Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

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  • The award-winning Gran Turismo franchise returns with its 5th installment, exclusively for PS3. With its signature realism and physics, it continues to blur the line between simulation and reality.
  • Race more than 60 meticulously detailed cars from worldwide manufacturers, including Ferrari, BMW, and Nissan in stunning 1080p at 60 frames per second.
  • Each car features an all-new interior dash view with driver animations and gauges that track vehicle performance in real-time.
  • In addition to racing with up to 16 players online, it features Gran Turismo TV, a new dedicated online channel that delivers motorsport and automotive content from around the globe.
  • Get a jump on the competition. You can transfer your Gran Turismo 5 Prologue progress to Gran Turismo 5 when it releases.

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The award-winning Gran Turismo franchise returns with its 5th installment, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, exclusively for PlayStation 3. With its signature realism and unrivaled physics, this highly anticipated precursor to Gran Turismo 5 continues to blur the line between simulation and reality.

"Prologue" is defined as an introductory or preceding event or development, and true to every letter, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue treats both long-time fans of the Gran Turismo franchise as well as those coming to it new, with a generous sampling of what they can expect to see in Gran Turismo 5 later in the year and further releases on the PS3.

Grand Turismo 5: Prologue

The new direction of Grand Turismo
GT5: Prologue online play
Take your ride online for the first time.
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Race across six international tracks
Race across six international tracks.
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Customize your ride in the garage
Customize your ride in the garage.
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Developed By the Best
Polyphony Digital is the developer of the Gran Turismo franchise, led by creator Kazunori Yamauchi. Polyphony Digital is known for pushing the limits of the PlayStation hardware, and with its realistic graphics and physics, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue is no different. In addition to receiving CAD data from the auto manufacturers, they have taken thousands of photos to model each car (and track). As an example of the level of detail, a car in Gran Turismo 4 has the same number of polygons as a headlight in Gran Turismo 5: Prologue.

Polyphony works even closer with the automotive industry to make sure that the cars look and drive just as they do in real life. In fact, Kazunori Yamauchi designed the on-board computer for the real Nissan GT-R. If you’re lucky to buy one when it releases, you will notice the Polyphony Digital logo when you start your car.

Take Your Cars and Tracks Online and Off
Gran Turismo 5: Prologue features over 60 stunning cars – including vehicles by Lotus, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Ferrari for you to race on seriously realistic, real-life tracks: including the Eiger Nordwand, the London City Track and Suzuka – all rendered in incredible High Definition graphics. There's also all-new driving physics for the most lifelike driving experience ever and new, improved opponent artificial intelligence for the toughest race challenge yet.

But that's not all – for the first time ever in the history of Gran Turismo, players will now be able to race online. Up to 16 players will be able to go head-to-head on some of the world's best racetracks on PlayStation Network. All you need to get racing is a broadband connection and PS3. Once you're up and revving, Global Online Rankings and the My Garage homepage feature will leave the world in n o doubt as to just who is the best at Gran Turismo.

And then there's the Online Dealership, providing a wealth of information on cars and manufacturers and also Gran Turismo TV – a dedicated online channel available exclusively from PSN and packed with some of the greatest content that Motorsport, car manufacturers and TV has to offer.

Key Features:

