GT Pro Series Impressions

We get our first look at this cel-shaded GT racer and go hands-on with the wheel accessory that will come with it.

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Though the upcoming Nintendo Wii racer GT Pro Series isn't the first cel-shaded racing game featuring actual licensed autos (anyone remember Auto Modellista?), it does enjoy the advantage of having controls that are utterly its own. We recently got a chance to see a sneak preview of this Wii launch game, as well as get our hands on the driving-wheel accessory that will ship with it.

Cel-shaded racing is coming to the Wii with GT Pro Series.

Our only exposure to the game came from a brief video of it in action, but during the presentation, we got a good idea of some of the features that will be included. As we mentioned above, GT Pro Series is a cel-shaded game, with the cars featuring an animated, yet slightly more subdued look to them. We're not sure if it was the video we were watching or if the whole color palette of the game was a bit darker than we expected, however. Regardless, while the cars might look a bit cartoonish in execution, they still appeared fairly realistic, overall. The game will include more than 80 licensed car models, and we noticed several makes, such as Subaru, in the demo movie shown.

In addition to standard race and time-trial modes, GT Pro Series will include a drift mode, which will reward you not necessarily for posting the fastest lap times, but instead for pulling off the longest drift in the many corners found on each track. The game will also feature split-screen play for up to four players.

Driving the car in GT Pro Series will be accomplished by holding the Wii controller sideways and grasping both ends with your hands. As in other Wii racers, you turn left by turning the controller left and right by moving it in the opposite direction. The two buttons on the face of the Wii remote will be used for throttle and braking when using automatic gears, and there will be three separate control schemes to choose from for manual gearshifts. The addition of the Thrustmaster-designed wheel add-on will make the driving experience feel a bit more like piloting a real car.

The wheel itself is smaller than in real life and roughly the size of a Formula 1 steering wheel. The wheel acts as a shell for the Wii remote, and all you need to do is snap the Wii controller into a horizontal opening and then grasp it as you would a regular car steering wheel. It's not a huge difference, but it should feel slightly more authentic to be holding a steering wheel, rather than a strange rectangular device. The wheel, which will be packaged with GT Pro Series--as well as another Ubisoft racing game, Monster 4X4: World Circuit--will come in three separate parts that you assemble yourself.

We'll have more on GT Pro Series, as well as the Ubisoft racing wheel, as we get closer to the Nintendo Wii's launch.

Discussion

83 comments
afroman67
afroman67

graphics aren't everything. A game could have the best graphics in the world but it still could be rubbish if its gameplay was bad. What im saying is gameplay should come before graphics.

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

I just wait for mario kart when it (hopefully) come to the wii instead.

198d
198d

reminds me of initial d

xXKINGPINXx
xXKINGPINXx

DAM what a stupid game well it is not gonna get any better then forza 2 not in gameplay or experience or in graphics of course!!!

damnet
damnet

I hope this is some kind of joke, i mean we all know the wii is a underpowered pos but this is ridiculous.

skemaal
skemaal

Cell shading...BOOOOO! Including a steering wheel to make it more realistic and no extra cost YAAAAAYYYYYY!

Agent-FTO
Agent-FTO

looks ugly!!! i do like cell shading such as XIII on PC, ps2 & xbox. but this looks aweful

C0ldasICE
C0ldasICE

Come on guys...how many of you thought that Zelda Wind Waker (cel-shaded game) sucked... ??? I bet pretty few... SO don't come saying that the game sucks only cause you's people do not like cel-shaded games.. In my opinion what makes a great gane be great is not graphics... IT'S GAMEPLAY !!!

