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Genre: Driving & Racing / Video Game for PlayStation 3 / To Be Announced / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2008-03-28 / Published by Sony

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      05.10.2013 17:53
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      Burning rubber just got more real with this amazing game

      Gran Turismo, a long standing pillar in the racing simulator community for the Playstation consoles. This taster for the full game gave fans a chance to get back into the seat before the full title came out. But was it easy to handle or just never reaching top gear.

      You start on 'My page', a personalised home menu which has various tabs to choose from: News (for updates and added content), GT-TV (to watch real car videos), Online (online gaming), Ranking (see how good you are per track and car), Arcade (just for fun), 2P battle (battle your mate), Event (this is where the fun is and I'll talk more detail lower down), Garage (where you keep your motors), Dealership (where you buy your motors), Replay, Options, Manual, Save.

      Event is the career mode. Where you race to earn credits to buy new and better cars, to open up harder challenges. There are races for time trials, missions and championships which you compete against the computer controlled racers in various classes. You get rated in Gold, Silver and Bronze depending on how well you do. You also have three different classes (A,B & C), which are rated in difficulty terms.

      Visuals: Wow! The cars really do look sexy in this game. So sleek, so realistic and just so much attention to detail. All the cars, which are licensed for the game, really are things of beauty. Being rational, this is probably the only time you (well, me) will drive a ferrari or Aston Martin around a track or street circuit. It's the visuals which make this game feel so real and take it to another level of adrenaline rush. I spoke about the details before but with functioning speedometers and odometers, the various camera angles you can use whilst driving, plus the ability to use your wing mirrors and rear view mirror to watch how your fellow competitors are doing behind you. Well whatever detail they could add, they did and created a game that any studios would be proud of. However, there are a couple of not so great stuff visually. When you crash into another car it is like nothing has happened, no damage and just has an arcade style feel to it. Also, some of the tracks surroundings do not look that great. It is a pity they didn't spend the same amount of time on this two things, especially the lack of car damage.

      Audio: This is a racing game, so all you really want to hear is the purring of your engine as you put your foot down and head for the front. Gran Turismo Prologue does not let you down with the crisp exhaust sounds to the tyres squealing as you push them hard around a corner or bend. Beautifully done to go so well with the beautiful cars.

      Gameplay: There are 6 tracks to race on, mixing rally, race tracks and street circuits. From the streets of London to Japan and even to North America to have fun on the Daytona International Speedway. The bowl that is Daytona, with its steep sides, show off the car physics built into the game so brilliantly. As you climb higher to pass your opponents, you feel the car getting pulled closer to the race wall as real physics kick in. The harder you push, the harder it is to keep control of your beast of a car and yet at the same time, the real thrill as you just keep control of your car, glancing off the wall and passing another car leaves you feeling so pumped. The controls are simple to pick up and it so easy to just start racing straight away.

      Conclusion: You know you are going to get amazing looking games when it comes to the Gran Turismo series and this game doesn't disappoint. Add the audio of the purring car engines and you have your own Silverstone in your own front room. The game physics and realistic handling just make this so enthralling to play. The lack of car damage when crashing is a let down but the only negative amongst all the many positives. I actually got this game free as part of my console bundle when I got my PS3. Normally you get rubbish or never heard of before game titles but when I saw it was Gran Turismo I was surprised. Even though I did get it free, I would of paid out for this game anyway. It is an addictive game which caters for someone who likes an arcade style racer (pick up and play) and the more in depth racer who likes to read up on your cars horsepower and top speeds. This is a taster game, a game to wet the appetite and make you hungry for the full game. Well this concept did not totally work with me as I loved playing this game so much, I didn't feel the need to shell out for the full version.

      A racing simulator that gets your heart pumping and adrenaline rushing through your veins. The best Gran Turismo game and the best racing sim I have played. As of October 5 2013, available on eBay for £7.93. A true bargain for a beautiful game.

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        28.05.2013 17:09
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        Must buy edition, meets the thrill with anyone looking to buy such a great franchise

        Travel at high speeds with the world's finest supercars, the most popular and critically acclaimed racing game returns; this Gran Turismo series delivers it's re-mastered edition to the table, Gran Turismo Academy Edtion includes all the online latest updates up to 0.61 which is a massive amount of 556mb if you have just purchased the original of the franchise.
        The Game is packed with two bonus DLC codes which includes a cars pack containing 30 extra vehicles and a special Nissan GT-R Academy edition vehicle car which was driven in the Nurburgring 24H race used and is the car which is pictured on the front cover of the game.

