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Gamespot: Gran Turismo 5 Review

Like a classic car that has been lovingly but only partially restored, parts of Gran Turismo 5 look as good as new, while others are showing their age. Developer Polyphony Digital's latest "real driving simulator" introduces plenty of great new features to the long-running series, but it also recycles a lot of content. This is undoubtedly the biggest and best Gran Turismo yet, and despite its impressive level of realism it's also the most accessible, but aspects of both the gameplay and the visuals evoke deja vu, while the all-new online play uses a lobby system with about as many modern conveniences as a Ford Model T. If you love to drive, Gran Turismo 5 is a game that you're sure to enjoy; just don't expect it to have that new-car smell.

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Wakka_2458d ago (Edited 2458d ago )

GameSpot's review was the one we were waiting for and listening to right? I mean they did take their time with their review.

And Gamespot is not biased against PS3. They gave MGS4 and Demon's Souls GOTY. No excuses please.

Hydrolex2458d ago

No, I agree

GT5 wasn't what I was expecting, DONT GET ME WRONG, the game is beautiful but after 5 years ????

Also 1000 cars is a lie, only 300 of cars are Very good the rest are duplicated models and ....

Rumor2458d ago

i can actually trust this review. not biased. second only to x play on g4. love their reviews..short, sweet, unbbaised, and for the gamer!!

SoapShoes2458d ago

That is incorrect and I am glad they included standard models, because I am a fan of cars and there are a lot of good standard cars. This game is great!

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MariaHelFutura2458d ago (Edited 2458d ago )

After 5 years....

Go-karts, Rally, Nascar, B-Spec, A-Spec, lots of tracks and track layouts, 250+ premium cars, 700+ standard cars, The most realist damage ever (at lvl 25-40), Rain, Snow, Time change, Track Editor and Gorgeous Graphics just wasn`t enough. Its funny, cause this game made me realize how pathetic everything in gaming has become. Maybe they should have put guns on the cars to please all you simpletons......

@hydrolex (below)

Not me. This game exceeded my expectations ,in all reality. It`s art in car form. I`ll be playing this for years.

WAIT.WAIT. You think game should be reviewed based on hype and the time it took to make it?!?! Do you have ANY idea how stupid that sounds?!?! A game should be reviewed for what it is and who is going to be playing it.

Hydrolex2458d ago

What I disagree the most is, this game is better than Forza 3 but... the hype and the 5 years are the reson why it got lower reviews, people were expecting more

256bit2458d ago

so....the same model cars that are 2 yrs apart like a 07 and 09 are dupe cars?

RedDead2458d ago

I don't think you understand, Forza is a raod racing game only, and it got high scores as a road racing game. GT5 trys everything. Forza beat GT5 in Road racing Imo.

Also I can't believe I have to remind people about this
QUality over quantity. 1000 were only 230 are actually good? How about we he a middle ground? How about 500-600 of Almost premium quality cars?

People saying damage is too hard for newcomers? Look up GTR2.

With all this said, what would I prefare? Forza3 or GT5? Of course GT5, it's just got so much more in it.

However GT5 again, it's a whole product, you can't review a game on only half of it. Half is bueatiful tracks and premium cars, the other half is mediocre graphics with gimpped cars.

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Anton Chigurh2458d ago (Edited 2458d ago )

I can live with that.

BABY-JEDI2458d ago

The only thing this game does not have is Hoover Car Racing. Your seriously complaining about NOTHING. Appreciate all the extra features/race types that ARE within the game. Infact, why dont you just enjoy playing the game instead of complaining about a game that you were fantasising about?

Immortal3212458d ago

.... its understandable about the online but everything else is bullsh*t.

a game with 1000 cars, 200premium the rest just standard.

walker012458d ago

but who cares how long a game takes to make? what if you fount out that uncharted was in development for 5 years? would you suddenly think it was no where near as awesome as it was?
and pd has a smaller team and made 3 games during the development of gt5.

Lifendz2457d ago

Gotta respect the GS reviews. They take their time to really play the game and nothing is rushed. I agree with the reviewer for the most part. I still think if PD had included about 50 more premium cars and gotten rid of standard cars altogether the game wolud've scored better. Hopefully they provide a lot of DLC.

N4g_null2457d ago

To be fare all games this gen that took to long to develop and where hyped got panned. Only the fans of these games will still like these games.

Also if you havnt bought gt5 yet then your not going to buy it based on a review.

Sony sort of forgot that this is the online gen. Team races and other social things would have went a long way.

People forget this game was suppose to show why Bly rays are needed, what the ps3 can do when fully taped and other hype riddled pr. The main problem is most people are not true car fans and just wanted a fun game. They clearly did not expect a sim.

Active Reload2457d ago

"No excuses please."

Bollocks!!

BattleAxe2457d ago

What do the reviewers expect, the player to have the ability to squirt a turtle shell out the back end in order to force your opponent off the road? Sheesh!

Armyntt2457d ago

Dude you knew from the get go there was not going to be 1000 cars. I mean its impossible to have 1000 different car models with the physics and what not.

SonyWarrior2457d ago

if gt5 shipped with the mechanical damage patch were getting soon i bet it would have scored better

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Bereaver2458d ago (Edited 2458d ago )

"This is undoubtedly the biggest and best Gran Turismo yet"

But, they gave GT4 a 8.9/9.