  • Race over 60 cars from worldwide automotive manufacturers, precisely modeled both inside and out.
  • All-new interior dash view, featuring full driver animation and working gauges.
  • Compete on 6 tracks with 12 total layouts, including Fuji Speedway, Suzuka Circuit, and for the first time ever, Daytona International Speedway.
  • Online racing with up to 16 players, complete with detailed rankings, plus downloadable ghost cars and race replays of top racers.
  • New online community features including Gran Turismo TV, featuring worldwide automotive and motorsport programming.
  • Tune vehicle performance, from suspension and tires to gear ratio and engine modifications.
  • Rendered in stunning 1080p at 60 frames per second with crisp, realistic lighting and camera effects (replays rendered in 1080p 30fps).
Full Car List (71 cars):
  • Lexus IS F '07
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II Nur '02
  • Nissan Fairlady Z Version S '07
  • Nissan Skyline Sedan 350GT Type SP '06
  • Nissan Skyline Coupe Concept '07
  • Nissan Skyline Coupe 370GT Type SP '07
  • Nissan Skyline Coupe (V36) Tuned Car
  • Nissan GT-R Proto '05
  • Nissan GT-R '07
  • Honda Integra TYPE R '04
  • Honda NSX Type R '02
  • Acura NSX '91
  • Mazda Atenza Sport (2007 Tokyo Motor Show reference exhibit)
  • Mazda RX-8 Type S '03
  • Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A (FD)
  • Mazda RX-7 (FD) Special Tuned Car
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI (18inch BBS Wheel Option) '07
  • Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STI spec C Type RA '05
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR '05
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR Premium Package '07
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR Tuned Car
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR Tuned Car
  • Suzuki Cappuccino '95
  • Suzuki Swift Sport '07
  • Suzuki Cervo SR '07
  • Suzuki Cappuccino Tuned Car
  • Suzuki Swift Sport Tuned Car
  • Daihatsu Copen Active Top '02
  • Daihatsu OFC-1 '07
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06 '06
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) Tuned Car
  • Dodge Viper GTS '02
  • Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe '06
  • Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe Tuned Car
  • Ford Mustang V8 GT Coupe Premium '07
  • Ford GT '05
  • Ford Focus ST '06
  • Ford GT Tuned Car
  • Audi R8 4.2 FSI R tronic '07
  • Audi TT Coupe 3.2 quattro '07
  • BMW Z4 '03
  • BMW 135i Coupe '07
  • BMW M3 Coupe '07
  • BMW 135tii '08
  • Mini Cooper-S '06
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG '02
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI '01
  • Volkswagen Golf V GTI '05
  • Alfa Romeo 147 TI 2.0 TWIN SPARK '06
  • Alfa Romeo Brera Sky Window 3.2 JTS Q4 '06
  • Ferrari 599 '06
  • Ferrari F430 '06
  • Ferrari 512BB '76
  • Ferrari F40 '92
  • Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione '91
  • Citroen C4 Coupe 2.0VTS '06
  • Renault Clio Renault Sport V6 24V '00
  • Clio Renault Sport V6 24V Tuned Car
  • Aston Martin DB9 Coupe '06
  • Jaguar XK Coupe '06
  • Lotus Elise 111R '04
  • Lotus Elise '96
  • Lotus Elise 111R Tuned Car
  • Lotus Elise Tuned Car
  • TVR Tuscan Speed 6 '00
  • TVR Tamora '02
  • Art Morrison Corvette'60
  • Amuse/Opera Performance Gran Turismo 350Z RS
  • Amuse S2000 GT1 Turbo
  • Mine's BNR34 Skyline GT-R N1 base '06
  • Blitz Dunlop ER34 '07

Product Information

Release date April 15, 2008
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 273 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
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Note, my opinion is based on the PS3 version while driving with Professional physics, ASM/TCS off, using a Sparco cockpit and Logitech G25 wheel.

PRICE - nearly a no-brainer buy for fans; but a little high considering it's a prologue, limited number of events and cars.

GRAPHICS - improved as expected given the possibilities of the PS3. In a way the sensation of speed has decreased, an ironic side effect of the smooth picture quality. It's easier to look further into the distance.

SOUND - really stunning, accurate, raspy, and powerful. Enormous help to the gameplay to hear unique exhaust notes for each car. Huge improvement from GT4.

CARS - there are plenty of great cars for everyone - rather than recreating hundreds of nearly identical and/or boring, useless-for-racing cars, this game sticks to the cars that are meant to go fast, and does them well. The sound and handling of each is unique and seems to be accurate. And the Ferrari F2007, once you beat the S races and earn the required 2 million credits, is just so cool to drive (even though its quick tune options are limited - you can't modify the power, weight, ride height, springs, or driving physics).

TRACKS - the Daytona trioval is a lot more interesting to drive than a super speedway like Motegi. Daytona also comes with a road course, and even though I feel driving a road course in the infield of an oval feels a bit unnatural, it's still a fun course. There's also Fuji, Suzuka, London, and High Speed Ring. Not bad.

