That is a good review Bob, thanks for sharing. He puts it far better than I can.
GT5 promised so much but delivered so little in terms of advancement. Considering how long it took to make it should have lived up to what it promised.
The base is still solid. The racing is good, but I would argue that previous GT games did it better. This alone begs the question "what did they do during all that development time?"
GT5, at least on consoles, should be the pinnacle of racing SIMs. Once it came out, racing fans every where should have dropped their copies of Forza, NFS, F1, etc. and never looked back.
Instead, the majority of GT fans have exclaimed "WTF?!?" "This is not what I expected!"
Is GT5 a good racing game? Well it is, but it should be the best. Titles like Forza and Shift have in car views for all cars. To only have them for select cars is alienating potentially the largest market for this game.
GT5 should have left Forza at the starting line in a cloud of burnt rubber smoke, but it is coming second to a much older game that has the balance between SIM and Arcade right, pays service to all aspects of racers needs and even allows you to link up 3 XBOX's and TV's for a real immersion experience.
Couple the auction features, custom graphics design mode, ease of XBOX live use over the PSN system and reasonable load times ... Forza makes GT5 look like an unfinished project.
SONY and GT fans deserved better. (Especially as the RRP for the base version of the game is $119Aus. $129 for the collectors and $299 if I wanted a GT leather wallet and model car with the game.)
I am still very eager to race against TOGers and I am certain that it is going to be great fun. (As I said the racing base is still very solid). This is the only reason I am keeping it.
As a single player experience, GT5 is a huge let down that I hope will be repaired with updates.
For value for money, Forza 3 and NFS Shift are a far better proposition, especially now that you can pick these up for so cheap. Even at full freight they are better value for money than GT (in it's current state).
Last edited by Pure Mongrel; 3rd December 2010 at 08:52 AM.