This Week's New Releases: Gran Turismo 5

The PlayStation 3's fast-car simulator, Gran Turismo 5, just got a huge update, bringing the title closer to a complete game! Sony has also begun round one of their GT Academy contest, where the top drivers in the U.S. compete for a chance to become a real race car driver.

First, the update. Here's what's being added to Gran Turismo 5, straight from the PlayStation Blog:

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Need for Speed World

Need for Speed World, Electronic Arts' free-to-play PC action racing game, has eclipsed three million registered users according to the company.

To celebrate, EA is building on the game by adding a dynamic day/night cycle and an "advanced vehicle performance customization tuning system," that will allow players to go under the hood to upgrade and tune their vehicle with an extensive list of car parts ranging from tuned engines to top-tier suspension systems to create a "high-performance race machine."

What do you think? Have you been playing NFS World? How does it compare to pay-for-them racing games?

We both know you'll never be able to afford a real Lamborghini, but that doesn't mean you can't pretend to drive one in a $60 video game! Such are the wonders of technology. But how realistic will it be? You'll see when Forza Motorsports 4 is released on the 360 this coming fall. Check out the trailer, gear-head:

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Forza 4 Revealed

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Posted December 11, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

Forza Motorsport 3

At the VGA awards moments ago, the latest Forza game was announced. Forza Notorsports 4 will be out in Fall 2011, and, judging from the video shown, will feature the realistic racing action you'd expect from the next Forza.

There aren't any other details available right now, but you can bet we'll tell you more when we know more. By the way, the photo above is from Forza 3. We'll swap it out with a shot from the new game, as soon as we can, I promise.

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

The ninth(!) installment in the popular racing series Gran Turismo, Gran Turismo 5, has shipped over 5.5 million copies worldwide, according to Sony.  Overall, the entire GT series has sold more than 60 million copies since the launch of the orginal Gran Turismo was released in 1997.

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Gran Turismo 5 Gets New Cars, Modes, and ... Karts?!.

Gran Turismo 5's 1.03 patch went live on the PlayStation Network yesterday, adding much-needed vehicular damage to the car simulation game. Good news, right? Maybe not. According to some users, the GT5 patch may be causing damage to save games, damage that requires saves be deleted, and precious car collections erased and destroyed.

I installed the update at home, and had no problems at all, and the reports don't seem that widespread (yet.) But this might be the tip of a very distressing iceberg. We'll keep up on it and let you know if it gets more serious.

Let me turn it over to you guys: Have you had any problems with the Gran Turismo 5 patch?


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Gran Turismo 5 Racing Wheel Teased

Gran Turismo 5 has been in development since the late 1970s, so you'd think the official racing wheel for the game would already be out on shelves. But it isn't. Thrustmaster today teased its upcoming, force-feedback racing wheel on its website. The T500RS is the official GT5 wheel, and it boasts "HallEffects Accurate Technology" and "16-bit resolution with 65,536 valves on the steering." I don't know what any of that means, but here's a number we all can understand: $500. That's the rumored price of the device, and that's without the optional H-shifter.

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Tags: Cars, Tech, Videogames

In the contentious Talkabout video you see embed below, Kevin "Wrong Again!" Kelly and Stephen "Great Genius" Johnson discuss Gran Turismo 5.

The PlayStation 3 racing game seems to really be splitting people into Love It and Hate It camps, with everyone expressing very strong opinions on the matter. Add your own opinion in the comment section, if you feel like it.

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Parker Brothers Choppers have created an actual, drivable, street-legal version of the Light Cycle from the upcoming Tron movie... I'm pretty speechless. So lets all save our money and save up the $55k we need to buy it, wanna?

Gran Turismo 5 Gets New Cars, Modes, and ... Karts?!

I've been really enjoying Gran Turismo 5 since it launched. The combination of realistic racing and an indisputably classy presentation add up to great fun for a certain type of gamer; but as awesome as the game is, it's not exactly the most innovative game we've ever seen. Some recently translated tweets from Polyphony head Kazunori Yamauchi revealed some innovations that were considered but not implemented. Here's some of what we might have seen:

  • YouTube video upload feature, this was actually implemented at one point, but it required a lot of time for rendering because of insufficient memory. They're still looking into it, though.
  • No HUD option: "they'd like to do something about this in the future."
  • Face tracking: "only available in arcade mode due to memory restrictions."
  • Open World, "driving around town" option: This is one of the things that they'd wanted to do but were unable to.

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

Check out our review of Gran Turismo 5, the long awaited PlayStation 3 racing simulator. With a game in development as long as this one, there's one question: Was it worth the wait. The answer: Yes... and no. From our review:

"For those who played GT4 obsessively and have always just wanted more of the same on an HD console, then this is the amazing update they’ve been waiting for and things look and feel better than ever. But, someone who was hoping for a total reinvention of the franchise will be disappointed. This is very much a straight sequel to GT4 with more cars and better graphics and, if you’ve become accustomed to Forza’s class-based racing that ensures you always have good competition online or off, you’ll likely find yourself a little bored before long."

Read the rest of our Gran Turismo 5 review.


Test Drive Unlimited 2

Atari's open-world driving around simulator Test Drive Unlimited 2 has a release date. You'll be able to tool around virtual Ibeza in super-expensive super-cars on February 8.

If you're planning on purchasing the game, you'll have a variety of different pre-order options, all of which are detailed below, with official descriptions, right from Atari.

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Tags: Cars, Videogames

Sony's faux-VP Kevin Butler wants you to play Gran Turismo 5. In his latest commercial for the PlayStation 3, he lets the gamers of the world know that he is responsible for GT5's greatness. You know how it's going to have 1,000 cars in it; yeah, that was Kevin Butler's idea.

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Gran Turismo 5

We knew that Gran Turismo 5 would be one of the biggest racing games ever released. We didn't know just how massive this game would be. GT 5 will feature over 1,000 cars, all of which, once acquired, can be used to race. Luckily for you a list containing all 1,031 cars has been posted online. Spoiler alert: There's a DeLorean.

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If you've purchased Kinect Joy Ride, and you want to learn to totally max out your score, look no further than the video below. In it, Kinect creative director Kudo Tsunoda walks you through Joy Ride's stunt mode, showing you how to pull off amazing tricks for super high scores!

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