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The Quarter Mile...
posted by aenderw (GREENSBORO, NC) Apr 17, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
74 out of 82 gamers (90%) found this review helpful
In all honesty, it's worth a rent. I most certainly plan on buying GT5 when it's released because I've loved the previous efforts. As mentioned in another review, the price tag for a PROLOGUE is a bit steep to merit a purchase at this point. Thank God we all have GameFly!
Regardless, here are a few things I've liked about the game:
Graphically, the game is far superior to any other racing game out there. The GT series always sets a new benchmark for realism when it's released. This one is no different. I usually don't like racing games, but I've always enjoyed Turismo for some reason... especially at 60 fps in 1080p.
The gameplay is very smooth and fast. Each of the 72 different vehicles presents a new challenge due to the fact that they handle similarly to their real life counterparts. The downside here is the lack of customization that has made previous Turismo efforts triple-A titles. Not too mention there are only 10 tracks (20 counting reversals) in which to race the stock vehicles on.
They plan on releasing more content over the PSN, but why pay more for what will most likely be included in the full game next year?
Audio wise, the game sounds about as realistic as it can. The soundtrack features a few bands you probably have heard of (Weezer, Mars Volta, Thin Lizzy) and a slew of international titles as well.
GT5:P is a decent title, but it's not worth $40. As a rental (which I'll assume the reader is now considering), I'd say it's a 7. As a purchase, closer to a 1 or 2.
It may be a Prologue but it still rocks.
posted by theJman27 (DAHLONEGA, GA) Apr 23, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
22 out of 24 gamers (92%) found this review helpful
Graphics: The graphics in GT5P are stunning. Everything from the cars, to the tracks, to the scenery look almost real, especially on an HDTV. All the shadowing and lighting look incredibly life like. The games also runs at 60 frames per second and I have yet to see a frame dip.
Game play: Every car in this game feels and drives differently. I don't know how they did it, but every car seems to have its own weight and driving mechanics, just like in real life. Also, the new in-car view is spectacular. It makes you feel like you're really driving these cars.
Multiplayer: GT5P has offline and online multiplayer. Both could be better than what they are. The two player is fun, but you can't play in the in-car view mode and it's just you and the other player. There are no other cars on the track. It would have been better if there was an option for AI racers in the split-screen mode. The online has up to 16 player races. There are differing skill level severs and specific car limitation to each one. The races online are fun but a little crazy. If someone in front of you messes up and you crash into them, you'll end up getting passed by like five other cars, which can be quite frustrating.
Lasting Appeal: There are 4 event types, C,B,A, and S. They each have 10 events to them, that get progressively harder. Another let done, is that the game only has 6 tracks. Once you finish every event, all that's left to do is the online.
While the game is somewhat short, it's still awesome. If you've never played any GT games, you should rent this now. If you're a racing enthusiast, I suggest you buy this game today. I have never played a racing game this realistic. There's nothing more fun than driving around in a Viper and actually feeling like your driving one for real.
Still missing something!
posted by Hovster (LOS ANGELES, CA) Apr 19, 2008
Member since Nov 2007
17 out of 21 gamers (81%) found this review helpful
Not really game, more of suped up demo...
posted by KokaKola (SAN DIEGO, CA) Apr 22, 2008
Member since Jun 2007
5 out of 7 gamers (71%) found this review helpful
If you have ever played a GT game before than you know what to expect, a top notch racing simulator. All of the cars look, sound, and drive like the real thing. The performance variation between each car is more than noticeable and is one the outstanding aspects of the GT series. If you are, however, more prone to arcade racers (Need for Speed, Ridge Racer, etc) than this game may be either boring or too frustrating. Your attitude toward the gameplay depends on what you want out of a acing game. Some do play for the realism and simulation of driving a car, however that in itself is not the sole reason to play this game.
