People Need To Stop Comparing Prologue And Forza 3
Someone needs to explain this to me: how exactly are so-called "journalists" putting up articles that are comparing Forza 3 to the demo that is nearly two years old? What's even the purpose of such a ridiculous comparison, besides to simply promote Forza 3? Come on.
Look, Prologue may very well be the largest and most impressive demo of a full game we've ever seen, but comparing it to the final Forza 3 product is entirely absurd. Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi has often said that Prologue isn't exactly indicative of the final GT5 product, and furthermore, the sheer difference in content is enough to make me balk at any such comparison. And yet, with the impending launch of Forza 3, I see a whole lot of people who wish to up the sales of the title by saying it's better than - I repeat - a freakin' demo. I suppose the argument is that the demo will be exactly like GT5, but it only takes about 10 minutes of research to realize how idiotic that particular belief is, and in short, nobody should bother with the editorials in question. The best we can do at this point is to examine the available content in the racing competitors; you can see the latest information from our Tokyo Game Show coverage and after checking both games, I'd say GT5 has the definite edge in terms of content. But beyond that, I'm not about to make any other claims.
Why? Because I haven't played GT5 and I'm not braindead enough to believe that Prologue can - in any way - be compared to a final Forza 3 product. I love simulated racers and I'm perfectly willing to give Forza 3 a chance, but just two quick things: 1. Turn 10 should probably shut their big mouths when it comes to boasting, because they haven't proven a damn thing yet. No Forza installment yet has been able to favorably compete with a GT entry. Confidence is one thing; to talk big like you're the king of the hill - when you never have been - is nothing more than adolescent posturing. Knock it off; it's annoying. And 2. Kazunori Yamauchi may know more about cars and racing than the entire damn Turn 10 studio combined; that may be an exaggeration, but we're talking about a guy who had a direct hand in creating one of the world's most impressive and accessible supercars (the Nissan GT-R). And the amount of work put into GT5 in the past few years is...well, look it up. It's downright epic.
So I think my final point should be obvious: feel free to compare Gran Turismo 5 and Forza 3 when both are sitting on store shelves. Please, for the love of God, don't make yourselves look silly by comparing a full, finalized product to a demo. Just stop. It's embarrassing from a gaming journalist standpoint.
9/27/2009 9:30:36 PM Ben Dutka