Gran Turismo 5 is a Racing game available on the PS3. It can be played in Singleplayer Competitive Splitscreen modes.
Gran Turismo 5 can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.
Gran Turismo 5 can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.
Gran Turismo 5 can be played in a Splitscreen mode. Split Screen Multiplayer games involve multiple players by providing a portion of the screen for each person. This enables two, three or four players to be involved in the game using just one console. Although popular for the PS2, Gamecube and Wii it is becoming less common in modern 360 and PS3 games which are less willing to sacrifice horsepower from the visuals to accomodate the extra players - they opt for an online multiplayer mode instead.
Gran Turismo 5 sparks back into life with real damage, weather and headlights (ed: not to mention windscreen wipers). After such a wait expectations are high, but it does promise to be a suitably bulging delivery for its extended gestation.
Gran Turismo 5 finally adds car damage and weather effects alongside its usual feverishly accurate array of cars and circuits. But more than the individual features it's how they come together to create a real spark of life that really makes you tingle.
Gran Turismo 5 handles itself masterly. Even with its shortcomings it still convinces as the only racing game in town for real enthusiasts.
The biggest tease in the history of racing games is finally here. After years of waiting, rumours, hype and missed release dates, Gran Turismo 5 has arrived and it doesn't disappoint. While nay-sayers have branded it as little more than Pokemon for cars, Gran Turismo is much more than that, it might just be the finest representation of racing I've ever played.
Gran Turismo 5 deserves to be savoured. It took a long time coming, but now it's here it can be enjoyed in 3D glory. What's most impressive though is the amount of restraint shown. It cleverly applies 3D depth only when it makes a different to the driving experience.
Gran Turismo 5 maybe late, unfinished and difficult but such is the power of its singular driving experience I really don't care. Day-night cycles, weather, online racing and car damage maybe the headlines, but it is the same old GT experience that kept me coming back.
Gran Turismo and I go back a long way. The first game on the PlayStation 1 transfixed me. Even back on that old system it still had a photographic quality that made it look more like you were watching TV than playing a game.
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