Gran Turismo 6 - Is It Just GT 5.5?

A few weeks ago, Polyphony Digital celebrated the 15th anniversary of Gran Turismo with the announcement of the next game in the series - Gran Turismo 6. My initial reaction was one of confusion - "why so soon?". When I realised that it was being made for the PS3 and not the PS4, I was even more baffled. After going hands-on with the demo that hit the PSN Store in the EU a couple of days ago under the flashy title of "GT Academy 2013", I proved myself right. This is no next-gen racing game or advancement for the series; it might as well be an expansion pack to GT5.

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wishingW3L1959d ago

if you think this is a small improvement then you don't know anything.

mattritchiegspresso1959d ago

Let me know why you think it's a huge improvement!

IRetrouk1958d ago

Well we could start with the physics and go from there, the new tyre and suspention system really does show in the shift of the cars, body roll and weight transfer are improved too. Then we could go on and talk about how the tracks look great as do the cars and other effects like dirt clouds and tyre smoke, also how the shadows are now a lot more defined and smooth.

nix1958d ago (Edited 1958d ago )

@steve: well... you clearly don't know anything.

"why so soon?"

Forza came out with so many editions within one generation... meanwhile GT is only coming out with two.

abzdine1958d ago

with the DS3 it could feel like a GT5.5 cause the gameplay with a controller doesn't add much immersion to the game, but with a GT wheel it's definitely GT6.
Aerodynamics improved and car behaviour is different from before. Also, the graphics are better and the cockpit view is much more detailed.

LaChance1958d ago (Edited 1958d ago )

FORZA 5 here I come.

PD have dropped the ball this gen. First a very dissapointing GT5 after waiting 6 years now GT 5.5.

What happened after the PS2 era ?

BTW lucky theres almost no Xbox fanboys on this site, I mean just imagine this was Forza 5 we were talking about, it would have been so overcrowded with Sony fantrolls coming in from absoluteley everywhere.

jimbobwahey1958d ago

Oh dear Steve, your article reads like one very bitter Forza fanboy. Maybe you should try dropping the "My toy is better than your toy!" childish insecurities, and perhaps people would take your no-name website a little more seriously.

I mean really, aren't you embarrassed of yourself?

Gamingcapacity1958d ago

I would say lets wait till we get our hands on the game. ATM with what we know it deserves to be a sequel. Hundreds of news cars, new track, updated and better UI, better physics, all the standard cars have been improved.
This is before we know the changes to tuning your cars and the improved weather system.

To me it's GT6 but let's get our hands on the game before we can even quaetions it.

yami9301958d ago

It has been tradition to release 2 GT games every generation and GT 6 is following that. All the changes are not apparent as of now seeing how the game is not complete yet (graphics especially) but GT6 is no GT5.5 and that will be obvious when the game is released (not obvious when you're ready to review a game by its demo). As with every 2nd GT game on the same generation (GT 2, GT 4) the game gets bigger, more tracks, more cars, more features, better graphics and a lot of little details which add up to a pretty hefty change. For GT6, there are brand new cars being added, more cars going premium, whatever standard cars are left are getting upgrades graphically as well as customizable options, there are brand new tracks, better graphics (new rendering engine, shadows, effects, new lighting system, new blur etc.), new UI, more rock less jazz, new physics (new suspension model and aerodynamics model), new tire model, better engine sounds, better AI, improved online multiplayer options and functionality, shorter load times all around and more, and those are only the things we know about being that Kazunori Yamauchi is saving some news and announcments for Gamescom and TGS. The graphics and other aspects will be even more impressive and stand out when the game is completed and released. Also, something the GT series always has is fan feedback being heard and massive support, such as how GT 5 was shaped by what fans wanted, what they asked for (the inital release of GT 5 was nothing on what it has become, a good game turned great).

Like many others have said, to really feel the difference and get the full experience you need a racing wheel. We all have to wait and see, if you dont like the game after it releases than your completely entitled to your opinion, but I do feel regardless it will be an improvement over GT 5 and should be given a try when done.

Demo GT 5 vs Demo GT 6

Old interview

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DA_SHREDDER1959d ago

I hated everything about GT5, but GT6 demo is absolutely a different experience.

slivery1958d ago

Someone already did and you didn't have anything to say back. They elaborated pretty well on many aspects of the games changes.

So as they say if you don't have anything important to say then don't say anything at all. Cause you sure as hell aren't elaborating on anything yourself.

Android1958d ago

Thats why I didn't download it. Grand Turismo 5 is so damn perfect I absolutely can not imagine a major improvement this gen. Still, its to early for me to judge as I haven't tried it yet. Looks like I have to draw for the ol logitech wheel again.

MajorLazer1958d ago

GT6 is, IMHO, a more complete GT5. GT5 felt very incomplete, with features being half hearted and the whole game just being lacking as they went with Quantity > Quality. GT6 however rectifies those issues,though not completely because 700 cars are still standard, with 500 being premium

TripC501958d ago

look at time comments were posted. SteveDW in fact didn't receive an answer yet...just sayin

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GameCents1958d ago

On the subject of menus, why do the guys at PD insist on that mouse clicker looking pointer to navigate the menu?
Is this 1998? As technologically advanced as Japan is, it seems they're stuck in the past when it comes to their UI in most cases.

mattritchiegspresso1958d ago

Couldn't agree more. I appreciate that the developers may not understand the western kind of UI as much, but for a pad with analogue sticks, it just seems so wrong.

SoapShoes1958d ago

What the heck.... Really? The other type of UI used in western AND eastern games have been used since forever. I guess if they did away with the pointer they'd be just as stuck in the 90's but no try to find something to complain about....

HarryMasonHerpderp1958d ago

Wow complaining about a pointer in a menu?

You serious?

WitWolfy1958d ago

I'll wait for GT 7 on PS4.. Wake me up when it releases...

Hellsvacancy1958d ago

Im kinda the same, I wasnt all that impressed with the demo, I mean it was alright

The thing is though with the PS4 on the horizon bundled with DriveClub I think its a little late in the year to release GT6, personally, I dont intend on buying it

ethomaz1958d ago

DriveClub will be a couplet different experience... instead a simulatior racing it is a more arcade style.

And I think GT6 is the best choice for driving maniacs.

WitWolfy1955d ago


We didnt say GT 6 isnt worth our time, we're saying that we'd rather wait and see what new features a NEXT gen console brings to the franchise instead of a version that should've been everything 5 is as it stands at the moment.

ethomaz1958d ago

I loved GT5 but GT6 is in another league... all the improvements makes the driving fantastic... no other sim can give you that feeling over the wheel.

I can't stop to try to beat my own times in the Demo... vicious.

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