Gran Turismo 5 Updated Hands-On

The latest in Sony's heralded driving series finally has a Japanese release date--and we've got the latest look at the game from TGS.

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The long-awaited date is here: Gran Turismo 5 is set to debut in March 2010...in Japan. That means a slightly longer wait for fans around the world, but if nothing else, it signifies that the end point is near for a game that driving fans have been eagerly anticipating for years now. Earlier today, on the show floor of the 2009 Tokyo Game Show, we had a chance to try out the latest demo of GT5.

The two-minute timed demo took place on the Tokyo r246 track, which has appeared in previous versions of the game (and makes an appearance in Gran Turismo PSP as well). Even though the track isn't new, seeing it running on a PlayStation 3 in full HD is an impressive experience--with everything brought to life, from the buildings that surround the urban circuit to the shadows cast from the nearby trees, in impressive fashion. Little touches, like knocking over stacks of tires when running wide the first turn, also made an impression.

The TGS 2009 show floor demo of GT5 came in two flavors: one you could play with a regular PS3 controller and another you could play while sitting in a racing rig and playing the game with a Logitech Driving Force Pro wheel. The latter was naturally preferred, despite the relatively long wait in line, because the force feedback wheel lets you feel all of the undulations of the road. Damage modeling didn't seem to be in effect in this demo--thought we did watch as one player drove his Subaru WRX sti rally car into a wall; after he recovered, the left-side door refused to shut all the way and hung limply as the driver continued the race.

Whether we were playing with the wheel or the PS3 controller, the GT5 handling model was in full effect. The nimble Subaru was a joy to handle around the tighter sections of r246, and the muscular Mercedes-AMG SLS, the other car available to drive in the demo, was a nice, if more challenging, alternative. Of course, we were hoping for more from the demo for GT5, especially considering the game is due for release in Japan in under six months, but at this point, we'll take what we can get.

On Saturday, September 26 (in Japan), GameSpot will be heading to Polyphony Digital to check out more of GT5 and talk with series creator Kazunori Yamauchi. If you've got a question or two about the game, put it in the comments below, and who knows, we just might be able to get it answered on your behalf.

Stay tuned for more on Gran Turismo 5 in the coming months.

Discussion

253 comments
stig90
stig90

wats wrong with forza fanboys?theyre all over the page,stop bein babies and get a life,i admit that forza 3 is a good game,but if waiting means that i'll get a better game(gt5),then i'll wait,and im NOT a fanboy

BMWPro77
BMWPro77

We're only a few motnhs off. It will be worth the wait I assure you man.

jayt8lor
jayt8lor

I'm completely fed up of waiting for GT5 to come out, i bought my PS3 back in 2007 mainly for this game but as i have an xbox 360 as well and now have Forza 3 which is awesome by the way, i'm considering selling my PS3 because i reckon the PS4 will be about ready by the time the idiots gets GT5 ready, i mean come on it's taking far too long and can therefore only be a big let down. Also before anyone has a go i have owned and adored all previous GT games, as i said i bought my PS3 for this game but it is just taking the mick now. FORZA 3 ROCKS

sushipsp
sushipsp

I can't wait till GranTurismo 5 comes out. Forza is just a copy of GranTurismo. I agree with (aphotic000).

kingnazer
kingnazer

i hate gran turismo series it doesn't have career mode u just do boring race and unlock some sh*t

aphotic000
aphotic000

wow, that last comment was a total grammatical nightmare. i'm not really inclined to take on board the opinion of someone who can't even string a sentence together. and while they might play in a fairly similar manner, gt5 will most likely have a much greater attention to detail than any of the forza games.

H3llrazah420
H3llrazah420

yea no1 likes a rushed game but gt5 is just bs for u guys look how good forza3 is look at the reviews they dident rush it and its got a 9.4 so dont give me this crap oh no1 likes a rushed game lol they came out with 2 to ur 1 that might come out this year lol and forza2 is a classic and forza3 looks even better just face it sony aint top dog anymore

antonisbob
antonisbob

Well.. I can't wait for this, Its definiantly not rushed and no one likes a rushed game right? GT is the original and always will be.

