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Submitted by Sandmano 839d ago | article

Gran Turismo 5 retrospective

Always a halo product for the PlayStation brand, Gran Turismo's reputation as the top-tier console racer has remained the same since its debut. Developer Polyphony Digital's not shy of reminding you of its status either, subtitling Gran Turismo 5 as the "real driving simulator." It wasn't quite received as such at launch, but Gran Turismo 5 maintained its godlike aura by virtue of its peerless handling simulation and that staggeringly vast 1,083-strong car catalogue. (Gran Turismo 5, PS3)

Larry L  +   839d ago
Nice little write up aside from a couple wrong facts (where is there an entire F1 season? lol), but I must say I was expecting more from a site that is typically more long winded. I like long well written articles, and if you're doing a retrospective on GT5....with everything that's happened, been added or changed in the game's lifetime, I was really expecting to spend like an hour reading this article I was about to click on.

They don't get into the game's tracks, the changes in 2.0 and then with the upgrades to standard cars. I just saw a post on GTPlanet yesterday where someone showed a pic of a standard model car when the game launched, and how the same car looks now after all the updates. The difference was even surprising to me, and I've been playing this game daily since day 1.

They don't get into the game's DLC era that didn't even start till a year after launch, nor do they get into the ups and downs of how often the game gets changes with updates like how on one update some time after 2.0, they did an update that made the car sounds SO much better. They were louder and more raw....then on the next update that amazing sound was taken away again and hasn't come back. I would have had a few paragraphs about the hacked car era which just got patched out of the game.

Like I said, good little editorial on GT5, but I'd hardly call it a retrospective....which I'd expect to be fairly in-depth. I'm sure there will be alot of these GT5 retrospectives coming down the pipe from damn near every site within the next couple weeks, so I'm sure there will be some really good and really bad ones I'm going to read. So I'll get my fill soon enough.
Qrphe  +   839d ago
Well said.

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Cam977  +   839d ago
GT5 is such a good game. It was good hen it came out and thanks to PD's love, it is now a completely different entity. I played GT5 yesterday (following a long hiatus) and I was blown awy by the car graphics. Yes, the environments are a bit bland (which is a good area for improvement for GT6), but the cars look absolutely stunning.

I've had many fun-filled hours on GT5 on and offline; thus, it must be one of the games I've sunk the most hours in this game. We'll look back on GT5 in 10 years and love it.

I cannot thank PD enough for delivering the masterpiece that is GT5. The physics, the graphics and the variety of cars is phenomenal.
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Narutone66  +   839d ago
I like how the game always gift you with a car on your birthday. The model of the car depends on your birth year.
abzdine  +   839d ago
i love Gran Turismo this serie is huge and i buy every episode
Apocalypse Shadow  +   838d ago
It may be a well-intentioned article but it starts off as a fail. If you are going to say that Gran Turismo is the Halo title for PlayStation, that would be false.Its more like Halo is trying to be the Gran Turismo of Xbox.GT was out before Halo was even created as a franchise.It won awards and sold millions.

No disrespect to the Xbox community.But at least show Polyphony Digital some respect.and not try to make GT a lesser than title.
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Skips  +   838d ago
True that. lol

PSSSH, the GT franchise has only sold like what??? Almost 70 million units!!! http://www.gameranx.com/upd...

Pretty sure GT is a larger franchise than Halo. lol Difference is Sony doesn't push one out every 1-2 years...
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Jamaicangmr  +   838d ago
@ Apocalypse Shadow
I think halo in that respect is referring to it being a sure fire hit, rather than saying it's the halo of the playstation brand as it would have to be the other way around.

Gran Tourismo has grown into a culture so to speak. it has made actual positive influences in the motor industry the world over. This isn't a racing game it's "The Real driving simulator"
kingPoS  +   838d ago
Sleeprs revealed
Who doesn't like discovering real life sleeper in Gran Turismo 5 I'm not talking about obvious cars like the Civic or Supra. No, I mean car like an GS 300 ,Volvo s60 or a 3rd gen Taurus Sho. (oh dat v8 growl) I've seen those cars in my neighborhood and now I know what they can do - Wow!
mayberry  +   838d ago
Gt5 was and is still the only disc that when I boot it up, my "school kid" anticipation goes sky high! So much car love, its incredible!
Gamer-40  +   838d ago
I love Gran Turismo series, but GT5 huge disappointment for me. Many ps2 quality cars and tracks, sad.

I hope, GT6 perfect.
Pintheshadows  +   838d ago
'Many ps2 quality cars and tracks'

That criticism hasn't been true for a very long time.
Animal Mutha 76  +   838d ago
I find it interesting that the author of the article holds the game in such regard (almost rose tinted view), yet most of the comments below the article from average users sum up what most of us actually thought about the game and its many flaws and frustrations. The photo mode was good!

I'm afraid I agree with most of those views. It could have, and should have been great but wasn't. Good - yes but not great.

Props to the developer for the continued support though. Not many games get such service so long after release. Turn 10 'support'(read milk) Forza with DLC for 6-8 months then drop it like a stone. They don't add or tweak features outside of the rivals challenges.
Solo227  +   838d ago
Love the game. Played it yesterday... Just a few complaints and wishes for GT6..

-Bring us more relevant sports cars... And less niche cars... 400-500 Premium quality cars...

-Better more efficient Menu systems... The system has been the same since GT1 and its just gotten more and more cumbersome as content as been added.

-More indepth tuning and modification system.

-No more Nascar & Go Karts... GT is a worldly game. Should only focus on racing genres that are based off of real world cars. Circuit, Drag, Drift, Rally

-Dedicated Drag Mode and multiplayer customization, trading, auction and betting(pink slips)

-Revamped DLC packages.
*Ford Racing Package (2013 Super Snake, 13' Focus ST, 13' Coyote 5.0)
*Chevy Racing Package (2013 Camaro ZL1, 13' CTS-V, etc

Keep GT with the automotive industry as a whole...

If PD got all of this right it would easily set a new standard in simulation racing...
Larry L  +   838d ago
What the........?

Get rid of NASCAR and Karts? Are you out of your friggin' mind? If anything, I'd want NASCAR expanded with more proper NASCAR tracks like Bristol, Richmond, Atlanta, Martinsville and so on.

And Karts on GT5 are super-fun! Why would you want to get rid of that fun?

I find it very strange that you want to take out 2 of the best things to have been added to the GT franchise in 5.
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Quisp  +   835d ago
Too many prior series ESSENTIAL tracks left out of 5. Thats my biggest disappointment.

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