Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 6 (2013, PS3 exclusive) – 9/10 driving game review

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Cast / crew
Director and Producer: Kazunori Yamauchi

Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 6 aka GT6 (2013)

9/10

Whether coaxing an unwanted Prius into 1st, manhandling a Stratos, marveling at the grip on a Mazda Roadster Touring Car or experiencing cornering speeds that seem beyond human comprehension in the Red Bull X-Series, GT6‘s driving experience is sublime. Every car is a joy to drive and this trumps every shortcoming the game has. On easier difficulties the AI let you win by ostentatiously slowing down (though I’m they removed this from Seasonal Events), the sound is highly variable, the track editor still doesn’t exist eight months after release, none of the career races feature standing starts or qualifying or racing exactly, the ultimate endurance races have been cut short by about 23 1/2 hours and they shouldn’t have wasted processing power on the worthless damage modelling. On the plus side, the graphics are astonishing for PS3, the lighting is wonderfully improved over GT5, the dynamic weather and time of the day is exemplary, the photo mode is as engrossing as ever, the track list is unmatched in quality with a superlative selection of original tracks backing up the old real-life stalwarts (Grid: Autosport is close), the car list is unmatched in quantity, hundreds of the car models are unmatched in quality and the (Dualshock) driving experience is totally unmatched: exquisite, an unending treat, a masterclass in response and communication.

Classified 3+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for persons who have reached the age of 3 or over.

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Steam Custom Images: PlayStation, ePSXe, Gran Turismo, Moto Racer

Steam icon 48x48Steam now allows you to set custom images for all items in your library, including non-Steam games. Here are a few images I have made for myself derived from official artworks and images found on Google Image Search. If you are the copyright holder or original artist and wish me to remove an image, please contact me.

These PlayStation images are the latest updates to the full list of Steam custom images.

The first item in the list is a PNG template that I’m using for all my PlayStation games.

PlayStation Steam template
PlayStation Steam template
ePSXe 1.7.0
ePSXe 1.7.0
Gran Turismo PlayStation
Gran Turismo PlayStation
Gran Turismo 2 PlayStation
Gran Turismo 2 PlayStation
Moto Racer PlayStation
Moto Racer PlayStation

Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 5 (2010, PS3 exclusive) – 8/10 driving game review

Cast / crew
Producer: Kazunori Yamauchi
Director: Kazunori Yamauchi

Gran Turismo 5 aka GT5 (2010)

8/10

It’s so easy to say nothing’s changed but the B-spec mode and in-built track designer are unique for the sim genre, it probably has more cars than every other current driving game combined and the car models are, by some distance, the greatest ever seen in a game. Here’s why Gran Turismo 5 is so great, though. Because each car is different, you’ll come to a championship with a car you’d turn your nose up at but when you climb in you find it’s fun and interesting to drive and you get real pleasure out of driving and mastering it. Moaning about taking over-powered cars into events is counter-balanced by simply choosing not to do so and the Special Events and Licence Tests which control the rules more tightly provide a superbly pitched challenge. The rest of the game is just for fun and the pleasure of the most communicative and rewarding gamepad driving experience ever created. Even with any disappointments you’ll have, this is still a landmark racing game.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

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