metacritic review-bombing? Check out our review.

You can read our review here, or watch it below!

Getting started in GT7

When you open up GT7 you'll be handed 20,000 credits and tasked with buying a car.

The best starting car isn't easy to spot, but grabbing it is important. You'll want to take your starter car through a lot of races.

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That means tuning your car will also be important.

Be sure to check out our beginner's guide for a full breakdown of what to do when you start Gran Turismo 7!

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Unlocking Sport Mode

If you just want to play online and start grinding up your Driver Rating you still have to get through some of the campaign.

To unlock Sport Mode you need to complete a few of the GT Cafe menus. You'll also want to build your garage up before you really dive into online play!

Dynamic weather

One of Gran Turismo 7's biggest selling points is a truly dynamic weather cycle. This includes drying lines on the track, realistic cloud formations for where you are in the world, and even realistic night skies.

Unfortunately this is limited to the Japanese circuits and major European venues like Nurburgring, Red Bull Ring, and Spa.

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However it is an excellent feature, and one that means having a set of wet tyres on hand and patience with your inputs will be vital.

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Best wheels for Gran Turismo 7

Looking to buy a wheel for Gran Turismo 7? We've got everything you need to know.

Our handy wheels buyer guide covers every budget, with recommendations for the best all-round, budget, high-end, entry-level, and next-gen wheels for Gran Turismo 7 from leading manufacturers including Thrustmaster, Logitech, and Hori.

Building your credits

Gran Turismo 7 brings back the long grind for credits, which means being efficient with your time is key. This is even more important following the controversial Update 1.07 which crushed some rewards and payouts.

If you aren't working through a GT Cafe menu book you want to be doing races with big prizes. We've identified the best credit grind option for early on in the game, so be sure to jump on it if you want to buy those fancy cars!

Upgrading your car

It wouldn't be much of a Gran Turismo game without the ability to upgrade your car! There are more than 60 performance upgrades for each car, and plenty of cosmetic options too.

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To make your car faster, you'll need to head to the Tuning Shop which unlocks early in your journey through Gran Turismo 7 and lets you tune your cars.

There are a couple of important upgrades you should do on any car you are thinking about seriously racing.

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Engine swaps confirmed

After a lot of speculation, we can finally confirm that engine swaps are in Gran Turismo 7. This has been a long-requested feature in Gran Turismo games.

During State of Play, a Volkswagen Beetle was shown with a Porsche 911 GT3 engine to demonstrate the tuning options in GT7. This left many wondering if engine swaps are in GT7, but Polyphony never confirmed this. Well, it turns out they are - but it's not as easy as you might think.

Find out how to do engine swaps in Gran Turismo 7 in our guide.