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Gran Turismo 5: PRIMA Essential Track Guide Spiral-bound – 24 Nov 2010

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games; Spi edition (24 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307889898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307889898
  • ASIN: 0307889890
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I bought this for £5 off Amazon a day or so after GT5 was launched (as I write this review it has sold out already). The package arrived in just 3 days and is a fantastic little book. A fact-packed book that basically gives you essential hints and tips on how to drive each track and with plenty of full-colour screen shot illustrations. The print size is a bit small, but then again it has to pack a lot of text and screen shots into a small A5 page. You get a chapter on the relative merits of the different drive set ups: front engine-rear wheel drive, front engine front wheel drive, all wheel drive, mid-engine rear wheel drive and rear engine rear wheel drive. Hints on how the camber settings can work for you and against you and tips on how to brake, steer and accelerate into and out of different types of corners. However, there is no specific detail on the various models of cars - the first couple of chapters are general driving hints and guidance on how to choose a set-up option. The vast majority of the book is about the tracks within GT5.

When you get into the real meat of the book, it goes through each of the GT5 tracks in sequence. The book is laid out in "Landscape" format and on the first page of each track you get an aerial map of the track layout, which is labelled with a series of numbered track points. On the page below you get a series of numbered sections that correspond to those track points, giving an explanation of how to tackle that feature and a colour screen shot to show you will be seeing in front of you. The added bonus is that you even get the plan and hints for the Top Gear track as driven by 'The Stig' and advice on how to deal with the corkscrew s-bend at Laguna Seca.
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In this book are analyzed all circuits and tricks needed to run them in the best way.
A good collection of tips and tricks for every GT5 driver.
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HASH(0x9d931768) out of 5 stars Good, for what it claims to be 24 Nov. 2010
By Gregory A. Baughman - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
I purchased this yesterday at a big box store. In my estimation, it is a very good guide for its intended use. As the title says, it is a "Track Guide." This means that the guide does not cover everything. It is not a game guide. It does not have tips for license tests. It does not give you a trophy list. It does not have a car or event list. There are no tips on B-spec mode, the challenges, or playing online. You'll have to look elsewhere if you are hoping to find this information.

What it does cover, though, is each track in detail. The guide begins with a brief explanation of typical racing terms (camber, racing line, etc.). Next, there is a brief section on racing techniques like the traction circle, overtaking, and the like. These sections are very short (a page or two), but do have some helpful information.

The meat of the guide is the section on tracks. It covers each of GT5's 70+ tracks in good detail. There are pictures of most corners, and the guide gives good detail on how to take each corner, or series of complex corners. It will suggest gearing or average speed, give you pointers about the braking point, entry point, apex, and exit point of each corner. It tells you which rumble strips to use and which to avoid. It tells you where to deviate from the in game racing line (which is fairly regularly), and how to adjust your driving style relative to different car types. There are also tips on tuning for each course, and a general best car to use (e.g. FF, MR, AWD, etc.). The level of detail is very good, and would help those struggling to conquer a track, or those looking for a few tenths.

One thing that did bug me a bit was the occasional suggested shortcut. For example, the author tells you how you can straight-line Monza's 2nd chicane by using the grass. He also tells you the proper racing line for these corners, and obviously you don't have to cheat. I suppose for those new to Gran Turismo and truly struggling that it could help them win a race or two while they are learning, but to me it seemed contrary to the spirit of the game.

Overall, this is a very good guide for what it covers; just don't expect it to be the be all and end all for all info about GT5.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c205984) out of 5 stars Nice guide to driving on GT5 tracks 3 Dec. 2010
By JSC - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This book contains track information for all tracks (70 or so) in the Gran Turismo 5. But what I find very useful is the upfront explanation of various terminologies on driving techniques around turns, and car characteristics such as negative/positive camber. The booklet is small, so the pictures of track is small (a bit hard to see details). Can be dry reading up front. It's more fun to scan through the book after after you get a chance to drive around. Then just lay on the couch and see what other tracks the game has to offer.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c205180) out of 5 stars AVERAGE PRODUCT 2 April 2011
By duntov3030 - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I find this product average, at best. I would give it 2.5 stars if that were possible, but since it's not it get 2. The manual is physically small. Check the dimensions before you order and think that you will receive a full size manual. The print inside the manual is small, very small, hard to read. My major issue with this book though is the lack of detailed, useful track data for serious racers looking to improve lap times legitimately. There are tidbits of track info, but I found nothing to help me improve my lap times. It covers methods to cheat some tracks, taking short cuts, etc. that aren't legitimate in serious racing venues.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cacca68) out of 5 stars Great TRACK guide - Not a lame walk through you cheats! 29 Nov. 2010
By SumBudy - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a great guide! All the nitty gritty of the GT5 tracks are listed in this easy to use guide. It also mentions how to corner properly and at what speed along with other useful info. However, if you're looking for a detailed "walk-through", don't bother getting this guide. It will not tell you what cars are best to race on a particular track nor will it show hidden short-cuts (if they existed) like your traditional cheat books do. If you are looking for a track guide and some very helpful info you will not be disappointed. In my opinion it's a good addition to a great game.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c1dbe7c) out of 5 stars Great Track analysis 3 May 2011
By Michael - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I am a Gran Turismo veteran. If you want to get great expert help with every turn on every track, you should purchase this. It is a handy 'small' book that you can easily review while playing. If you are looking for a car guide or special events helper, this book does not have either. This is really a track helper.
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