AI - improved number and varied driving personalities, but they still defy the rules of clean racing and the laws of physics with impunity. They drive right through you as you serve your penalties (which they often cause).
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Right up front, I'll point out the three most obvious things about GT5 Prologue.
1. It looks gorgeous
2. The AI is abominable.
3. There is still no car damage.

To use a lovely english expression : it's all mouth and no trousers. Look past the HD graphics and hype and you'll find Gran Turismo 1 lurking here.

The Gran Turismo games are known for their accurate car handling and fantastic graphics, and GT5 Prologue is no exception. The problem is that it is all absolutely ruined by the other driver AI. Previous Gran Turismo titles have never exactly shone when it comes to the AI, but in GT5 it's simply non-existent. It's not that the AI is dumb, it's just not there. The other cars all drive on rails, irrespective of where you are. For example, on the High Speed Ring circuit - there's a challenge to get from the back of the pack to the front in a single lap. In the car they give you, it is 100% impossible to come any higher than 3rd, and that's a stretch. The driving-on-rails is so accurate and predictable that you can actually predict exactly where every car will be at any given point. You'll come up behind the Ford Focus at the end of the second turn, and don't even think about passing him on the outside because he will always jink to the left for no reason as he goes across the bridge. If you're in the way, then tough. The game will just force you off the track. At the next corner, the Mazda 6 will always follow the identical line inside the corner, again irrespective of whether you're there.
The same is true in the other types of race. Within minutes of playing this game, you will find yourself making a tidy corner only to have a much faster car come right up behind you and ram you off the track because you're in the way of it's pre-programmed line.
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The game is as good as the last GT game, graphics are better and the cars seem to respond more lifelike but and this is big, the tuning aspect is maybe 15% of what it was and WOW!!!!! the penalties in the class S races are EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING, for example you hit a car and get a penalty usually about 3 to 5 seconds depending on how hard you his the other car. But if a car hits you no penalty for the cpu car and if that car pushed you off track guess what 60% of the time you will get a short cut penalty for going off the track, when that car hit you, it will drive you MAD!!!!! Every car you want to play with you have to buy and if you don't like it you might get back 1/4 of it selling price when you sell it back and when money is hard to come by unless you play online it makes it tough not to be forced to play the same quick big money race over and over and over just to get the cash to buy the many cars you have to buy to complete the game, for example, you have to purchase a BMW M3 100,000, a Ferrari f430, 250,000, a Ferrari 599, 350,000 a Ferrari f40 450,000 and a few other cars to complete the game and with the prize money for the races around 20,000 for first and always having to start 16th rather that QUALIFY it makes it tough and like I said FRUSTRATING. I want to trade it in but I just can't because I am a fan of the game but its sometimes hard to play for more than 1 hour before your blood begins to boil.
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Another great looking GT game with semi-simulation game play and some annoyingly unresolved core issues. Your opponents are still mindless cruise missiles who do not respond to your presence on the track at all and who never make mistakes. Plus damage modeling remains absent, though promised DLC sometime this summer is supposed to address that issue. Those of us who remember the "damage" system from GT2 (or Forza for that matter) where you hit a wall at 140 and then the car pulls a bit to the right may be a bit skeptical as to how this will be implemented. The usual GT combination of annoyingly flawless competitors and no damage makes using the other cars as bumpers to improve cornering as tempting as ever, especially in some of the more brutally difficult challenges. (See below.)

This specific implementation has some unique issues. Those of you who feel the GT-R is a bit over-hyped will quickly grow tired of all the added background content about that vehicle in the game. Much like the Acura NSX was the former over favorably modeled vehicle in prior GTs, the GT-R here seems a bit too perfect. A good third of the 75 cars in GT5) featured are useless and boring, a familiar problem from GT4 with its dozens of bland Japanese cars that those outside the Nipponese car buying market could care less about. (5 Skyline Models! 7 Suzuki and Daihatsu Micro-Cars!) However, most of the cars here are reasonably interesting and the graphics are beautiful. The handling model also appears to be as accurate and distinctive for each car as might be expected.

The mere six tracks in the game grow very tiring very quickly.
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