The TGS 2008 demo of Gran Turismo 5 was highly sought after, as there was a choice between steering wheels or controllers. The demo had quite a few options, which is always good to see and I sampled both the Suzuka and London circuits.
First things first, the game looks beautiful, all in HD. The car modeling is superb and the courses look crisp. Everything runs very smoothly and the sound design is also high quality. On the London track I was forced into using the F2007 racing car. Racing against a mini and a rally car (among others) meant that it was really easy to win the race. Braking and acceleration felt natural, but handling has perhaps been made easier since the last installment. The course had a racing line illuminated round the track, which was probably for the demo only. That was the only thing that took away some of the immersion and didn't sit well with the rest of the presentation of the game.