Gran Turismo 5 to receive a massive update

Article by Christian A., on October 9, 2011

The Gran Turismo 5 for PlayStation 3 was released almost a year ago but it continues to get huge updates based on feedback from the fans, according to Sony’s official PlayStation blog. Polyphony Digital will be releasing a major update to the game later this month. This free update has been given several exciting improvements.

In addition, the price of this game in the U.S. was reduced from $59.99 to $39.99. An interior view will now be offered on all the cars. In the past, only premium vehicles had this feature. Players will also be pleased to know that its load time is now shorter.

Gran Turismo 5 is notorious for having one of the longest install times of any PS3 game. It has a better menu response too. Players could now save the progress in the endurance races. In the past, shutting down the PS3 would have meant that the player has to start over on events such as the Indy 500. Sony has also added 11 cars to the delight of all NASCAR fans.

The experience gets more real with the improvement in car physics and the opponents’ responses. Players also get more control on the settings for the weather in the creation of races. It now has official support for the Logitech G25/G27 steering wheels, additional features in the online lounge, and updates to the photo travel mode. Sony says that there will be more updates such as new vehicles and tracks as well as new content.

The fifth installation of the Gran Turismo racing video game series boasts of a number of new features. For instance, Gran Turismo 5 is the first franchise game to feature a damage model, with the level of damage depending on the category the car belongs -- "Standard" or "Premium." Both mechanical and external damage modeling have also become an aspect of the game, including the so-called real-time deformation engine that determines the deformation of the car depending on the vehicle speed and angle of impact.

Vehicles that belong to the Standard category are now provided with less detailed damage – with only dirt, scratches and dents appearing in case of an accident. Moreover, these Standard vehicles could now be upgraded with certain aesthetic improvements like aftermarket wheels and wheel paint.

On the other hand, GT5 vehicles belonging to the "Premium" category feature more advanced damages in case of an accident. Gameplay in Gran Turismo 5 now allows cars to be overturned. In addition, game physics has been revised with cars no longer instantly turning-in.

GT5 cars now are more realistic, loading up the outside wheel first. Moreover, destabilizing effects like under braking have greater influence in the handling of GT5 cars. Other upgrades on the series also include weather effects on certain circuits, as well as optional Stereoscopic-3D resolution and Karting. Players would love the addition of new visual effects like dynamic skid marks, dust and the fact that they could now flash the headlights of their chosen cars.

Players would also love the GT5’s course editor feature that allows the creation of new circuits. This course editor makes use of tools that could, albeit randomly, generate track-parts according to the preferences of the player, like number of corners, the number of sectors and the time of day. Players could now choose from different themes as base design for their created circuits, with each theme influencing the track length and highest elevation.

With the latest iteration of the Gran Turismo series, players could choose from 31 different locations or "scenery" and 81 different track layouts, including the test track of the British automotive TV show Top Gear in the United Kingdom -- Dunsfold Aerodrome. A number of real-life circuits already featured in the past installations of the game are included in GT5 like Circuit de la Sarthe, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Nurburgring, Suzuka Circuit and Tsukuba Circuit.

Moreover, the playable demo of GT5 at Gamescom 2009 still features the Tokyo Route 246 track. GT5 now simulates real-life circuits and brings them into the virtual world like the Daytona International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Monza Circuit, as well as two new circuits in Rome, Italy and Madrid, Spain. A number of fictional circuits featured in the past iterations of the game are also making their comeback in GT5 like 'Autumn Ring,' 'Deep Forest Raceway' and 'Trial Mountain.'

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