Tips and Tricks for Gran Turismo 5
There are many people who may feel swamped at the sheer amount of options and things to do in the epic Gran Turismo 5. But never fear! PS3 Attitude is here to help! We’re here to provide some of the best tips and tricks, which are tried and tested by the best experts out there: you guys.
First up, it’s Axe99 with some handy hints on starting out in GT5:
“Choose your own difficulty setting – GT5 doesn’t have a traditional ‘easy/normal/hard’ or even a ‘casual/pro’ setting. Instead, it gives you a deep level of control over just how much help the game will give you. Want to race with all the assists off? Go for it. Or if you’re less experienced, turn skid recovery and active stability management on, steering assists to high and the driving line on.
Don’t, however, turn traction control (TCS) up to full, leave it at 5 (or even drop it down further), as the higher you have TCS, the more it reduces your raw acceleration. Once you can afford them, most cars handle fine with racing tyres and TCS off, and you’ll get better lap times that way.
Beyond the assists, most A-Spec races generally give you the option of going in with a ride that’s underpowered, about the same as the competition, or ridiculously overpowered. Be honest about what you enjoy – for me, I like the race to be close and exciting, and am of average skill level, so I pick a ride with a similar BHP and weight as the competition, but if you’re struggling, drop into the tuning shop and give yourself a little help. For $1950 you can get a racing chip, a racing air intake and a catalytic converter, to give you a good, cheap boost to BHP.
Always use the right tyres for the job – tyres are what transfer all of your power to the road, and are the most important factor in terms of your handling. If you do one thing in the tuning shop, pay attention to your tyres – the difference between comfort and sports tyres can be 10 seconds a lap, and the handling can be far easier.
Don’t have enough cash of XP for the next race/set of wheels? Cast your eyes over to the bonus races – in the ‘seasonal events’ tab. You’ll earn upwards of 100,000 credits (and some pretty good XP) for the low end races, and the fastest race each week can net you upwards of 1 million credits and 100,000 XP! And don’t forget the Kart events in the special events tab – fairly easy, and good money and XP early on in the game.
Importantly, GT5 is the kind of game that is absolutely not designed for everyone to finish. For many gamers out there, it will get to the point that, even with all the assists on, they will lack the skill to win the race in question (for me, it was the Formula GT championship – I can match their best laps, but I lack the patience to put in the hours of practice it would require to do it consistently). When this happens, don’t feel like you’ve failed (unless your goal in life is to be an F1 driver, in which case keep working on it!) GT5 can’t both be a ‘real driving simulator’ and have awesomely fast cars without having some high-end races that are nigh-on impossible for mere mortals to win.
Have fun – GT5’s game design hearkens from a time before all of the hand-holding that you find in almost every game these days (which is a polite way of saying that its presentation could have been a little better, particularly for newcomers to the series). It drops you into a rich range of options, some of which you’ll enjoy some more than others. If you start off with the license tests and are getting frustrated, it’s better to switch over to A-Spec and tear up the track. If you can’t afford your ride for the next race in A-Spec, you don’t have to repeat races to save money, you can switch over to the Special Events. Finished all the Special Events you can? Jump into the Bonus Races. Still need more money or XP? Tear it up online.
Finally, don’t forget your friends – if you haven’t got the ride you need for that next A-Spec race, they might. You can trade one car per day in GT5, and you can trade them back as well.”
You may also know of RobGroove, from the eponymous RobGroove.com. Here’s a few tips for making your racing a little easier:
“Seasonal events are a great source of money and XP and update every week.
Turn off the racing line and use the bumper view. Notice the suggested gear flashing red? This is telling you the ideal gear to use on the upcoming corner (who needs racing lines?).
When in an online race and in a good position don’t force the overtakes. Keep your cool and an overtaking opportunity will present itself. Also, don’t stress yourself out. It will only end up with you spinning out and running off the track, landing you in dead-last place.
B-spec is worth putting some time in, as once you rank your B driver to a certain level you can start entering him into endurance races. This is great for when you go to work. The only downfall is you will notice at some point your PS3 hasn’t been turned off for weeks!
Want that RedBull X1 / RedBull X2010? Just rank up your B-spec driver to level 35 and it’s yours to use in A-spec. Now you can get some practice in for the Vettle Challenge.
Use manual gears. It may feel like your going back to square one but when you get the hang of it, manual gears with a wheel gives you so much more control.
Finally, if you can afford it, get a good wheel and make sure you have a sturdy table (at the right height) or desk to mount it to directly in front of your TV; it takes the game to another level.
