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Gran Tursimo 5 To Miss March Release In Japan

Update: SCEE says this delay is indeed real, but it's only for "the Japanese market." Might Sony be shooting for a worldwide simultaneous release...?

Original Story:

The release date saga surrounding Gran Turismo 5 continues.

Last year, it was officially announced that GT5 would launch in Japan in March 2010, although they never provided a release date for North American or European regions. At the time, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi said US gamers could expect to see the hotly anticipated simulator "not long after" the release of the Japanese version. And while Japanese retailer Geostore first listed both GT5 and God of War III with a March 25 date, it wasn't long after when GameStop's expected US release for GT5 slipped all the way to November 2. And now, in another turn of events, SCEE has apparently confirmed a quickly spreading rumor that GT5 has been delayed in Japan; possibly for about three months. Right now, though, the game only has a vague "TBA" attached to it for all regions, which probably isn't a good sign for anxious racing fans in North America. At this point, it appears that GameStop's date may be accurate, although it would certainly help to boost the holiday season for Sony and the PlayStation 3.

Could it be that Sony is running away from God of War III and other big titles in the first quarter? It seems unlikely, as most of the major releases aren't as big in Japan as they are here, so it makes little sense to delay GT5 for this reason. Oh well; guess we'll just have to keep waiting.

Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5

1/13/2010 10:19:13 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (60 posts)

lMephisto
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:35:30 AM
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Gran Turismo Forever

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Macavity
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:45:02 AM

I am thinking the exact same thing.

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Karosso
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 1:10:31 PM

Damn it! You beat me to it LOL

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JofaMang
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:40:15 AM
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*insert impatient GT fanboy rant here*

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IronFace2
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:37:18 AM

OH C'MON!!!
I'm freaking now.
Okey, okey... have to calm down, take a deep breath, count to three.
I'm a big GT fan... I'll wait.

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JPBooch
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:42:55 AM
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Perhaps they are running away from the fact that early year releases rarely get any critical acclaim?

It seems the past few GOTY's have been released in the fall with the exception of MGS4.

Well, we all know that Kazunori Yamauchi is a perfectionist. This just makes it more interesting.

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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:43:23 AM
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I can't believe anyone can be mad at Sony for this. Japan already has Yakuza 4, God Of War among others releasing in March, it only helps them play games like those more.

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shaydey77
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:42:58 AM

Ill take GT over them anyday thanks.

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daus26
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:47:09 AM
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I think right now, it's more about the best marketing plan for this game. I'm confident this delay isn't due to the game needing more time for development.

It could or could not be, but it's clear that the first quarter for PS3 is loaded with so many great titles.

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sniperflash
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:47:43 AM
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i love this site you guys really go into detail of whats going on other sites just say it is delaied to the us keep up the good work

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michiganfan1983
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:55:54 AM
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I don't want to complain because this will help my wallet out, but I just want to know what happened to 'We can release this game whenever we want.'

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coverton341
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 12:50:06 PM

I was thinking the exact same thing when I heard this news. I am confident that when this game releases it will no doubt be a spectacular experience but at the same time why say "we can release the game whenever we want" and turn around and hold it back for so long. As stated earlier it could very well be a marketing and market strategy plan to best optimise profitability and market penetration but at the same time I really think that developers should reign in their tongues when making statements about the game being ready to release if they don't intend on doing it any time in the near future.

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Highlander
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:56:17 AM
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Man, you guys are quick.

LOL, I just saw this go by on Reuters and emailed Ben...

Here's the Reuters link:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTOE60C06C20100113?type=marketsNews

You know, what I think has happened here? Sacrilegious as it may be... I think that the folks at Polyphony had been concentrating so hard on their game and the car/track models, that they took their eye off the ball. They pushed GT for PSP out the door without realizing just how poorly it would be received, which shocked them. Then when it came closer to launch GT5 they looked up and noticed the other games around and had a sudden attack of - Oh my god, we aren't as special as we thought, we need to do more...

Either that or it was going though Sony's QC department and they noted one or two major glaring issues with the game.

Now, before anyone says anything, I love Gran Turismo and am looking forward to it's release, but this dribble of delay and more delay is getting rather tedious now.


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JofaMang
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:05:37 AM

I honestly hope you are right, for the love of games, this is driving me nuts.

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Highlander
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:07:38 AM

I guess the release date that GameStop had in November is looking more likely now. Imagine that, we actually have to give GameStop kudos and credibility.

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daus26
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:36:47 AM

Kaz did say release dates are completely up to Sony though, so even if the game were to finish by now or next month, it could release in Winter if Sony wishes to.