        Gran Turismo showcases some of the world's finest super cars with over 1220 cars available to unlock, poly graphic entertainment has brought in several different driving modes; racing in snowy, rainy conditions not mentioning battling at night in arcade mode, so already it is interesting to see what the game has to offer. It has 26 different locations, and 71 set locations available in the game. It also includes Nascar, go karting, dirt,snow which is new to the Gran turismo series, stunning graphics and a new realm of imagination is what it's got to offer. Every twist and turn will be a thrilling ride thrust with the power of these amazing hyper cars;

        The Campaign/Career mode

        You start off with a certain amount off credits; which are used to purchase vehicles and upgrade them. GT life is split into two campaigns A-spec and B-spec. A-spec is where you drive racecars and B-spec is where you're not the driver you give orders to the racing driver on how the race should be led; this is way to earn loads credits whilst siting back and giving a few orders.

        The car you purchase will be used in the first season. Some seasons have restrictions on what car you use. You can purchase new and used Vehicles in the dealership section; where you have a choice off choosing well over an astonishing 200-800 premium cars such as Toyota, Nissan, BNW, Mercedes and so on...


        The Multiplayer
        In one lobby you can have up to 16 players set up to any gaming modes shuffle races, standard race the host chooses the host also chooses restrictions, rules, max bhp etc
        Shuffle mode is where the game randomly chooses a car; that has the same class as other racers. When you finish the race you are awarded credits which are used to purchase car's etc. The game at times can lag which I think spoils the moment you hit the tarmac.

        Conclusion:

        In my opinion this is one of the best racing games out there at the moment I would rate this 8/10 this would be a great game for any racing motor heads that are looking for a game that meets the thrill



        Amazon selling price: £15.96

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          15.03.2010 22:34
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          A stunning game for true Petrol Heads

          So the boffins at Gran Turismo and Polophony release GT5P as a little teaser for the real Gran Turismo 5 which will be shortly released. Well a few years is short i suppose.
          So what does this game give you a preview of? Well out of this world relalism in graphical design. I was absolutely awstruck by the graphic detail.
          You would be more than happy to just crawl round the actual circuit just staring at the scenery, sky and packed grand stands of roaring animated fans. The details on the cars isnt half bad either. From the sleek lines of a Ferrari to the little details on a Focus ST.
          This game has everything. There may only be a handfull of cars in comparison to the rumoured 900 cars on the final version of GT5, but this is more than enough to wet the appetite of wannabe racers.

          Start small with VW Golf GTI's and Mini Cooper S to save up for the Aston Martins's and Ferraris of the game. Soon youll be able to use any car you want on any of the circuits on the game. Again there arent many circuits but again its just a teaser.

          Its an easy game to complete with only 4 tiers of difficulties but there are a few challenging races. Such as using a Ferrari F40 and a lap of Suzuka to overtake 15 cars. Sounds easy , but youll be suprised by a few challenges like these. All of the races have a top 3 system varying from bronze to gold. Basically the better you do the more money you get etc etc etc.... Ye you get the idea.

          There is alos an online area to race people across the world. This takes time to get the hang of as it appears daunting but to be truthful its just like the game. A brilliant experience in every way.

          Basically this is just a teaser for the main GT5 game and to demonstrate the potential of the finnished product. But You wont be let down by this "Demo" .

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            23.12.2009 20:04
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            A half-baked game that is pretty daft really

            I will preface my review by saying that I did not buy this game, and played it briefly out of curiosity round a friend's house. Frankly I find it quite cheeky that game developers want to double-dip like this, but given how long this game came out before the REAL GT5 (which is scheduled for March 2010), I'm not surprised that many people bought it.

            I love the Gran Turismo games, and will be among the first to buy GT5, but I just don't get why they would think that players want this. It, much like the Concept game that came out before GT4, is just a crass way for Polyphony to milk the cash cow, strange given how they don't really need to do this.