Setting up your car:
To start tweaking your car you need a track your familiar with which you can manage consistent times on. Once you get consistent times you will see if your car tweaks are improving or damaging your lap times.
I also recommend using the Top Gear Test Track for this as it is a very challenging track with a very good selection of corners to test your car on.
The First Corner Tip:
The first corner is NOT where the race is won or lost. I understand the tension can mount during qualification laps, and the tension builds and builds the closer the race start approaches, but pretty much every time you just need to let the race take its course.
If you’re in the front, middle or back of the pack don’t go flying into the first corner faster than you know your car can go. Remember your braking points and use them. If you go in too hot and heavy you will end up either running off the track, dirtying your tires and damaging your car or maybe even getting a time penalty.
Also remember the first corner may not be a wise corner to try to overtake on.
The trick to the first corner is know your limits, avoid your fellow racers and aim to get round the first corner with as minimal amount of contact as possible.
It can sometimes pay to just sit back a little and aim to overtake your later on in the race.”
Thanks Rob! Don’t forget to check out his website: “www.robgroove.com”. It’s is one of the finest places to go for your Gran Turismo 5 news.
Finally, Vicheous goes into a little more detail about car tuning for our benefit:
“1. Want the Dream Race Trophy? Do NOT buy a car for it when you do Daytona 500; on A-spec you win the Jaguar XJ13 and you can race with that on Deep Forest to get the trophy. (There’s no need to rush any trophies here you need Gold on EVERYTHING for the plat.)
2. You do not need to buy the “Restore Rigidity” Until your car starts weaving on straights when you don’t touch the wheel… I’ve tried this on a lot of very old and most of the time there no difference what so ever!
3. If you want to Racing modify a car do NOT buy any parts for it before you do! They will be deleted when you RM the car, buy them after… Cars that can be Racing modified are: Acura NSX RM ’91, Chevrolet Camaro SS RM ’10, Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RM ’69, Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) RM ’06, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (C6) RM ’09, Dodge Challenger R/T RM ’70, Honda CIVIC TYPE R (EK) RM ’97, Honda INTEGRA TYPE R (DC5) RM ’04, Lexus IS F RM ’07, Lotus Elise RM ’96, Lotus Elise 111R RM ’04, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR RM ’05, Nissan SILVIA spec-R AERO (S15) RM ’02, Subaru IMPREZA Sedan WRX STI spec C Type RA RM ’05, Suzuki Cappuccino (EA21R) RM ’95, TVR Tuscan Speed 6 RM ’00, Volkswagen Golf IV GTI RM ’01.
4. Secret trophy tip Portraitist: Go to Photo Travel and Bern Marktgasse. Pick position 1 for the camera and location A for the car. When you switch to free roam you’ll see a woman sitting at a bench where the statue is (she has a cell phone), move to a position where you can see her face, zoom in, focus and take the picture. If done right the trophy will come right away (you do not need to save the pic).
5. Last but not least, I’ll share my best/fav’ racing car with you. First, buy a Corvette ZR1 C6 ’09 from new car dealer then put Racing Mod on it. (It’s very important to install the Racing Mod first!). After that, buy all available parts for it and start tuning like this:
Transmission: about 340-360Km/h
Ride Height: 0/8
Spring rate: 13.4/7.8
Damper (ext): 8/9
Damper (com): 5/6
Anti-Roll bars: 5/7
Camber angle: 2.8/2.5
Toe angle: 0.15/-0.25
Initial Torque: 7
LSD Accel: 25
LSD Decel: 5
Brake balance: 5/9
All driving aids except ABS (1) should be off! The car is now tuned for tracks like Deep Forest! But it will also happily win a race like “Like The Wind”; just adjust Gear Ratio for more top speed. Enjoy!
Other than this I’ll say there are no real tips in GT5; just practise. See you on the track!
Thanks to Axe99, RobGroove and Vicheous for submitting these great tips! Do you have any of your own tips for us? Post them in the comments below!
Axe99 started gaming with a puck-monster pac-man rip-off he won at primary school back in the early 1980s, and hasn’t looked back. He plays most genres (although tends not to get into fighting games) and particularly likes turn-based strategy, simulation-style games (racers and flyers), RTS, shooters, good platformers and RPGs. And Worms – you can never, ever have enough Worms.
O’hoy there I’m Vicheous; 34 years old and self proclaimed gamer/tech geek who loves a cup of coffee. I’m from Winter-Wonderland, Norway or as we say here No(r)way. (If you want to call me a Viking you can). I’ve been gaming since early 80’s and if I look around here I still got my Amiga 1200 W/100Mb hdd somewhere. I also do some small work around the www now and then, currently on made2game.com.