Gran Turismo 5: PRIMA Essential Track Guide Spiral-bound – 24 Nov 2010
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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.Read more ›
A good collection of tips and tricks for every GT5 driver.
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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.
4 out of 5 stars