Top 5 Reasons Why Gran Turismo 5 Sucks

By Shaon, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

To all the fanboys who have been waiting patiently for the title for 6 years we really have some bad news. Its not as if the hotly and (Too much) anticipated “Real Driving Simulator” is bad. If racing is what you are looking for get the title by all means. But to keep it in the same podium as the other Gran Turismo games which gave something to Racing as a legitimate video game genre. Don’t get me wrong I love the GT series as one of the finest driving experiences ever but considering the hype that went into the 5th installment of the series it may have faltered. Sony exclusives are known to rise up to the hype (Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted, God of War 2 and 3)but this game which later released a demo in the form of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue bore the brunt of an excruciating 6 years in developement. Many games we have known had to endure such a devilishly long cycle, some were canceled and the ones which came out were some piece of work I am looking at you Doom 3. So if you are curious to know about what exactly are the not so great and drag the title from its podium of excellence read on.


1. A.I fails to impress

While the races look like the real deal, the problem with the AI seems to be that it is way too easy to just bump and grind ahead of the track in the first corner itself. The game gets devilishly spot on with the controls as expected but that said you better try and get ahead of the pack within the first corner. Else you are pretty much on your own for the entire duration. They will stick to the racing line like glue and you can never expect anyone to break from the ordered pack. By all means your result is more skewed to the selection of your car rather than your driving skills for my liking.

2. Weather Effects on a limited track

While this may not have been a major concern but the the awesome Ice and rain effects were the chief places of contention for GT 5 being the definitive vehicular and graphical experience to be had on the PS3. Well tis really limited a few tracks here and there. That said whats there is all very good.

3. No Cock Pit View of the Standard non premium cars

The PSP version of Gran Turismo had it. So there is no reason why it should not have been there. Granted that it probably could not have been that detailed, but scrapping the feature all together is really not done.

4. The Standard Cars don’t meet the expectations as far as looks go.

Well the disparity between the standard cars and the premium ones are quite a bit. For starters once you have tasted the premium cars there is no chance you will ever want to go back to the standard ones. Well apart from that check out the cock pit view of the fancied premium ones for shadow jaggies.

5. Damage

Realistic Damage physics came to the GT series amidst much fanfare with the GT 5. Sure the game has panel by panel destruction of premium vehicles, the standard ones never suffer from a scratch. And you know what it does ? It takes that much immersion away from the definitive and real driving simulation it tries so pain stakingly achieves. This is probably the greatest crime that GT5 is guilty of.

To say it falters while racing would be wrong. If you want racing better go and get it. I set out writing the article titled as a top 10 list but could not. The issues that was holding the game back from being of the podium standard as I expected were a few. But there is no denying the fact that the chinks were definately there. The game had momentous expectations tagged with it, for which it was a  commendable effort on Polyphony’s part to deliver to a greater extent but maybe the power of my magnifying glasses was a bit too steep for its capability. To all the gamers out there Polyphony has decided to come out with patches to iron out the issue and we are waiting for it as eagerly as you are.


December 28, 2010: 6:58 am

me too i think this game is setup so stupid it should cost 5 dollars. cant racecause i cant buy the car because its hard to find if ever, then when it does show up it cost 2000000000 dollars how dumb ass is that. wish i would have rented it first.

December 2, 2010: 8:53 pm

Dont waste your money. Need for speed is 10x better.

larry canarry
November 30, 2010: 11:23 pm







November 29, 2010: 5:51 pm

There is a lot to be desired in the game and frankly it failed on many counts to warrant a game of the year tagline many people are bent on giving it. This probably works more as a simulator and less as a game.

November 27, 2010: 3:46 pm

Not to mention all the cars sound the same and have no resemblance to the sounds of actual cars. All of the cars sound like vacuum cleaners.

Gaylord Fokker
November 27, 2010: 12:06 pm

I’ve played GT5 for about 20 hours now and I’ll have to say that I too am extremely disappointed. After having to wait 6 years for the next installment (Prologue doesn’t count), I am furious that the dealer events are gone, they were included in Prologue, and added at least 60% to the available races in GT4. Additionally, finding cars for the meager amount of races is next to impossible, unless you’re in the market for a cruddy old kei car or one of a dozen Miatas. I’ve yet to see a truck, and without one you cannot finish the beginner races. Finding a 1960’s rice burner is almost as bad.

The “points” rating for purchase availability is beyond comprehension. You’re probably unable to afford it if you’re that low of a level anyway. The points system for being able to enter races is O.K. with me… so far. I see that some requirements are insanely high.

Finally, B-spec. An autistic monkey could walk a race before the AI driver could finish in your car. Mine either does 15mph or spins out on the sideline. Mine even sat driving into a wall for a full 10 seconds before he righted himself and resumed his 8th place position.

So far, Polyphony & Sony, you’ve produced something along the lines of Duke Nukem Forever. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your souls.

November 26, 2010: 7:24 pm

Well good news for you numerous updates of GT5 are on the way…..

Paul Sexton
November 26, 2010: 4:02 pm

This is all true!! I’ve been waiting, and finally bought a ps3, for gt5’s impending launch. And it’s horribly disappointing. Same archaic formula, still boring slow in the beginning, no new real options (even lose some). Also, the much vaunted GRAPHICS? spoiled by distractingly ugly and jagged shadows, 4/5’s of the cars and something like 1/2 the tracks being ps2 graphic quality. While these Gt4 models looked good in SD, in HD they look unacceptably blocky n bland. Finally, lets face it, Sony’s “real driving simulator” is easily eclipsed by sims like Iracing and Live for speed.

Perfectionism must have turned into obsessive compulsive disorder, because I cannot see how else such glaring faults could have been overlooked. It’s like polyphony have been living in a sealed box for the past 10 years. They said it was their own little Apollo moon space program…. I’m thinking it looks more like Apollo 13, we’ll see if they can bring us back home with patches and dlc.

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