Gran Turismo 5, a game many have been waiting for for a very long time now. But was it worth the wait? Hopefully this review will address the games pros and cons and let you know whether or not it was. So fasten your seat belts, it's time to take off.
For a game that has had it's creator constantly bragging about "detail" and "great looks" the game has some obvious graphical problems. While the premium cars look great, the standard cars are really lacking. It's not noticeable when you're driving at 200km/h+ speeds, but it is quite obvious in photo mode, so much so that the developers removed the ability to zoom in to a close-up on all standard cars. However, the graphics overall are fairly pretty so a few jaggies on a car model is forgivable.
Almost everything is great in the sound. Car's sound really great' especially after they're given some upgrades. Crashing cars, however, does not produce the greatest sound and leaves more to be desired in this department.
The game is first and foremost a driving simulator, and it works great. It's fun to drive each new car you get and see how each one handles differently, I haven't noticed any screen tearing so far either. The game does suffer from background environments popping in a second or two after you turn a corner, it's not very noticeable, but it does take away from the experience.
This game is very, very fun. From the feeling of overtaking an opponent at the last second of a race to getting a new car. Everything just feels good. There are definitely some shortcomings in the menu system though, and it can make the experience feel cumbersome, which can take away from the fun of the game itself.
The bad news, this is a weaker point of the game, there isn't a whole lot of incentive to play the game online. The good news, the game has online, it works, it might not give you a whole lot for playing it but it works well, you can play with your friends, and it's entertaining. So the weakest point of the game is still fairly strong.