Gran Turismo 5 - PS3

Game Description: The Gran Turismo franchise continues with Gran Turismo 5. Experience the thrill of racing in many of the world's most elite cars, all stunningly detailed and expertly crafted. Face off against up to 16 other drivers online, and for the first time in the series' history, see races like never before thanks to the brand new cockpit view.
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Gran Turismo 5 Preview

By Kevin Kelly - Posted Sep 16, 2010

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

Sony seems content to let Kaz Yamauchi talk about the game and reveal new Gran Turismo 5 details ... forever. We saw some of the new stuff in the game at E3, then even more at Gamescom, and we're here at the Tokyo Game Show where even more has been revealed. In fact, I'm starting to get the idea that this game would have been released months ago, if only someone had told Kaz , "Okay, that's enough. It's full. You can stop pouring now, we're overflowing." You want proof? The classic Volkswagen typ2(T1) SambaBus '62 (pictured above), is a raceable car in the game. I know what you're thinking right now. "FINALLY!" So, breathe easy, your wish has been granted.

For the rest of what we learned about GT5 in Tokyo, press on!

According to Kaz, the work put into GT5 is approaching the level of the Apollo Space Mission, and "We're almost ready to launch." After seeing the sheer amount of stuff they're putting in here, you have to wonder what they'll have left in the tank for GT6. But, Kaz said there was a lot he wasn't able to get to, and that he already has big plans for GT6. My idea? Remote control cars. Just a thought, Kaz.

In the meantime, he did go on to say that the sound of the engines was a major concern for GT5, and they've put a lot of effort into that aspect of the game. He also said that although the game runs at 60 frames per second, there may be times where that drops as there is a lot of activity onscreen. He asks for your forgiveness ahead of time. Granted, those drops may happen when there are a lot of cars onscreen kicking up dirt and water spray, but that's definitely the first time I can remember of a developer asking for forgiveness before a game ships.

New Cars

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

Volkswagen Kubelwagen typ82 '44

In addition to the Samba, GT5 is also getting the Kubelwagen from 1944. This was based heavily on the popular Beetle, and it was succeeded by the Volkswagen thing. Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, it saw heavy use during WWII.

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

Volkswagen Schwimmwagen typ166 '42

The most mass-produced amphibious car in history, the Schwimmwagen was built to cross bodies of water, and was used extensively by the Germans in WWII. Sadly, you can't drive this through the water in GT5, which underscores the fact that Kaz needs someone to say "Maybe we don't need this one."

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

Isuzu 4200R '89

This car was the star of the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show as a concept car from Isuzu. This mid-engine car had ultra-sleek lines, but sadly never saw production. Now you can take it for a spin and see how it handles.

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

GT by Citroën Race Car

This supercar concept was created especially for Gran Turismo 5 through a partnership with Polyphony Digital, and Citroën. It's a concept car powered by an all-electric drive train, and is designed to look like it's doing 100 mph, even when standing still.

New Courses

GT5 is getting three new courses as well, ranging from endurance tracks to raceways.

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway

This should be no surprise, having appeared in previous Gran Turismo titles. The paved track raceway is located near Monterey, California, and is used for everthing from superkarts to the American Le Mans to motorcycle races.

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

Trial Mountain Circuit

This was put in the game to satisfy fans of the older GT titles who enjoyed this track. It has been completely re-done and remodeled using the GT5 engine and graphics.

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

Circuit de la Sarthe - Nighttime

This course was made famous as a mainstay of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and at over eight miles long, it's one of the longest circuits in the world. This time it's been rendered at night, and Kaz says it looks "just like the Sarthe circuit does at night." Thankfully, you do have headlights.

Social Community

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

My Home

Although previously announced, they were showing off some of the menu screens from My Home, which is basically your home base where you have messages, photo albums, course albums, and so forth. This is where the social community functionality of the game takes place and allows you to interact with friends and other racers. 

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

GT Auto

This is where you service your car and customize certain options. Need a wash? Oil change? New rims? New seats? Trick out your ride, and put those little animated mechanics to work.

GT Anywhere & Remote Races

You'll be able to access your Gran Turismo profile from any web browser, and you can perform B-Spec races from there as well. You can log into your PS3 remotely, and allow it to host sessions online. You won't be driving the car, but you'll be issuing commands to your racer as he competes in different circuits. You can play with friends or other racers in this mode, just like you were at home. This bridges the gap between the console and the web browser.

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

Special Events

There are plenty of special events to choose from in GT5, like driving schools and kart racing. This is where you can have Jeff Gordon instruct you in NASCAR racing, or compete in the Gran Turismo Rally where the navigator calls out turns as you compete against another racer on a dirt track for the best time.

