GT5 Has introduced some extra visual tuning options. You can now Change your cars colour, change rims, add Aero upgrades (Spoiler, Bodykits, Hoods) and also add a racing livery (Albeit Preset liveries) to your car. Naturally some only some cars can have certain upgrades done.
Like the previous games in the series, you can tweak the finer points of your car such such as the ride height and gear ratios.
Now the reason why everyone buys the game; The driving experience. The Gran Turismo series has always touted the catchphrase: “The Ultimate Driving Simulator”, and GT5 Certainly delivers! Driving smoothly, cleanly overtaking and winning by the skin of your teeth in Gran turismo has always been rewarding, the same goes for GT5. The physics side of things has been tweaked since GT5 Prologue for the better, in previous GT Games the cars have felt like they have a perfect center of gravity and never showing any signs of rolling even though, in real life, you’d be screwed! This time its different! It’s now possible to roll the car, no more pinballing down the last two corners at trial mountain!
The AI has largely stayed the same, they still have perfect skills,there unresponsive (Though this has improved slightly) and unemotionless. I Think AI Has a big impact in racing games because the way AI Acts can stir emotions in the player, for example, in Forza 3 if you were to tailgate an AI Player enough, they would eventually stuff up, wether it mean coming off of the track,smashing into another car or just spinning out, it would stuff up. In Need for Speed Hot pursuit, the AI Players tend to bump your car around, while GT5 is designed to be more realistic , real racing sometimes involves cars coming into contact! What im trying to say is, that the AI should have Personality, in GT5 they don’t. There like Slot cars.
Arcade mode is simple, choose a track, a car and a mode. Unfourtunetly, the selection of cars in arcade mode is restricted to a specific set of cars, though you can still use your favourited garage cars. It would be great if you could use any car in arcade mode, wether your owned it or not, like Gran Turismo 4.
Online mode is where this game has some fantastic features. They have really though out the social aspects of the game. Every player has there own wall where you can post comments, and other people can comment on them (Kinda like a facebook wall), you can also post pictures of your cars here. Online multiplayer can support up to 16 cars and works quite well. You can setup events and even restrict the entrant cars’ power and weight, make and mode. One thing missing though, is incentive. Sure, the self gratification of beating a Sunday driver feels good but once the race is over no-one will no of that awesome win, theres no ranking or point system at all. One feature which is really a test of skill is shuffle mode for the races, it makes it a little more interesting seeing which car you will get for the race. There are still improvements to be made in online mode but only time will tell whether they will make those improvements or not.
In Gran turismo 4 there was a new photo mode that was introduced into the game, while it didn’t feature in Gran turismo 5 prologue, it has been brought back in Gran turismo 5. This mode allows you to take photo’s of your favourite cars, in some stunning locations such as Japan, Germany and italy. Interesting enough though, you can only use this mode with your premium cars. If you want to take photo’s of your standard car, you can do this through the replay photo mode.
In final – to answer the two initial questions;
Yes. It’s a worthy adition to the series, keeping the original set of features and style that GT fans have come to know and love, while adding some new features and tweaks to the game.
Now, Was it worth the wait? Yes and no.
Yes, the game has some fantastic graphics and effects and has been polished up nicely but some of the smaller things have been looked over. The separation of the premium model cars and standard cars is quite annoying, the lack of brake upgrades, the fact the AI hasn’t changed in 12 years and lastly the fact that the game was delayed for quite some time.
All in all, this game is a fantastic addition to anyones game library and GT fan’s will NOT be disappointed, though some drawbacks, the game has been well put together.
I’ll give the game 7/10.
I'd like to thank tommy boy for his input for this review!