Well, at least the GT5 cover is done and official. I thought that meant something.

Regarding GTPSP, I really wished they postponed that till after GT5 is finish, just like they say in the beginning..but whoops, Sony says otherwise.

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___________
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 7:06:05 AM

honestly i dont care if it sucks.
JUST RELEASE IT ALREADY!
release the dam thing than make the changes, additions you want in a free patch or DLC.

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Alienange
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:03:34 AM
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Worldwide releases are fun. They can make a real event out of this.

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rogers71
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:04:44 AM
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It doesn't matter when this game comes out, I will be getting it on day one. That is, if I am still alive.

Set a date already and stick to it.

I LOVE GT!!!!

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mexgeo86
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:05:23 AM
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I don't mind the delay, gives me something to look forward to in the second half of 2010.

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noshownogo
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:10:51 AM
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lol @ rogers71 you sure right if we're still alive. Maybe they'll release it when PS4 launches...1sigh

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airwedge1
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:13:53 AM
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So disappointed. By the time they actually release, other games will catch up, and it won't be game changing any more.

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archs13
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:31:57 AM
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FRUSTRATED!!!! i don't care if there's other games releasing on that month because gt is my priority. this is crazy....

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Hezzron
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:44:51 AM
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This is a significant delay. There was talk of it possibly coming out before the end of 2009, and now Nov 2010 would make it a year late.

Here's hoping it's good when it does come out and that the latest car models aren't 2009s.

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shaydey77
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:45:44 AM
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If its not out in March im getting Forza 3. Im just sick of the delays.

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:47:36 AM
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Like others have said. Other titles being available in the first quarter means nothing to me. I want GT more than any of the others.

Oh well.

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Zorigo
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:50:09 AM

if i have to wait to long, i'll start playing motorstorm, even though i really want dirt2. i just should play what i already hav

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Highlander
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:54:57 AM

I'll be digging out GT4, Burnout Paradise, or one of the MotorStorms.

This is disappointing news and leaves me disappointed with Polyphony and Sony. Sadly it even made me wonder whether I should spell Polyphony as PoliPhoney instead.

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Juanalf
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 1:20:57 PM

I'll probably start playing some other racing game too like NFS.I though the graphics on NFS Shift were better then the time trial " alpha demo" of gt5.

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Zorigo
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:49:29 AM
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<complaint at waiting>
etc etc
</complaint at waiting>

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Imagi
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 12:03:01 PM
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Saw it at CES, never had a chance to have a play sadly :( it is looking great, I am not to bothered at a little extra time to wait, we are already spoilt for gaming choice in the next few months.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 12:09:12 PM
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As long as it releases before August all's fine

Summer = GT

May, June, July, those months are sweet
GT1 came out 'round that time, think it was in April/May.

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JackC8
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 12:12:56 PM
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Yup, anytime I see a picture of a car on the site, I know what the story is going to be. You should probably just write one generic "GT5 Delayed" article to save you from having to type up so many of them.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 1:11:07 PM
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Take you time PD.

The true believers aren't going anywhere.

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Juanalf
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 1:16:11 PM
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They need to give a damn release date already(before it gets nominated for the vaporware award), also release a "good" demo of the game instead of that piece of sh!t they put up that did more harm than good.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 2:10:55 PM

What?

GT5 demo > GT5P

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dveisalive
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 2:08:03 PM
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Dammit Sony you better not delay my GT5, I will be pissed!

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kiwami_nemesis
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 2:15:44 PM
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I wonder if this Delay is due to the fact that GT5 is also a 3Dtv game and sony is releasing their 3Dtvs around 6 months from now! maybe SONY wants GT5 out with the release of their 3Dtvs to push more sales of their new tvs.

"(out of topic) poly doing experiments using 4 x ps3 one copy of GT5 to output 2160P. link to image below"

http://www.blogcdn.com/playstation.joystiq.com/media/2008/11/hddemogt5p.jpg

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Bio
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 2:26:51 PM
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Turn 10 is probably gonna end up releasing FOUR AAA Forza games in the time it takes Polyphony to release GT5.

That is pretty ridiculous, especially after how underwhelming the demo for GT5 was.

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joem
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 2:40:53 PM
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I still have my faith in Polyphony Digital to deliver this, but as Highlander pointed out, I think they've suddenly realised that some extremely good and solid racing games have been released recently, with very nice visuals, and it hasn't taken those developers 5 or so years to release them.

