Gran Turismo 5 Collector's Edition
Not the Same, But still is
Having owned(and still do), played, and followed the entire GT series since its initial release on the PS, I have to rate this as " The Best Simulation Racer" by far. You can't really call it the same GT you grew up with, but in a way it's still familiar. The cars are there, from Acura to Volvo and almost anything in between including Pre-Tuned vehicles from manufactures such as HPA, Blitz, HKS, and a few others. The visual presentation on the vehicles are beautiful, and it's even better with the Premium Model cars which have a fully detailed interior.
When it comes time to race you can choose between A-spec and B-spec, the latter being an AI unit you "control. The tracks, from originals you know to the real life tracks themselves, are presented so greatly detailed that I have spent almost an hour or more on Nurburgring just reading the writing on the road. Not to mention the fact that every bump, turn, corner marker, and barrier on all the tracks look(and feel >.<) real. The way the dirt clouds behind your car, or the way the grass moves when you go past it just adds that much more.
The music tracks in the game are superb, now with more driving and racing style music and not only that but you can use your own music in not just the race's but the menu as well.
The photo feature is fun and can be accessed from your replay while its playing. From fast easy point-and-click to the fine-tuned adjustment's that can make or break your picture. The photo locations are also a delight, though I would have liked a few more, they do have a dynamic property to them. Some change from day to night, others have moving trains and people, and one of the locations includes Mr. Kazunori Yamauchi in it, which one i'm not telling.
Lastly, multi-player and the online community is a treat, although in multi-player it would be nice to be able to use all your cars in your garage not just your favorites and to be able to access car's from another users account on the same PS3. I can race against my bud in Okinawa while I sit here in Ohio in the online mod which offers Open Lobby racing or you can just sit back with your friends in My Lounge. Every race type is present, even custom set up drag-racing. They have there own rules, regulations, and Hp or PP limit that you can change to suite the type of race so the options are limitless.
Well, that's all I have to say. Now just get out there and start racing.
Its a good game but Forza is still better. The way you damage cars is pretty cool but it takes a bit to do so. Only the Premium cars have the inside car dash view. Thats stupid, all cars should have that. Its nice to have that many cars but over half of them SUCK. I mean come on, DAIHATSU? Who wants to race a Daihatsu? Even if you wanted to race that kind of car, why can't you change a bigger and faster engines like in Forza. There are over 30 Mazada Miata's in this game. I think that is a little to many. I love cars but do you really need to put that many in here? They put stupid hybrids in this game, the most boring cars ever made. I fell over half of the cars are just fill in. Forza may not have as many cars, but they give you cars that you really want. They have every type of racing but forgot drag racing. Love the road course maker, thats pretty cool. I think its a good game for what you get, but I think the long wait they put us through was a joke. Forza is a better driving simulator.
Awesome Racing Game
The graphics are probably the first thing that will get you. The minute details such as pebbles on the side of the road, the grass. It is almost as if you are watching a video of someone driving when watching the replays of your races. Next you have the manufacturers. You can drive everything from a Ferrari and McLaren all the way down to Daihatsu and Mitsubishi. Get the Collector's Edition and you automatically can start with a BMW M3, Shelby Cobra, Benz roadster, Audi R8, and a Lamborghini Murciélago (WTF?!) -- soooo not fair to those you race against to START with so much power! And that ain't all, if you pre-ordered the Collector's Edition in addition to the awesome cars just mentioned, you get a McLaren F1, and a Toyota NASCAR Joey Logano #20 race car!!! The tracks on this thing are dynamite, daytona to the f1 tracks featuring hair pin turns, not to mention the different racing styles (at night, in the weather, even NASCAR). Very fun, very addictive, definitely worth all the wait Sony put us through!!!
GT5 Collector's Edition is for the GT5 enthusiast
I bought the GT5 Collector's Edition at launch from Gamestop. As many know it comes with authentic certificate, Nissan GT-R Spec V - 1:43 scale die cast model car encased-especially designed with GT logo, seven great cars to download, a GT key chain and a 300 page plus manual. The manual alone is worth the extra money to help understand the many facets of racing and non-racing cars, tracks and maneuvers. It is full of detail that you would not want to miss. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to find still. As I followed the guide, playing it about 5 hours per week, I have reached Spec A - 28 and Spec B - 27, S License (not all golds though), over 200 cars in garage (love it when I receive a new car), logged more than 12K miles, 41 GT5 Trophies, and nearly completed Expert level in both Spec classes. I really enjoy racing Polyphony Digital's Formula racer (found it on the used car dealership for a little over 4 million). I have put down playing other games for the last three plus months. For me, it is an excellent game. I imagine for others as well.
