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Gran Turismo 5 for PS3 - Review, Cars, Video and More
The Greatest Driving Simulator of All Time
Since the series started over a dozen years ago, Gran Turismo has always led the pack in console driving simulators. The game has always had more cars than the competition, with better car models, more realistic driving, and even true car sounds. Gran Turismo 5 on the Playstation 3 continues that tradition, and there's a reason it took developers 5 years to make this game.
First, let's talk about the graphics. Although it's only a small step above the latest edition of the Forza series over on Xbox 360, it's still clearly better. The tracks include all sorts of fine details, and the cars are just beautiful. My biggest gripe is that there is a noticeable difference between the premium car models and the standard car models. The premium models are the ones that Gran Turismo 5 developing team spend a lot of time with (using actual cars). They have every fine detail exactly correct. The standard models are not quite as detailed. It's not that they look like like a block on wheels, but the standard models look more like the detail of cars in Forza.
The tracks in Gran Turismo 5 are amazing, and there are a lot of them. I'm including a complete list of these tracks at the bottom of this page. You'll recognize some of these tracks from previous Gran Turismo games, and several more are real life tracks, including the Top Gear test track, which I was really excited to try out since I watch that show religiously.
The list of cars is even more impressive than the list of tracks. There are a total of 1031 different cars for this game. Thanks to the internet connection on the PS3, that list is sure to grow regularly. It's a lot easier for developers to add more car models to this game incrementally than to develop an entire new racing game (who knows if I'll live long enough to see Gran Turismo 6). I'm including a list of cars at the bottom of this page as well. The ones marked with an S are standard models, while the P ones are premium.
Gran Turismo 5 is compatible with the various PS3 racing wheels, including the Logitech Driving Force GT wheel and the Logitech G27 and G25. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a truly realistic manual transmission experience complete with shifting, the G27 and G25 stick shift and clutch pedal are not compatible with GT5. The paddle shifters on the wheel are compatible. I've never known any serious video game racers who use the stick shift on racing games anyway, because the paddle shifter is much quicker.
As someone who has played Gran Turismo games for over a decade, I can tell you I was very excited for this game to finally be released after many delays. It did not disappoint. Some people prefer the arcade racers with the unrealistic physics, but for me it's Gran Turismo or nothing (alright, I play Forza in between Gran Turismo releases). I can't even explain how awesome it is to finally be playing Gran Turismo 5.
Overall rating: 9.5 out of 10
The difference between standard and premium cars
Nurburgring on Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 5 track list
Most of these tracks feature alternative versions within the game. The alternative versions include the tracks at nighttime, in reverse, and with minor variations in the course layout.
Real Race Tracks
- Fuji Speedway
- Suzuka Circuit
- Daytona International Speedway (includes both the Super Speedway and the road course)
- Tsukuba Circuit
- Circuit de la Sarthe
- Nürburgring (I watched many videos of cars on the real Nurburgring, and this track is amazingly realistic, especially considering how large it is)
- Indianapolis Motorspeedway (oval track and road course, just like Daytona)
- Autodromo Nazionale Monza
- The Top Gear Test Track (I'm "giddy" about this one)
- Laguna Seca Raceway (it wouldn't be Gran Turismo without that corkscrew)
Original tracks from previous Gran Turismo games
- High Speed Ring (boring, but easy to rack up wins when racing slower cars)
- Cape Ring
- Autumn Ring (a very short and beautiful track -- this one has been around since the very first Gran Turismo)
- Deep Forest Raceway
- Grand Valley Speedway
- Eiger Nordwand Track
- Trial Mountain Circuit (a classic track dating back to the beginning of this series)
City tracks (what happened to the Seattle track with the now-imploded Kingdome?)
- Rome (when in Rome... why not speed at 150 mph?)
- Circuito de Madrid
- Tokyo R246 (is Tokyo just a giant amusement park?)
- Côte d’Azur
- Special Stage Route 5
- Clubman Stage Route 5 / Night
- Special Stage Route 7
Dirt and Snow tracks
- Eiger Nordwand Track
- Chamonix (how in the world is this pronounced?)
Gran Turismo 5 car list
The car list for Gran Turismo 5 is too large for this page. You can find the complete car list here (warning, it is a PDF document): http://www.virtualr.net/downloads/GT5_CarList.pdf