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Publisher:

SCEA

Developer:

Polyphony Digital

Number Of Players:

1-2 (16 Online)

Genre:

Racing

Release Date:

November 24, 2010

So I drove down into Manhattan for another fun little Sony event. This one took place downtown bordering SoHo and Chinatown in a big gallery showcase. I knew that the streets there can be parked on after 6PM, and that's when I arrived in my car. Lucky me, I parked, literally, right in front of the glass doors - so I didn't need to lug my coat around, I just left it in the car, and walked two feet to the door. Once greeted and signed in, the nice PR ladies told me some of the biggest highlights at the show, but I just really, really...reaaallly wanted to play Gran Turismo 5 which was the first game setup in the gallery.

So when I said "first thing's first, I must play that" pointing at Gran Turismo 5, the girls laughed and said something along the lines of "yeah, we figured you would." Since they saw me and my girlfriend come out of my 350Z, they also promptly had someone attend to me and whisper sweet nothings in my ear while I raced. Okay, the guy talking to me was actually telling me everything I already knew about the build I was playing. And chances are, if you've been following Gran Turismo 5, then you've seen this build played numerous times over the past months - be it at Tokyo Game Show or GamesCom.

This build of GT5 boasted the Tokyo track with a few cars, such as the Mercedes SLS, the Ferrari 458, the Toyota FT-86 Concept, the Subaru WRX STi, and one other I'm forgetting. On the track we only had a meager two minutes, or so. It was barely any time to do anything, let alone pass enough of the aggressive A.I., which now holds grudges. At one point during a race with my Ferrari, a yellow Lamborghini LP560-4 decided it'd be funny to ram into me from behind during a turn, side swipe me, and then stick to my door like a magnet, not allowing me to straighten out. Sheesh. To be honest, the magnetization seemed more like a hiccup than an intentenional A.I. trait, but either way, I did notice that the A.I. does behave differently here than Prologue. And to be fair, I did accidentally hit that Lambo earlier on when he braked during a little corner I normally coast through.

I didn't see many cars following the same line anymore, as I spotted numerous A.I. drivers going a bit too left, too right, having the rear get squirly, and even grazing a wall. The physics felt a bit tighter than Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, which is pretty damn impressive. As a result, cars feel more planted and their weight more apparent, allowing you to perform with more precision, even with a controller. That weight can also be felt when slamming into walls, as your car no longer bounces off of them like a toy.

And speaking of damage, I took the Subaru out on the track to witness the crash physics. Now, because this is the same build they've been showing for months now, the damage here is actually pretty dated and the final game will not deform in such simplistic and almost pre-determined ways. While the damage I saw was pretty nice and extreme, including even damage to mechanical aspect of the car's performance, Polyphony promises that the final game will demonstrate damage that is far more advanced than the demo we played.

All of that has us quite excited, because with the amount of work and features being packed into it, Gran Turismo 5 will no doubt end up being one of the biggest PlayStation 3 sellers, if not the biggest, and should easily be the best racing game of all time. I may not sound terribly enthused in this preview, but that's only because I've seen this build so many times over the past months that I feel like I've already played it to death.

Don't forget about the 370Z Gran Turismo 5 demo to arrive this week! That one will have a new track, complete with the new physics. No word on whether or not the damage will be fully enabled, though.

12/15/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (33 posts)

rogers71
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 11:55:48 PM
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I have been waiting(seems like 10 years) for this game. It will be a day one buy for me. I have always loved the GT series. I do kinda miss the customization that was in GT1 but everything else more than makes up for that. This is for 'World'. I am first


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A2K78
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 11:56:58 PM
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people already have been playing a pre-release version of the demo:

http://www.gtplanet.net

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 12:07:06 AM
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The reports that I've read said that damage is not enabled for the revision that we get this week. I can't wait to play the demo on Thursday and please, don't tell me that if I've already played GT5:P that I've already done that. You silly kids.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 12:39:08 AM
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Weight!
Yes, I've been dying to hear this

One of the things which GT3 did very well, the weight (feel) of the cars.

It's ok Arnold, everyone knows this game is a beast.

Hopefully this "weight" improves steering and stability overall.

