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GF Rating
7.2

7679 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

GT5 Review - The Fast and the Frustrating!

posted by DasNerdmeister (THOMASVILLE, PA) Jul 27, 2011

Member since Jul 2011

3 out of 5 gamers (60%) found this review helpful

Excellent graphics, top choices in vehicles and the sheer elegance of the game itself are why I give this game a rating of 9 out of 10. The one complaint I have about this game is perhaps the one thing most racing enthusiasts probably love most about this game...its realistic gameplay. It seems right at the start if you are not an expert in racing games you better become one real quickly in order to really reap the benefits of this game. The turning is so touchy that if you don't know what you're doing you will be smashing your vehicle over and over again and not even come close to winning. I think the point of this game is to give players the most realistic and accurate driving experience and they have certainly done that. In order to overcome the extremely difficult handicaps in this game you can go through the drivers licensing training programs which do help somewhat, but I found myself losing patience when I just wanted to go right out on the racetracks and experience the fun of driving vehicles I will probably never get to drive in my life. It is an amazing game with amazing vehicles, but you better grab a seat and stay for awhile because it is about as difficult as it gets.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Too big for it's own good.

posted by Silentrich (FORT MYERS, FL) Nov 27, 2010

Member since Jan 2007

19 out of 35 gamers (54%) found this review helpful

I would have preferred a smaller scale game that was more focused. This game is all over the place and gives you a huge amount of info and variety at the expense of overlooking the simple things that really matter. Here's some really obvious problems with this game that really is inexcusible. The shadows in the game are jagged, the standard cars which make up over 80% of GT 5 cars look like GT 4 on the PS 2, the collision system is a complete joke, when you hit something it sounds like someone beating on a drum, the menu's are a complete mess, the loading times are long, the install takes over 40 minutes, there's a ton of cars that are missing and the one's that are there are outdated (07 mustang is the current mustang), no Porche (instead you get RUF), some of the tracks backgrounds look like PS2 with pixilation and lag, and finally it just never feels exciting and they left the same old grind it out license system in place.
The good is that the physics engine is fantastic, the AI is better than being reported as it gets better the higher you get, sometimes the game looks incredible, go carts are awesome, it's in 3D, supports a great amount of steering wheels, and it has a huge amount of information on each car and track.
This might be a great game if it's patched enough to fix the problems, but as it stands now it's lucky to get a 7. The better choice for your money is either Forza 3, burnout paradise, or Need for speed: hot pursuit.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Ordinary Turismo 5

posted by zargot (BURLINGTON, VT) Jan 21, 2011

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Member since Oct 2009

12 out of 22 gamers (55%) found this review helpful

Try as I might, and try I did, Gran Turismo 5 was back in the mail box three days after being opened and I'll tell you why.

Story Line, its a racing game so story is basically just that you are a up and coming driver, no big deal who really plays a racing game for that anyways. Game play was very basic just simply racing nothing less and nothing more. Controls were very annoying most of the time, always having to restart races because of a TINY miscorrection that sends your car flying into a wall making it next to impossible to ever recover, I'm getting annoyed just thinking about it. Graphics were pretty good but sometimes during the races it looked like I was playing a PS2 game.

The game had a lot going for it, tons of races to do and I mean tons. Massive amount of cars to buy and own not to mention that the garage system for tuning and painting and upgrading the cars was very cool in that there was SO MUCH you could do.

Lets talk about what killed this game for me. First of all there was a hour install of around 6 gigs on my PS3 when I loaded the game. Not a big deal if it wasn't for the fact that there was a 10 second plus load screen between every menu change and every race. What was the install for if I was still installing every time I did ANYTHING? This really gets annoying when you have to cancel out of a couple menu's and between each menu there is a bunch of load time. Why is this? The race tracks are small and the graphics weren't anything awesome so why is there so much loading?

Well in conclusion if you are a die hard GT fan and don't mind the load times you might very well enjoy this game. I on the other hand couldn't handle the load times and the super precise controls. Between those two problems the game felt more like work. When I find myself cursing out the television its time to send the game back.

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