Apart from regular reviews this one addresses some of the criticism and 3-D function...
MondasM wrote this review on .
I do not want to delve into the "this game is amazing" or "this game sucks" comments Gran Turismo 5 received during the past week that it has been out... As many other games GT 5 is a solid game with a few problems. The problems on the other hand are a big deal if you make them such. The menu system and online aspect could have been designed better, the menu system could have included more shortcuts between various screens, it becomes a tedious job if you want to check the race requirements and then buy a car according to them, making you hop through at least three different screens. Online matchmaking is non existent, you just pick a lobby or create your own, if you have bunch of friends who play the game, that will not matter at all, or if you are not interested in online racing to start with, well at least you can grow your friend's list according to them owning the game.
The more minor problems are graphics based, jagged shadows being one of them, actually this issue is not a deal breaker for me, you only recognize it (or at least i do) when you are on the grid waiting for the race to start. Standard cars do not look like they have last generation graphics, this is only an over-exaggerated point. Frankly I do not use driver camera at all, I prefer to use the bumper camera (ok, it would be nice to have a over the hood camera but I guess the over the car ceiling camera is almost the same), so the issue with the driver camera being non-existent for standard cars is not an issue for me. I am not mentioning the premium cars, because 200 of them are plenty enough and just creating this depth of detail for those must have taken forever, well at least about five years. Please do not get put off by some people claiming this game is utterly garbage, it is definitely not.
The tracks are being criticized as well, for them not being "inspirational". Well, if the Nurburgring is rendered with the help of thousands of real life images and has pinpoint accuracy compared to the real life counterpart, then maybe the complainers should switch to playing Wipeout HD and Wipeout Fury (which are brilliant games in my book as well), there one can see more color and quite surreal tracks. We all say we crave for reality in video games but we all complain that "the real life is quite bland" and "uninspirational", which is a fallacy. The tracks I have played in so far (level 14 with most of the races completed in the three racing event categories, most of the special events have been completed so far, including the first rally event, with which I had a blast) do look like real life. So this argument does not hold any value in my view.
The ability to play in 3-D, which in my opinion is quite well implemented, kicks the experience up a couple of notches. I have learned that some people did not find the setup of the 3-D function to be easy and could not use it properly. I use a 3-D Sony TV and quite frankly I did not do any setups, I just turned the 3-D function on and that was it, no other setup was required. If you are among the few who have given up on the 3-D option because of the setup issues, I wholeheartedly suggest that you do anything possible to set your system up correctly, because it really adds another depth to the game, well literally and really.
All in all, the score of 8 (maybe 8,5) acquired from GS is quite on the spot, but in my opinion the score is lowered (come on when was the last time you got an 80% from a test and felt you flopped) due to the menu congestion, lack of online features and not because of gameplay issues. If you really like simulations then this is the racing game for you, if you prefer an arcade racer altogether, this game will not satisfy you.