Excerpt: If there was one thing that held the original Gran Turismo and its many sequels back when it came to their incredible realism, it was the lack of car damage. Sony appears to have put a stop to that with GT5. There are also rumblings crash physics might allow for vehicle rollover, and head-tracking via the PS3 Eye.
Techbargains Review - Gran Turismo 5 Playstation 3 Video Game
17 April 2014
Summary: Gran Turismo 5 is truly in a league of its own. There are those who buy a Playstation 3 for this game alone and they aren't crazy. Really. When you consider how much even the most basic wheel to wheel racing costs, the very real skills you can learn in this game make the purchase an easy choice. If you're a racing fan, this is a must have and we highly recommend picking up a racing wheel to go along with. Perhaps a Logitech G27 ?
Pros: Good for beginners, experts and everyone in-between, Gameplay, Visuals, Value
Cons: Load times, Collisions, Not all cars are given the premium treatment, Yaris cup
Excerpt: Well, cometh the year and cometh the game. After 5 years in development and countless amounts of delays, Kazunori Yamauchi’s baby has finally been handed over to the general public. One of Sony’s biggest franchises has had, to say the least, a bit of a troubled schedule as Polyphony Digital strived for perfection and were not going to release this until they were happy with the product.
Excerpt: It’s still going to be several months (Nov. 2) before you can experience the latest edition of Sony’s premier racing title at home, but true fans with an obsession for memorabilia should look alive and pre-order this limited edition set now. Besides the game, this exclusive set features a 1:43 scale diecast 2009 Nissan GT-R Spec V with custom Gran Turismo detailing and an in-depth 300 page guide which covers topics that vary from the history of race cars, to driving...
Excerpt: Maandenlang, wat zeg ik, jarenlang hebben we naar de oostelijke horizon gestaard, met een smekende blik en waterige puppy-ogen richting Polyphony Digital. De langverwachte vijfde telg in de Gran Turismo-reeks miste ettelijke deadlines en polijstte haast alle verf af van mijn droombolide. Maar eindelijk is Gran Turismo 5 klaar om wat asfalt mee af te racen.
Excerpt: The easiest thing to start out with is “it’s another Gran Turismo game”. For some that’s good, and others it’s bad; this time around, Polyphony Digital do their best job at making it less-bad for some. Even though GT5 has an Arcade Mode, a Course Maker, and Gran Turismo TV, this review will pretty much only cover GT Mode as it’s where the game is.
Excerpt: The easiest thing to start out with is “it’s another Gran Turismo game”. For some that’s good, and others it’s bad; this time around, Polyphony Digital do their best job at making it less-bad for some.
Conclusion: Years of waiting, and we're presented with a title that still feels unfinished. Gran Turismo 5's main frustrations come from the fact that, at times, the game is entertaining and a joy to play. At other times, it had us questioning if Polyphony understand what the current generation of consoles are capable of. Not even an interesting photo mode and the Gran Turismo TV videos can save this from becoming one of 2010's biggest disappointments.
Summary: Gran Turismo 5 , considering its pedigree, can only be considered a disappointment. Yes it has a lot of cars and yes the handling and tuning implementation are top notch but a clunky interface, terrible load times and a pointless “B-Spec” mode hurt the enjoyment of Gran Turismo 5 as a racing game. As an ode to the car it holds more merit but I doubt most people would invest in the game because of that.
Pros: Great looking car models, Satisfying engine sounds, Good analog stick responsiveness, Solid vehicle variety, Tuning customization is expertly implemented, Lots of race customization options, Many dozens of hours of gameplay
Cons: Overly basic course textures, Terrible loading times despite massive hard drive install, Horrible soundtrack, Weak rumble implementation, Confusing and clunky interface, B-Spec mode is beyond pointless, Track creator is a joke, Unintuitive way to select vehicles, Annoying gameplay quirks tend to kill the fun