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Official Review: Gran Turismo 5

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Gran Turismo has always been considered the king of console-based simulation racing. For years, it’s had one of the most realistic physics engines in racing (although not perfect). Gran Turismo 5 was originally rumored back in 2005 at E3, with what was actually Gran Turismo 4 with more cars and rendered on a PC (the video was titled Vision Gran Turismo).

Inevitably, it was believed that GT5 was on its way, but as time passed, and with multiple delays and a general lack of information (until about last year), many had given up on the title, and the series, overall. Even a few weeks before the early November launch, the title had been delayed again, though it has released within the same month anyway.

So now that we have our hands on the long-awaited racer, the question, then, is whether or not the wait was worth the time. Keep in mind, I might come across as a bit harsh, and will have some negative things to say, but I still love the game and my score might seem out of place based on what my words make it out to be, so keep that in mind.

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Gran Turismo 5 Surpasses Polyphony Digital’s Expectations

If you’ve purchased a copy of Gran Turismo 5 this week then count yourself as one of over 500k gamers who have done the same.

GT5 has only been available worldwide for less than five days but the game has quickly surpassed Polyphony Digital’s expectations; so much that online servers for the game are buckling under the pressure .

“The data centre was set up to handle 500,000 connections but the number of connections we received greatly exceeded that amount and there was a high chance of experiencing problems as a result.”Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi told Eurogamer.

We received a lot of demands for having more regulations placed on the online play. We’re going to perform an update on the 27th that will include things like max power restrictions and weight restrictions.”

Polyphony Digital also plans to release more patches and updates for the game on the 28th and sometime in in December. Expect a full PS3Blog review of GT5 soon.


Gran Turismo 5, Collector’s Edition Unboxing

Today Jeff Rubenstein and his partner in crime Sid Shuman, unboxed the collector’s edition of Gran Turismo 5 that will be showing up tomorrow. So what’s so special about the Collector’s Edition you ask? Or why would you want to pay $99.99? Well look below:

  • Gran Turismo 5 on Blu-ray: 1000+ cars, a wealth of tracks, new Course Maker, stereoscopic 3D, kart racing, and more features than we could possibly list here. Seriously — this game is huge.
  • Collectible Diecast Car: Exclusive limited edition 1:43 scale diecast 2009 Nissan GT-R Spec V with custom Gran Turismo livery designed by Polyphony Digital, produced by well-known collectible car maker Kyosho.
  • Exclusive “Apex” Car Guide: 300 pages of advanced GT5 driving techniques, a crash course in modern automotive history, track reference material and much more straight from experts at Polyphony Digital.
  • Five exclusive DLC cars: Special “Chrome Line” editions of the Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro, BMW M3 Coupe, Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe, and Shelby Cobra 427. You may commence drooling.
  • Custom-etched Gran Turismo key chain: A man can’t live on his PS3 alone, so your friends at Polyphony Digital have arranged for a little keepsake memento of your GT5 conquests.
  • Numbered certificate of authenticity: Hang it on your bedroom wall and impress your friends, or stash it under your bed amongst the cobwebs — the choice is yours!
  • I myself don’t care to much for all of this, but I am sure hardcore fans or even fans of cars can appreciate this package. The only thing that I would love to do is get my hands on that Special “Chrome Line” editions of the Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro. Those that are interested in the video, hit the jump.

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    Gentleman Start Your Engines! GT 5 Release Date Confirmed!

    I am sure that this is going to make a lot of you out there happy. After being delayed not to long ago it seems we now have a SOLID date for the release of Gran Turismo 5. Mark your Calendars for “Personal Time Off” from work on Wednesday November 24th.

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