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Gran Turismo 5 Offers First 3D Racing Experience

David Gilbert


Gran Turismo 5 Offers 3D Racing

It has been five years in the making with month after month of delay only adding to the anticipation/frustration of gamers around the globe, but its finally here. Released in the UK today is Gran Turismo 5 – which offers those suitably equipped a 3D racing experience.

Having already sold 56million copies of the franchise since it launched in 1997, Sony were obviously anxious to get the latest version right and thus the delay in its release. GT5 will offer gamers over 1,000 cars to race on 70 tracks (including the Top Gear track for the first time). In order to give people the chance to see the 3D gaming experience at its best, Sony has announced a tournament to be held all over the UK to find the fastest GT5 racer.

A raft of Sony Bravia 3DTVs are being installed in HMV stores around the country to facilitate the 3D gaming tournament. The heats will run on a leaderboard system from Saturday next, November 27th for ten days. The fastest two players from each region will win a place in the grand final, which will take place at HMV Oxford Circus, London, on December 15th, which will be compared by Formula One personality Jake Humphreys.

GT5 is the first of a number of 3D enabled games to come for the Playstation 3 in the coming months. Killzone 3 is due in February, while MotorStorm: Apocalypse and Ico/Shadow of the Collosus collection will be available in March.

In an attempt to convert people to the 3D system, Sony will offer a PS3, a copy of GT5, two pairs of 3D goggles and a 3D transmitter all for free – once you buy one of its Bravia 3D TVs of course. With the cheapest Bravia 3D TV retailing just shy of £1,500 it could entice some people looking to upgrade their viewing options. The offer is available now until December 5 in Sony Centres.

Source: Sony

Hans Gruber

November 24, 2010, 9:56 pm

Free stuff sounds good. Shame you have to pay £1500 for it though. I have fond memories of playing GT2 and shaving off those vital seconds towards gaining all the licenses and other awards. Since I haven't played a racing game since then, as with my general thieving and villainy skills, I might be a bit rusty by now so don't think I'll be winning any competitions just now. Who among us feels up to it though? Maybe one of us can take the challenge?




November 25, 2010, 1:42 pm

@TrustedReviews - What's happened to your game reviews? I don't remember seeing one in months...


November 25, 2010, 3:20 pm

wondering when we can expect TR review of this?


November 25, 2010, 4:15 pm

Will GT5 finally allow us to spin the PS3-controlled cars and model damage?


November 25, 2010, 4:56 pm

Ok - the reviews out so far are a mixed bunch.

Sounds like there have been some compromises on graphics (on the non-premium cars) and some of the tracks. AI is said to be quite lacking and damage / impact modelling is below par.

Sounds like the general driving feel is pretty good though.

Probably one to buy, but a little disappointed after the years that have gone into developing this racer, that the 'realism' of damage and impact modelling is still said to be some way behind current state of the art racer Forza 3.


November 25, 2010, 5:06 pm

@KultiVator - sounds like a metaphor for the PS3 verses Xbox as a whole. *ducks. runs*


November 25, 2010, 5:57 pm

I turned up at work to find this sitting on my desk this morning after many, many months of waiting. I was starting to wonder if it was more probable that I'd find a pink unicorn before this was released. I think the relief that it's finally in my hands will make it hard to review the game fairly. That said if the unbearable delays have been largely due to the 3D element of the game being incorporated that that is really naff.

Oh and it's Jake Humphrey, there is no S at the end.


November 25, 2010, 6:11 pm

I've had it since Tuesday.

Worth the wait? In a word... No


November 26, 2010, 3:26 am

I've been playing it tonight - a quick summary.

900 cars that people won't drive, everything high res (some models higher than others), AI from 2001, damage that I can barely see.

They've just remade GT4 with a higher resolution. Which for me is ok, as I like GT anyway, but it doesn't look like years of added value development. Oh, and the soundtracks have got progressively worse.


November 27, 2010, 4:38 pm

I wondered why I hadn't even noticed GT5 had finally been released; almost as if they were trying to sneak it out without anyone noticing... Greg's review suggests why that might be. If it really is that poor, after this long a wait (and considering the importance of the GT franchise to Playstation); Sony should be demanding public floggings for those responsible. Plus they continue to tolerate multi-platform games being ruined on PS3 (see the disgraceful Black Ops, where paying customers are still effectively Alpha testers)... I have to wonder if Sony really want to compete any more, or if they're intentionally allowing the brand to become devalued for some bizarre strategic purpose...

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