Just one day 'till the demon, can't wait!

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BlackBriar
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 2:00:39 AM
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The game is going to be HUGE!!!!!

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StevieRV
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 3:04:59 AM
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definitely will download the GT academy thing 2moro, but no way would i post a lap time worthy of mentioning lol, definitely will try...cant wait

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 3:13:47 AM
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BTW, there's PS-Eye head tracking in GT5

and it's explained right here....

http://www.gtplanet.net/more-on-gran-turismo-5s-head-tracking/

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Banky A
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 4:23:40 AM
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Owww yeah, Arnold and his girlfriend ;)
Gran Turismo 5 represent.

BTW Arnold the GT5 Time Trial Demo (for GT Academy) will not include damage.

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Zorigo
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 4:47:08 AM
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a demo! yay.
yes yes, i played prologue, but i didn't really get into it. i was busy with mgs4.
now, no offence, but where are the previews with stuff we don't know?
this was good, the AI increase in intelligence i didn't know, but aside from that, we've all heard it, and i want a full blown lowdown sometime.

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Imagi
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 6:16:44 AM
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Forza 3 is better than this!



Just kidding, I am not an idiot.

It has been a long wait, but it will be worth it. Looking forward to it so much, just need to decide if I am going to upgrade my wheel to one that has a gear stick and force feedback.

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Zorigo
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 6:22:53 AM

in forza's defence, it aint that bad.

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Imagi
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 7:04:21 AM

Agree, it is a good game. I just found it amusing when the forza team, and xbot sites were putting down GT5 when it has not even been released, and comparing a full release Forza 3 game to the GT demo.

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 6:31:09 AM
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I heard the demo has no damage .

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killzone100
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 10:35:39 AM

same.

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___________
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 6:44:34 AM

it doesnt.
played it today and smacked into a wall at 200KM/hr and not a scratch.
its a early build from E3.

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noshownogo
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 6:51:18 AM
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I anticipate the demo almost as much as I do a game launch

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 6:57:05 AM
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I didn't even realise we were getting a demo.

I must remember to clear some space for it.

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JackC8
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 7:08:24 AM
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Uh oh, AI cars that hold grudges? That could be scary - there are plenty of reasons to hold grudges against me on the track! I really liked the AI in GT5P compared to GT4. Getting a bit tired of the way the AI in GT4 absolutely pummels me into submission. And the physics are actually better than GT5P? That's amazing. I mean, seriously. I didn't think it could get much better.

No matter how much I gripe about the delays, this is my most anticipated game of the year. Well, next year. I hope.

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Imagi
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 7:14:00 AM
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Anyone know info about the Gran Turismo 5 Time Trial Challenge? How is it set? for example, not exactly fair to have people clocking times with assisted steering and braking along with using using automatic gears. I mean if someone got through with that, when they turned up on track they will just kill the car, and themselves probably.

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JofaMang
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 8:02:18 AM

Assists slow you down. The fastest way to race in GT has always been with all the assists off.

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Catastrophe
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 8:25:29 AM
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@ Arnold
"The physics felt a bit tighter than Gran Turismo 5" (4th paragraph)
did you mean prologue?

also, the AI grudge stuff, are you totally, positively sure you werent screwing IT around? like, taking turns on a wider line or something so you would constantly crash into the Lambo?

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JAMES M
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 10:36:08 AM
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Logitech G25 Full Support?

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faraga
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 11:42:24 AM

Yes please, I want a functional clutch and the gearbox actually going into neutral when I pull the knob out of a gear.
And a handbrake button within reach.

Those were the things I missed in Prologue.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 2:00:52 PM
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I can't wait till tommorow.

Seriously.

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huh1678
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 7:26:18 PM
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Getting Driving Force GT along with GT5 :) anyway i am looking forward to this game.

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___________
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:47:05 AM
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no damage will not be in the demo since this is a E3 build.
well thats what the staff at the six axis said yesterday, since they got early access.
O BTW dont call it a demo otherwise they will jump down your throat.
its a time trial ;)
im really worried about this though.
sony are so reluctant to show a previous build of the game.
what are they hiding?
im starting to think, damage has really slowed them down and thats why there not showing any new builds off the game till there happy with it.
i wont be surprised if this is not out till may next year outside JP.

