GT5 Week; Special Edition Unboxed – Gran Turismo 5: Collector’s Edition
So, it’s finally here – the driving simulator to end all driving simulators. But the question is, do you pick up the standard edition of the game for £39.99, or get some extra content with the Collector’s Edition for £59.99? Don’t worry; PS3 Attitude is here to help.
Put simply, the (European) Collector’s Edition includes a copy of Gran Turismo 5, a driver’s guide, five art cards, and a voucher code to download five extra cars and a dynamic theme. That’s all well and good, but let’s take a closer look at this exclusive content.
To kick off, the definite standout of the package (other than the actual game of course) is the 212-page driver’s guide, otherwise known as ‘Apex: The Gran Turismo Exclusive Magazine’. This is the same guide that’s in the Signature Edition, and is not so much a guide to Gran Turismo 5, but rather a companion to it.
There are many useful tips on both racing and tuning revealed that can help you in the game, but it also contains more general information on the world of motorsport, hence its billing as a magazine. It’s well written and nicely produced, and is a fantastic inclusion for this edition.
Next up, the five collector’s art cards are postcard-sized prints that show off the game’s brilliant photo mode. The impressive shots were chosen specifically by Polyphony Digital, and feature the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Also available in the Collector’s Edition are special Chrome Line versions of five Gran Turismo 5 cars with exclusive enhanced performance and a custom-designed livery. What that basically means is that they have the GT logo on the side, and have been souped-up considerably by Polyphony Digital.
The five cars are the Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro, BMW M3 Coupe, Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe, and Shelby Cobra 427 ’66. Needless to say, having these vehicles at your disposal from the start of the game is a huge benefit, and will see you shoot through events much faster than would normally be possible.
By far the biggest disappointment of this edition is the dynamic theme, which was designed by the developer. It is basically just a revolving GT5 logo, and there isn’t a car to be seen, which is a shame. It’s clearly intended to be minimalist, but if we’re being cynical then it frankly just comes across as lazy.
However, the overall quality of the Collector’s Edition is very impressive, and it all comes in a smart cardboard sleeve. It’s also worth noting that the exclusive cover of this edition features the iconic ‘5’ logo, and if we’re honest we actually prefer it to the game’s proper cover.
Overall, the Collector’s Edition of Gran Turismo 5 is a nice alternative to the bank-account-busting Signature Edition (R.R.P. £149.99), and we definitely recommend it for fans of the series who want something a bit special without paying an arm and a leg.
For £20 extra, you get the fantastic 200+ page guide/magazine, five art cards, and access to the five exclusive downloadable Chrome Line cars and dynamic theme. That seems like pretty good value to us, so if you’re on the fence, do yourself a favour and pick this edition up.
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