Five things to do while installing Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7 is a gigantic game with a huge scope – that also means it can take a while to install and download.

100 GB. It’s a lot, but in the context of modern video games, it’s normal. This means, however, that during Gran Turismo 7 installs or downloads, you may be twiddling your thumbs while your diesel Mazda Demio waits for you.

All is not lost, however, as here are some time wasters you could make while your PlayStation 4 or 5 ingests the best of Polyphony Digital.

Open the “Find Your Line” soundtrack app

For those who ordered the 25and Anniversary Edition of Gran Turismo 7, a second “game” will be installed on your console. Except it’s not a game, it’s the soundtrack to the game.

Once you open the app, you’re greeted with a glorified music player with all nine official songs made for Gran Turismo 7 included. You can play each track, mark some as favorites, repeat and shuffle.

It’s largely superfluous because you can’t listen to the music in the background while playing something, like with the Spotify app. But you can minimize the control menu and watch a slideshow of cute Gran Turismo 7 photographs.

Find your line, Gran Turismo 7

If anything, it makes the wait even longer like watching a lasagna cook. So close and yet so far.

Take a photo of your Gran Turismo collection and post it on social media

Go ahead, everyone does it, you can be part of the cool gang. Add a Japanese import while you’re at it for bonus nerd points.

Gran Turismo Games Collection

Listen to Justin Towell’s latest album

Traxion.GG – plus GamesRadar, Play Magazine, PC Gamer, TopTenReviews and Rock, Paper, Shotgun – contributor Justin Towell’s latest music album, The Prize That Never Came, was released on the same day as Gran Turismo 7.

So it just seems fitting that you’re listening while the racing epic does all that ‘copying’ stuff.

Justin Towell - The Price That Never Came

The ’90s were a formative time for Gran Turismo games, and with this album, the great guitar riffs of the era are fused with contemporary alternative vibes.

You can buy a CD from band camp or stream on Spotify and Apple Music.

Play GRID Legends

I’m sorry for GRID Legends, launched just seven days before Yamauchi’s opus. I understand, however, that for those without a PlayStation device, this might seem like a moot point.

It’s a fun, accessible game to spend a few hours, maybe released at the wrong time.

GRID Legends Renault Laguna

For those who bought the latest Gran Turismo, why not fire up Legends as your storage options dwindle, pick up the Renault Laguna touring car and race around the Red Bull Ring in the rain.

Or how about the Aston Martin Aston Martin Valkyrie at Suzuka, in the snow, on ramps. I can think of much, much worse ways to pass an hour or two, and it will put you in a positive frame of mind before the endless work for a measly reward of 5,000 roulette credits.

Participate in three Music Rally events

Music Rally, a new mode for Gran Turismo 7 is part Sega Rally, part soundtrack showcase, and part esoteric reels.

Gran Turismo 7, Music Rally, game installation

You expect no less, however, from this development team.

Once the game has completed an initial setup period, and while the majority is playing out, you can boot up the title and participate in the first three Music Rally events.

Gran Turismo 7 Musical Rally Gameplay

Simply, race to checkpoints while the music is pumping – and you can’t hear your gear changes – overtake cars and try to get the furthest distance. Oddly enough, the third event is harder to get a gold rating than some of the licensing tests to come…

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