This Thanksgiving, family argument time will be forced to compete with Gran Turismo 5 – which is finally (and actually) being released TODAY. To get a sense of how big a deal this truly is, check out the clip below. IGN has provided a video solely featuring the opening of the collector’s edition game box. You may feel dirty after watching this.
Before I lead you astray, this is not a review, though one is forthcoming. While mayhem erupts at your local game store, yours truly will be rocking back and forth and hyperventilating until later this evening when I will finally be able to pick up GT5 for myself, before immediately setting off on a lengthy multi-state drive, several hours of which will invariably be spent in traffic expressing my frustration at the world à la Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes.
Since I am forced to while away the bulk of today and most of Thursday unjustly separated from that pure and unblemished disc and its promise of bringing sunshine to the monsoon that is my life, I have to live vicariously through you, dear RideLust readers. I’d like to know your initial impressions of the game.
Is it worth the five years of development? The $60 million budget? Is the actual game play as insanely gorgeous as the multitude of screenshots and video clips suggest? Just how good are the new features – the weather effects, the mechanical and body damage and the course editor (among others)? What do you think of the NASCAR and WRC additions? The car list and the new tracks? The online racing? The soundtrack? How accurate is the driving experience – the feel, the sounds, the physics? How does it stack up against Forza 3 and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (clearly a different type of game but many are going to buy one car game over the other right now)? And most significantly, is it fun? I want to hear your opinions of Gran Turismo 5. Let me know what you think.
And to whet your appetite, a few videos.