H3llrazah420
H3llrazah420

forza3 is going too be way better gt lost its throne to forza it sucks that it takes that long to wait for game ha ha ha ha ha oh yea but i forgot ps3 is better ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

FurioustigerGR
FurioustigerGR

When I got my PS3 in March 2007 one of the first downloadable content was a beautiful demo of GT5 concept!!! Almost 3 years later and we are still waiting for the GT5 to be released!?! Do you know what? Thanks God that I didn't sell my XBOX360 because in a few weeks I will get the Forza Motorsport 3 that for sure will be a GT5 kick AS.S!!! OHH ....and by the time GT5 get released, Forza Motorsport 4 will be already in the market and will kick their AS.S again for the second time in the row!!!!!

FurioustigerGR
FurioustigerGR

rerx7 Posted Oct 2, 2009 6:00 am GMT I am a huge fan of Gran Turismo, in fact that was the reason I bought PS and PS2 (Racing package). When the GT5 comes out I will then get the PS3 (hopfully by then they will have a GT5 edition). When GT5 get released PS4 will be already in the market!!!!

OF-5
OF-5

Forza 3 will be better...

MAG--256
MAG--256

i hope we will see gt5 before end od 2010 i don't expect gt5 to hit japan in early 2010 i expect one more small delay we will see gt5 in 2010 but it will be late 2010 and i rather have a finished game than almost finsihed any day

ChiuahuadaSara
ChiuahuadaSara

if there is damage in cars.... that is cool ! :)

HuntaKila
HuntaKila

Definitely the best racing game (series) ever. No other game had or have so many different and exotic types of cars with such realistic traction, greatly close to reality. With simulation of damages 5th part will be king of gaming for few years as it's predecessors were. GT is same thing for Sony as Super Mario is for Nintendo, people buy PS because of this game.

Jack_n_Coke07
Jack_n_Coke07

Bah, they better bring it soon, or else it will become stale. It just seems that it has become less of a "driving simulator" and more of just a boring racing game full of cars. I actually seem to enjoy Shift a lot more than I have enjoyed GT, mostly for the part that the AI and the game overall have life to it, rather than GT where the AI runs in the same line and there's really no great sense of speed. ^^All of this, is coming from a diehard GT fan. It's facing the facts instead of being blindly biased towards a series.

rerx7
rerx7

I am a huge fan of Gran Turismo, in fact that was the reason I bought PS and PS2 (Racing package). When the GT5 comes out I will then get the PS3 (hopfully by then they will have a GT5 edition). My question is will the GT5 let players play against each other over the internet? Thank you very much.

SkinnZero
SkinnZero

the only senseful question I have for now is about launch date in America. When it will be?

Arruda81
Arruda81

Damage, damage, damage... I would really prefer if they were putting more effort on opponent's AI, and make races competitive in terms of what type of cars can enter each race. This would be more important for the game to achieve perfection. One of the few let-downs on previous versions was to start a race only to understand that your either far superior or far inferior to other cars, and be denied a competitive race. It was basically a time trial for me all the time. Still great of course, so close to perfection, hope this time they achieve it.

scja25
scja25

~Question~ Will there be body kits? If so, what can we expect to see with them? Yeah i don't got any really good questions, but hey, it's not that bad haha.

stinkymonkey58
stinkymonkey58

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MOCHIRON_MAN
MOCHIRON_MAN

Friken right, damage system. Can't wait for it to come out. buying on the spot.

Rikuide_Furame
Rikuide_Furame

Ah, was hoping for a little more info than that, but I guess you can't expect too much time at the TGS. Still, I'm eager to try out the new game.

WEST_EVIL
WEST_EVIL

this gona be best game in 2009

Shadow_zone
Shadow_zone

FS. I dont think its physically possible to put a ferrari V8 into a miata anyway. But you could put a rotary in there.. I think it would be a cool idea if you could change engines.

mitsmirage
mitsmirage

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FrumpyShakes
FrumpyShakes

@grim: engine swapping is too novel, no challenge if you have a miata flying on some v8 ferrari transplanted engine.

TGK117
TGK117

Best racing game ever!

Grim-06
Grim-06

-Will gran tursimo have engine swapping where you can take an engine from one car and put it on another car?

