Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (PS3)
- The first ever Gran Turismo title with online racing: drive online against up to 16 other Gran Turismo aces
- Race over 60 stunning, high-performance cars
- Race on 6 seriously realistic, real life tracks including the Eiger Nordwand, the London City Track and Suzuka - then race them in reverse and with alternative routes
- All-new physics engine means true next-generation vehicle handling
- All-new and improved opponent AI for a nail-biting race experience
- Access to Gran Turismo TV : a world of great motoring TV programming online
- Online Dealership: Access to car manufacturers online
- My Garage - a personalised homepage feature with friends, chat and personal game records
- Quick Tune facility allows you to adjust power, tyres, suspension and more
- All in stunning High Definition at 1080p (race: 1080p-60fps, replay: 1080p-30fps)
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- Platform: PlayStation 3
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- Media: Video Game
Edition: Standard Edition
The award-winning Gran Turismo franchise returns with its 5th installment, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, exclusively for PlayStation 3. With its signature realism and unrivaled physics, this highly anticipated precursor to Gran Turismo 5 continues to blur the line between simulation and reality."Prologue" is defined as an introductory or preceding event or development, and true to every letter, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue treats both long-time fans of the Gran Turismo franchise as well as those coming to it new, with a generous sampling of what they can expect to see in Gran Turismo 5 later in the year and further releases on the PS3.
Polyphony Digital is the developer of the Gran Turismo franchise, led by creator Kazunori Yamauchi. Polyphony Digital is known for pushing the limits of the PlayStation hardware, and with its realistic graphics and physics, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue is no different. In addition to receiving CAD data from the auto manufacturers, they have taken thousands of photos to model each car (and track). As an example of the level of detail, a car in Gran Turismo 4 has the same number of polygons as a headlight in Gran Turismo 5: Prologue. Polyphony works even closer with the automotive industry to make sure that the cars look and drive just as they do in real life. In fact, Kazunori Yamauchi designed the on-board computer for the real Nissan GT-R. If youre lucky to buy one when it releases, you will notice the Polyphony Digital logo when you start your car.Take Your Cars and Tracks Online and Off
Gran Turismo 5: Prologue features over 60 stunning cars including vehicles by Lotus, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Ferrari for you to race on seriously realistic, real-life tracks: including the Eiger Nordwand, the London City Track and Suzuka all rendered in incredible High Definition graphics. There's also all-new driving physics for the most lifelike driving experience ever and new, improved opponent artificial intelligence for the toughest race challenge yet.But that's not all for the first time ever in the history of Gran Turismo, players will now be able to race online. Up to 16 players will be able to go head-to-head on some of the world's best racetracks on PlayStation Network. All you need to get racing is a broadband connection and PS3. Once you're up and revving, Global Online Rankings and the My Garage homepage feature will leave the world in n o doubt as to just who is the best at Gran Turismo.And then there's the Online Dealership, providing a wealth of information on cars and manufacturers and also Gran Turismo TV a dedicated online channel available exclusively from PSN and packed with some of the greatest content that Motorsport, car manufacturers and TV has to offer. Key Features:
- Race over 60 cars from worldwide automotive manufacturers, precisely modelled both inside and out.
- All-new interior dash view, featuring full driver animation and working gauges.
- Compete on 6 tracks with 12 total layouts, including Fuji Speedway, Suzuka Circuit, and for the first time ever, Daytona International Speedway.
- Online racing with up to 16 players, complete with detailed rankings, plus downloadable ghost cars and race replays of top racers.
- New online community features including Gran Turismo TV, featuring worldwide automotive and motorsport programming.
- Tune vehicle performance, from suspension and tires to gear ratio and engine modifications.
- Rendered in stunning 1080p at 60 frames per second with crisp, realistic lighting and camera effects (replays rendered in 1080p 30fps).
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Top Customer Reviews
There are far more problems with it than the price though. The biggest problem is that it is virtually the same game we saw back in '99 just with the obvious improvement in graphics. Because it looks so fantastic it makes the fact that you cannot "crash" look even more ridiculous. When you look at footage of the forthcoming TOCA Grid and look at how great that looks I can't help thinking that the lack of crashes is down to programmers with an obbsesive desire to make the cars look as real as possible. Who cares that there will be 700 cars. You would have to play it for years to get anywhere near owning half of them. Also, there will be loads of rubbish that no-one will want to buy but will be forced to as the opening races are as dull as a party political broadcast. When you first see the cars they look stunning. No-one can argue with that. The problem is that because they look so amazing when you hit another car, or a barrier and nothing happens it looks ridiculous.
The driving in the game however, is second to none. The physics of each car is stunning and as a "driving" simulator it can't be beaten. However, as a "racing" game it is starting to become very dated. The AI has supposedly been updated but it still appalling. When you compare it to Forza 2 on the 360 and even Toca 3 on the PS2 it feels very samey.
Having said all that there is something about Gran Turismo that keeps you hooked. It's a bit like that girl in the office you secretly fancy. She is far from perfect but there is just something about her that is so great but you can't quite figure exactly what it is.
GT5: Prologue has 6 tracks with 2 variants each: London (Forward and Reverse), Daytona (Speedway and Road Cuurse), Fuji (GT and F1 variants), Eiger Nordwand (Forward and Reverse), High Speed Ring (Forward and Reverse) and Suzuka (F1 and East Course circuits). The game also features over 70 stunningly modelled and ultra-realistic cars, including the Ferrari F40, Ferrari 512 BB and the Ferrari F2007 Formula One car!. It also features many brand-new models such as the Nissan GT-R and the Audi R8. Each car is lovingly modeled in breathtaking detail - including (for the first time in the GT series) the interior of the car.
The new physics engine for GT5 raises the bar in terms of realism and the game can be played in either Standard Physics (more like previous GT games) and Professional Physics (more challenging and alot more realistic). GT5:P also features the ability to "Quick Tune" cars, which adds a whole extra dimension to the game (and hence also adds a bit of shelf-life to the title).
The new 'in-car' view is superb, and offers the driver a much more realistic experience. The game is also fully compatible with the latest wheels (e.g the G25) and will also be compatible with the forthcoming DualShock3 - the replacement controller for the SIXAXIS - which comes complete with the 'rumble' function (as with the DS2 for the PS2).Read more ›
There are PSN games out there that cost more yet deliver nowhere near the level of content and gameplay on offer here. But, that's OK isn't it? :o/ Honestly, some people need to get their heads out of the clouds and see things in context.
If you want to hold on for the full game, kudos to you and your patience. Me? I'm not going to wait another year when I could be playing this gem of a title. The rewards will come in the form of transferred cash to the full game, transferred cars, and masses of experience so you can show the online n00bs a thing or two about driving.
I paid £425 for my console when it first came out, and people are still having to pay upwards of £300. At £40 or so for the other games that you buy, £18 for this is small change.
Hoped this helped.
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It's ok. I'm guess people who made the game when over budget and decided how can we get money to finish the game. Oh I know let's sell unfinished gamePublished 3 months ago by Ahmed R. Zafar