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Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
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Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Advantages: Realistic, same great GT gameplay, over 1000 cars, plenty of tracks, fantastic graphics and sound.
Disadvantages: Frustrating AI.
After a painful six years of waiting, Gran Turismo 5 is finally here. So, we can put GT4 back into its case and leave our PS2 to gather dust again. There was one question on everyone's mind: would it be a huge success, or be a disappointment? Of course, it would almost certainly be a disappointment to some - many expected it to be perfect. No, it isn't perfect but very good, featuring 1,000 cars, over twenty courses and an online mode. As long as you didn't expect TOO much from it, you will love GT5.
Wow. Six years of waiting and you finally get your hands on the game. You insert the GT5 disc into your PS3. Unfortunately, a screen comes up asking you to install the game. 'Six years of waiting, and they expect me to do an install?!' Then, you discover that it's a 40-minute install. And if you don't own a Slimline PS3 but a 'fat' one, things are made worse when you find out that the game takes up ten gigabytes. Don't worry too much, though. If you don't have the patience to wait that long, though, you can go straight to the game. Beware - expect long loading times if you take this option.
Afterwards, you are shown a short movie, which puts you into the Gran Turismo mood. The production of a car is shown, with a fast piano piece playing along with it. It is quite interesting to see this. Then, the car is shown racing across a track and the music changes to 'Planetary' by My Chemical Romance. It's a fantastic start to the game (putting aside the big installation!).
There are two main modes in Gran Turismo 5: A-Spec and B-Spec. First of all, I'll talk about A-Spec. This is where YOU drive. There are six difficulties: beginner, amateur, professional, expert, extreme and endurance. Obviously, races are beginner mode are fairly easy but as you use the higher difficulties, the game gets tougher. There are nine events in each difficulty. In each event, there are several races. In some events, certain cars are restricted (for example, in some events you can only use a car with an FR drivetrain) but sometimes you can use any car. There is now a level system, which is new to the series. You gain XP for each race and when you gain so much XP, you go up to the next level. You need to be a certain level to access higher difficulties, purchase powerful cars and race in special events.
Of course, the racing itself is the most important part of the game, though. The first four Gran Turismo games were fantastic because they were realistic, and the fifth game in the series is the same. The physics are extremely realistic. You will have much more focus over a Ford Mondeo than a Formula One vehicle. There are many views that you can go into - front of the car, behind the car, bonnet or cockpit view. There is one big drawback to the racing, however - the AI (artificial intelligence). If you get into pole position but an opponent catches up to you, they will crash into the back of your car just so they can get ahead. This can be frustrating at times. Despite this, the racing itself is excellent overall.
B-Spec is for lazy people. To sum it up - you are the manager of a racer. In a race, you don't do anything, but you simply watch your driver race around a track. You tell them whether to decrease, maintain or increase pace. It's a good way of getting credits to purchase cars. It can be a bit boring, but you can go and make yourself a sandwich or watch telly while you wait for a race to finish! The level system and difficulties are the same here as in A-Spec.
You can find A-Spec and B-Spec in GT Mode. You can do plenty more there. Here are some of the other things you can do.
You can look at the cars for sale from the dealership, used car dealership or online collector's dealership. The main dealership allows you to buy hundreds of unused cars, from a Renault Clio to Bugatti Veyron. However, not all of the cars in the game are shown here. In the used car dealership, you can buy used cars. Some of these can't be found in the main dealership. Finally, there's the online collector's dealership. This allows you to buy rare cars, which can be used or new.
There's the Special Events section, which is a highlight of the game. There's loads to do here. You can join the Gran Turismo Karting School, drive in NASCAR races, learn how to drive a rally car in the Sebastian Loeb WRC Special Event and more. It makes the gameplay a bit more varied. Hopefully, these features will be included in Gran Turismo 6.
Licences return and they are just as frustrating as ever. There are several ranks. There are about ten challenges in each rank. In the first rank, the challenges are quite easy and you are taught the quickest way to turn a corner, and more. As you get higher up the ranks, the challenges become much harder.
There's much more you can do in GT Mode - you can upgrade your car in the tuning shop, gain some extra money in Seasonal Events or take some pics of your car in Photo Travel and more!
If you fancy taking a break from the excellent GT Mode, there's always Arcade Mode. There's not very much to do here, but can be fun. You can drive in standard races, or take part in drift trials or time attacks. There's also 2-player here. No XP or money is awarded but good when playing with a friend.
I quite liked the Track Creator, despite its simplicity. You choose how long it is, how wide the road is, how sharp the corners are and what the terrain is like. You can create some cool courses. When finished creating one, you can test it and send it to friends. There was an update recently, which allowed you to race on created courses online, too. It's not very comprehensive but worth taking a look at.
Finally, onto the long-awaited online mode. It was a disaster at first because so many people were trying to get online, meaning there were connection problems. Luckily, its been fixed with an update and is now fine. There are two modes online: free run and race. In free run, you drive around a track doing what you like. This is best when played with friends. In a race, you obviously race against others on a track, trying to get to the finish first. For this, you can earn XP and money. Overall, the online mode isn't groundbreaking but a very good part of the game.
It's not the flawless game some of us thought it would be, but Gran Turismo 5 is fantastic. It's the biggest game in the series yet - 1,000 cars, over twenty cars, online mode and special events featuring karting, NASCAR and more. The physics are very realistic like the other games in the series. The graphics are great and the sound is superb - the cars sound like they do in real life. It can possibly even last you about 100 hours! GT5 is possibly the best racing game on any console. The drawbacks? The only drawback (besides AI) I can think of is that now we will probably have to wait years and years for GT6!
There are three versions of Gran Turismo 5 that you can get.
£39.99 - Standard Edition:
Gran Turismo 5
£60.00 - Collector's Edition:
Gran Turismo 5 with special box art
Collector's Edition Case
Five art cards
In-game car pack
200-page 'Apex' magazine
Dynamic theme for PlayStation menu
£128.00 - Signature Edition:
Gran Turismo metal box
SLS AMG 1:43 model car
Leather GT wallet with competition entry card
GT USB with GT5 trailer
GT key fob
Book featuring GT5 cars and locations
200-page Apex magazine
Developer: Polyphony Digital
Space needed: 10 GB
Age Rating: PEGI 3+
Thanks for reading!
Summary: Some people may find it disappointing, but most will adore it.
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