The GT grind is back. What I mean is that often one must have to play the same race over and over again in order to buy a car that qualifies you for the next race. This is extremely annoying and can becomes a problem later in the game. If this is a taste of things to come than this leaves a rather bitter aftertaste. Considering that there are not many tracks to play on and that the AI is about as intuitive as a rock, than the GT grind is not a favorable aspect.
There is not much more to say than it is really nice looking. Probably the best looking racing game so far. It's also way too short. Sorry limited space left.ack
A DEMO AND THEN SOME!
posted by Glockoma (BUFFALO GROVE, IL) Apr 18, 2008
Member since Sep 2005
3 out of 5 gamers (60%) found this review helpful
on the plus side, the game looks amazing. the best new feature, i think is the cockpit view. it makes driving even more realistic. u see the hands moving, which helps u adjust ur steering. also, u would notice the drivers hand drop to the shifter indicating that it is time to shift.
the biggest question that i have is when the real game comes out. would u be able to convert ur saved data from prologue to the new career on GT5.
Best Next-Gen Racing game on any system.
posted by BlueSteel (LYNNWOOD, WA) Apr 17, 2008
Member since Apr 2005
6 out of 12 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
The Right Perspective
posted by TyrantRDFL (GLENDALE, NY) Apr 19, 2008
Member since Sep 2004
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Forget the test drive
posted by ebook32 (LOS ANGELES, CA) Apr 18, 2008
Member since Dec 2007
8 out of 18 gamers (44%) found this review helpful
It lures you in with pretty graphics....
posted by shoulda (WHITE HOUSE, TN) Apr 26, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
3 out of 7 gamers (43%) found this review helpful
When you first get into the game you have limited money to get a lower end car much like other racing games, and you can't sup up the car at all just purchase or sell it. The big problem is that the menus seem way to boring and the cards while they LOOK GREAT really don't have a different feel. Unfortunately you have to start with the C class and work your way up to the fastest cars without access to an "arcade mode" or sorts where the higher end cars are available.
Within the "C" class and others certain races can only be won with certain cars, meaning that to get enough money to buy them you have to do the SAME RAC OVER AND OVER to get enough money for the next race to get the car you need.
If you like having to do the same 10 minute race over and over 'upwards of 10times' to get enough money to buy the specific car you need for the next race then maybe this is the game for you.
Extreme Let Down
posted by Duomenox (PHOENIX, AZ) Apr 19, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
7 out of 19 gamers (37%) found this review helpful
There is not any aftermarket shopping/modding. You buy a car, race it, by another car, race it, etc... until you are extremely bored.
Other than there being a complete lack of cars, and absolutely no ability to modify your vehicle, there graphics are very well done. Even my wife commented on how awesome the introduction movie looked. The visuals are above and beyond, and are a great reason to rent this game, not buy it.
Because this game is not any better than your typical arcade racing game I have to give this a really weak rating.
Sony is trying to sell a demo. This "game" should be no more than $10. Save your money and send Sony the message, "We will not pay money for a tech demo. We will not pay money for a part of a game that every other company gives away as a demo."
posted by Glock9 (MONTICELLO, WI) Feb 5, 2009
Member since Oct 2008
3 out of 8 gamers (38%) found this review helpful
Standard Gran Turismo game
posted by beavis2000 (BIXBY, OK) Apr 17, 2008
Member since Jan 2007
6 out of 17 gamers (35%) found this review helpful
posted by knighted (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Apr 17, 2008
Member since Feb 2007
12 out of 42 gamers (29%) found this review helpful
It may be just a demo...
posted by LoneOne29 (HENRICO, VA) Apr 18, 2008
Member since Mar 2006
2 out of 7 gamers (29%) found this review helpful
As far as gameplay is concerned, it's solid. The controls are completely customizable so no worries about being locked down with a certain control scheme, like so many other titles. The menus are fluid and easy to navigate. And, every car is unique in how it handles and feels on the track. It'll take a little time to find the best car for how you drive on each track. Each race awards you with points to purchase new vehicles. The points are higher on the online races and dealership events, but you have to fight for those extra points.
