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whatshot Gran Turismo Prologue 5 PS3 Review - -

Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 9.2
Sound 8.5
Value 8.0
Distributor: Sony
Review Date:
April 2008
James Wright


Gran Turismo Prologue 5

The definitive racing title on the Playstation has finally arrived on the PS3 which gives us a taste of what this driving simulator has to offer in Gran Turismo Prologue 5 created by Polyphony Digital who once again challenges gamers with a variety of accurate real-world cars that almost makes it feel like you are actually behind the wheel of one of these high performance super cars.

The Prologue edition of Gran Turismo offers the player 71 cars and six world class tracks that include Daytona, High Speed Ring, Fuji Speedway, Eiger Nordwand, Suzuka Circuit and a section of central London which is graphically quite amazing. What really sets this incarnation apart from its predecessor is that it has been fully designed for high definition which also includes split screen racing and online gameplay to top it off. The gameplay of Gran Turismo Prologue 5 also offers the play 30 different race events through three different car classes where the player must start with the basic cars and move their way into the super cars. Customisations is also available which is definitely an enjoyable aspect of the series.

Key Features:

  • The first ever Gran Turismo title with online racing: drive online against up to 16 other Gran Turismo aces
  • Race a total of 71 stunning cars:
  • Race the Eiger Nordwand, Daytona International Speedway, the London City Track, Fuji Speedway, Suzuka and the High Speed Ring - then race them all in alternative layouts
  • All-new physics engine means true next-generation vehicle handling
  • All-new and improved opponent AI for a nail-biting race experience
  • Access to Gran Turismo TV : a world of great motoring TV programming online including the BBCs Top Gear
  • In-game museum featuring the history and heritage of the top car manufacturers
  • My Garage - a personalised homepage feature with calendar, clock and map & weather of major race circuits worldwide
  • Quick Tune facility allows you to adjust power, tyres, suspension and more
  • All in stunning High Definition at 1080p
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Additional Features for Europe/Australia/New Zealand:
  • Drift Mode – The player’s drifting technique is measured based on drift angles, racing lines, and speeds within evaluation zones located at various turns on the course.
  • In Depth Car Tuning – Players have the ability to adjust the vehicle’s performance, including power, tyres, suspension and the ability for quick tuning whilst racing.
  • Two-player Split Screen Racing – Allows players to race head-to-head offline.
  • New Race Events – Online racing fans can join in on a new set of scheduled events and time trials.

The game does a stalwart job of stretching out the content  into a full game experience. It provides some 30 race events that are tackled through three different car classes - starting out with the cheaper Suzukis and Hondas, before graduating onto the punchier Skylines and Mustangs until finally unlocking the ability to customise your cars' mechanical setup before hitting the grid. This process will easily see you spending four or five evenings before they are done. Once you've lapped all this up, you can move onto the extra credit events such as manufacturer events, time trials and drift trial events.

Those that put the hours in with Gran Turismo HD, whilst waiting for Prologue, can return to Eiger Nordwand in this expanded collection of cars and more fuller graphical rendering. This really took us back to the hours of honing we ploughed into that Grindwald circuit of GT1 and GT2. Eiger Nordwand not only offers breathtaking views but a surprising amount of nuance and depth to each of its twists and turns.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Full Vehicle List:
  • Lexus IS F '07
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II Nur '02
  • Nissan Fairlady Z Version S '07
  • Nissan Skyline Sedan 350GT Type SP '06
  • Nissan Skyline Coupe Concept '07
  • Nissan Skyline Coupe 370GT Type SP '07
  • Nissan Skyline Coupe (V36) Tuned Car
  • Nissan GT-R Proto '05
  • Nissan GT-R '07
  • Honda Integra TYPE R '04
  • Honda NSX Type R '02
  • Acura NSX '91
  • Mazda Atenza Sport (2007 Tokyo Motor Show reference exhibit)
  • Mazda RX-8 Type S '03
  • Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A (FD)
  • Mazda RX-7 (FD) Special Tuned Car
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI (18inch BBS Wheel Option) '07
  • Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STI spec C Type RA '05
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR '05
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR Premium Package '07
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR Tuned Car
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR Tuned Car
  • Suzuki Cappuccino '95
  • Suzuki Swift Sport '07
  • Suzuki Cervo SR '07
  • Suzuki Cappuccino Tuned Car
  • Suzuki Swift Sport Tuned Car
  • Daihatsu Copen Active Top '02
  • Daihatsu OFC-1 '07
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06 '06
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) Tuned Car
  • Dodge Viper GTS '02
  • Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe '06
  • Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe Tuned Car
  • Ford Mustang V8 GT Coupe Premium '07
  • Ford GT '05
  • Ford Focus ST '06
  • Ford GT Tuned Car
  • Audi R8 4.2 FSI R tronic '07
  • Audi TT Coupe 3.2 quattro '07
  • BMW Z4 '03
  • BMW 135i Coupe '07
  • BMW M3 Coupe '07
  • BMW 135tii '08
  • Mini Cooper-S '06
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG '02
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI '01
  • Volkswagen Golf V GTI '05
  • Alfa Romeo 147 TI 2.0 TWIN SPARK '06
  • Alfa Romeo Brera Sky Window 3.2 JTS Q4 '06
  • Ferrari 599 '06
  • Ferrari F430 '06
  • Ferrari 512BB '76
  • Ferrari F40 '92
  • Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione '91
  • Citroen C4 Coupe 2.0VTS '06
  • Renault Clio Renault Sport V6 24V '00
  • Clio Renault Sport V6 24V Tuned Car
  • Aston Martin DB9 Coupe '06
  • Jaguar XK Coupe '06
  • Lotus Elise 111R '04
  • Lotus Elise '96
  • Lotus Elise 111R Tuned Car
  • Lotus Elise Tuned Car
  • TVR Tuscan Speed 6 '00
  • TVR Tamora '02
  • Art Morrison Corvette'60
  • Amuse/Opera Performance Gran Turismo 350Z RS
  • Amuse S2000 GT1 Turbo
  • Mine's BNR34 Skyline GT-R N1 base '06
  • Blitz Dunlop ER34 '07

Graphically, everything is as HD crisp as you would hope. The frame-rate is a solid 60fps and it will now go up to the full 1080p resolution. The main window dressing is the aforementioned car interiors. But these turn out to add a lot to the overall experience. It just feels so different racing round in a cramped Suzuki compared to the Walnut dash of a high performance motor. We still have to wait for any weather effects, or in fact anything but bright sunny days, but hey, if you have to pick one weather type that has to be better than wet and windy. The incredible thing here is that this is essentially the same game as was delivered all those years ago. But somehow it is just as exciting and fresh as it ever was.

Add into this mix the superb support for Logitech's range of wheels and you have almost the perfect racing setup. Although it may seem a lot to spend on an accessory, the level of extra information provided by the force feedback in unprecedented. Whether it is the tugging of the wheel as you try and persuade the car around a corner, the heavy handling under-braking, or the looseness of the wheels when the car momentarily flies over a jump, the realism offered here is simply stunning. If you don't fancy a wheel you will probably want to get hold of a Dual Shock 3 - the controller is also fully supported with its re-integrated rumble feature. Whichever way you cut it this is a great taste of what is to come in GT5. The only downside is that this is only a taste of what is to come :(


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