Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Review (PS3)

by April 24th, 2008
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….so, The Prologue.

?Polyphony Digital?. Mention those two words (in that order!) and most gamers worth their salt will go all gooey eyed and utter another two words back to you ?Gran Turismo?. I think they may have done a motorbike game at some point, but apart from that, they work for Sony in helping to create one of the most well loved and respected driving games in the history of driving games.

The bottom line is, If you only have one console, and it is a PS3, then this is the game you must buy, if you want the most realistic driving experience ever

Whenever Sony produces a new console, then the world awaits the latest version of GT with bated breath. In the past Polyphony Digital has delivered, with all the Sony fan-boys giving a big two fingers to fans of other consoles. Dubbed, The Real Driving Simulator each version of GT has showcased the graphical poke of whatever Playstation it has appeared on. GT has had armies of adoring fans that have snapped up every version?and there have been many. Apart from No.s 1-4, we have had prologues and an A-Class that have taken our hard earned cash as well.

Some people were distraught over the fact there was no Gran Turismo at the launch of the PS3. A downloadable demo called Gran Tourismo HD Concept did come out last year, which helped ease the pain, with lots of stunning looking cars, but only one course (stunning that it was!). Fast-forward to April 2008 and we now have Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Some cynical people of the forums have been complaining that this is no more than a tech demo, so why should we pay for this. But since this has as much crammed into it as certain lesser games, I personally don’t think that is a valid argument. Although the price tag of £24.99 does seem somewhat excessive. If they had priced this the same as their other major downloadable titles on PSN (Tekken & War hawk where both priced a reasonable £17.99), then I think more people would be happier to sample this Prologue to GT5.

Gran Turismo 5 PrologueSo, to the game itself. After what seems like forever, you have to install the game on your hard drive (weather you buy it off PSN or go to a shop and buy the shiny Blu Ray disc with booklet) It then tells you there is an update available that you also have to download before you can do anything. Okay, everything updated (and it took so long I had time to write a review for Bully on the Wii!) you come to your GT desktop, which looks pretty damn stunning.

This being a driving game, the first thing we do, is pop down to the dealership and buy a new motor. Like most games of this ilk, you start off with limited cash so you cannot buy that Ferrari F40 from the off. So like Forza 2 on the 360, I opt for a metallic black Golf GTI. Once bought we go back to out GT desktop, and see our ?new baby? outside a photo realistic house and driveway?. this looks like the greatest graphics ever. After ten minutes of just watching the camera pan over and around this stunning scene, I figure I had better play actually drive the thing. Especially since GT 5 Prologue has no damage, so it will always look this shiny!
All the tracks look awesome and after winning my first race, I decide to take it online.
Now I know all the purists say you have to play driving games using the in car view, but while reviewing it, you cannot see all the graphics. So I had an online race against 7 other random people and was shocked to see that as well as no damage, there seemed to be no actual physical contact with the other cars?at one point I was sure a car ghosted through mine. Now this is not good. Since part of the thrill of racing online, is the bumping and buffering of your rivals. This is why Forza 2 on the 360 worked so well on XBL.

Gran Turismo 5 PrologueApart from this slight niggle Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is an excellent racing simulation. I have heard that there will be a patch out later in the year that will address this problem and include vehicle damage, so all is not lost. This game looks incredible and has loads of cars and modes to keep you going until the main event that will be Gran Tourismo 5. The bottom line is, If you only have one console, and it is a PS3, then this is the game you must buy, if you want the most realistic driving experience ever. If you have a 360 as well, then I suggest you stick to Forza 2 or PGR4, until GT5 hits the shops.

The Good: Best graphics ever for a driving game,finally online.
The Bad: Its not GT 5 proper, lack of damage

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