            However, this game does make one thing clear, and that's that Gran Turismo 5 is going to be one Hell of a game. Visually, above all else, this is the most realistic racer that we have as yet seen, and surely in the development time since, the full product is going to look even better. The vehicular models are virtually perfect, and with the news that they've added damage detail, this really is going to be quite the improvement over the previous game, which was itself already excellent. Also, the game has very good sound effects; the engines roar appropriately (and each car sounds different), and the soundtrack too has plenty of friendly pop-style music.

            Gameplay-wise, it's hard to fight against, because the racing dynamics are so very good as always, but given that we know that the real GT5 will have damage detail and other features, it just feels watered down and not like a complete game.

            The real enticing aspect about this game, though, is the chance it gives you to try out the online mode that GT5 will have. It is generally very wel done, for there isn't much lag, but the problem is that there's no centralised lobby system, and it doesn't seem to be very well optimised for people to play with their friends.

            While it gives a nice taste for GT5, it seems a bit daft to buy this unless you REALLY can't wait for the full game. I didn't buy it on principle, but it at least gave me an idea of how amazing the game would look.

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            13.12.2009 23:39
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            I hope the full game is much better

            After the stunning debut of Gran Turismo and the follow up success of the series, it is no wonder that a ps3 game has been heavily anticipated. Gran Turismo 5 has been in the works for what seems like an eternity and here we are, well here are with what is essentially half a game, or perhaps less than half, but a taster of what we can expect from Gran Turismo 5.

            The first thing that hits about this game is the stunning graphics which are present in the detail of the cars, the vibrant colours and in fact the way the cars have been captured, gives this game a tremendous sense of realism. The cars race at a fantastic pace without ever leading to motion blur, the graphics are handled very smoothly.

            In total there are over 50 commercial cars to choose from and to race with. Now what I loved about the original was the ability to purchase a commercial show room car, if you so wished and then customise it, unfortunately this stripped down version of the full game does not offer this. The only aspect of redesign is a change of colour for the car.

            The cars do handle very well but it seems that the cars now handle with extreme realism to, which is disappointing because previous GT's have had that along with arcade fun sense of racing. Which begs the question why are they trying to appeal to a hardcore segment of gaming?

            From the total tracks available there are 4 which rank as being good race tracks thanks to the sharp bends, coupled with long straights before a series of turns was needed.

            Overall this game was a let down and something of a cashing in exercise. I have now swapped this game because I lost interest in it very quickly.

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            04.11.2009 11:50
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            Wait for the real version to come out

            This is only a Prologue but the game does what it is designed to do...make you want the full game. This game does not seem like a demo as its far better that what was expected of the gran turismo, its is very harsh calling this game a demo as the name states that. Only having 6 tracks to race on is a little disappointing but trying to complete all of the classes C-S and all the manufacturer events takes quite a while. But I guess everything that they have done in this game is only a taster and well makes you want to buy the full game.

            This game is definitely more than a demo. They update it constantly and there are lots of features already in the game. I think that this game has the best graphics for a racing game yet. The gameplay mechanics are pretty much the same but have been brought up to date with full 1080p visuals. I cannot begin to say how great this game looks in HD as it is simply stunning. It is a showpiece as part of the future of the PS3 and everything from the detail of the tracks( London has near enough every shop mapped correctly) to the cars themselves. One thing that is new to the series is the in-car view. This view brings a new dimension to the game and is very fun to play. The game itself is pretty light on features with only a few tracks and game modes. You may compare it to forza or PGR but ive looked at all three and Gran Turismo is above them. Also the driving physics is harsh but realistic (on proffesional) but if you just want to drive easily(more arcady) then switch to normal driving physics and stick racing tyres on.

            Overall this game is brilliant its makes you feel as if your driving the car and with those magnificent graphics this game should be on the top of your christmas list. Playing online is also really fun and brings out the competitive side in you, all in all I would say that this is the best racing game out or coming out.

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            05.08.2009 20:20
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            A must Buy

            Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is another game in the series that has made driving simulation on the playstation amazing. Although this version of the game was not intended as the full game, it has fulfilled the hundred hours of fun that you would have.