GodsBusy
GodsBusy

@romanzor Driving a car=real life Simulating the real life act of driving with a cartoon=lame And while I understand the point your making - that graphics aren't everything - your C64, NES analogy is flawed. It's like comparing movies from the early 1900s with the movies of today, and saying that we don't need fancy things like CGI, or sound. Games have advanced, as have people's expectations of them, and that is natural. There was once a time when I would have played River Rage on my Colecovision for hours - but that time has come and gone. And games don't have to look realistic to look good, but sometimes if they don't it ruins the experience because the style just doesn't fit with the theme, which seems to be the case here.

bobreturns
bobreturns

why the f*** make it cel shaded now it looks crap

OGTiago
OGTiago

ewwww to the graphics, cell shading car simulator uh uh.. even for a wii the graphics are letting me down. excite truck ftw. anyway, hope this plays well.

redrabbit
redrabbit

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romanzor
romanzor

I'm impressed that some of you know the word "graphics", and manage to write it correctly. Because you obviously don't know what you're talking about. When did graphics matter, anyway? We had Atari, NES and C64 back in the days, and nobody complained. Nobody. Nobody sat down and said "I refuse to play this game, because it doesn't look like real life." But then again, kids these days... Regardless, this sums up my opinion on this matter: Games = Not real life. Real life = Not a game. And I, personally, adore games that stray from trying to resemble real life. I turned to games in the first place because I needed a break from real life! It's realistic enough when I drive my car to job, I don't need a boring "realistic" looking game to entertain me when I come home from work.

Jaysonguy
Jaysonguy

For the people who say this game does not look like Forza or Gran Turismo I'd just like to thank you for showing us you're not blind. I cannot tell you how many countless nights I've been having wondering if you'd ever be able to distinguish between games, at last my prayers have been answered. The game is cell shaded for crying out loud. For the sake of keeping the explanation easy for everyone I'll simplify it... Cell shaded = cartoon This means that this game will look and play the same on EVERY console. There are no high end cartoons. What? Still problems? Ok,since some people have a problem calling things cartoons let's call it "anime inspired" It's an anime inspired game that's meant to showcase the racing engine with an anime design on top of it. For people who want realistic this is not where you should be looking. I don't understand why I even need to point that out to many of you. Should I go over to a thread about the original XBOX and tell people that it's not the best portable gaming system to buy next? If you like the style of this game and want it polished chances are you'll get your wish. If you think this game is crap because it doesn't look real meet me over in the portable gaming system area in 5.

gforce85
gforce85

The graphics are obviously not final material. I think that's a really cool idea, it'll look amazing. I love cel-shading, it drives me nuts how many people make such a huge deal about it. It's not childish, it's stylish. Cel-shading gives so much precise, clean, stylized beautiful animation. Stop ragging on cel-shading. Thank you!:)

andrewkozis
andrewkozis

ok i never want to see that game .................. ever again.......................

Brokendemise
Brokendemise

Yuck, cel-shaded games. Like, their nice and all, but, I kinda have sensitive eyes and cel-shaded games tend to be really bright, iunno, kinda makes me feel like I should be playing a comic-esque game like Cel-Damage.

alfre82mx
alfre82mx

I think that Wii's graphics looks like last gen, dont you think it will be better if nintendo gets more power in wii

Hoppe_c80
Hoppe_c80

it comes with the wheel which you can use in any racing game

sallad
sallad

This game looks more like the game of torture because of how bad those flippin graphics are hurting my flippin eyes.

ratzeh
ratzeh

Two face, i think you fail to understand that ps2 graphics werent as far apart as the wii is from xbox 360/ps3, ps2 had some amazing looking games (god of war, tekken). Last gen it was about game selection because all 3 had similar power, you fail son. Also this game looks terrible, thats a fact.

Cirus2
Cirus2

Tw0_Fac3_226 but ps2 looked good when it was out, much better than Psone n64.. so y on earth are nintendo going backwards. might as well buy a n64 or 2nd hand psone for like £5-10 with lots games

Cirus2
Cirus2

This looking like a DS game.. laughable

chibirevolution
chibirevolution

i failed to see the point of that steering wheel. (-_-)

etsmellsme
etsmellsme

Man, those graphics are terrible. Antialiasing, please. And the new control is a steering wheel. A racing game with an optional steering wheel! That's such a new idea!