If this was strategic release date planning by Sony , I think it's been a mistake. Of course there will still be a large group of hardcore GT fans who will buy this, but after releasing an (admittedly) underwhelming and extremely limited demo last month I do believe Polyphony will be losing out to games like Forza and Dirt. Too much hype, too much waiting. I don't think the average gamer wants to wait too long, they'll pick up a 360 and Forza if PD aren't careful.

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jlch777
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 2:48:16 PM
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This is sad...really sad... aaaahhhh breathe....

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faraga
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 2:49:15 PM
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Must... Surpress... Urge... To buy a 360 with Forza 3.

Done.

But it certainly makes the decision of buying MAG easier.

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Banky A
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 3:16:31 PM
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Meh.
Marketing's a bitch. I read through the GTPlanet comments so I know the possible delay factors.

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dgpete
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 3:18:31 PM
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we probably won't get granturismo 5 until 2030 when we will be flying in cars

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rogers71
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 3:30:40 PM
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Has anyone considered that with gas prices the way they were last year that Polyphony couldn't test drive any cars to help in development and sound so that is what is causing the delay?

I kid...I kid... I love sarcasm.

Like someone said earlier: when we get GT5, the cars will be 2006 models. Update please!!!!

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Casual Friday
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 3:57:49 PM
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A quick online search for the list of cars to be included in GT5 shows that most of the 'NEW' models are '06 - '08. There appear to be quite a bit less '09 models and only a handful of 2010's. Disappointing if the game comes out after 2011 will already be being sold. I guess that's what DLC is for.

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Banky A
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 4:35:05 PM
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Oh look, it's MLD, that Xbox guy from YouTube again - on about GT5:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmZ4MfQd9Sc

He cuts me so deep... he hurts me so much :(
I'm a pathetic excuse for a gamer.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:24:04 PM

Get over it, the guy thinks he can make money by doing those stuff but in fact he can't and he is wasting his life because humans are going to die one day.

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Banky A
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 1:36:24 PM

"Get over it"?
Dude, no. I'm sorry you missed my lame sarcasm.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 5:12:09 PM
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Oh well, too busy anyway.

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FlyingKickPunch
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 7:06:48 PM
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lol this is pure balls! i just got the new PTOM and it had a huge feature about GT5 and it is looking amazing. and now this...

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___________
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 12:31:28 AM
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wait......................
a delay...................
AGAIN!....................
why am i not surprised?
honestly PD, i dont care anymore you have screwed me around for long enough i have had it.
its official we have a new contender for duke nukem forever!

O GREAT! now i just found out splinter cell conviction has also been delayed.
FU***NG HELL THIS DAY JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!


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Robochic
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 5:25:57 AM
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My hubby is upset but says they obviously delayed it for a reason and now this give him time to play GOW III and FF13.

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tanner1
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 6:49:05 AM
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Yawn.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 8:44:07 AM
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Sniffing around an empty race track for clues, we've been smelling nothing but large plumes of Gasoline Vapor(ware) permeating the air lately!!!!

soooooo, GT5.....let's "Get er done"!!!!!

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Dingodial
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 6:02:44 PM
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LOL does GT5 actually exist???

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Lordnicon
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 9:26:15 PM
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Uhg....

lol ok well im not one to be disappointed by delays. I just want a good final product but it seems like its been forever for some strange reason. While I think the release of Prologue and the 2 demos was a good way to build interest and mitigate production costs, I have a strange feeling that some of this restlessness has been caused by having a small, albeit different version of the game WAY before the full version is released.

The good thing is that the engine and content have changed a lot so for any of us that have been playing the demos etc for so long, it will still be refreshing. The idea of a new GT however has been on the brain a lot more closely than previous installments so I think that could cause some restlessness.

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NetheRealm
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 3:59:37 AM
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Graphics on demos look PS2 & how is it fun to slide off the road around every corner & spin your wheels in the dirt for a long time trying to get back on the road. Judging by the demos GT5 looks & plays terrible so they can postpone it indefinitely for all I care.

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Lordnicon
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 8:18:43 PM

@NetheRealm - A) I think you need your eyes checked, B) the latest demo is really sensitive. I personally like the challenge and am glad that they have actually tweaked the physics so that its possible to spin out from too much acceleration too early but it is more difficult than reality. Hopefully the maintain that idea but make it less twitchy. No such thing was present in Prologue.

btw Polyphony wont need your money.

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startazz
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 3:20:04 PM
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How long have we got to wait for this game,no doubt it will get put back yet again ;-( i mean how many people can keep up with how many times this has been put back now? but having said that we all know it will be well worth the wait don't we ;-)

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