I have always been a fan of the Gran Turismo series of games and there has been many games over the past to keep this game series on top of the list. However with increasing competition, this series may not become the definitive racing game of all time. This was the first game for the playstation 3 and when I bought the console last year, this was the first game I bought, with keen interest into this first HD game that the series has done.
It showcases what it try and brings with a long movie, showing how a car is being born and not in a womb obviously and then having it’s usual game footage and it looks a good start, until you get into the menu.
The main menu looks clear with some small logos and then you enter the Gran Turismo mode and it looks like a failed jigsaw puzzle with titles bigger than the others. You can’t see all the cars in the game, the used car section will keep changing every time you progress through the game. And the cars itself, is a bit like racism. The premium cars will have all the detail including the on board stuff, the standard cars get bugger all, dull colours and the onboard has nothing at all, just a blank space. In all said, the graphics isn’t the best either and is very much lacking the quality of Forza Motorsport. Pretty bad start don’t you think.
But this is a racing game and what the series does so well is pure racing. Driving the cars is still a real pleasure to drive, even with the infinity amount of options available to tune and improve the car. There are always loads of ways to use the driving aids and some you may prefer more than others. Fantastic as it is but it isn’t without it’s flaws. Remember when you hit the car ahead and it’s like bumper cars? That’s still there and it’s annoying when you consider that Forza has a damage system that works beautifully and maybe the sound is a bit unpredictable and the AI, I am just not too sure if it’s good enough. You could still give the driving top marks though.
The main career mode has been split between an A mode and a B mode. The A mode is were you do all the driving, B mode is were you become a team manager and call all the orders out. Both modes have the same events but B mode has it’s race with twice the number of laps which can be a bit annoying. Another thing which I would love them to do is the work rate on B mode is that they can get calm too quickly and you constantly need them to pick themselves up a bit which will make it better racing. The competitions are challenging and add some challenge into them. The amount of tracks you can race on his pretty good with loads of variety and some new tracks which becomes a nice feature.
The special events feature takes you on something very different. In Karting you would need to keep the speed up as much as you can to succeed. Oval requires a much smoother driving style and you could really use the draft to pick up speed, I would use the steering wheel for that. Rally events have got completely random tracks involved like a proper rally stage which add some spice to it. You can also create your own tracks but you don’t create the tracks, you just tell what corners you want, how hilly, how complex and how long the track will be. The licences are still there, getting hold is that little bit easier.
This is a game which potentially could be magnificent, however it’s a fantastic driving game but with some many errors and things to improve on, that I become a bit disappointed at the same time. It is defiantly not racing perfection, is far from it, I would say that Forza Motorsport has overtaken Gran Turismo as the best racing game at the moment, I wold love Gran Turismo to fight back and fight back hard.