*edit*

The game was also given "the bad" of

1. Bad music

You can create your own custom playlist of any music you want through USB. So I guess all music is bad?

2. Long load times.

It's only a few seconds longer than Forza 3, but forza 3 didn't recieve that.

3. Bad first impression.

If bad first impressions are what you're looking for try EVE online. Over complicated and an incredibly bitter first experience. But if you give it time, it's amazing.

TheIneffableBob2458d ago

Standards change over time. Many racing games have come out since GT4.

Weaksauce11382458d ago

"but aspects of both the gameplay and the visuals evoke deja vu, while the all-new online play uses a lobby system with about as many modern conveniences as a Ford Model T"

If you kept reading.

SoapShoes2458d ago

Yeah but GT5 is better than them all. PS3 exclusives are held at a higher standard than other games and it shows with things on GT5 being complained about but not on other games. If Modern Wafare 2 was only on PS3 it would have had reviewers bashing it for glitches and poor campaign.

As for waiting for Gamespot, I wasn't. Their preview sucked and why wait for someone to tell me what they think about the game?

Weaksauce11382458d ago

Your half right, exclusives (exclusing Wii) are scrutinized under a fanboy microscope from both sides. The fact that either side gets it to a more or less degree is purely a myth that changes sides as needed to feed the fire.

bunfighterii2458d ago

But I really love the music in GT5...

Halochampian2458d ago

@estranged

Im sure... and this standard is held because?

At the bad music.. it is pretty bad.Amazing Grace?? really??? And even though it has an option for custom soundtracks.. its not a part of the game exactly.

As for the load times. They are bad... and due to the way the game is set up, you have to go through them sooo many times! lets say you go to the race, and you try to figure out which races you can enter, but realize you have the wrong car chosen.. you have to go all the way back to your garage and then choose the car and go back. This process is actually very time consuming.

Homicide2458d ago (Edited 2458d ago )

1. "You can create your own custom playlist of any music you want through USB. So I guess all music is bad?"

They're talking about the music that was included in the game obviously. Yes, custom playlist is the solution, but not everyone knows about this feature nor do they know how to copy music to the PS3 (I'm serious). Is My Chemical Romance the intro music? I saw an article that it was, but hopefully someone can confirm this? If it is, then I can see why they gave it a bad music emblem :P

2. "It's only a few seconds longer than Forza 3, but forza 3 didn't recieve that."

Loading times are long. Just accept it, and they also take the long install into consideration and how it's implemented.

3. "If bad first impressions are what you're looking for try EVE online. Over complicated and an incredibly bitter first experience. But if you give it time, it's amazing."

GameSpot said the long load times, the installs, menus and music gave them a bad first impression. They talk about your first car. I can see the loading times, installs and confusing menus turn someone off.

TheBlackSmoke2458d ago

All of those who think these scores mean forza 3 is "better", you have to realise that one company aimed for the moon whilst the other aimed for the stars.

PD did not get beaten by Turn10, they just had more ambition from the start, more to live up to. That being said, they still created an amazing product.

skrug2458d ago (Edited 2458d ago )

@Halochampian
"lets say you go to the race, and you try to figure out which races you can enter, but realize you have the wrong car chosen.. you have to go all the way back to your garage and then choose the car and go back. This process is actually very time consuming. "

I see you didn't play GT5...

There's a button during that race menu screen to go to ur garage to change car, tune the cars etc

blusoops2458d ago

You dont have to "Go all the way back to your garage". U have the option of switching AND tuning a car right before a race. Right there at the menu screen of each race or event. It'll even tell you which of your cars qualify for said event...so...

IRetrouk2458d ago

actually, if you need to change your car in those instances all you have to do is click the car icon and it brings up you garage with no load time, if you played the game you would know this.

Immortal3212458d ago

review a ps3 exclusive, it seems that those reviews are from a 360fanboy perspective. That's why when deducting scores, the reasons are straight up nitpick(s). The game got an 8.0, and it's a good score. But for a game like gt5! no... give me solid reasons why this game receive such a score.

here are the reasons:
Quality of visuals is wildly inconsistent,

Outdated and impractical online lobby system- which seems to be the most valid point.

Too easy to win early races simply by entering in a powerful car.

Now in total, these negatives deducted 2 whole points, which mean, the problems in the game should be noticeable.

I don't have the game yet, but when I get it today, I will be looking for these issues.

acedoh2457d ago

Who cares about standards when it comes to GT5??? I think the Polyphony team held themselves up to a high standard. If this game does not crack 5 million sold it will be a disappointment to SONY and Polyphony and serious changes will be made. I love the game although after many hours and level 20 one thing is apparent and that is lack of tracks and races. One thing I have always loved about this series is getting better licenses to get in tougher races. I have yet to see any endurance races which I find disappointing. Also this game need at least 10 more tracks. If you are going to play it to a serious level you do need more variety.

BillOreilly2457d ago

LOL with all this ps3 games are judged by higher standards. Heres the game, heres the reviews. 1+1=2 . All these bs excuses. Do you guys acually believe that. If you like the game great thats all that matters but there is no legion of we review ps3 games harsher crap. I bet you think the world is out to get you because your job sucks and your girls fugly.