Gran Turismo 5

aka: GT5, Gran Turismo 5: The Real Driving Simulator
Moby ID: 49338
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Gran Turismo 5 is the sixth iteration of Sony's flagship racing franchise developed by Polyphony Digital. The game is the sequel to the PS2 title Gran Turismo 4 and the full version of Gran Turismo 5: Prologue.

GT5 comes equipped with many new features and enhancements. The game includes more than 1,000 licensed cars for players to use and more than 20 tracks. 200 of these cars are known as premium models, which have fully rendered interior designs and fully fledged mechanical and body damage. For the first time, the Gran Turismo series includes the famous car brands of Ferrari, Bugatti, and Lamborghini. Special events allow players to participate in racing events like NASCAR, WRC, Super GT, and even kart-racing. Players can learn how to race on the Daytona International Speedway by NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon or even be taught how to successfully navigate the complex Nürburgring racetrack. A-Spec and B-Spec game modes return as the main single-player modes. In A-Spec, players can race through a series of different events in which they need certain cars in order to participate in. The series begin in the easy Beginner levels where races can take 5 minutes all the way up to the Endurance levels where races can range from 3 to 24 hours. In the B-Spec mode, players become the race crew chief and tell their driver to do things such as slow the pace while driving or overtake an opponent.

The game includes an all new vehicle physics and graphics engine which allows for cars to show real-time damage and wear. Damage modeling is increased as the player gains levels in the A-Spec game mode. Graphical enhancements include smoke from tires, sparks, skid-marks, and dirt collecting on the cars (which can be washed at the car wash). Dynamic weather makes its first appearance felt with the ability to race not only in the pouring rain but also in a blanket of white-covered snow. This is paired up with a day and night cycle that can be seen in the longer races. Your cars in the game can also be upgraded at the Tuning Shop. Things like weight reduction, turbo kits, and a fully customizable transmission can all be installed to improve a car.

Players can join up with friends and play in the new online mode. Using cars that have been unlocked, the player can race in a public lobby of up to 16 players or create their own private lobby of up to 32. You can also share photos that you have taken in the Photo Mode with friends and let them drive your personally tuned cars in their own game. Tracks created in the Course Maker can also be shared.

Added in patch 1.05, Seasonal Races are a series of special races that are added to on a bi-weekly basis. Some are one-make races with strict tuning limits, while others are time and drift trials that pit the player against the rest of the world. A special Online Dealership has a selection of uncommon standard cars which is updated along with the Seasonal Races, and is usually a good place to find a car for them. As of patch 1.10 Seasonal Races also reward helmets and racing suits that can be equipped by the player or B-Spec drivers to change their look.

Gran Turismo 5 is compatible with Gran Turismo. Cars obtained in the PSP game can be uploaded and used in the arcade mode of GT5.

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  • グランツーリスモ5 - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 83% (based on 18 ratings)

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Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 31 ratings with 2 reviews)

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The Good
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.

The Bad
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.

PlayStation 3 · by Deleted (381) · 2011

GT5 will keep you entertained for a very long time.

The Good
Gran Turismo 5 is the first game in the series that I have thoroughly played. Like virtually every other man in the world with a healthy dose of masculinity, I have a crush for cars (particularly fast and luxurious ones) and I also like to play racing games from time to time (Need for Speed and Carmageddon are my favorites). But I can tell you right now that no other racing game kept me hooked for such a long, continuous time as GT5.

The first thing you will notice when you boot this game up, is the sheer amount of content in the game. As I already mentioned, the game has over 1000 different cars to collect ranging from karts, old-timers and family sedans all the way to luxury sport cars and the fictional futuristic Red Bull X2010. Every car sounds and looks great too. Every single detail of the car, even the tiniest scratch, is shown in all its glory. Some cars even have a fully detailed interior view.

If you do not know Gran Turismo (WTF?), you need to remember that the series is about racing simulation instead of arcade style gameplay. Tires get flat after riding for some time and the gas tank gradually empties so you will have to enter the pit stop from time to time. Other than that, the gameplay can be both fast-paced and almost arcade-like while sometimes it is slower and more technical.

Most of the cars can be modified according to your taste. You can upgrade or tune every part under the hood of your car. You can increase (to a certain extent) the maximum speed as well as the time it takes to switch gears. You can give your car a new paint job or switch the tires to fit the weather conditions.

When it comes to tracks, all of them are based on real-life racing tracks such as the Nürburgring, the Suzuka Circuit and the Top Gear Test Track. Events range from free for all to specialty races wherein you and your opponents have to use a specific type of car.

Races can be both played in A-Spec as well as in B-Spec. A-Spec means that you drive by yourself while in B-Spec mode you play as a coach and have to coordinate the AI driver throughout the race. Both modes have their own level system and it will take a lot of time to reach the maximum level. Leveling up allows you to gain access to faster cars and tougher events.

In addition to the typical races and tournaments, GT5 also has special challenge events. Most of the time these are beat-the-clock challenges in which you drive an unique car through a predetermined track. You have Kart Racing, NASCAR, Off the Road Rally and more. Some of them are extremely easy while others are downright insanely hard (more on that in the negative section).

Of course, no racing game is great without good driving mechanics and this game has them in spades. Every car has a different driving feel, some of them will deliberately feel more sluggish while others are smooth and fast. The controls themselves are responsive, even while using the Dual Shock 3. Logically, a steering wheel gives you the ultimate racing feel and the game supports more than a dozen different wheels. The AI for the opponent drivers and the B-Spec racer are pretty good as well, they will try to slipstream you when they can and they do not bump into anything, except when you hit them hard enough in the back. Ha, ha!

When it comes to audio and music, it is particularly the sound of the cars that steals the show. Every car sounds exactly as their real-life counterparts. Music-wise the game utilizes relaxing Lounge and Jazz music for the menus and up-beat techno and rock tracks for the races. The soundtrack is enjoyable to listen to and in case you get tired of the music, you can always put in your own MP3 tracks.

The Bad
I already mentioned that some of the game's special challenges are extremely hard. Particularly the dreaded Vettel X Challenges will get your hair stand on end. The car is in fact a fictional car that would have been made if all safety regulations were thrown out of the window. The car looks like a rocket and it can reach a speed of 400 km/h in mere seconds and you will have to complete 3 time challenges through the most technical tracks in the game!! Not only that, but if you get off the track, you will get disqualified and to top it all off, the time limit is very severe (if you want to get gold at least) so you will have to drive the "car" through the track as fast as humanly possible. Personally, I managed to obtain gold for all three challenges using nothing but a Dual Shock 3 controller (I am not kidding). It took me about a month of almost daily practice but I am very proud I did it.

It is also worth mentioning the since May 2014, the online part of the Gran Turismo 5 has been shut down. So if you wish to play Gran Turismo online, you better skip this one and directly move on to its sequel.

The Bottom Line
Personally, I had a ton of fun playing Gran Turismo 5 and as of this moment I am still playing it (mainly grinding A-Spec in order to get the platinum trophy). If you like racing games, I can certainly recommend this game despite the lack of online play and the extreme difficulty of some of the game's challenges. Now go jump into your "insert favorite car here" and feel the adrenaline flowing!

PlayStation 3 · by Stijn Daneels (79) · 2014

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According to developer Polyphony Digital, Gran Turismo 5 sold 10,660,000 copies worldwide since its original release.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #4 Best Trailer Cut of the Year
    • 2010 – Best Racing Game of the Year
  • Cheat Code Central
    • 2010 - Best Racing Game

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Game added December 4, 2010. Last modified December 13, 2023.