First of all, let me say - I am a 46 year old Systems Engineer, not a teen or 20-something hardcore gamer (not that being young again would be a bad thing). I have been following Gran Turismo since it's inception on the original PlayStation system. This version of Gran Turismo is the BEST that has ever been released. I'm not going to compare it against anything else, because it is NOT something else - it is GRAN TURISMO at it's finest. IF you are a fan of the GT series and have enjoyed playing a (very realistic) driving simulator, then you won't be wasting your money by buying this product. The graphics are perhaps the best in any PS3 game to date, very detailed surroundings, cars, people, etc. In fact, you almost want to go slow in the game just to see the wonderful graphics. The AI is much improved over previous GT products, but this doesn't steer away from what made Gran Turismo loved by those that originally loved GT. You still have Arcade & GT mode, plus in GT mode there is A-spec and B-spec modes, plus a whole lot more. Replayability is right at the top, there are many, many hours of gaming time available in this game - not only to make money, get the cars, get experience, get newer licenses, but to go for that hard to get trophy or reward. I do believe that for a casual gamer, this game may offer too much. It will take dedication and time to not only fully enjoy this game, but to master and succeed at this game. As you can see, I'm not comparing it to any other game name because it shouldn't be - but against past GT products, this is definitely the best!
Name something this game doesn't have?
I've been a long time player of the gran Turismo series, I've completed Gran Turismo 2, 3, and 4 all 100%. I have to say, this is a quantum leap ahead from any of the others combined. It's almost as if they went from GT4 straight to GT25. :)
I'm REALLY looking forward to getting this in the mail!!! with over 1,000 highly detailed cars, full weather, a great online race multiplayer, this game is unreal and has SO much content jam packed into it, I can't even think of a single thing to add to it. This game is simply perfectly polished. A MUST buy for anyone who enjoys cars and racing even the slightest.
Game plays great, feels great, it's just awesome.
Got this game mailed to me by UPS on 12/6/2010. I think the game is a lot better than I expected. I mean there's been a lot of complaining going around about how GT5 has only 200 cars with cockpits and the rest of them don't. To be honest, once you take the wheel and start playing, you'll probably forget all the problems this game has. If you dwell on these small little hiccups, you'll just be ruining it for yourself. The game is amazing and I recommend it to everyone, just to give it a try.
finally a real racing game.
people that think forza and need for speed are better are nothing but a bunch of teenagers who have no idea how to appreciate what real cars are supposed to be like. if you like driving a whole race with the pedal to the metal, crashing into things at full speed and still winning, in a car that can't be made in real life (awd mustang with a mclaren f1 engine), then don't buy this game, stick to forza. this game you actually have to be very good to win the top races, smashing into things at full speed will only make you lose. this is a realistic racing game, that looks amazing, is fun to play online or offline. so many cars to collect it leaves other racing games in the dust.
While i agree with the few other reviewers, that we don't need 19 Miatas, and that there should cockpit views for all the cars, it doesn't change the fact that this game is just plan addictive. I forgot to eat for 24 hours is how in your head this game gets.
The Game Play - Absolutely amazing. If you like GT then you will love this.
The Sound - You get Custom Soundtrack but no way to change the song you are currently on if you don't feel like listening to it during the race.
The Graphics - They reused a lot of older cars and yes made them look better in some respects, however i feel that in the amount of time they had the graphics should have been a 10 and they aren't.
Lasting Appeal - I will never sell this game, sorry Gamestop, and will continue to play this for as long as i am able, or until GT6 comes out.
Bottom Line - Buy it, it's well worth $60 or $100 for the Collector's Edition
There's only one way I can think of to describe how awesome this game is. People use the phrase "raising the bar" to describe improvement on something. GT5 took that bar, carried it to the top of the Taipei 101 (worlds tallest building) shredded it and proceeded to spread it around the world using the jet stream which happens to be 4 miles above sea level. Through the roof just seemed like too much of an understatement.