Unlike GT3 where you could unlock cars from playing the arcade mode alone, all of the unlocking comes from progressing further in the game. As you beat more races in the GT World, more tracks are available to you in the arcade mode. So the first goal is to complete as many races as possible. As you win prize cars, they will also be available in arcade mode. However, some cars simply arenít found in arcade mode Ėthese cars need to be purchased in GT World. Only then can you take them to the track, paying pocket-change of credits to get on. So the second goal is to make as much money as possible.
You always will want to start off by doing the license tests. Not only are they requirements for getting into various races, but theyíre also a good way to improve your driving skills by breaking bad habits. Those of us who are able to get silver or better on these tests, will really have minimal trouble progressing through the game and may find it more interesting to skip ahead to part two of the article.
But what if youíre not a silver license type of person? Well, you still really want to try to work your way to get bronze on every single license all the way up to the S-licenses. If youíre having trouble, try listening to the tutorial again and work toward it. Remember, donít try so hard to that youíll get bored, but remember that itís worth the effort. If you work your way all the way to the International A, youíll get a solid Nismo 270R thatís got plenty of power and handling. Youíll out-class many of the competitors in the earlier races. If thatís not possible, you can use the Cien trickÖ
The Cadillac Cien
Now, if youíre not at a skill level where you can beat International A, an alternative approach is to win the Cadillac Cien early on. Thatís the prize car for the first stage in the Special Condition Hall. The Cien was Cadillacís V12 concept supercar and while it doesnít handle its power that well, itís exceptionally fast and will help you easily win the races from the beginner league and professional league.
The Rally d' Umbria course that you need to beat in order to win the Cien is actually pretty easy and does not require any special tires. The road is very narrow and so essentially once youíve passed the computer, as long as your careful youíll come out in first. Since youíre going against slower cars, you should have no trouble beating this with a moderately upgraded AE86. The trick is to avoiding the walls as any single penalty will slow you down so much that youíll be unable to recover. Likewise, on the second ďreverseĒ version of the track, take extra care in keeping your speed during the large turn at the bottom of the hill. Not only is that a location where the computer can easily pass you, but itís all uphill from there meaning that youíll need to watch out for turbo lag.
The GT4 Hot Deals Forum
What does, errÖ your ďfriendĒ do when thereís some sort of hot deal thatís limited to one item per customer? He buys the item and then gets back in line a second time, right? Well, you can use that same trick in GT4. For some reason, the second track from the Special Condition Hall is where youíll have no trouble earning money. The Rally d' Capri is also a tarmac-only track thatís not too difficult either. The prize car, however, is a Toyota RSC Rally Raid Car which is worth more than even a GTR-class car such as the Corvette C5R. Once you win this car, go back to your garage, sell it and re-do the race again. Make sure you tell GT4 to clear your progress for the race so that itíll award you the car. Sell the car again. Rinse, repeat.
Now that you have an unlimited source of money from the Rally díCapri track, all you need to do is focus on unlocking new tracks. If thereís a track that requires a special type of vehicle, you can just buy it. You should be able to find enough races that you enjoy to progress enough through the game to unlock all tracks in Arcade mode. The B-spec mode is one additional tool.
In B-spec mode, you coach your driver on how aggressively to drive. Itís not very advanced and the driver isnít that smart, but one magical feature is the ability to fast forward the clock by 3x. By entering a race with an overpowered car, all you need to do is to drive as aggressively as possible while turning on the pass icon. Once youíre in first place, slow down to a level 2 of aggressiveness and youíll almost certainly win the race. Remember, youíre not going to get any satisfaction or enjoyment out of doing this, but itís a means to the end (of getting all of the tracks available in the arcade mode).
Once youíve gotten a chest of money and unlocked all your tracks, itís time to enjoy what you have done. So letís take a look at my favorite tracks, presented in random order.