The online gameplay is fluid. You select the kind of race you wish to run, pick your car if you're not driving the right class, and wait while the game matches you to other players and connections. The number of players depends on how good your internet connection is. This is the first time a Gran Turismo game had online capabilities and I have to say that they nailed it on the first go. I have yet to have any lag issues and the competition is fierce.
My only gripe with the game is the lack of customization with the cars like in previous titles. But, this is a small complaint because Gran Turismo 5 is due next year, which I'm sure will have that capability. But overall, this game may not have as much to offer as other racing games, but what you do get is a great racing game with fluid gameplay and a polished look. We're starting to see what the PS3 can do. I won't say this is a must rent. This is a MUST BUY!
Gran Turismo fanboys BEWARE!
posted by fightfan31 (JOLIET, IL) Sep 26, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
1 out of 4 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
Sorry, let me preface this by saying I am a huge fan of the GT series all the way back to PSone. That being said I think I would have had way more fun slamming my balls in a car door than trying to play this thing.
It looks great, sounds awesome and the cars handle pretty well. That's about all the praise I can muster for "prologue".
I got this game yesterday(a little late after it was released, but i'm kinda still addicted to COD4) and it was back in the shipping container at about 11:30 this morning. My brother and I spent about 2 hours breezing through the C class races and I blazed through 90% of the B class this morning. All of a sudden I got to a race that had me beaten:the Honda Integra-only race where you get 1 lap to pass 15 other cars. This race kicked my azz for over an hour before i finally got so p1ssed off that i put the da mn game back in it's sleeve and dropped it in the mail.....god i hope this was just some scheme by polyPHONY digital to fleece their pockets and not an indication of what's to come for the real game. I think anybody who paid money for this piece of cr ap should be able to download the full game for free when it comes out!That is of course assuming that it will be less of a tur d than "prologue" ha! fat chance!
same old thing
posted by sawfather06 (ANZA, CA) Mar 16, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
posted by Warrior138 (DAVIE, FL) Jun 18, 2012
Member since Feb 2008
Worst Racing Game Ever
posted by Tomboy99 (LITTLE ROCK, AR) May 20, 2012
Member since Dec 2005
I also hate having to have a specific make and model for a race. I don't mind if I must have a rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, etc. But to have to have a specific make and model is stupid. I hate Japanese and French cars so much. I do not want to even use them on video games. I like my American cars, Italian cars, British cars (Aston Martin, especially).
All I want to do is race at least 25 or more laps, maybe one pit stop, and have a choice of what car I want.
I don't want to have to pass all cars in one lap or have ten minutes to beat a target lap time. That is not racing at all. That's a driving test. I do not want driving tests.
I want to Race! Got that, game makers? I want to race! And I want my own car choice.
posted by 34motorsports (NEODESHA, KS) Apr 8, 2011
Member since Apr 2011
its alright i like the graphics and the cars
posted by rjm15 (MOBILE, AL) Mar 14, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
posted by 1joshp (GREEN BAY, WI) Jan 8, 2011
Member since Sep 2009
posted by f0rakk3n (SHERMAN OAKS, CA) Dec 17, 2010
Member since Dec 2010
posted by Matt61554 (MARQUETTE HEIGHTS, IL) Nov 1, 2010
Member since Aug 2010
Not what I was expecting..
posted by Boots2291 (BAYVILLE, NY) Oct 30, 2010
Member since Oct 2010
The audio was great, the graphics were great, the driving was fun. That's about all it had though. I had all the driving assists off and it was still easy to drive the tracks. No body damage when you crash does not make sense to me. For a game that is hyped up as a racing sim I feel that they are very far behind Turn 10 in producing a game that can replicate the way cars actually handle.
All in all, not a bad game, but not a great game. It's a step higher than Need For Speed in realism, but definitely a step or two below Forza 3.
prologe 5 bites
posted by johnny4pip (MARATHON, FL) Oct 10, 2010
Member since Aug 2010