Gran Turismo 5 Reader Review
I won't bore you with the series' history but will simply give my opinion having had the game since release.
I cannot say I was eagerly awaiting Gran Turismo 5 as I'm not a huge fan of driving games, although I spent many hours with Split Second.
Initially this game is difficult to get to grips with due to the poor user interface. Navigating the menus can become a real chore and the jazz music that constantly plays in the background is infuriating.
The amount of options and features is both impressive and bewildering. For motoring enthusiasts this game offers an awful lot. Of course the selection of cars is huge, as expected, but there is the added photo modes, data analysis, community aspects, course maker and car museum.
I really cannot list all the features as I've not yet seen everything this game has to offer. And that leads me to my main problem with this game, if like me you find the UI a chore to navigate then making progress in the GT Life mode is going to be even more tiresome still.
This is a hard game to pick up and play for anyone but the true motoring enthusiast. It takes a lot of time and patience to endure the game's many quirks and odd design choices. As I'm more of an arcade racing fan than strict simulation this game falls short of expectations.
If you would prefer to spend time in a racing simulator than bombing about on a karting track then you are going to love GT5.
Motoring enthusiasts and GT fans can add an additional mark to my overall score.