            Released only on the Playstation 3, it brought the Gran Turismo scene to the new console and in excellent high definition. The game play is an improvement on the old Gran Turismos that did not even need improving. You actually feel like you are driving the real car itself. For example, when driving the Ford Focus ST, you feel the stability, the car feels stiff and the car does not react as fast during turning. Then when you drive the Nissan GTR, you can feel the difference. It is much faster, lighter and much more harder to control. This has all been enhanced to make this game better than its older versions.

            You can play this game online and race against fellow gamers and your mates. It is so much fun driving up the slipstream of an opponent then pulling out and speeding past them. With a range of different tracks and a wide range of real cars, including the never seen before Ferrari cars in Gran Turismo, you'll will have endless hours of fun with this game. The more races you tae part in, the more points you earn and therefore the more and better cars you can drive.

            And the final point is, this game is extremely good value. When first released, it only cost £20 and you can even download it off the Playstation Network. It is worth every penny you pay for it.

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            05.08.2009 17:07
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            A good racer.

            Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is a tease for everybodys favourite "Real Driving Simulator" developed by Polyphony Digital.

            The game has been set up completely differently from previous games, you arrive at a home screen where you have a clock at the top and it will display the current temperatures it is at famous race tracks and locations. From here you can select events and buy cars aswell as browse through your garage of cars.

            The career structure of the game is a very lightweight compared to a full Gran Turismo, it offers a selection of races at various difficulties and classes. There are three things that the game will ask you to do, finish in a certain position, pass a certain amount of cars or set a lap time faster than a certain time.

            To be able to participate you will have to visit the games car dealerships which range from Suzuki to Ferrari ( a Gran Turismo first), there are a good amount of cars to buy which will keep you busy for a while.

            The game includes an online mode which is a first for the series and for the most part it is pretty good, the racing is usually free from lag and the game locks races to a certain class so everybody has a chance to win it. The only downside is you can't make a room and invite your friends to play so its only against random people.

            A new feature added here is Gran Turismo TV, this could have been something really interesting but its really a disappointment, not only is it horribly slow to load the programming is pretty bad. They do have some interesting videos of how they developed the game based on driving real cars though. The other programming is all paid content like you can see racing events, fair enough but they haven't updated them for years! At one point they did have Top Gear but you had to pay and why would you when you could watch Dave for free.

            If you're dying to get your hands on some Gran Turismo action for your Playstation 3 then pick it up, however if you can wait for Gran Turismo 5 proper I would!

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            18.07.2009 23:31
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            Good for the price

            First of all it must be noted that this is not a full Grand Turisom game. The game only has 7 tracks but does boast more than 70 cars. For the price tag of 15 pounds though it is definitely worth the money. The rand Turismo series has been known by many as the ultimate driving simulation and well in this case it does not let the fans down. The handling of the cars is very impressive and certain aspects can be tweaked in the option menu. However I would advise buyers to purchase a decent steering wheel with the game. A Logitech g25 would be suffice. Playing it on the Game pad is fun but it certainly does not compare to a steering wheel. On the whole the game is good for the price but once you complete the game and collect all the cars there is very little to come back to.

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            18.07.2009 01:33

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            a great racing game

            gran turismo 5 prologue is not really a full game. its a prologue to gran turismo 5 ( obviously ) so it doesent have AMAZING feutures. however, the graphics are unrivalled to any game on any console, whatever tv you have. the handling of the cars is the most realistic yet, in any of the gran turismo series, and this game also includes a formula 1 car, which has never been put in a gran turismo before. there are three main game modes. online, arcade, or events. event is where you can earn money, by doing different races. as you get more money, you can buy faster cars. online is not complicated. you just click on online, and your chucked straight into a race. it would be better if there where more online feutures, but they will be included in the final gran turismo 5. in arcade, you can either quick race, which speaks for itself, drift mode, where you drift to earn points. your then ranked online against other people who have done the same drift as you. then there is time trial mode. you just have to drive around a track, as fast as you can, and again, your ranked with other people online. there is only 6 tracks in the game, but you will still get many hours of fun gaming out of them. i recommend this game to all racing fans, and all people who want to be blown away by amazing graphics.

