For anybody who owned a PSOne or PS2 you have probably played a Gran Turismo game. Whether is was the ground breaking introduction to the series or the 2-disc packed sequels, they have been great fun to play and awesome to watch. Gran Turismo 5 for the PS3 is the first GT game on the Blu Ray format and packs a punch as soon as you switch on…

A whopping 8gb punch to your hard drive that is! When you boot up the game for the first time you are asked if you want to install the tracks and cars to your PS3′s HDD (which is recommended to reduce loading times). But we decided it would be worth sacrificing and 8gb later we were thrown into a beautiful-looking intro sequence of cars hurling around tracks that looks so real we could have been watching Top Gear!

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Cockpit view of a Ferrari – GT5

Getting into a race is simple enough – from the main menu select either Arcade race or Career. The Arcade races will let you pick from a range of cars from the bog standard road cars on sale from a typical showroom right through to some spectacular beasts that will peel back your eye lids as you accelerate. As you progress through the Career you will unlock more cars and tracks for the Arcade game type which you can also take online.

But Gran Turismo has always come into its own through the Career mode where you can build up your own collection of cars in the garage and enter into various races. GT5 allows the same degree of freedom to buy any car you can find (brand new or from the used car showrooms) and then enter single races or competitions, winning prize money to buy new cars and increasing your drivers rank so you can enter new competitions.

We found most of our time was spent on the Career mode rather than chosing to go online and race against others as there’s plenty of variety from Karts to road cars to super cars and all with superb handling and weight on each and every car.
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The 2 issues we have with Career mode were that to start any races you have to hold a licence in that category. Although it makes sense later on and does introduce new players to the handling and mechanics of the game, it holds up initial play and becomes a bit tedious to ‘learn’ how to accelerate and brake. The second issue we have is the balance of play in the first few races – to start with you are given a wedge of cash to buy your first car with. Choose wisely as we found scouring the used car market we could afford a pretty decent Mitsubishi and whizz past pretty much every other racer in the first 4 or 5 races/tournaments. Although that means you get decent cash and rank quickly it also means its pretty boring racing 5 laps on your own for each race!

But spend enough time on it and Gran Turismo 5 rewards you well. Better rank allows entry to bigger and better races where competition is fierce and the cars you have in your garage will determine whether or not you can enter the new tournaments and whether or not you win or lose. Customising your cars before each race is something that only hardcore racers will be interested in – the default setting is fine for most people.

A few other gripes we have are the poor sound effects when you hit another car, which sounds to us like an old 16-bit game, and also the lack of damage shown on the cars as you drive around. Yes there’s damage to the parts inside the car and the tyres and ok the cars look amazing but no damage mean it can feel a lot like it doesn’t matter if you ram into someone at 90mph as you come up to a bend to slow you down as body damage isn’t taken into account to hampen your cars performance.

Other than that its a hugely detailed game packed with enough cars and tracks to keep any racing fan happy and enough in the Career mode to keep general gamers satisfied. The small niggles aside, this is a great game that is only let down by a few small issues.

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