GamePro published a list of the 52 most important games of all time:
48. Gran Turismo
Racing games were stuck in low gear until Polyphony Digital's landmark Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator came along in 1998 and changed everything. Where to start? Gran Turismo upped the ante in every single way, from the insanely realistic driving physics to the endless component customizations. Even the graphics were remarkable for its time (real-time reflections!), and its early use of the Dual Shock analog controller set standards across all genres. Modern racing titles, which pride themselves on their realism and customization options, are standing on the shoulders of Gran Turismo.