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I'm giving this game 4 stars, *but*
on March 27, 2018
I'm giving this game 4 stars, but I have a number of criticisms. I read a bunch of reviews of the GT games available for PS3 before I decided. None were stellar, but I thought GT5 sounded most promising and I wasn't looking for anything to take too seriously. However, I have been a GT fan for well over a decade and have played all previous versions much more seriously in the past.
The bad reviews are right. The online content has been shut-off, which doesn't bother me. The download times!... Forget-about-it! Like Seinfeld once told Elaine while she was apartment sitting: "The water takes a while to get hot, so turn on the faucet and then go downtown and do your shopping..." It took hours. But, I expected that, thank you to the other reviewers. Then, the file install is supposed to take a little under an hour. The installation stage is where my biggest grievance lies. I have attempted the installation now, probably 3 or 4 times. It doesn't take 100%. Always freezes up before completing. After about 20 hrs of game play, I had it figured out that only the Nurburgring was corrupt. Any attempt to load any part of that course for any race at all and it freezes up the game. I thought I could live with that and just work around it. And, I have been able to, for the most part, even though the very first license tests use Nurburgring. They did something really neat in GT5 which, I think, is a great improvement over GT4...a couple of things, actually. 1. You level up with driving experience, in both A-Spec and B-Spec, so licensing doesn't appear to hinder progress during primary game-play. 2. They give you a driving line with a braking indicator. This probably sounds like training wheels to more experienced GT racers out there, but I actually really appreciate it, especially playing at night when I am tired. I never used to able to play GT when I was tired, because it required too much focus and concentration. The used car lot does rotate quite a bit. I kind of like that. It encourages frequent shopping. The graphics are very good, of course. There are 2 new views during driving, one from inside the car and another that shows only the hood. I've always been partial to the 3rd person view, myself. I like to see the car move and get a better feel for any tailgaters.
So, those are some good things. Now, here is my biggest complaint so far: I just found out the rally races are corrupted files as well. That is the reason I decided to write this review. I mean, the rally races! Like, all of them, so far! That tips the scales for me. Wishing I had made a different purchase decision. Although, for the $6-8 I spent, it is still way better than pumping that money into an arcade game. So, it's all good. It is just a game. And, it is a good game (with no shooting or violence).
Peace and happy racing!
p.s. If anyone has ideas on how I can complete the installation, please shout it out!!