Excerpt: Gran Turismo 6 was dealt the unfortunate hand of being released in the immediate wake of the Xbox One launch title Forza Motorsport 5 , pitting it against a glossy racing game that had a helping of spiffy new technology on its side. While it's true that, at least in the mind of longtime driving-simulator enthusiasts, Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo will always reign supreme as the A-1 wholesome racer of choice, the series's inability to shed the lion's share of its...
Conclusion: In some ways GT6 feels like a robust expansion pack, but there are enough general improvements and additions that you'll find this release makes GT5 obsolete. A fine return to form at the tail end of the generation.
Conclusion: Kid Factor:
Aside from multiplayer modes (it is important to monitor any online interactions) there are no parental issues to worry about – drugs, sex, violence, whatever is not present. The game DOES include the option of spending real money to get more in-game cash quickly. “Buying” extra cash isn’t needed, but care should be taken to make sure kids don’t go out and spend real money online.
Excerpt: The Gran Turismo series has now been on the go for 15 years. The series may not move on in ways that it should, although what it always does offer is a brilliant drive. This sixth game in the series has been released when a new console generation has just arrived, so it will very likely be one of the final big exclusive PS3 releases. The game has a total of 1200 cars, although in the main GT mode, you are no longer able to purchase used cars.
Conclusion: Gran Turismo 6 rights almost all of the wrongs of its predecessor to deliver one of the most expansive, beautiful and enjoyable racing simulations ever seen. If only the AI and damage modelling were better, this would be the perfect racing game.
Pros: Insane amount of top-quality content, Brilliantly fun driving model, Gorgeous visuals with day/night transitions, Loads of racing surfaces and wet weather
Cons: Questionable AI and difficulty balancing, Still no meaningful damage modelling
Excerpt: Gran Turismo is one of the oldest and most respected names in racing games worldwide, and the final, eventual release of GT5 back in 2010, which felt years too late, was a mixed affair: sure, the graphics were an improvement and the car selection was massive, but other areas like AI and sound seemed almost entirely untouched. The game's interface was notoriously cumbersome, and loading times on the PS3 were excruciating.
Conclusion: If you're keeping your PS3 and are looking for a good, casual racing game, you could do a lot worse that GT 6. If, on the other hand, you are moving to a PS4 and/or are looking for a good hardcore racing simulation, give this one a pass.
Excerpt: Driving a wedge. The comparison to Forza Motorsport 5 is inevitable: Where FM5 is the young whippersnapper—flashing its next-gen graphics, brashly plastering microtransactions all over the place, and presenting bold, new ways to approach artificial intelligence and online functionalities— Gran Turismo is the stalwart veteran who has the experience to take things in stride and champion a more thorough plan of attack.