I’ve been reading some of the reviews for this particular product, and have noticed that some people have been tearing down Gran Turismo 5 Prologue based off of several factors; so I decided to write a review that should help some of those questionable people out there. To begin, one must understand that this isn’t the full game that the Gran Turismo team is working on, but rather it should be treated something more like a teaser, showcasing a variety of awesome qualities that will be expanded and pounded out to perfection in the pending Gran Turismo 5 release (which I’ve heard was in the fourth quarter; December twenty-ninth, though I’ve no way of knowing if this is true). What Gran Turismo has always done is give a good variety (though this is only a showcase type, the variety isn’t as vast) and also give you astounding beauty of the courses, cars, and other minor details generally over-looked. The tuning features have also been amplified to now include drift settings, so for those wishing to bridge this gap, tweak your car to match those conditions. Like most of the franchise, you’re given a very small amount of money and sent out to buy a car before beginning racing; unfortunately, there are only forty different events (the challenge is pretty high in the later events), so the game can be pretty short. This is the gameplay, but in actuality it’s not. Where the joy and beauty of this game truly shine is the realism of driving the cars; each is different and now the different quirks are more noticeable than any previous title, and from what I’ve seen, any other top racing game to date. Also, the cockpit view is the most accurate and well-designed piece that I’ve seen from any racing title; you get the sense that you’re in the car which they somehow get across through your television screen. For instance, your Ford GT will handle much more different than your Nissan Skyline; trust me, there’s no mistaking it either. For those wishing to “amp up” their game experience, go out and buy yourself a good racing wheel type of controller (if you’re uncertain about what’s out there, I’ve written a review over the Driving Force GT; a fine place to start). Overall, the game’s short due to the nature of the title, but the gameplay is highly enjoyable due to the realism and the focused priority of displaying different personalities of each car on the tracks given to you. Satisfactory, and preferably, I’d rather have this sitting in my archive than Dirt, Grid, or Need for Speed Undercover. Yes, despite it being short, the racing aspect is just that great.
yes: I recommend this product