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            11.07.2009 16:25

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            Reasonable sneak preview but not good enough

            Gran Turismo prologue is the teaser version of the very very very overwaited GT5, one of the very best deriving franchises on any platform,

            Prologue does just enough to wet the appetite for the new game, the old favourites are here [ in a watered down format, hopefully ]. You complete challenges to get a licence, win races to earn money and spend money to get a new car to win more races.
            In Gran Turisom 4 you had the option to upgrade your cars are tweak the steering, downforce, engine managment etc but this is sadly missing in this version, hopefully the full game will have all these aspects back in place.

            The control is a bit ropey I feel, its perfect on the tarmac but stray off the road [and you will, no matter how good you are ! ] and the car becomes undriveable, I know you're not supposed to drive on gravel and grass but the point is in real life you can. Stray from the tarmac and is becomes impossible, even in Formula 1 if the driver misses an apex and slides off the road he is still able to steer and even coax the car back onto the road, not in this game

            All in all its nothing more that a beta version sneak preview of a game we're all waiting for, I only hope it's a lot lot lot better than this version

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            25.06.2009 21:53
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            Highly recommend to all racing fans

            What has always been so impressive about the Gran Turismo series are its graphics. Not many other racing games have managed to compete with it and Gran Turismo 5 looks to be the same after playing the Prologue, which is only essentially a long demo. The track settings are perfect, with realistic crowds of people, life like skies and detailed buildings. I especially liked London. The car models are extremely accurate with more to choose from than I was expecting for a Prologue, and their sounds will put your audio system to good use, with screeching tires and booming engines.

            In the game, you earn money by racing and placing high. You can then use these winnings to upgrade and buy new cars so that you stay up to the standard of other racers and get an advantage over slower competitors. All the money you earn, car upgrades and overall completion of the game will save and transfer onto the real game if you choose to buy it. I definitely will be!

            The main attraction to the GT series has always been the gameplay and this is no exception. It's a sim, not an arcade racer so you can't go round a corner at 150mph and expect to make it like in the NFS series. It's much more realistic and it's a great feeling to master a corner.

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            23.06.2009 01:32

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            Don't buy this, wait for GT5 PROPER!

            So the amazing Gran Turismo series arrives on the PS3, and I had high hopes after many hours slaving away in the PS2 versions.

            But yet again this felt like a rip off and a cheap cash in on a franchise that was capable of so much more on the PS2, let alone on the next gen PS3. The fact that they even called it a Prologue pretty much admits they were just chucking something out there to make money.

            The graphics are pretty stunning. The cars look fantastic and the tracks are amazingly realistic, the motion really smooth. And that's about it. I know GT is more of a simulator than an arcade racer but the gameplay was too slow for me. I cannot say driving an oval track 5 times in a Suzuki was my idea of fun. The tracks on the 'Prologue' are too basic, too round, not enough corners and curves and fun stuff.

            GT5 proper is out soon. Save your money, don't buy this rubbish, wait for the real thing.

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            19.06.2009 18:24
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            An Overall Good Game

            From the minute i saw this game in the shops i knew it would be an instant hit! ever since the first Gran Turismo game came out in the nineties they all have been. Gran Turismo games have always been ahead of thier time and this fifth edition is no exception. The graphics are better than any game i have ever played and the actual driving experience itself is so realistic, it is like driving a real car! although this game is a prologue version and there will a full version predicted to be released in 2010, £25 is still good value seeing as this game has more cars than most full PS3 games and, in my opinion, better graphics and gameplay than any other PS3 game on sale today. the main dissappointment about this game is the fact that it only has five tracks! This means that you can sometimes get quite bored. Overall, this is a brilliant game and the only downside is the amount of tracks, i can't wait until the full version is released next year!

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              11.06.2009 01:14
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              A great game that will bring lots of attention to the new release

              I got Gran Turismo Prologue not long ago after many friends suggested it to me. At first I was just blown away by how good the graphics were, everything looked so real. The game has a wide range of cars to buy from all the well known manufacturers, with the ultimate purchase being the F1 car. Anyone who manages to get this will not be disappointed, but getting the two million credits needed to buy it takes repeated re-runs of the best paying circuits, which can take forever. The number of races and challenges avaliable also makes the game play long, and for the amount you pay for a PS3 game you should be getting hours of gaming from it.

              The bad points of the game are the races you have to complete with a specific car, which can be annoying and troublesome to win. And if you truly want to 100% complete the game, then earning all those credits for the F1 car will take you ages.

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