Gran Turismo 5: All We Know So Far

As the retail disk is finally broken free.

Regular fans of the Gran Turismo lineage will no doubt know of a certain Amar212, he’s a regular poster on GTPlanet, GTSurgeons.com and NeoGAF and always seems to know just that little bit more than everyone else.  Well, he got his own copy of the latest in the series, GT5, a day or two back, and has been pushing out regular updates on the GTPlanet forums since.

With his permission, we’ve picked out the juicy bits and prepared them in an easily digestable form for your delectation, below.  Enjoy.

The game’s install takes about 40 minutes. You’re warned that it might be closer to 50, but Amar’s installation was done in ten minutes less than that, so it presumably depends a little on your model of PS3 and the hard drive you’ve got installed.  The space taken is actually about 6.4GB, but that space gradually unpacks as you’re playing to be closer to the previously mentioned 10GB.  In short, better make some room before the game’s release next week.

Steering wheels that feature a clutch do work. Apparently it’s the same process as Gran Turismo 5: Prologue – you have to press triangle before a race, but clutch support is in.

The dashboard view is configurable. Anyone moaning that the steering wheel and dash take up too much screen real-estate when playing from the in-car view will rejoice in the news that you can tweak the ‘interior view angle’ in the game’s ‘Quick Options’ from Standard to Narrow and Narrower, pushing the field of view inwards so that more of the windscreen is visible and less of the dash.  Perfect.  The HUD map size can also be adjusted.

Tyre and fuel depletion is in. Before a race you can opt for whether you’d like GT5 to simulate the wear and tear of the tyres and whether or not fuel depletion should be a factor in the game.  Indeed, revving hard and driving to the limit will use up more fuel just like in real life.

The distinction between Professional and Standard physics has been removed. There’s a new option – Skid Recovery – which helps to simplify some of the physics but there’s no longer a toggle between the two options.  Amar says that the physics lay somewhere between Prologue and the GT Academy demo, they’re better and more complex than GT5P and yet more realistic than they were in Academy; they’re the best the series has ever had.  Skid Recovery is locked ‘on’ for the early License Tests, too.

The sound is much improved. There’s a clear difference between GT5’s sound and that in previous versions, and the engines sound the best when heard from the roof-mounted camera.  There’s no hood-cam, though, which might be disappointing to some.  Bumping into other cars now sounds much better, and in 5.1 there’s a distinct doppler effect, especially in replays, that has to be heard to be believed.

Each car you can buy has a ‘demo’ mode. When in the dealership you can watch the car being auto driven on a test track with the car’s description and story scrolling past.  The cars go all over the track, up and down, and the engine note is reflected appropriately.

Standard cars look fine. There’s been some internet chatter about the difference between the Standard (pulled from GT4) and the Premium (new to GT5) cars, but Amar says that the Standard ones, whilst obviously not up the level of the super detailed Premium ones, are absolutely fine.

Winning races doesn’t always unlock new cars. Indeed, cars are unlocked as ‘tickets’ which can be redeemed yourself or gifted to others (which is a nice touch) but you can also expect to win paint colours and new horns, both of which are collectable.

Other things of note: there’s 189 songs in the game’s soundtrack; 16 car races feature in the License Tests; the replays (which feature two internal views pointed at the driver, too) are amazing, with incredible lighting effects and the GUI, which we didn’t think that much of in the still shots, is genre leading.

Thanks to Amar for these early impressions of the full game, which sounds incredible.  Six days, people, six days…

73 Comments

  1. My copies on its way from Play.com as i type this :D

  2. I have about 450GB of free space, TSA. Will that do? :-P

    • Not for each patch which will fix each and every individual flaw per blade of grass behind the crowds.
      Don’t you love perfectionism?

  3. Just received an email from ShopTo saying the order has been processed….
    Can this be true, I’m going to have the game in my hands in a few days time…. This is the moment we’ve dreamt of for 5+ years.

  4. mine is also on the way already. so i will have it on monday or tuesday hopefully :D

  5. I can’t believe my order from Play has been shipped, if feels so weird.

  6. Damn you all who are getting emails about dispatch etc!!! I aint heard anything yet (from shopto), i don’t know if i should play it when i get it tho cos i don’t have a wheel yet and i don’t want to start the game without experiencing it fully :s i have never had a wheel before and i heard if i have a wheel my lap times will improve to hope its right :).

  7. Wow, I just saw a “friend” playing Gran Turismo 5! He got it early…

  8. I have been playing since yesterday morning thanks to Amazon France. Really liking it so far especially the Kart racing.
    Also for those hoping to import GT5-P cars into the game, I don’t think it is possible. As for importing cars from the PSP version, you can import up to 50 of your cars for use in Arcade mode only.

  9. Roll on monday. If GAME.com are true to their word, mr postman should be making me a happy man tomomorrow morning. Patience has truly been a virtue in waiting for GT5. The wait is finally over, let the driving commence!!!

    Wooooooooooo Hoooooooooooo!!!!

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