The simplicity of GT Concept is not just the thorn in its side, it is also one of the reasons that people will buy it. The pick up and play factor is great, for novices that found GT3 too much for them GT Concept is the answer to all their dreams, a great racing game that is realistic, looks great, sounds great with no excess messing around. Simply pick a car and have a great race in beautifully rendered racing environments. The negative side to this is the longevity, but if you look at other arcade racers they also have very few tracks and they are easily completed in a couple of hours and you can get board of the same old cars, this is not the case with GT Concept, it has in the region of 80 cars to choose from. If you have a friend with you the split screen multi player game is fantastically smooth and even better, you can make use of the i.link should you have two PS2's and two TV's lying around the house.
GT Concept looks fantastic, some of the wrinkles have been ironed out of GT3's graphics to produce some amazing visuals. Unfortunately there is still no damage engine present in GT Concept and the rally cars don't pick up any dirt through the course of the of road races. These are very minor digs and GT Concept is probably the best looking game on the PS2 if not any other console. Coupled together with the fantastic trackside scenery the car models scream past in almost TV quality replays. The best-looking racer I have ever seen.
The sound is also very good, the cars all have their own distinctive engine sounds that are all very realistic as are all the other sound effects like the screeching tyres as you're ragging your car round the tracks. The sound track is not the size of GT3's sound track but it's still pretty good featuring indie, rock bands.
If you have found GT3 too in depth and time consuming, GT Concept is definitely worth considering as an out right arcade racer with excellent handling. If it's a pretty game your after your can't go wrong, the visuals are photo realistic, if someone walked in the room and GT Concept was in the TV they would probably mistake it for a TV transmission. GT diehards should probably stay away, as you will finish it in a matter of hours, GT virgins on the other hand should step up and buy a copy so you can get into the GT spirit of things even if it is a little easy.
GT Concept is a good stopgap until the next full instalment of Gran Turismo hits the shelves and for twenty quid how can you resist.
7.5 out of 10