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Half-formed multiplayer is easily the most damaging symptom of Gran Turismo 5's long gestation in Kazunori Yamauchi's parallel universe, and thankfully it's one that can be fixed. Dreamed up five years ago and served up yesterday, it's an off-kilter vision of the future, a cumbersome game with odd priorities, certainly. But it's equally a game that heads off in unexpected and exciting directions, makes a few notable improvements, and overflows with love – for cars, for games technology and for its own mad pursuit. It's good that Gran Turismo's been away so long, because it's all the better to have it back.
In their absence, GT5 is a bit like an opus constructed under exam conditions. Finally, Sony said stop writing and this is Polyphony’s offering at the automotive altar. A glorious, surprising and frustrating motoring haberdashery that’s prevented from being flawlessly stunning only by the moments it’s stunningly flawed. It certainly won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but like any epic there are touches of genius here you just won’t find anywhere else…Well, possible Gran Turismo 6….anyone want to bet when that one will be out?
Gran Turismo 5 is a love letter to racing fanatics, but also the perfect entry point for more casual players. It plays like a dream, and as long as you can forgive the occasional hiccup here and there, you'll find yourself completely enthralled.
The long development time and many delays of release have probably created sky-high expectations with each racing fan that could never be met. Luckily GT5 managed to limit the damage and largely fulfilled the expectations. GT5 is so extensive and complete, so deep for the lovers that for the moment it has no equal. Gran Turismo 5 is all but perfect as the 800 lesser cars, the animations around the track and the oldfashioned menus certainly need polishing. But Gran Turismo is a simulation racer and that's where it really shines. If you love cars, then this is for sure your game!
As a package, Gran Turismo 5 will appeal to the racing fanatics who revel in every facet of the sport. More than a game, or a simulator, it is a hobby requiring hours of dedication to get the most out of the meticulously constructed experience. Is it the most dominant game on the market when it comes to racing or customization? Probably not as those titles are contested for by GRID and Forza respectively. However, Gran Turismo 5 more than holds its own in those areas while being the undisputed king of physics and value of any racer currently available on consoles. Gran Turismo’s legions of fans around the world are rewarded for their patience with an unforgettable experience that will undoubtedly last for years to come.
Die Fahrphysik bietet immer noch die nahezu perfekte Mischung aus Anspruch und Spiel - es fühlt sich einfach klasse an, wenn man mit einem leistungsfähigen Premium-Boliden über Asphalt, Schnee oder Schotter brettert und dabei jede Bodenwelle spürt. Da wird das enttäuschende Drumherum mit dem peinlichen Schadensmodell sowie dem Zweiklassen-System des Fuhrparks fast zur Nebensache. Die Stärken liegen erneut im reinen Fahren, dem Tuning und den Setup-Möglichkeiten. Außerdem heize ich hier über die schönsten Originalstrecken und eine der besten virtuellen Nordschleifen, die man plattformübergreifend finden kann. Gran Turismo 5 ist zwar nach all der Wartezeit nicht der heilige Gral unter den Rennspielen, denn dafür macht es sowohl technisch als auch inhaltlich zu viel falsch. Trotzdem genieße ich als Rennsport-Fan das fantastische Fahrerlebnis mit einigen der schönsten Automodelle, die ich bisher gesehen habe.
So is GT5 worthy of all the hype it got? To be honest, not at all. The amount of flaws in this game shouldn’t exist after five years in development, let alone the lazy design of standard cars that look ported from GT4. While I enjoy the game very much, it didn’t live up to the expectations. That being said, GT5 is still a fantastic racing sim even if it was over hyped. It has its flaws for sure, but the experience is great enough that any true racing fan will be able to see past them. While it may not be what we all hoped for, it is still a great game with a lot to offer.
GT5 is hét spel voor de autogekke GT-fanaat die de compromissen wegwuift en zich maandenlang onderdompelt in de GT-Mode. Voor de rest is GT5 zowel subliem als middelmatig.
Well there you have it. GT 5 is a beast there's no doubt about that, but is it the racing game equivalent of St.George that can slay the dragon that is Forza 3? It comes close, it really does, but Forza still has the edge for me. But GT 5 IS an enjoyable game, and provides many a varied and interesting challenge. I myself have yet to uncover all that it offers and there are some surprises I have left for you to uncover for yourselves.
If you can get past the unnecessarily long load times and the fiddly interface then you'll find that under the hood of GT5 is the same great Gran Turismo racing experience as there's always been. The wealth of single player options and challenges offered by the career mode coupled with the more casual arcade and online modes for multiplayer make this the most comprehensive real driving simulator currently available. Although it's not a pedal to the metal, fifth gear boost ahead for the series, it is a welcome update to what still is the real driving fan's vehicle of choice.
Polyphony Digital seems to be operating under the assumption that they're still the sole manufacturers of console simulation racing games, but they're wrong. The year isn't 1998, and nabbing some of the competition's better ideas -- like Forza's risk-versus-reward system for driving assist and damage toggles -- could have propelled GT5 into greatness. As it stands, GT5 is a great racing game wrapped in a series of bad design decisions.
Regardless, if you've ever fantasized about a Ferrari or dreamed of driving at Daytona, Gran Turismo 5 is a game that you're sure to get a lot out of. This is simultaneously the most accessible GT game yet and the most uncompromisingly realistic driving game on a console to date. It's unfortunate that much of what makes Gran Turismo 5 so great is under the hood rather than on display for everyone to see, but a powerful engine trumps a perfect paintjob every time.
Gran Turismo 5 is fun and addictive. It still follows the same pattern of previous games, and while it features a fantastic and realistic driving experience, it still feels somewhat let down by a number of annoying features, most likely due to the game being pushed out this year when, despite all the time in development already, it clearly needed more time in testing and bug-fixing.
Si Gran Turismo fut "The Real Driving Simulator", ce n'est plus le cas. En ne remettant en question aucun des mécanismes rigides et poussiéreux de la série, Polyphony a développé un jeu pour les fans de GT et uniquement pour eux. Toutefois, si à chaque fois la méthode est maladroite et le résultat discutable, Polyphony a beaucoup œuvré sur le contenu du jeu et sur l'enrobage des courses, sans doute au mépris du gameplay. Mais, pour bien nous faire comprendre, n'imaginez pas que Gran Turismo 5 est un mauvais jeu. Au contraire, la simulation conserve une forte personnalité et reste le seul jeu consoles à rendre un tel hommage à autant de mécaniques diverses et variées.