I have no idea why some car articles get on a websites for the PS3, since none of the cars are even offered on any PS3 game that I know about. What we need here is a talk about games, especially driving games. And to start that we have to begin with the king of driving games: Grand Turismo. The latest edition, the fifth title in the series, was supposed to be out already, but has now been moved back to Q3 2010. I also read that the release in Japan will take place this June, so we must be getting closer. Believe what you want about the release date, but I can’t wait for it to arrive.
If you have played GT4 then you know that this new edition will be amazing. Just watching the trailer makes me crazy. The graphics are stunning and hard to believe--they are as real looking as a photo. The lighting is better than Grand Theft Auto, using white light instead of the usual orangey tinged sunlit appearance. The tracks and locations are amazingly accurate right down to the buildings and road texture. The whole thing has a sharper appearance than before, and the cars are simply stunning.
You can expect to experience some of the best cars in the world in some of the most spectacular racetracks from around the globe. The list of cars reads like a who’s who of great automotive designs and includes the Ferrari 458 Italia and the California, the Lamborghini Gallardo and Countach, a Lotus Evora, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a Tesla Roadster and a Koenigsegg CCXR. The tracks will be very accurate--in fact everything about the cars will be very close to real life, from the sounds of the engines to the feel of understeer around a corner. There was even a Top Gear episode in which Jeremy almost duplicated a GT4 Laguna Seca track time in real life.
There may be some great unexpected things in the new game, such as interior shots of the cars. I saw it in the trailer and am hoping this makes it to the final product. NASCAR will also make its debut in the series, adding some new tracks and cars to the mix including the Indianapolis Speedway, Daytona and the Texas Motor Speedway. Even the rally tracks will be more diverse, and I was able to spot a Lancia Delta Integrale and Stratos in the clip. Plus there is another rumor of a touring car series, which would be another great addition.
Now, if you were one of the people who bought GT5 Prologue, then some of this may not be new. I didn’t buy it, thinking it was better to wait for the full game. I am now sorry I didn’t, because everything about the new Grand Turismo 5 looks amazing, right down to the detail of the carbon-fiber. I seriously cannot wait, and I expect to be one of the first people in line for it. With my new plasma television, this is going to be almost as good as owning the real cars.