Throughout the original PlayStation’s life cycle there were many Limited edition boxsets bundled with different peripheral such as Memory Cards, Multi Taps, Controllers and more. These Limited Edition boxsets were released in a large oversized cardboard box format and included a copy of a game and an additional peripheral and here’s a recent addition to the collection, Gran Turismo 2 plus Memory Card.
Here we have another highly desirable and very difficult to find limited edition boxset which this time came bundled with a PS1 memory card. The Gran Turismo 2 plus Memory Card Limited Edition box-set was bundled with a copy of Gran Turismo 2 and a Black PS1 memory card.
Gran Turismo 2 plus Memory Card.
Gran Turismo took the PlayStation to new graphical standards. It also advanced the racing genre with its inclusion of full Arcade and Simulation modes. Along with the two modes of play, players also found themselves with a plethora of cars (new and used), tracks and car settings. Gran Turismo 2 takes everything in the original and adds to it with more cars, more tracks, more car manufacturers and even rally racing. Replays can be saved to a memory card and unlike the original, viewed from camera angles selected by the user.
Arcade mode has players racing each track on a variety of difficulty settings. Winning on each setting will release new cars and tracks. Every car featured in the complete game will not be found in this mode, but instead only a select group. However, this time around players are now allowed to use the cars that have been purchased and modified in Simulation mode. This mode has another connection to Arcade mode as well: obtaining licenses will unlock tracks in Arcade mode. Time Trial, Ghost Car, Replay Theater and Rally modes are also included in Arcade mode, however rally mode exists only as a time trial here. In order to race against opponents on rally tracks, players will have to purchase a rally car in Simulation mode.
After trying out the Arcade mode, users can pop the second disc into their PlayStation and try out Simulation mode. Simulation mode starts players off with a set number of credits (Gran Turismo’s money system) with which to purchase a car and car parts. There are a few new cars that can be purchased with the starting credits, but the majority of cars that fall in this price range are used. After choosing a car and/or upgrading it, players cannot necessarily enter a race. First they will have to obtain at least one of the six licenses (only five are available from the beginning). Players of the original Gran Turismo can avoid the license tests if they have a memory card containing their saved data from the original game. Gran Turismo 2 can read the data from the first game and automatically award you the licenses that were obtained.
License tests typically place players on a stretch of track and give them a goal that must be met. Goals include such challenges as coming to a complete stop in a designated area before the time limit expires, and completing a full lap of a track within a time limit. Demonstrations of each license test have been included for those drivers who have difficulty passing the tests. Each individual license allows players to enter particular races. The highest license level will in turn open up the races with the largest credit prizes. Plus, as a bonus, if a player earns gold standing in all of the tests of a single license, a special car will be awarded.
One aspect of Gran Turismo that caught the attention of game players was the number of cars that could be driven in the game — 140 in all! If you thought 140 was a lot, how about more than 400? Yes, Gran Turismo 2 features over 400 cars. Many of the cars are simply different models of the same type of car but there is still a large variety due to the inclusion of more than 35 car manufacturers. Also, while taking the cars for a spin users will be treated to music by such artists as Garbage, Foo Fighters, Soul Coughing, The Cardigans and Beck.
- The most comprehensive racing game of all time is now twice as big, with double the number of leading manufacturers (33 in total).
- Compete in both road and rally races.
- 20 completely new circuits including 6 dirt tracks, opening up an even bigger spectrum of GT racing.
- Even more competitions to enter, over 60 licence tests and 600 cars to get your hands on.
- Gran Turismo 2 looks, feels, plays and even smells like the real thing.
- If GT2 was a car you probably wouldn’t be able to afford it.
Since release these Limited Edition Large Format Boxsets have become increasingly difficult to source and are now very sought after and collectable. Finding them in good condition is even more challenging so huge thanks to the amazing eBay seller that made sure this reached us in great condition.
Gran Turismo 2 + Memory Card Limited Edition
Limited Edition Memory Card Box-set
Developer: Polyphony Digital
Product Number: SCES-02380 & SCES-12380 (Game)/SCPH-1020 (Memory Card)
BOX DESCRIPTION (Quoted from Original box Rear) :
This Limited Edition box-set includes an official Sony Memory Card. Tune your cars to perfection, save them to your Memory Card garage and unleash them in GRAN TURISMO’s 2-player races.
*2 discs containing separate Arcade and Gran Turismo modes.
*Unparalleled realism – looks real, smells real.
*60 new licence tests to challenge everyone from the novice to the professional.
*Welcome to Driving Heaven.
This Gran Turismo 2 plus Memory Card included a “Not to be sold separately” copy of Gran Turismo 2 plus a black memory card, stickers sheet & a blue memory card clamshell case. The large sized external cardboard box is a large format box with Gran Turismo 2 plus Memory Card Artwork.
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