IrishBulldog93
IrishBulldog93

@gangster480 wow you clearly know very little about game development !! its a lot more complicated than you think with all the new software coming out lately and to be the best like gran turismo are trying to be you have to put long days and nights of work for a broad rang of staff and developers !!

TweakyRabbit
TweakyRabbit

950 Cars.... haha That's A very Big Car List. Only A Handful Are Going To Be Good But I'm Still Interested To See Cars I Didn't Even Know Existed. Haha They Even Have The Very First Original Honda Civic Haha From 1979!

blaze_adeel
blaze_adeel

Good damage system ,co-op and offroad tracks are wht i am looking for!!!

Crystall3d
Crystall3d

-Gt5prologue had impressive effects and angles however it lacked composition detail , it was like looking at an aliased ,clean but an empty scene , any improvements on this lack of elements? -How much damage modeling has an effect on the car model , what i seized from this preview is, dislocations but not crunchings. Is it possible to disable visual deformation , and have performance loss only , and vice versa? -Will there be support for older wheel setups like Momo racing wheel on gt5p? -Are rally tracks, off-road friendly? is it possible to stray away from road or is it limited by barriers and invisible walls like in previous releases? -These are answers i have been waiting for, thank you

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Crystall3d

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octotoke
octotoke

GT4 had split screen so I can safely assume we will get some sort of local multiplayer option. Even though damage is obviously confirmed by now we do not know for sure whether this will be in effect for the whole library of over 800 cars (speculating from the PSP GT car number) but it is expected nonetheless. This game is going to blow away everything preceding it or at least it should !!! WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR SOME TIME I'D SAY...

impreza-me
impreza-me

- Having already aquired the WRC and NASCAR licenses, will there be a move for the BRITISH / DTM / WORLD TOURING CARS? they're great championships that could do with a decent game. - If there are split screen races, will there be a full grid of cars? - Also, if rain interrupts a race it would be great and make pitstops more interesting, especially for Le Mans. - Will we be able to listen to the music on our HDD?

Darth_Pietrus
Darth_Pietrus

@gangster480 Thats why its going to be the greatest racing game ever!

Darth_Pietrus
Darth_Pietrus

Yes I have 2 questions- 1. How many cars are we looking at? 2. (The most important one) Will there be splitscreen? I understand that with the nice graphics and all that it might not be possible, but it really does make the game a lot more fun. I have realtives and friends who are waiting for this aswell and it would be really dissapointing if it wouldnt have splitscreen.

Sokol4ever
Sokol4ever

I have two short questions for Mr. Yamauchi. Will GT5 have weather effects or day and night cycles? Also, I understand there is WRC and NASCAR license already included, I'm at hardcore Formula 1 fan and I'm wondering if F1 will make appearance? I have phenomenal time with Ferrari F1 2007 in GT5 Prologue. ;p

mitchiejapan200
mitchiejapan200

Huge fan of GT4... but after playing Forza 2 and then comparing the new Forza 3 demo to GT5 Prologue, I have to say that I'm really not in a rush to get GT5 anymore. It seems that everyone has waited 4 years for very little result since the demo was released in December 2006. By all means, I love the Gran Turismo series, but if GT5 has not evolved or lived up to everyone's expectations of being heads and shoulders over the competition, which I doubt by the impressions given here and GT5 Prologue, then what the hell has Kazunori been doing over the last 5 years?! Probably been playing Metal Gear Solid.

ChrisGunstone
ChrisGunstone

Will They Be Fixing The Sound of the Cars Because In Gt5 P The Sound Of The Subaru WRX Sounded Like Kia Picanto

KrzyJoe
KrzyJoe

about how many vehicles will be in the final game?

TheMork
TheMork

Jeez I hope for Sony's sake that this is the greatest racing game ever made when it's released, GT5 is starting to look a tiny bit like Duke Nukem Forever...

gangster480
gangster480

why do we have to wait soo long? its a driving game. it takes like a week to translate. there is very little dialogue. all you have to translate is the menu. and a few lines in the game i there is narration.

mamanhansome
mamanhansome

hmmm y take it so long to release the games... cause my customer being asking for almost a year.... i told to be release on this year nov?