As an adjunct to my GT5 Speed Test Pack review, I thought I’d share a few thoughts and details about Car Pack 3 which was released alongside the Speed Test Pack. The Car Pack adds another six vehicles to your garage as well as making them all available for purchase from the car dealerships. This brings GT5’s total number of in-game cars up to 1074, not including those available as pre-order bonuses.
The cars in this pack are Aston Martin’s latest V12 Vantage, the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, BMW’s least-like-a-Mini-Mini the Mini Cooper S Countryman, the potentially electrifying Nissan Leaf G, the scuttling Volkswagen 1200 and the awesome Jaguar XJR-9 LM Race Car.
Now the sharp-eyed GT5 aficionados amongst you will already have noticed that that is actually only five new cars not six. The XJR-9 LM is already present in the game as a ‘Standard’ quality car having been inherited from GT-PSP (or GT4, where it can also be found).
It is the first of GT5’s ‘Standard’ cars to be remade in ‘Premium’ quality. Many of us have wanted our favourite Standard cars to be remodelled and now it looks like it will simply be a matter of how much we are willing to pay to have them.
Car Pack 3 will cost you £4.79/€5.99/A$8.45/NZ$11.50/$5.99/¥600 depending on your locale which, if you only want a couple of the cars in it, likely makes it quite expensive. For me, the XJR-9 is a particular favourite I remember supporting back in 1988, so I’ll be retiring my Standard one in favour of the shinier, smoother, curvier new version with a properly rendered cabin.
Likewise I know I’ll get an awful lot of in-game miles out of racing the Aventador. The rest will simply help me towards the 1000-cars trophy. That essentially means the two cars I wanted have cost £2.40 each. Were all the cars available separately, I’d have probably paid up to £1.99 for each of the ones I wanted so I don’t feel too hard done by, but I wouldn’t call them good value.
What are you views on paying for Premium remakes of Standard cars? How much would you pay for them? Which cars would you like to see? I think the Mazda Furai should be next up for a Premium makeover.