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

Weather Changes

There is now a dynamic weather system on certain tracks in the game, and it models temperature, pressure, and humidity. You'll kick up water sprays, drive through rain and snow, encounter fog, and so on. The process simulates actual weather, and each "forecast" is a guideline as the dynamic system models the weather. Which means it won't be the same each time. This only appears in endurance track races, but it's pretty stunning visually. Especially when the rain is hammering down and streaking across your windshield

Gran Turismo 5 Reveals New Cars, Courses, Modes, and More

Project X1 Prototype

In association with Red Bull Racing, Polyphony Digital is building a car that asks the question "What would a racing car look like if it was freed of all technical regulation?" The answers seems to be a car that still looks like a race car. They didn't show a fully finished design, but it's meant to be the "fastest race car on Earth" and will probably be Nirvana for car porn lovers. Designed by Adrian Newey, the short promo video for it that they showed us made it look like the Batmobile on steroids and Dexatrim.

Comments are Closed

  • Vauldon

    I Finaly Bought a PS3 so I could Get this game I will Join thousands waiting for its relese

    Posted: November 7, 2010 8:53 AM
  • bladedivic

    The GT series has always been a fore runner in racing games. The series has always had a very deep level of game play, from taking driving classes to 24hr endurance races. What's not to like about this game? Hours of game play, thousands of cars, and great graphics.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 10:59 AM
  • HiroNKM

    This is a day one purchase for me!!!!! AWESOME GAME!!!!!! Hope it rides as good as GT5 prologue (at least)!

    Posted: October 11, 2010 4:41 AM
  • Toady909

    I've never played a GT game before and don't really like racing games, but this looks amazing! I will definitely be buying this game!

    Posted: October 10, 2010 12:32 PM
  • ps2123456789

    GT rocks

    Posted: October 1, 2010 12:40 PM
  • Thegamer24

    I�m counting all te secs to have this game on my hands!!! ;)

    Posted: September 24, 2010 4:52 AM
  • gvdhsg

    This looks AMAZING. But will we have to buy all the cars with money earned in game and also have to keep our cars up to date (oil, repairs, paint...)? That seems like it will take a long time to do.

    Posted: September 18, 2010 3:09 PM
  • d0nni3

    Well looks like the last 5 years have been full of hard work and pure passion nobody does it better

    GT5's competition set extremely high standards and they rose to the challenge and set the bar in another time zone

    Posted: September 18, 2010 4:55 AM
  • Kaos24

    Did i just see a kitchen sink? I seriously think they threw that into GT5 as well. lol Cant wait for Nov.

    Posted: September 17, 2010 2:38 PM
  • TD_ThA_MoNsTa

    You know what, just from this preview I'm just gonna call it; best..racing..game..ever..peri od.

    Posted: September 17, 2010 2:24 PM
  • AlottaNadda

    this is gonna be the be-all end-all of racing games, or at least the Gran Turismo series is.

    Posted: September 17, 2010 1:08 PM
  • Nadrojiskool

    If this game could only offer the amount of events you can race in, I'd still love it. NASCAR, Karting, AND Rally? GG GT.

    Posted: September 17, 2010 11:20 AM
  • KilledFirst

    How large can one game get. I don't care how long it is taking to put it out, considering the detail and care put into making it. This game is just ridiculous in it's shear volume of available, well everything.

    Posted: September 17, 2010 10:52 AM
  • Matches Malone

    Even though I totally suck at racing games, I think I'm gonna have to pick this one up. The graphics and game mechanics alone should make it worth it.

    Posted: September 17, 2010 9:13 AM
  • mannychilling

    the only reason i want this game is so i can race the fastest cars and the coolest cars for just 60 dollars. being a race car driver is one of my dreams, and gt 5 is the only game that could do it right.
    ps3 is king intill the Nintendo 3ds comes out

    Posted: September 16, 2010 11:56 PM
  • Tenxchi

    Can't Wait! That Isuzu 4200R '89 & GT by Citro�n Race Car look sick. Definitely gonna drive those cars when I get the game. :-)

    Posted: September 16, 2010 10:48 PM
  • Ckyline

    I love gran-turismo (even though i have a 360, NONE of the other racing games are good like this one)

    Posted: September 16, 2010 7:39 PM
  • critterforhire

    My God! This game is a whole other world unto itself. Me likey!

    Posted: September 16, 2010 7:36 PM
  • devin332


    Posted: September 16, 2010 6:36 PM
  • w0lfdemon

    The cars look so sleek and sexy. I can't wait to waste 500+ hours of my life on this game.

    Posted: September 16, 2010 6:31 PM