Since the release of Gran Turismo 4, everyone
was eagerly anticipating the release of Gran Turismo 5 on the Playstation 3. Well with
six years, numerous delays, and even a retail demo released in the meantime, Gran Turismo
5 finally came and brought all greatness people expected. If you are a fan of the series, or know anything
about Gran Turismo then you will know what to expect with the fifth entry in the series.
This is the sim racer for people who want complexity to their driving games. There is
no booting up the game and just jumping into a race. A lot of the fun comes from tweaking
your cars to make them perform better. Everything, and I mean everything about the cars is customizable.
You can buy new engines, exhaust pipes, racing chips, tires and countless more. If you can
imagine a change, you can make the change. But the stars of the game are the cars. There
is seriously over a thousand different cars, from Nissans to Alfa Romeos to even Ferraris
and Mercedes-Benz. If you ever wanted to race it, odds are you can here. And each is presented
in amazing detail. Sitting in the cockpit view really gives you the feeling of actually
being in the car, with every little detail perfectly represented. And the cars all handle
how you would expect. You make a slight change to the steering and you will notice it your
next race. There are many different events for you to
race in. There are simple races and event series, but there is also rally races, endurance
races, and of course the infamous license challenges, that will put your skills and
patience to the test. But the biggest addition comes in the way of online racing. You and
up to sixteen other racers can battle for supremacy online. This is a welcome way to
see how your GT racing skills stack up against the rest. But not everything about the game is perfect.
One of the most noticeable problems is the loading times, which can pretty brutal especially
when just loading up a race. Another issue is the damage system. The cars are broken
into two categories, Standard and Premium, with only the Premium cars capable of showing
damage, which means you will be bumping your way to the front most races. These issues are nothing major but do take
a little away from the overall product. But if you are looking for the premier racing
game for the PS3, look no farther than Gran Turismo 5.