November 24, 2010. Outside gamestop on north Main Street in Salinas, around ten customers waited outside the doors for the store to open. As they stood around and started talking amongst themselves, it became apparent that most were there for Gran Turismo 5. What an impact this game from Polyphony has had on a generation of gamers and car enthusiast.
After playing this game for over a month now, I can honestly say that this game has its pros and cons. From the online play to the vouyer who wants to boss around his/her B-spec driver. GT Life is a great addition to the franchise. The fact that you can spend hours returning to the A- and B-spec modes, License tests, Special Events, and Seasonal Events leaves each gamer with a ton of choices to focus on while offline. Unfortunately this might turn certain people off the GT Life progression. A- and B-spec modes are a grind, and sometimes you can lose track of the “fun factor” of playing this game.
License tests are truly that: a test of your driving skills. Do not think that becuase you win every race in offline modes that your driving skill is epic, these tests are designed to push the gamers limits. Finishing these test will make starting the game simple and open up more of the GT5 world.
There is something to be said to being able to go online and trash talk to your buddies. The Community mode of GT5 has everything one might need to show others how inferior they are compared to you. With the ability to dictate track conditions, tire quality, penalties, horse power, weight, laps, starting positions… literally every facet of a race! each online race can be tailored to fit different racing styles.
Ultimately the final decision to this games worth is up to the individual, but if you are a true racing fan, this simulator is a must have. This reviewer gives GT5 a 5/5.