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AAA Shoot-out; why Gran Turismo 5 wins over any other game

Submitted by on Friday, 4 December 200911 Comments

GT5_The_Best_PS3AWe have now come to the lastest entry in our special series of articles, and this is the big one.

Triple-A titles have become the norm these days on the PlayStation 3 and so it has become harder for gamers to pick that one title that overshadows the others.

In October we heard from two other writers on why they thought either Uncharted 2 or Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time is their “Most Wanted Game”.

This time around I will tell you why I think there is only one game that matters on the PlayStation 3 and all previous titles will fall short in comparison.

Join me as I put my case forward for why Gran Turismo 5 is my “Most Wanted Game” that’ll also set a new level of excitement for the racing genre.

So why will GT5 set hearts pacing and hands sweating?

The Gran Turismo series is one of the most successful in video game history, and since its introduction into the scene in 1997, over ten games have released totalling over 50 million sales.

Now of course we could just sit here and be in awe of that figure, but what it really means for us is this: The talented people at Polyphony Digital have so much experience with the franchise that they know exactly how to make a thrilling game and provide for the fans, even if they had their eyes closed.

The last major entry into the series, Gran Turismo 4, was released in 2005 and at the time it was the definitive racing game. It sported an average score of 89% at Metacritic, making it one of a few elite games that have ever performed so well across the board.

This isn't real life. This is Gran Turismo!

This isn't real life. This is Gran Turismo!

When Polyphony Digital leaped onto the PS3, they wanted to create the decisive racing game that no other company could come anywhere near to matching. So that’s why they released a free demo called Gran Turismo HD on the PlayStation Store to test the hardware and see what worked – and a lot did!

Then in 2008 came Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, a game that is certainly not a demo and is a good game in its own right – unlike what some people lead you to believe. You would really struggle to find another developer who would dedicate so much effort, money and time to get the most out of the PS3 and its unprecedented potential.

Thanks to the feedback from these games and all previous outings, Polyphony Digital is best placed to deliver the ultimate PlayStation 3 game. After listening to the thoughts of gamers everywhere, the developers have managed to develop a ton of new features and enhancements that are on their way in GT5.

NASCAR and WRC will be in the game

NASCAR and WRC will be in the game

They include custom soundtracks that will let you be the DJ, giving you complete control over what tunes to belt out while you race in that shiny red Ferrari – or whatever car suits your tastes.

The new up-and-coming entry into the franchise will include nearly one thousand cars meaning there will be an uncountable number of vehicles to suit every personality. Around eighty courses with a variety of weather options will also allow gamers to explore lush environments from around the world and offer different challenges along the way.

Gran Turismo 5 will come with a new and improved GTTV that features progressive downloading and a new interface. This feature has played host in the past to series such as the award-winning Top Gear. Hardcore racing fans will need little more to fulfil their love of racing and fast cars than GT5!

Also for the first time in the series will be the inclusion of trophies, and the real driving simulator is easily the most suitable game for this feature – who in real life get’s awarded a trophy for achieving 100 head shots!?

But those are just some of the changes, and the biggest one of all that I have to brag about is damage!

If you have played any of the previous entries before, you will probably remember that the big issue with the games were that you could merely shove off your competitors off the track to overtake them, and rarely suffer any consequences as a result. It could also make the gameplay repetitive and predictable.

Admittedly this could be a problem for seeing where you're going

Admittedly this could be a problem for seeing where you're going

Damage has been evidently missing from the franchise and it’s the final puzzle piece that completes the series. We’re of course not just talking about physical damage either, because crashing into every barrier you can feast your eyes on will also largely affect the handling of your vehicle too.

Finally we come to the graphics: Can they look any better? The visuals look almost life like, and if you don’t believe me take a look at one of many screenshot comparisons available online.

Gran Turismo 5 has the potential to deliver the best graphics ever seen on any mass market product for both the console and PC, which combined with everything else the title has to offer, makes it the most realistic game of all time.

Unlike the other games we have discussed in this series of articles, you will not be strained to follow a storyline that you may have absolutely no interest in – none of the other titles offer so much freedom like GT5 does.

For me, you can’t go wrong with Gran Turismo 5: It offers so much more than any other game, with a team of developers who have had years of experience on the franchise, with a large chunk of that only on this title.

Gran Turismo suits almost all tastes, and you don’t have to be a dedicated gamer to really enjoy the title.

And all of that is why I think Gran Turismo 5 will be the best game to pick up for the PlayStation 3 over the next few months!

Now it’s down to you to share your views on who’s right and who’s wrong so far in the comments below.