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___________
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 6:48:48 AM
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played it a few hours ago and im a little disappointed.
graphics as expected are perfect, they cant get any closer to real life.
but its so annoying and twitchy.
the back end of the car slips out so freaking easily.
jesus tap dancing christ its like im driving on fricken ice!
you break for a corner and the wheels lock up causing you to spin out.
theye have tried to make it too realistic, too sensitive, to the point where its lost its fun factor.
and theres no sense of speed.
going down a straight at 180KM/hr and it feels the same as going down the same straight at 100 KM/hr.
its just a time trial, so ill hold off my judgment till the full game is out.
but till then need for speed shift is 10 times better than this.
never thought i would say that :(



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BG_921
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:47:31 PM
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I just played the time trial and I am not all that impressed. I agree with previous comments, it didn't really have any sense of speed. Also, while the car looks fantastic some small things bothered me. When I went off into the grass, (which isn't that tough to do in this time trial) the grass doesn't change. I would love to see tire tracks or marks in the grass. Same goes for the sand. I have played every Gran Turismo game, liked them all except GT:PSP. So its not bad, but after waiting so long I was at least hoping for realistic looking environments and effects.

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Juanalf
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 8:42:19 AM
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I hope the game is nothing like the time trial cause that was the worse demo I've ever played.The graphics are below average,controls are shitty and pretty much everything about it looks mediocre.It would have been better if they had released nothing.

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JackC8
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 9:43:56 AM
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I gotta vent about that demo.

I normally don't have my PS3 hooked up to the internet, but I was really excited about this demo so I took my PS3 out of the entertainment center, brought it upstairs, got the little TV out of the bedroom, got everything all hooked up. Then I checked about 15 times if the demo was available. It wasn't. The wife finally wanted her TV back around 7:00 to watch a movie. So I unhooked that and carried it back in the bedroom. Oh well.

First thing this morning - bring the TV back in, hook it all up and download my demo. Yeah! Unhook the PS3, take it back downstairs, hook it all up again. Unhook the TV, take it in the bedroom, hook it all up again. Plug the modem back into the PC, unplug it 3 times and reboot the computer. Okay now it finally works again.

Now I get to play my new demo!!! So I click on it on the XMB menu. It says "Please connect to the PSN Network."

You gotta be freakin' kiddin' me.

Screw it.


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rogers71
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 12:26:32 AM

No offense 'Jack' but this isn't so much a demo as it is a contest to win tickets to the Indy 500. You have to be connected online to post your times to the server. I think they would have been better off giving you the option to post and letting anyone play.

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JackC8
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 8:12:15 AM

Yeah, I hooked up everything again and played it online for an hour or so yesterday. I dunno, I go to the "Demo" section of the Playstation store, where everything I've ever downloaded has worked offline - unless it's specifically stated that it's an online multiplayer, which this did not - and I expect to be able to play it offline. Like you said, why not give people the option of playing it offline just for the experience, and not taking part in the contest?

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krzystoff
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 7:05:33 AM
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As far as I have seen (some of you may view it differently) -- Forza wins over GT5Prologue completely, GT5P feels more like a warmed over version of GT4, and lacks the originality of Forza and many others.

Clearly GT5 will up the ante further, adding in many of the features and graphical richness lacking in the Prologue -- they will have ~8mths to catch up by then. As such, it would be nice to see a review of the new GT5 like this, from a reviewer who gave a thumbs up to Forza, with some genuine comparative analysis.

After seeing GT5P and Forza, I was tempted to buy the X360 instead of PS3. Having now chosen Sony I'm really hoping they deliver on the promise of their superior hardware, with superior automotive software (so far nothing impresses).
I also hope the GT5 team can exceed Dirt2 for offroad, Grid for drifting entertainment, and Burnout Paradise for damage physics.

Last but not least (whilst TopGear would make an awesome game all of it's own, with distance challenges etc), including their infamous track in GT5 could be pretty incredible, if in true style it had a few favourites like racing Panther Tanks/Apache Choppers/Motorhomes/Buses against supercars.

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