Tw0_Fac3_226
Tw0_Fac3_226

when did it become about graphics this time? last gen it was all about game selection. the PS2 didnt have the best graphics , it was the best for game selection.

Jovatov
Jovatov

PS3 graphics are gonna be better as Wii, Nintendo said they aren't aiming for graphics but gameplay, which is fine by me. This game is looking good, I might get it

vamppii
vamppii

whats with ppl judging a console just because of one game? Wats with ppl saying wii graphics arnt as good as ps3? who doesnt know that. You can tell which console is graphically better just by the specs -_-. How bout you all wait till the games/console come out then judge

FABurch
FABurch

Quite possibly the worst graphics I have seen since PS1

decebal
decebal

If it wasn't for the graphics I wouldn't have checked out this game. But this looks so old school.... I must get it :)

ganondorf
ganondorf

Looks cool. I really enjoyed the style of Auto Modelista and the steering wheel looks really fun

bmogav
bmogav

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stanislavski86
stanislavski86

Graphics are shocking! CAn't find any better word!

sinceps1
sinceps1

"Tom2cool4U WTF, Graphics is art? Its a freakin game, moron and it looks crap anyway" Wtf games are art shut the hell up, it's probably better than anything you ever drew... And it doesn't even look bad, and its a freakin screenshot wtf again. How can you tell when the quality of the picture is that bad in the first place. I think you should stop calling people morons and flaming.

Kbs64
Kbs64

I admit the graphics look sorta jaggy but still. Its an interesting idea to us cell shading in a GT Pro Game. They know that selling the wheel would sell poorly if they sold it seperately from the game. But having the wheel seems like a waist of money and resources as well. But I'm sure it'll get someone.

wusscore
wusscore

Do we know if it costs antyhing over $50?

Tom2cool4U
Tom2cool4U

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Jebril
Jebril

Yea no offence but the graphics for these do suck, Auto Modellista at least had pretty graphics.

munkymick
munkymick

looks fun, but im more interested in the steerin wheel add on. I wonder if it'll mean the game cost more. Sorta brings back the n64 days wen a rumble pack came packed in with some games. Hopefully the graphics wud b better wen the game is actually launched.

fearman2k
fearman2k

2radiocreed "This game looks terrible, like a PS1 game. Call me a graphics whore, but gamers' standard have increased over the last few years." What is graphics for you? Millions of polygons? DX10 Shaders? But i say that MGS1 on PSOne looks just aaawesome. Quake (1996) also looks great. And all classic games look cool. Cuz they got their graphics style, not crappy Oblivion-like DX10 Shaders. MGS3 has the coolest graphics in the world. Without stupid shaders. Graphics is an art, not technology

-autopsy-
-autopsy-

a racing game from ubisoft? that should be interesting

CidStormwind
CidStormwind

What Nintendo really needs is a Forza/Gran Turismo kinda game.

kirby_uk
kirby_uk

"they all look mega crap" ?? Zelda Red Steel Metroid Prime 3 Super Mario Galaxy Resident Evil Super Smash Bros. And those are just the AAA titles. Two of those being launch titles. WarioWare, Elebits, MonkeyBall, WiiSports, Trauma Center, Mario Strikers are just some of the other solid titles that will be coming to the Wii at launch and in the near future, of which there's many more.

prunes
prunes

That screenshot is a joke surely , it looks like gran turismo did on the psone ,well almost as good as .

Miami_4_Ever
Miami_4_Ever

earth to anyone who wants to buy a wii, BORING!

DannyBoyVai
DannyBoyVai

*yawn* ... im desperate to find a handful of games i really want for Wii cause i kinda want to get one. Since its so cheap and PS3 wont be out for a while over here now.... but my god they all look mega crap. So dissapointing... the visuals of this game look like something you would find on PS1.... very dissapointing. The only thing remotely next gen about the Wii is the controller.... and frankly.... watching people play it..... they look kinda dumb doing so. Bah!..... dissapointment galore over all things Wii.... a real shame...

LexLas
LexLas

not very impressed, but it looks ok I guess ?