Get ready to start your engines.
The game begins with a opening cinematic showing how the cars are being made until they are being started up. The gameplay remains unchanged from the previous games.
There are about 1000 cars of which 200 are premium.
Premium cars are allowed to be upgraded much more than the standard cars standards which can't have their wheels changed. You still have A-Spec and B-Spec modes, the same set of races and car upgrades. A new feature they introduced was the option to do Nascar and Kart races. They seem easy but it requires a lot of practice to get yourself to the first place, so additional frustration may occur.
Online mode in this game is the most addicting part. It allows you to race with up to 16 other players online. Additional players are able to spectate the race through various angles. The game also allows players to create private matches so you can set up matches with your friends without any interruptions. Judging the graphics, they are very good, but not amazing. This game still has the same graphic problems as the GT series had since GT3: dropping frame rates and some glitches. The tracks are looking gorgeous and are probably the high point of the detail.
With a huge in-game soundtrack you can choose in variety of music which will suit you the best. The sounds of the cars are realistic and it's like the cars are right next to you. The engine sounds of the premium cars is customizable. The standard car engine sounds are much better then it was in the previous game.
Gran Turismo 5 introduced a new feature, leveling up. Your A-Spec and B-Spec level improves the more you play races. Personally I think that this was not a good idea as later on you start some races just to access to new races.
The Bottom Line
This game will get you hooked on for a long time. If you played GT4 before prepare to do pretty much the same thing again. if you looking for driving realism, look no further. It's very addicting but can be frustrating at some points because of the new leveling up feature. GT5 is a game absolutely worthy in the GT collection.