"Tourist Trophy (marketed as "The Real Riding Simulator") is a motorcycle racing game for the PlayStation 2. This game has been designed by the team who made the popular Gran Turismo series, Polyphony Digital. It was first released in China on January 26, 2006. Then in Japan on February 2, and rated 32/40 (Silver rank) Weekly Famitsu, a Japanese video game magazine. The North American edition was officially released on April 4, 2006 with seven extra motorcycles, new riding gear, seven bonus background music (BGM) tracks, enhanced visual effects, an exclusive "Semi-Pro Mode" and bike profiles.
Developer Polyphony Digital reused the physics engine, graphical user interface and all but one of the circuits found in Gran Turismo 4. However, the number of AI racers (computer controlled opponents) has been reduced from five in the Gran Turismo series to only three. Tourist Trophy also uses the famous "License School" feature which was popularized by the Gran Turismo series as well as the "Photo Mode" introduced in Gran Turismo 4.
The motorcycle selection covers a broad range of modern motorcycles, including scooters, Enduro, Motard, Sport bikes, Naked bikes as well as version modified for racing ("race modified"). The developers have recreated 135 motorcycles from 124 cc up to 1670 cc, including both road & race versions from the 80's up to 2005. The racers are divided into categories, the semi-licensed race tuned versions (named "Race Modified") and the official fully licensed 2005 Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race bikes. Motorcycles from all major manufacturers are included as well as two specialized Japanese tuners (Moriwaki and Yoshimura), that appear in the list of manufacturers once "unlocked".
While wet, dirt and reverse classic GT4 racing conditions have been removed, a unique course was specially created for Tourist Trophy. The Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo is an official track appearing in the Superbike World Championship and MotoGP. It is also used extensively as a test circuit during the off-season.
A new concept appearing in Tourist Trophy is the "Riding Gear" (named "Closet" in the Asian editions). The player can earn ("unlock") and collect 186 different riding accessories for his character including different helmets, gloves, boots (or shoes), pants, one piece racing suits and jacket as available commercially from more than a dozen manufacturers including (Simpson, Vanson Leathers, Alpinestars, Arai, Shoei, Kushitani, RS Taichi, Dainese, AGV, Lewis Leathers. Up to four different combinations can be saved including two racing leather suits and two casual outfits)."