gamers (82%) found this review helpful
If reviews pop up with people comparing this game to DIRT 2 they clearly have never played a Gran Turismo game before. If you enjoyed previous Gran Turismo games then you will enjoy this game. It is a clone of previous versions with little changed other than graphics.
For the people writing reviews saying that the vehicles are nearly impossible to control. YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO DRIVE IN THIS GAME. I remember LEARNING how to drive in the first GT game and feeling very rewarded for the effort I put into that process. If this is your first GT game you need to do the license tests and actually read them. You are supposed to break prior to the turn and stay off the gas until you reach the apex of the turn to accelerate out.
This is the meat of GT5, you have to be able to control your vehicle from it's highest speeds to its lowest while keeping the vehicle tuned to get the most out of it. The more you play the game the easier it is to FEEL the car under you. If you are getting a bit of slip from the tires, you can switch them out for more grip. If you getting toasted in the long straights, you can adjust your gear ratios to get more top end speed. The amount of tweaking that you can do to each car is amazing.
The depth of custimization is the only thing that keeps me coming back. Even with that depth I would prefer to focus on 1 car, but the game is designed to make you constantly purchase new vehicles for the different events. I hate changing vehicles and there are not enough open races where you can enjoy YOUR car in a variety of settings.
As I work my way through the different events, challenges, and licenses; I cannot help but feel like I am playing to finish things rather than enjoying the journey through my career. It is starting to feel stale like I have done it all before. The GT series needs something new to make it feel more like a game than a job.
posted by SweaterCat (RIEGELWOOD, NC) Apr 21, 2011
Member since Apr 2011
gamers (81%) found this review helpful
Although I'm not a huge racing genre junkie, I have to admit GT5 is the most complete game in that genre. I consider it the BlackOps for racing games being that it is so versatile. You can either dip your toes in the kiddie pool with the difficulty lvl turned down or dive in the deep end and play online Multiplayer with some of the best online drivers in the world. Hard to come up with a real weakness for this game. If you're a diehard GT fan don't even waste your time renting it. Buy it with confidence because I GUARANTEE massive hours of gameplay.
posted by burntice61 (APPLE VALLEY, CA) Nov 24, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
gamers (73%) found this review helpful
I've played GT since the PS1 days, alot has changed, Graphics, amount of cars, tracks etc. This one is the best yet, well worth the wait, but here's some things that might hurt your experience:
1.If you have a small tv it will suck! (i have a 55" lcd in my living room and a small 24" in my bedroom, tried both) You'll have to use the zoom feature on the menu if you want a good look at text, the races are good though. If you have a bigger tv you're fine.
2.Controls, they aren't bad but the defaults are wierd, the right stick throttle thing never really caught on for me, ive always used L2 R2. If you have a gaming wheel you're set, they have pretty much any PS3 compatible gaming wheel configuration.
3.The soundtrack and intro movie sucks, if you care for lots of techno some indie rock bands, or classical piano, then you will love the soundtrack...im a hard rock/metal guy so ill just keep to my HDD music. The intro is just a How its made video with piano and no narration...wierd.
All in all its a great game, i mean ive played Forza 3 and NFS Shift, while Forza is still my favorite, GT5 is well worth the 1000+ cars and great PS3 graphics.