Acynic would argue that the Gran Turismo franchise achieved perfection long ago, but we are sticklers for the series. As time goes on and generations fly by, we become ever keener to see how the world’s bestselling racing series can better itself. After sampling GT5 Prologue, however, it looks as if the changes won’t actually apply to the realistic racing that GT is renowned for, but rather the periphery aspects of this reenergized driving simulator.
GT TV, as it is now known, will often the sort of visual content that draws away from the core driving experience. You will know that Top Gear is leading the pack with the video-streaming service, but we wouldn’t rule out other programs of its caliber cropping up – Fifth Gear would be a poor alternative, but it’s among the many possibilities of this exciting new online feature. As for the gameplay in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, the controls are as refined as they ever were. Although the environments are lacking life and notable characteristics, the cars are just horrifically realistic.
The attention to detail is absolutely painstaking, with one car in particular – the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R36) – even being wrapped in nex-gen quality rubber, prior to its official unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show. The graphical finesse is superior to what we experienced in GT HD, and with PSN expected to play a major role in downloadable content, and will we actually need to play the full game once we have played through the meaty content of this extended demo? As soon as we know, you will read it here first.